Sugarhall | Rum-Focused Cocktail Pub in the heart of Singapore’s CBD
Earlier last month, the Jigger & Pony Group relaunched Sugarhall as a rum-focused cocktail pub on the second level of a 1920s heritage building along Cecil Street. Previously at Telok Ayer (from 2014 to 2018), this new space is reminiscent of a bustling English-style neighbourhood pub – and it was indeed bustling when we visited on a weekday evening!
You can expect dark wood furnishings and warm fairy lights against a backdrop of upbeat music. Rum lovers (or anyone looking for a fun place to chill), this is for you!
Sugarhall’s signature cocktail includes this Dark & Stormy ($24++) based on Hampden 8-year aged overproof Jamaican rum with lime and ginger beer (Sugarhall’s collaboration with The 1925 Brewing Co.) to give a spicy punch.
Those preferring a lighter tipple can try their other signature, the Daiquiri ($22++). Featuring two types of rums – Bacardi Superior 1909 and Veritas blended rum. The former provides fresh notes of citrus and vanilla while the latter gives a more aromatic flavour.
Some bar bites to go with these drinks include these curry empanadas ($8++), which are rather similar to the curry puff that most Singaporeans are familiar with, except with a slightly crisper exterior.
If you love pate, then you have to try Sugarhall’s Chicken Liver Toast ($8++). A generous amount of chicken liver pate is spread atop toasted bread finished with caramelized onions. The sweet-savoury-earthy flavours go well together and you are in for a decent treat.
A third drink that we tried is the H&M Sour ($24++) and is my favourite of the lot. Consisting of roku gin, sencha, lemon, hazelnut liqueur, egg white and matcha, this drink is boozy but yet very light and slightly sweet.
I did not expect to find this dish on an English pub menu, but this Fried Chicken with Sweet-Sour Glaze ($29++) was well-executed and is similar to Korean Fried Chicken – sweet crispy glaze on the outside and tender meat on the inside.
Since we were at an English pub, we also had their Snapper & Laver Pie with Peas and Herbs ($38++). It was rainy heavily on the day we visited and this was the perfect dish to warm our bellies. You can expect chunks of snapper fish and potatoes encased within the baked puff pastry and do not underestimate the accompanying puree peas!
You know me and my desserts, must end a meal on a sweet note. Sugarhall’s Cheesecake with Rum and Raisin ($21++) is burnt cheesecake with raisins soaked in rum. Smooth and boozy. Do note that Sugarhall is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but open from 4pm till late. Psst, a little bird told us that their happy hour (5.30pm to 7pm) will let you snag a pretty good deal on some of their signatures (going under $15!) – so grab a friend or two and head there now that Singapore is re-opening! Budget per person: $25 – $35 per person