“I drink to make other people interesting”, the acerbic, formidably influential American drama critic George Jean Nathan once quipped. The context of his zinger isn’t significant – we don’t need to know if he was extolling the perception-altering powers of alcohol or inadvertently alluding to his own obnoxiousness. We want to celebrate the essence of what he said: That alcohol makes life fun. And fun – the spirit of and manifestation of it – is something that the people behind SG nightlife’s latest conceptually-minded player WAN Bar + Kitchen & Nightclub offers in gloriously and delectably vivid spades.
Within the confines of its inspired interior, dashingly imagined and rendered as an “oriental utopia” doused in aquatic splendour, you’ll shake your stuff to high-energy sounds that cull from the best hip-hop and EDM bangers. And bolstering that experience is the bar’s arsenal of five alcoholic bubble tea drinks. Anyone can make a cocktail but WAN goes one-up and throws the gauntlet to the competition with its love-themed tipples: The Casanova, LDR, Singapore Fling, Ex Lover and Childhood Sweetheart. Get acquainted with them below.
This one’s for gin lovers – or you cheeky lot who likes to tease your palettes. On a base of Hendrick’s Gin – can’t go wrong there – rests apple juice, apricot, rose syrup, and a refreshing blast of lime juice. A gleeful dollop of lychee balls makes for a fitting crown for this rakish cocktail.
Thai iced tea is a globally adored proposition. And if you’re not situated in the Land of Smiles, you’re in a long distance relationship with its creamy, milky charms. Here, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum allays the pressures of being far away with its distinctly potent bite, as vanilla syrup rounds off the aromatic flourish of Thai tea leaves. Pearls included.
That’s right, fling. This one’s not a bring-home-to-the-parents keeper – but it’s good for one irresistible night. Why? ‘Cos its hones in on your pleasure centers with the national delicacy that is chendol! Elevated and alluringly weaponised by Reyka vodka, coconut milk, coconut water, gula melaka and garnished with chendol jelly and, yes, red bean, it dares you to not fall in love with it.
That moment when the one that got away suddenly shows up at the club? That’s when you take a great, big slurp of this turbo-charged cocktail. Reyka vodka and solerno liqueur are the twin engines of this heat-seeking, ice-blended brew of lime juice and vanilla and simple syrups. Its assurance isn’t merely just sweet and citrusy – a topping of apple nata de coco furnishes a whole other dimension of comfort.
The best loves are timeless and which retain the innocent passion of youth. And in a drink, fewer collisions of worlds reflect this better than the heady, mature ballast of Glenfiddich 12 single malt and Yakult grape. Aperol, lime juice and simple syrup seal the deal as apple nata de coco hits your lips for that throwback to your first kiss.
Now that you’ve met them all – you know what you have to do. <3