In the grand atrium of Pan Pacific Singapore lies Plume, a destination cocktail bar inspired by vibrant indigenous birds. Although, you won't need to brave the elements just to gaze at a flock. Instead, revel in playfully elegant yet luxurious interiors that draw upon the lush tropics and contemporary art-deco elements.
At the bar is head mixologist Ong Jun Han, where he and his team shake up a sophisticated repertoire of avian-inspired cocktails that seek to thrill the tastebuds and tell a tale. And tell a tale they will as you're bound to leave learning a thing or two about your chosen avian muse while imbibing.
For a refreshing start, choose the Pink Necked Green Pigeon ($25) where the invigorating spritz takes a page from the bird’s diet and riffs on the classic Aperol Spritz, combining sweet fig leaf infusion, citrus elements, and prosecco.
The suave Collared Kingfisher ($24) is best known as a seafood scavenger but there won't be anything fishy in your glass. Instead, find all things pleasurable in this margarita-inspired drink – it's zesty, herbaceous and rounded off with a touch of spice. The stunning azure-tinted pour blends the likes of tequila, ginger, coriander, lime and chilli, and is sure to chase the blues away.
Aside from orchard fruits and spices, ripening rice is prized by the adorable Long-tailed Parakeet ($26). Hence, sake is given the spotlight alongside dry vermouth, crisp apple, bay leaf and cloves. The result is a crispy clean tipple that boasts a complex bouquet of floral and fruity notes. It makes for one of the most approachable drinks to glide through in the lineup.
For martini lovers and spirit-forward tipplers, the Banded Woodpecker ($25) is, quite possibly, love at first flight. The pièce de résistance comes with a unique build of green ant gin (yes, ants with big butts), dry vermouth, guava vinegar and the mist of oak moss. Or settle with the Blue-winged Leafbird ($24), a Sazerac-inspired bulldozer made of cognac, rye whiskey, raspberry and pine.
Peckish? Nibble on low-hanging fruits and bird feed by Pan Pacific’s very own executive sous chef Thorsten Killian, who whips up elevated full-flavoured takes on popular Singaporean dishes. Think chicken rendang croquettes, Wagyu beef satay skewers, salmon floss-topped lotus chips, and plenty more.