Do not be put off by the shopping centre location, you’re not here to play mall rats. The infamous Orchard Towers can be pretty oppressive, but dodge the handbag shoppers and ‘four floors of whores’ in the name of a good drinking den.
It can be pretty hard to find for the first time, start by locating the unassuming Uma Uma Ramen restaurant on the ground floor of the Forum Shopping Mall. Find the electronic door, which glides open to reveal a dimly lit staircase and descend to a cool lounge bar far removed from the 5* hotel bars which surround it.
There are plenty of dark corners and it feels exclusive without making anyone feel uncomfortable. Words like cool, calm and collected spring to mind – it’s never going to be a wild fling your clothes off kinda party. The bartenders in here are the real deal, you’ll get a story with each cocktail and they’re constantly working on the menu. Snacks at the bar are good too - Eihire stingray fins are a must.