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52A Amoy Street, Singapore 069878

In a little under a year, Vijay Mudaliar’s Native has turned the Singapore bar scene on its head, fast becoming one of the essential visits if you’re heading to the Lion City. Located on Amoy Street – a dream strip for cocktail fanatics – Native’s simple approach to using both foraged ingredients and spirits specifically from the Asian region has given Mudaliar’s drinks a unique touch.

With a list small enough for you and a friend to comfortably work your way around, his skill in bringing together texture and flavour is what makes Native so appealing. Antz, arguably the bar’s signature drink, features a creamy mix of coconut yoghurt, Thai rum, sugar cane and a freeze-dried basil leaf, containing a legion of crunchy ants. At first, it may appear intimidating, but once you embrace Mudaliar’s highly tuned way of bringing a fresh sense of the unknown together, you’ll go native in no time at all.