Raising the Bar: Gibson, Singapore
Part 2 in a series on new and notable bars in Singapore. This time our friends from “Men’s Folio” slake their thirst at Gibson.
This is the second in a three-piece special on Singapore bars from our friends at Men’s Folio Singapore. Located in a shophouse on Bukit Pasoh Road, Gibson is a cocktail bar with raw seafood offerings. Brown, gold, and green tones, custom-made marble tables and stained antique mirrors lend a classic feel that, when paired with a playlist of blues and swing, transports you to another era.
Expect innovative cocktails and bartenders who don’t take themselves too seriously. Founders Indra Kantono and Gan Guoyi (also the founders of Sugarhall and Jigger & Pony) have created a setting with an intimate yet lively atmosphere, ideal for casual meet ups or unadulterated merrymaking. Rock up to the bar on any day and you might just find the bartenders greeting you in bow ties, shirts and bermudas, ready to concoct drinks from a menu of 30 signature cocktails that have been designed around ideas and themes like “Finding comfort”, “Forging friendship”, and “Sharing happiness”.
For the quintessential Gibson cocktail, try the aptly named (albeit somewhat unoriginal) Gibson – a gin-based cocktail made with Hendrick’s, Monkey 47, and Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry that comes with a range of condiments that include a pearl onion specially pickled in-house, smoked radish, and quail’s egg. Guests in the mood for something a little more interesting can indulge in an Oyster Shooter Imperial cocktail topped with oyster and caviar or Crystal Ramos Gin Fizz made with No. 3 Gin, clarified Ramos fizz, and orange-flower bubbles.
Check out part 1 of this series here.
Address: 18 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore
By Patrick Chew