Bangkok’s best cocktail bars take over the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel Singapore

Fresh off the recent announcement of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, Bangkok’s Best Cocktail Bars are shaking up our local drinks scene with a takeover at Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar.

The series, titled Bangkok Tipples, runs through July 3 in four installments. The first to launch it is Vesper, which was recently ranked No. 19 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 list. a gentlemen’s club and a classic European bistro.

Drinks will be served as they are in Bangkok thanks to the talents behind the bar. Charming bar manager Federico Balzarin, assistant bar manager Ploy Siriwan Sinpan and bartender Rose are there to personally shake and stir your cocktails to the punch. Vesper’s menu is led by Contrasts, where drinks are based on juxtapositions of names and shapes.

Picture: Vesper

Here’s what we liked about Vesper’s Bangkok Tipples highlights.

Left: Vesper Sling; Right: Beauty and the Beast. Image: author’s own

The Vesper Sling is the bar version of the famous Singapore Sling. Instead of the sweet, refreshing notes of the iconic drink, Vesper has turned this into his take on a dry martini. Citrus notes from the Old Young’s 1829 Dry Gin and pineapple are muted, with the Cocchi Americano giving it a clean finish.

Beauty and the Beast is a Vesper classic. Like an ode to the tale, a rose remarkably crowns the drink. But don’t be fooled by the delicate flower. The concoction is a combination of rum, white wine and umeshu with Lapsang smoked Chinese black tea infused in a bitter Manzanilla sherry.

Left: Sarkies Sour; Right: Strawberry Americano. Image: Writer’s Own

The Sarkies Sour is a tribute to the Sarkies brothers, who opened the Raffles Hotel Singapore. Sweet and refreshing, it has the wonderful aroma of Damascus rose. The dehydrated and blended pandan is sprinkled over the egg white foam of the drink.

The Strawberry Americano is as easy as it sounds. The summer spritz is a thirst quencher with Perrier water cutting through the bitterness of strawberry campari and rich vermouth.

Vesper will take over the Long Bar pop-up until May 22, 2022. This will be followed by the new Mahaniyom Bar, which will feature its sustainable and tasty cocktails, tropical rum drinks from Tropic City, and Lennon Bar with its environment – a convivial version of traditional drinks.

The Bangkok Tipples Series is now running until July 3, 2022, Wednesday to Sunday, at #02-01 Raffles Arcade, 328 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188719. Go here to book.

Header Image: Vesper

All images are credited to the respective bars

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