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February 6, 2019 Visit ASEAN No Comments Email Email

With a world-class reputation as a 24-hour city, Singapore offers endless possibilities for fun, adventure and socialising at all hours of the day.  This February, the Singapore Tourism Board invites Australians to let their hair down and enjoy a taste of Singaporean hospitality and nightlife, in a series of events across Sydney and Melbourne.

From 20th – 21st February at The Rooftop Sydney, and from 23rd – 24th February at The Albion Rooftop in South Melbourne, Singapore Social will bring together an incredible line-up to ensure a good time is had by all.

With five bars from Singapore ranked in the World’s 50 Best Bars List the Lion City is truly cementing its reputation as the ‘Cocktail Capital of Asia’ and on an even playing field alongside renowned nightlife heavyweights New York and London.  Appearing at the events will be NATIVE (#13 in the world) and OPERATION DAGGER (#23 in the world).

  • NATIVE offers an inventive cocktail menu featuring regionally-sourced ingredients, along with a rotation of some unexpected yet genius additions, such as crunchy freeze-dried ants and fermented grasshoppers. For Singapore Social, owner and head mixologist Vijay Mudaliar has designed two celebratory cocktails for the events:
  • Forager’s Garden (recipe available): Brass Lion Gin, Blue Pea Flowers, Pandan Kombucha, Wild Torch Ginger. Vijay Mudaliar comments “Inspired by Singapore’s garden city setting, we use urban foraged wild torch ginger with gin from a local distillery that champions craftmanship, Brass Lion.  We combine this into in a refreshing cocktail with pandan kombucha.”
  • Sarong Punch (recipe available): Coconut Arrack, Candlenuts, Toasted Red Beans, Turmeric, Milk Punch. The cocktail is inspired by classic Peranakan flavours and a nostalgic Singapore dessert, Potong ice-cream.
  • OPERATION DAGGER, is an atmospheric mad-scientist-like hangout in Singapore’s Chinatown, that continues to impress its crowd with inventive menus that change seasonally and cocktails that push the boundaries, such as their Salted Egg cocktail and Pork Soda cocktail. The founder, Luke Whearty who is originally from Melbourne, will be serving up two cocktails:
  • Soapberry Sling (recipe available): Soapberry, Longan Nectar, Fermented Oats, Coconut. Luke comments:Lychee and longans are from the Soapberry family, of which are native to southeast Asia; whilst the name Sling pays homage to the famous Singapore Sling created at The Long Bar, Raffles Hotel.”
    • Pork Soda (recipe available): Distilled 7X, Roast Pork Belly, Apple, Creamed Soda, Animal Luke said: “This particular drink was inspired by eating dim sum at Swee Choon restaurant with the OPERATION DAGGER team after service. It was specifically inspired by the flavour combination of coca-cola and Chinese 5 spice pork ribs.”

Direct from his MasterChef Australia 2018 win, Sashi Cheliah the ‘king of flavour’ will be utilising his Singapore heritage to create a menu that combines a myriad of authentic flavours, ingredients and cooking styles including Indian, Chinese and Malay. Sashi’s menu will be served in Sydney as both a degustation matched with the Singapore-inspired cocktails and à la carte; whilst Melbourne will serve an all-day menu of à la carte small plates. Menu highlights will include:

  • Chilli crab sliders (recipe available)
  • Crispy-skin pork with sweet & sour sauce and chargrilled spring onion (recipe available)
  • Chicken rendang wrapped on roti jala with pineapple cucumber achar: the same dish as featured on MasterChef Australia 2018

Entertainment at Singapore Social will be provided by legendary turntablist, DJ and hip-hop pioneer DJ KoFlow, who will bring a mix of creativity, skill and flair as he scratches up vinyl and gets the party started. Pop-sensation and R&B singer Tabitha Nauser will showcase her powerhouse vocals and natural performance style as she presents tracks from her upcoming EP, which will be released later this year.

According to Stephanie Yong, Singapore Tourism Board’s Area Director Oceania: “Singaporeans love to socialise with friends and family all hours of the day, so visitors discover a city buzzing with an infectious energy and endless possibilities for fun.  When it comes to nightlife, Singapore and Australia are kindred spirits that share a passion for cool bars and cocktails, authentic cuisine, live music and a desire to let their hair down.  We’re excited to bring a slice of Singapore’s nightlife to Australia this February and we hope that everyone will have a great time at the Singapore Social events.”   


Where: 200 Sussex Street, Sydney (above the Shelbourne Hotel)

When: Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st February 2019

Bookings: or T: (02) 9267-3100

Lunch: selection of small plates by Sashi Cheliah, cocktails by NATIVE and OPERATION DAGGER.

Dinner on the Rooftop: 5-course degustation by Sashi Cheliah, NATIVE and OPERATION DAGGER.

Available for bookings from 6pm.

Dinner in the Garden: selection of small plates by Sashi Cheliah, cocktails by NATIVE and OPERATION DAGGER.

Performance times on the Rooftop: DJ KoFlow (TBC), Tabitha Nauser (TBC)


Where: 172 York Street, South Melbourne

When: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February 2019

Bookings: or T: (03) 9645 5277

12–9pm (Saturday & Sunday): selection of Sashi’s à la carte small plates available until sold out.

12-midnight (Saturday & Sunday): Cocktails by iconic Singapore bars NATIVE and OPERATION DAGGER.

DJ KoFlow performance times: 9-10.30pm (Saturday) and 3.30-5pm (Sunday)

Tabitha Nauser performance times: 9.30-10.15pm (Sunday only)

Please note there is a $20- cover charge on Saturday evenings after 9pm to access the rooftop

Peranakans refer to early Chinese migrants who settled in the region, inter-marrying with local Malays. ‘Nyonya’ Peranakan cuisine blends Chinese ingredients with spices and cooking techniques of the Malay people.

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