Highball’s fab four (from left): Tatiana, Anna, Kino and Claire
Singapore’s first and only bar with all-women bartenders (girl power!) is an intimate gem in Kampong Bahru. Highballs (spirit plus non-alcoholic mixer) are their speciality (natch), but exuberant founder and head bartender Kino Soh says the tight-knit four- member team has no problem whipping up other bespoke cocktails on request.
Not all of us are alcohol aficionados, and drink names can be as confusing as the beef between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, but her menu is designed to be friendly. “We put consumers before the craft. The menu is such that everyone can easily understand the drinks and pronounce the names. I have been to bars that made me feel uncomfortable and intimidated, so I am trying to achieve the opposite of that,” says Kino, a foodie on her days off.
Try the Jim Beam Citrus Highballs (lower in ABV) that showcase special round ice cubes. Kino’s signature is a fruity concoction called Xoxo with French gin, white peach, yuzu and tonic, smoked with lavender.
Fridays are hot; weekday happy hours are 4-7pm.
Go for: A celebration of sisterhood
Location: 79 Kampong Bahru Road
This article first appeared in the December issue.