One of the happiest places on earth must be the six-day Singapore Cocktail Festival Village (Mar 16-21), where international and local bartenders shake and stir 50 one-of-a-kind creative cocktails at a wallet-friendly price of 12 bucks in “immersive cocktail experience rooms”. The event is held at the old Beach Road Police Station and its surrounding grounds — quaint! Sample the savoury Lion City Sour ($12) from 28 HongKong Street, which combines tequila with chicken rice chilli. There is also a “food street” where restaurants like Ninja Bowl and The Disgruntled Brasserie will serve nosh like the Escargot Tarte Flambee ($15). If you can’t make it to the Village, visit the 45 participating bars island-wide offering specially-priced drinks such as the Miss Baker Collins ($10) with carbonated Monkey 47 dry gin and grapefruit soda from Singapore Marriott hotel’s cocktail bar The Other Room, and an Uncle Negroni ($14; see main pic) with red date-infused Dutch gin and vermouth from the bar at mod Cantonese restaurant, Mitzo.
Singapore Cocktail Festival, Mar 16-21, 99 Beach Rd, S189701 (festival village) and participating bars island-wide. More info at www.singaporecocktailfestival.com