A new rooftop drinking concept comes to the bustling nightlife stretch that is Ann Siang Road, and it’s named, simply, The Other Roof. Conceptualized by the folks behind The Other Room, which has made appearances on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for the past two years, this watering hole sits atop boutique hotel Ann Siang House and specializes in tea-infused spirits.
The 75-seater space, casual with a view of the surrounding shop houses, makes for a relaxing spot to unwind after work with pre-dinner drinks. Tea leaves are sourced from across the globe to craft bespoke blends that are then used in a wide variety of tea-based cocktails — you can even bring back a brew that you’re particularly fond of if you’d like to try and recreate the concoction at home.
If you’re the indecisive type, you may have trouble picking out an order from the extensive selection, which ranges from wines and champagnes to spirit flights and tea-finished spirits to cocktails and non-alcoholic tea beverages. But you’ll find a bit of help from the menu with tasting notes for most of the drinks and potency levels for cocktails.
For a kick of caffeine, try the Teaspresso Martini ($22), a mix of patron XO, cold brew, tequila, and tiramisu tea vodka. If you prefer something stronger, the Chocolatea ($23) packs a punch with its chocolate liquor and latte macchiato tea vodka.
Alternatively, The Other Whiskey Sour ($22) is a sweet and sour blend of lemon, nutcracker tea bourbon, and angostura bitters, while Whole Lotta Love ($22) goes the floral route with yuzu and pear blossoms, lavender, peach, golden gai tea, and vodka.
Those staying away from alcohol from the night can peruse the variety of black teas, green teas, white teas, rooibos teas, and oolong teas. If you’re not so much a cocktail person, the tea-based spirits section features vodka, gin, tequila, mezcal, rum, cachaça, bourbon, and rye.
To sit and sip and while the evening away, pair your drinks with bites like the spicy dog ($14) with chicken sausage and kimchi, ham and truffle bikini sandwich ($23/six), nduja bruschetta ($15/five), mini beef sliders with kimchi mayo ($19/three), beetroot humus ($9), and oysters smoked with whisky barrel wood ($7 each).
The Other Roof is at Ann Siang House rooftop, 28 Ann Siang Rd.
6100-2882. Tues-Sat 4:30pm-midnight.
MRT: Chinatown/Tanjong Pagar