Born during the 2020 lockdown in Singapore, Sago House was set up by three industry veterans, Desiree Jane Silva (ex-28 HongKong Street and EC Proof), Jay Gray and Abhishek C George (Spiffy Dapper, among other venues) as a true labour of love. The interior was built almost entirely by hand, with 80% formed out of upcycled materials. While the pandemic delayed the opening, the team still managed to deliver a good number of bottled cocktails. Since 2021, customers can go to see the fantastic mural by Distort Monsters, a local Filipino artist, as well as try the latest drinks on any day of the week.
Upon arrival to the premises, every guest is greeted with a ‘hello’ from all the working staff, before being shown to their table with their name chalked onto it. These are just a few of the touches that earned the bar this year’s Michter’s Art of Hospitality Award. The menu at Sago House always features six classic styles of cocktails, but the actual drinks will vary on a weekly basis according to ingredients available in local markets. A recent favourite, Bubble Bart, combines rum, French herbal liqueur, plum bubbles and sugarcane. Add the tasty steak sandwich if you’re peckish, which rewards the three-flight stair climb to find the bar.