Begin your night at this swish lounge, in Regent Singapore, that puts most other hotel bars to shame. Top spot on this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Bars list notwithstanding, Manhattan has made a name for itself for its unflinching recipe: take cult and craft American spirits, mix with a do-it-yourself ethic that has seen bartenders barrel-age liquors and infusions on the premises, and garnish with a gorgeous leather-bound and marble-lined space.
Order the namesake cocktail ($25), which is one of head bartender Philip Bischoff’s signatures – he uses Michter’s US1 Straight Rye whiskey, housemade cherry brandy, vermouth and Angostura bitters. There on a Sunday? Its cocktail brunch ($150) lays out a spread of classic New York nosh and an unlimited supply of libation.