What: A stylish, specialized cocktail joint in the CBD area.
Pros: When they get their cocktails right, they’re really right. The Mr Bean, which is inspired by the traditional Singapore beancurd dessert, is spot-on – sweet, milky and potent. The ultimate girlie cocktail. Also they play great 2000 era hip-hop – which made me bounce in my chair.
Cons: When the cocktails are bad – they’re SUPER bad – like the cough syrup abomination that I ordered first. Also the service is the worst I’ve experienced in such an establishment. The wait staff are inattentive and slow, although they do know their menu well.
Verdict: It’s a good spot for after work drinks and the cocktails are fab especially if you stick to their tried and tested menu. Experimentation is not advised.
What: A Great Gatsby-esque bar/lounge with imaginative cocktails. They also have food – I just didn’t eat any.
Pros: A crazy extensive cocktail list – that actually live up to their funky names! Friendly staff and that ambiance man – fancyyy.
Cons: Like I said it’s fancyyy, which can also be bad because that means expensive + a tad pretentious. Also it’s super cold! AND because it’s such a stylish place you cant really wrap yourself up in a blanket.
Verdict: I like it, but maybe save it for a fun girl’s night or if you’re pretending to be fancy. Or maybe you are actually fancy? These things are all very relative.
What: Very hip, modern, Southeast Asian restaurant that boasts a very impressive cocktail menu at the edge of Club Street.
Pros: The cocktails are inventive, extensive and very yummy. The Golden Mile was my first drink of the night and I probably could have drunk that baby ALLNIGHTLONG. Also the staff are really helpful.
Cons: The food was so meh – I legitimately don’t even want to talk about it. It’s like, think about whatever Southeast Asian specialties you know and love and then take out THEIR SOUL. That’s the food they serve.
Verdict: Forget the food and forget the desserts (SGD15 for cendol – wtf?!) – but do visit for the fantastic drinks and the fact that it’s a prime spot for people-watching.