World's Best Bar
World's Best Bar
- Night Out
- Day Drinking
- Great food
Feb 21, 2019
The scene on the inside continues the gilded age inspiration, with the luxurious, velvet-laden rich gold and bronze decor, that adds to the Jazz Age glamour that this place exudes. The centrepiece is the imposing three storey-high bar: a 15-metre tower of gin, with the rarest bottles at the top and its ladder leaning stylishly against the side.
Forever adding to its 1300-strong gin collection sourced from all over the world, this Singapore bar is tailormade for the connoisseur drinker. Even the cocktails here are classics reinvented, all served up meticulously in 1920s glassware. The creative drinks menu offers purist versions of cocktail standards with a list of innovative twists. Standout include Atlas’s quartet of Martinis. There’s the signature Atlas Martini, based on London dry gin, with ambrato vermouth, orange bitters and champagne vermouth. The vibrant knickerbocker martini blends Australian gin with Italian vermouth and for a touch of intrigue, try the spectre martini: Japanese gin, white port and absinthe butter vodka, with a touch of tarragon and mint.
In addition to the classics, the bar’s carefully crafted drinks are all themed around different elements of the roaring twenties. Customers can sample the alcohol-free European temperance cocktails, mischievous reimaginations of the drinks ban transported across the Atlantic during the Prohibition era.
The food at this Singapore bar is a modern blend of culinary influences, infused with art. Order the crispy prawn heads to glimpse a seabed portrait created with Japanese sawagani crabs and deep-fried Caledonian blue prawns. Sweet dishes are more playful: try the ice cream lollipops and gin-infused mango jelly.
Atlas’s grandiose appearance belies its approachable atmosphere. Its popularity as an afterwork drinks spot means it gets packed even during the week – be sure to make reservations if you want a seat. Bag a stool at the bar to experience this bar to the max.