IB HQ, Singapore

Bar | Indigenous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

IBHQ: Creative Cocktail Bar

For those familiar with the Indigenous Bartender, you will be familiar with IB HQ Singapore. This quirky little bar serves cocktails made with local ingredients, mainly from discoveries through years of research. Fair warning, the bar is not for the faint-hearted as the flavours can come pretty bold. All in all, quite fascinating really.

Kemil Fontan | Indigenous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

The Indigenous Bartender

Kamil Foltán is one of the brains behind IB HQ, and is actually quite well known in the industry as the Indigenous Bartender. His wife and partner Zurina Bryant is a co-owner and runs the bar together. The bar focuses on cocktails with interesting flavours, and is definitely one who knows how to use a rotavap quite correctly.

Zurina Bryant | Indigenous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

“IB HQ is a fully focused cocktail bar that is inspired by cultures from around the APAC region. We learn and explore about origins of ingredients used in daily routine across regional cuisines that we then pair with less expected flavour combinations. We love to bring nostalgia and exploration to our patrons. The Bartender’s Table is a cocktail tasting menu, where we showcase research for the Indigenous Bartender website.The Bartender’s Table menu is themed and developed based on culture, flavours, and traditions of selected region or one ingredient. Our current Bartender’s Table menu is focusing on Japanese Teas and will change in mid-February to Chinese teas culture. Once we relocate, the whole menu will be complemented with light bite snacks as well.” — Kemil Fontan, Co-Owner of IB HQ Singapore.

Maharaja | Indigenous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

Maharaja

Curry Gin, Jackfruit Bitter and Sweet Vermouth

The gin cocktail was balanced well with the curry flavour not overtly dominating the drink. The jackfruit bitters added a nice layer of complexity, mellowed out by the sweet vermouth.

Pi Pa | Indiginous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

Pi Pa

Parsnip infused Vodka finished with Pineapple Caramel

This cocktail used parsip vodka, giving it a slightly mild peppery flavour. The pineapple caramel cut the finish quite a bit so it worked.

Dusty Pickle | Indigenous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

Dusty Pickle

Grain Whisky, Ume Reduction, Cocoa and Pickled Plum

The dusty pickle had a nice balance of sweet and salty from the ume reduction, with the cocoa adding a nice little twist.

Peach & Wasabi | Indigenous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

Peach & Wasabi San

London Dry Gin, Peach & Wasabi, Citrus, Egg white, Perrier

The gin cocktail was interesting with the floral notes from the peach yet it was zesty enough.

Shiso & Umeshu | Indigenous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

Shiso & Umeshu

Shiso Gin, Umeshu, Sweet Vermouth and Peychaud’s Bitters

This is one for the Japanese fans, with the pungent shiso adding a nice little kick, always works well with umeshu.

Snap That | Indigenous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

“Snap That”

Snap-Cha Spirit, Pea Honey, Lemon, Egg White, and Peppermint

This cocktail is somewhat of an interesting one, especially if you love peas and peppermint, a flavour you’d be familiar with if you like fish and chips.

Diamond Musa | Indigenous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

Diamond Musa

Banana Whisky, Cocoa, Maraschino, and Coconut

This cocktail was fragrant and almost reminiscent of a pina colada.

Lassi Collins | Indigenous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

Lassi Collins

Green Mango Gin, Vanilla Yogurt, Citrus, Curry, and Perrier Water

One of the best drinks on the menu is an homage to a classic non-alcoholic drink, the lassi colins is beautiful to see as it is to drink. Highly recommended.

“Ooops, I forgot” | Indigenous Bartender | IB HQ Singapore | Food For Thought

“Oops, I Forgot”

7 Year Cuban Rum, Honey, Earl Grey, Rose

The rum and honey balanced well with the spiciness from the earl grey, with the hints of rose quite interesting.


IB HQ
774A, North Bridge Road,
Singapore 198742
+65 9152 4550
Opening Hours:
Tuesdays to Saturdays, 5.00 pm till midnight
Closed on Sundays

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Nicholas Ng

Nicholas Ng is a restaurant critic, travelogue and opinion columnist which is curated on Food For Thought. He has been a freelance writer for 10 years and has previously worked as a lawyer. He currently is the Principal Counsultant of A Thoughtfull Consultancy.

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