Revive Singapore’s Trade Legacy and Journey Through Time At 1918 Bar

Revive Singapore’s Trade Legacy and Journey Through Time At 1918 Bar

Step into the historical tapestry of Singapore’s past with a visit to 1918 Bar, an enchanting drinking destination nestled within The Alkaff Mansion. This heritage property, standing in serene Telok Blangah Hill Park, carries more than a century’s worth of stories within its walls. Constructed in 1918 by Syed Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Alkaff, the mansion is a testament to the Alkaff family’s lineage, which began with their arrival from Yemen in 1852.

At the heart of this legacy lies the spice trade—an integral chapter in Singapore’s history. The Alkaffs were instrumental traders, orchestrating a flourishing business between India and Indonesia. Their echoes resound through time, and the unveiling of 1918 Bar pays homage to this narrative. A celebration of the year of the mansion’s inception, the bar crafts an exquisite symphony of Asian spices and contemporary European innovation in its gastronomic offerings. The bar’s discerning beverage selection mirrors this fusion, showcasing a blend of classic and locally-inspired concoctions, each cocktail named after pivotal events linked to the mansion’s storied past. The culinary journey continues with the food selection, where spices reign supreme and local favorites are elevated to culinary masterpieces.

Indulge in the art of mixology with the Signature Cocktails. The Fortune Arises ($20++), a tribute to the 1850s, brings together Sauza Silver Tequila, Alkaff Blend Espresso, Kahlua, Agave Cinnamon, and Chocolate Bitters in a harmonious dance of flavours. Embark on a visual and taste journey with the Garden Glitz ($20++), a concoction reminiscent of the 1920s, featuring Sipsmith Gin, Apple, Calamansi, Sour Plum, and Soda. The Mizumi cocktail ($20++), a nod to the 1930s Alkaff Gardens’ Japanese landscapes, marries Suntory Haku Vodka, Midori Melon Liqueur, Miso, and Lime in a captivating union. Travel forward to the 1990s with the Klapataart ($20++), a robust masterpiece showcasing Courvoisier VSOP, Gramona Vie De Glass, Honey, Lemon, and Almond.

Journey deeper into history with the Classic Cocktails (from $18++), where each sip unravels the Alkaff family’s trading story. The 1920s Gimlet introduces Sipsmith Gin, Benedictine DOM, Lime, and Lemongrass for an elegant expression. The 1940s Matcharita, a modern twist on tradition, entices with Sauza Silver Tequila, Triple Sec, Cherry Brandy, Matcha, and Yuzu. Crafted from Pierre Jean Merlot, Bacardi White Rum, Crème De Cassis, Orange, and Berry Mix, the 1960s Sangria is a liquid celebration, while the 1980s Cosmopolitan revives zest with Suntory Haku Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry, Lime, Cardamom, and Mint. Rediscover classic favorites like the Singapore Sling, Negroni, Old Fashioned, and Mojito.

Beyond the beverages, 1918 Bar’s culinary offerings shine as a testament to the fusion of flavours that define Singapore. From the Iberico “Kong Ba Bao” ($16++) to the Bak Kwa Pizza ($30++), each dish marries East and West influences seamlessly. The bar’s vivacity extends beyond gastronomy, hosting events that revive the mansion’s legacy. From live bands channeling the spirit of the mansion’s high society gatherings to themed parties like Retro Nights, the bar offers a gateway to the past. “A Perennial Drive,” a collaboration with the Classic Car Club, celebrates vintage cars in September, intertwining history and modernity.

The spirit of Singapore’s spice trade lives on in 1918 Bar, a culinary voyage that bridges the gap between eras. As the mansion’s classic beauty intertwines with contemporary innovations, visitors embark on a journey through time, savouring history with every sip and bite.

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