This place was an accidental find for us. But boy are we glad to have stumbled upon it! There are quite a few Whisky Bars in Singapore but for some reason they tend to be quite under-advertised. Whisky is quite an acquired and understated taste, and perhaps enjoys less limelight that other bars or pubs. On the back of the increasing whisky-drinking culture in Singapore, S’s longtime love of whisky, and B’s love of Mad Men (haha), we’re more than a little excited to share this great place.
On our recent staycation in Sentosa we chanced upon this lovely Whisky Bar. Located right next to the Merlion and within walking distance from Imbiah station, the Le Meridien hotel (Formerly Movenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa) has an amazing colonial-esque façade – within which lies a beautifully modern and tastefully curated interior design.
Just its grand and classic foyer with its high ceilings and modern furnishings juxtaposed with wooden elements and its lush green accent wall was enough to make us go WOW, much less the actual World of Whiskey (WoW) bar situated within. We’re now very tempted to start planning our next staycation!
WoW itself was eye-catching with its refined dark wood interior. It reminded us of a cosy ski lodge in the Swiss Alps with its oversized solid teak table, unique kerosene lamp chandelier, large comfortable couches, and floor to ceiling dark wood barshelves stacked full. The only thing lacking in this place is a fireplace! For a more communal feel you can sit at the main table with other hotel guests/tourists, but for a cosy date like the one we had you can sit in the lounge area and admire the full shelves.
Entrance with its unique kerosene lamp chandelier and massive communal teak table
Cosy lounge with sofas and an impressive Whisky Library.
WoW is a collaboration with Hotel Waldhaus am See in St. Moritz, Switzerland which houses Devil’s Place, the whisky bar in the Guiness World Record books for the largest whisky collection. Boasting more than 250 whiskies from Scotland, WoW is a far cry from the 2500 in Devil’s Place, but impressive nonetheless. It has many premium cast strength bottling and single cask offerings, some of which are not even available in the market! It also serves a la carte tapas and other spirits and cocktails to satisfy other tastes, making it a good place to chill even with friends who are not whisky connoisseurs.
The massive menu made us spoilt for choice with whiskies ranging from under $20 to over $300 per dram. To put things into perspective we strongly prefer Japanese whiskies but this place challenged all of that! We managed to settle on 2 options for the night, the Benriach and Aberlour.
Benriach (Claret Wine Wood Barrel Finish) –16 Year – Original bottling at 46% Alc
$35 per dram/ $516 per bottle
This was an awakening for us. An alluring bright orange colour, it had spicy notes dancing on our tongues but mostly existing as sweet fruits in our noses. Rich with a very long finish flavouring each breath. We really enjoyed this one.
Aberlour A’bunadh (Oloroso Sherry Butt) – Original bottling at 60.3% Alc
$29 per dram
Darker in colour, this mahogany beauty reminded us immediately of The Macallan on the first whiff. Afterwards we realized that it was because A’bunadh is similarly exclusively matured in first-fill Oloroso sherry butts. It had hints of caramel and maple syrup on our noses. On the palate, caramel, dried raisins nutmeg and oak with a peppery aftertaste.
We’re not yet whisky connoisseurs, so we’ll leave the fanciful complex tasting notes to the pros out there.
$18 per glass
To be honest, this was disappointing. There was something in the cocktail that tasted like artificial flavouring. We should have known since we did not see a dedicated bartender over at the bar mixing drinks. Next time we’ll skip the cocktails.
This is a great place for whisky in its purest form! The only downside to this place is the location but we’ll definitely visit again if we’re ever in need for a drink in the South of Singapore. It’s a great place to chill with like minded friends or bring a date that you want to impress. Stick with their whiskies and you shouldn’t be disappointed!
Around $77 for 2 dram of whiskey and 1 glass of cocktail. We signed u for the free Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) membership and got 20 percent off our bill!
Any whiskey on the menu! We were so spoilt for choice that we searched online for recommendations.
LOCATION AND DETAILS:
World of Whiskey (WoW) Bar (Sentosa, Le Meridien Hotel)
23 Beach View, 098679
Daily, 5pm – 11pm
+65 6818 3305
Website (for reservations as well)