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Happy Humpday! This new bar in Singapore transports you to New York City

Roxy, a new cocktail bar located in the heart of the CBD, takes you back to the 1970s rock & roll era in New York, with cocktails inspired by David Bowie, Sting and more.

Happy Humpday! This new bar in Singapore transports you to New York City

At Roxy, iconic images of New York musicians, artists and socialites line the walls. (Photo: Roxy)

March is shaping up to be an exciting time for Singapore’s F&B scene, with a slew of new openings recently announced. A new cocktail bar has now opened at the Sail at Marina Bay, and it sure sounds like lots of fun.

Brought to you by the folks behind Miss Fitz Kitchen + Bar, Roxy is described as a “glammed up but worn-in cocktail bar and spirits room”. It’s inspired by 1970s backrooms and rock & roll nightclubs in Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Getting to the bar itself sounds like an adventure. The hidden enclave is found through an unmarked door at the Sail at Marina Bay, or through the passageway in the back of Miss Fitz. The bar is bathed in a red-light hue, with iconic images of the Big Apple's musicians, artists and socialites lining the walls.

The bar is bathed in a red-light hue. (Photo: Roxy)

Three distinct categories are offered on the cocktail menu – signature cocktails, classic cocktail flights and boilermakers (a beer and a shot combo).

Named for iconic nightclubs, songs of the era and classic beverages from the five boroughs, each signature cocktail (S$22+ to S$25+) brings a unique story of New York-style Americana to Singapore.

Highlights include the CBGB Swizzle, a riff on the classic Mai Tai named for the Lower East Side Manhattan club known as the birthplace of punk music, and You Don’t Have to Put on the Red Light, an amaro twist on the classic Negroni named for the Sting song and bar’s namesake, Roxanne.

You Don't Have to Put on That Red Light. (Photo: Roxy)

David Bowie fans can toast to the weekend with the Jean Genie, a pear twist on a classic daiquiri named for the David Bowie song that he called “a smorgasbord of imagined Americana”.

The Jean Genie. (Photo: Roxy)

In addition to the signature cocktails, Roxy offers cocktail flights (S$45+ - S$55+), each featuring three variations on a classic. Explore the different base spirits and speak with the staff on the evolution and history of the cocktails over time. 

The team is led by head bartender Tash Nayar, previously from Miss Fitz, who brings 10 years of industry experience to his second concept launch as head bartender.

For the more adventurous, Roxy offers a selection of boilermakers (S$24+ to S$28+), consisting of a shot and a beer. Boilermakers are a historical drink of New York typically served to longshoremen and dock workers after coming off a hard day’s shift. They are still a favourite way to start the party or take the edge off after a long day.

Meanwhile, the bar bites menu consists of variations of iconic New York foods. Tuck into the Bagel Popcorn, popcorn tossed in the spices of an everything bagel, the Pastrami Sandwich Bites, mimicking the famous Katz Deli, or a Hot Dog With Diced Onions & Cheese, found at any New York street corner push cart.

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Source: CNA/st(ds)