Singapore’s nightlife and bar scene is diverse and booming, and Vijay Mudaliar is one of its stars. In 2018, Vijay Mudaliar’s Native bar in Chinatown made it onto the lists of both Asia’s 50 Best Bars and the World’s 50 Best Bars.
“At Native, we work exclusively with regional produce and craftspeople,” says Vijay. “We don’t stock common spirits, rather, we serve local and regional liquors, such as Singaporean gin, Indian whisky and Filipino rum. This idea extends to our furniture, aprons, ceramics, artwork and music. We want to feel closer to home and work with other like-minded small-batch craftspeople.”
A visit to Native promises the experience of cocktails true to their locale, culture, time and place. “Singapore is such a multicultural society with a rich history. One famous example of our culture is Peranakan cuisine, which is unique to this part of the world. Our cocktail, Peranakan, is inspired by these flavours, and contains jackfruit rum, laksa leaves, palm sugar, candlenuts and pandan.”
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Vijay’s tips for socialisers
Try one of Vijay’s favourite Singapore bars and eateries
Visit one of the World’s 50 Best Bars for forward-thinking drinks in a back-alley basement setting.
This 19th-century New York City-style hotel bar is hidden within the Regent Hotel Singapore, but it’s widely considered to be Asia’s best bar.
Go here for local and international craft beers in a bare-bones hawker (food market) setting. Smith Street Taps alway boast an affordable, well-curated list.
Michelin-starred Mod-Oz comfort food at an affordable price, and in a great setting.
Malcolm Lee’s restaurant serves the only Michelin-starred Peranakan food in the world.
Visit New Ubin Seafood for Singaporean classics with a modern take, such as chilli crab and ‘heart attack fried rice’.