NO MORE PESKY PASSWORD AT THE LIBRARY*
04 Dec 2016 By David Fuhrmann-Lim
That’s not the only improvement there for fans of the bar. The Study is gone, and The Library is now an extended space with a brand new cocktail menu that’s inspired and imaginative. Book a spot now. See what we did there?
The Library has broadened its horizons, so to speak. Gone is its sister restaurant The Study, to make way for a bigger Library. (Here we like to knock down walls, Trump). The kitchen now serves excellent comfort food (beef cheek bao, kimchi hot dogs, kaya toast ice cream!) to accompany the new cocktail menu – which is rendered in 3D script and you’ll have to read with special lenses (it’s a meta tribute to Keong Saik’s sleazy past).
The Library is known for its pop ups, and this time they’ve collaborated with Eu Yan Sang, one of the region’s most storied traditional medicine institutions. The company has created a wall of herbs and spices as a nod to medicine chests, albeit with a more modern touch. Five cocktails in the bar have touches of these traditional ingredients.
Adam Bursik, General Manager of The Library says, “We want guests to have a full experience—from the menu, to the drinks, food, and service. We’re always looking for something new, and we always want people to think that this is a fun place to be in.”
And it is fun. Here are some of the new ones we love:
Pineapple Monk ($24): Plantation Pineapple Rum, Dark Rum, Monks Herbal Liqueur, Tropical Bitters.
The revamped drinks are still Library-ish, they’re creative, unexpected and still goes down a treat. You start with the pineapple because it’s the universal fruit of hospitality.
Man Maker ($23): Diplomático Añejo, Chocolate Picon Amer, PX, Maraschino, Walnut.
A rum powerhouse with a lovely chocolate touch.
Hipnotique ($24): Absinthe, Rooibos Tea, Egg White, Lemon, Hipnotique Powder, Cold Steam.
The Rooibos is the element from Eu Yan Sang that is included.
Rice & Shine ($24): Gin, Ginger-Rice Shrub, Bay Leaf, Ginseng, Chrysanthemum, Lime.
Loads more traditional meds are included in this one, served in a bag of uncooked rice (do not eat).
Butter & Waffle ($23): Peanut Butter Washed Bourbon, Burnt Honey, Vanilla, Blueberry Bitters.
An Old Fashioned variation that’s much smoother that you think. And the waffle? Definitely easier to eat than a lemon wheel.
Dirty Martini done just right. Love that the olives were served on a fork.
We had to order something more classic after the reviews, if nothing else to keep them on their toes, and also to have something spirit-forword. We went with our standard Dry Dirty Martini.
The red-light area ended up being a lot more colourful. Will def book a return trip.
* If you didn’t get the password from Facebook, you just have to answer some simple questions on an iPad.