Looking for one last drink before heading home? After a night of partying, wind down in The Other Room located in Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore. They close at 3 am from Mondays to Thursdays, and Sundays. They even extend their closing time until 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays. People coming from other bars find themselves here when they want to keep going. It’s a bit tricky to find this place because it’s a speakeasy bar hidden behind a discreet velvet curtain inside a hotel. But once you get in, the search instantly feels worth it because you’re treated to a welcome drink served in a dropper bottle with a glass of water on the side, like a true VIP. All of their alcohol and spirits are rebottled in a standardized container with their own labeling system so as to fit the bar’s back-lit wall aesthetic, which stands out and becomes a unique interior set piece. During the conceptualization of their bar menu, they read up on a lot of historical drinks, which meant they had to buy a lot of bar books to find recipes and old stories, to make their place more interesting, they repurposed the books they used for their research and ripped all of it to use it as the wallpaper of their ceiling.
Being a trading outpost, Singapore has access to different ingredients and the Other Room definitely takes advantage of that. Hence, there’s a lot of fresh ingredients in The Other Room which they use in all of their cocktails. All of the drinks in their cocktail menu are based on historical drinks from previous eras, where things were usually made with a lot of manual labor. They take their menu seriously, each ingredient is thought out carefully to convey a part of history. Their goal is to replicate and reinvent how the cocktails would taste like without any use of high technology, back when everything was copper still fermented or barrel-aged. Kind of like a trip back in time. Our drink was served to us inside a Treasure Box filled with smoke where the cocktail is prepared inside a very cold flask with a chilled glass on the side and you get to pour your own drink.