Expect nothing short of a rarified cocktail experience at the new Ginza-style speakeasy, D.Bespoke.
Continuing Singapore’s ardour for made-in-Japan brands and talent, bartender Daiki Kanetaka pens a love letter to tipple sippers here with his handsome new Ginza-style bar that delivers a A to swoon over. D.Bespoke – the ‘D’ is a reference to Kanetaka’s first name, but it comes across as pseudo-French – is almost like a reprise of the exclusive Glen and Glen Classic bars in Beijing for which Kanetaka’s exalted (he’s opening another one in Jakarta soon). Singapore is his new home; he says he’s here to stay, and will only visit his Beijing bars a few days each month to keep tabs on things. Enter the 28-seater shophouse speakeasy from a lifestyle retail front selling some of the bar’s glassware, leather products and, oddly, a fixie. Inside, Kanetaka replicates the wood-clad long bars of his other establishments, with 14 bar-side bearish leather armchairs and seats for another...