Elevated cocktail experiences with seasonal fresh culinary ingredients & progressive mixology technique

the woods

February 5th, 2016


With its dimly-lit subterranean ambience, sublime cocktails and laid-back crowd, The Woods is an enticing destination for avant-garde cocktail experiences quite distinct from that found in the plethora of bars in the vicinity of its Hollywood Road location. The basement bar exudes an upscale yet unpretentious vibe – the well-designed compact space features a comfortable Lounge bar area, with an adjoining exclusive Prix-Fixe Bar. Guests at the reservation-only, 8-seater Prix-Fixe bar are served unique seasonal 4-course cocktail menus, pairing culinary inspired cocktails with gourmet bar bites, complemented by full interaction with the mixologists. At the Lounge Bar, the bartenders serve up a variety of reinterpreted classic, and market-fresh seasonal cocktails. Highly regarded for its creative cocktail concept and design-forward interior, The Woods was launched in mid-2014 by sisters Victoria, Juliette and Regina Chow, and continues to attract a discerning, in-the-know crowd.

Design  Descending from the discrete street level entrance, guests experience the design theme that evokes a sense of being immersed in “the woods”. The decor features a predominantly earth-tone palette with extensive use of salvaged timbers, rendered concrete, and metal surfaces while a mélange of furnishings including white marble-topped tables and bar counter, custom-made chairs, and decorative partition panels add accents to the theme. Lighting effects play an important role, interplaying with design elements and original art installations.

Cocktails  Housing two distinct bar concepts – the Lounge bar and the Prix-Fixe bar – The Woods mixologists create separate cocktail menus –  centred around incorporating culinary influences and market-fresh seasonal ingredients. House-infusions and a thoughtfully curated selection of small batch and premium spirits are the foundations of the seasonal cocktail menus, with the combination of the flavours from market-fresh ingredients inspiring the creativity of the bar team. At the Prix-Fixe bar, the four-course cocktail menus are constructed to follow a normal progression of appetiser, main, dessert and digestif, with each cocktail paired with small-plate bites.

The Woods opens Monday to Saturday from 6 pm, with prior reservations essential for the Fix-Prixe bar experience. The Woods team also specialise in the design and catering for both on and off-site events. Check on the Facebook Page for menu updates and special events.

Interior design

Signature & Seasonal Cocktails

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    Beet Negroni - Beetroot infused Tanqueray Gin, Dolin Rosso Vermouth, Campari
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    Oak Whiskey Sour - French oak-infused Michter's American Whiskey, Canadian maple syrup, fresh lemon juice, egg white
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    Apple Brandy - Calvados, Averno, fresh apple juice, homemade spice syrup, fresh lemon juice, old fashioned bitters
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    Ginger Pear - St. George's Pear Brandy, umeshu, fresh pear juice, ginger, fresh lemon juice

From the same team, see also The Walrus oyster bar in nearby Soho.