Love your whiskies? Then you'll appreciate the extensive collection at the newly-opened Quaich (pronounced 'quake') Bar Wanderlust located in Intercontinental Hotel.
There are two existing Quaich Bar outlets, so in a bid to differentiate one from another, the Waterfront Plaza outlet has been repositioned as Quaich Bar Collector, while the South Beach Avenue outlet, Quaich Bar Avant-garde.
Quaich Bar Wanderlust retained decor elements by former occupant, Idlewild, and kept intact the retro-luxe aesthetic of cabin-like booth seats, gilded cabinets and graceful chandeliers that make it fitting for a journey ahead. However, the true characteristics of Wanderlust shines through via its playful menu and easy-going vibe that seeks to make the enjoyment of whiskies and cocktails approachable to all levels of drinkers.
Founded by the very same folks behind The Other Room (which ranked 46th in 2019 Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards ), the whisky library houses exclusives such as Bunnahabhain 12 years (Scotland), Tipperary Watershed (Ireland), The Lakes Whiskymaker’s Colheita (England) and Three Ships 10 years (South Africa). It also has available the Frank McHardy Series, a limited-edition series launched in collaboration with the whisky legend and Springbank Distillery’s former Production Director.
If you are as delighted by cocktails (one for $25), you're sure to find a favourite among the 19 on the list, all of which boast the familiar flavours of the respective countries they were inspired by. They include Triple Happiness, which revisits the classic Whisky Sour with its traditional Chinese twist of Dried Prune-infused Bourbon and Citrus Blend with Red Dates and Ginseng Syrup; Sawajito, a Mojito-meets-Thai Milk Tea concoction with a citrusy spin of building Cha Yen-steeped Rum, Peppermint Syrup, Calamansi Cordial, fresh Thai Basil, Soda and a side of Half-and-Half; and Jorge Smith, which changes up the Moscow Mule with Jalapeños infused Vodka, Ginger Syrup and Bitter Lemon in crushed ice.
For savoury grub to wash down the booze, options include Grilled Octopus Legs (S$28), a grilled-till-tender tentacle swiped with spicy tomato puree and herb-infused baby potatoes; Nan Lu Pork Belly (S$16), which has slices of Spanish pork belly in Shanghai fermented beancurd and served with Nan Lu mayonnaise; and Seared Hokkaido Scallops (S$25), slightly-seared scallops in lemon oil and Sakura Denbu paired with potato puree and briny bursts of ikura.
Quaich Bar Wanderlust is located at InterContinental Singapore (80 Middle Rd, S188966) and is open daily from 6pm.