New watering holes to drink beer, cocktails and wine at Catalunya, The Projector, Chevron House, The South Beach and more
If you’re always whining for wine and beer o’clock is your favourite time of the day, then you, like us, are always sniffing out for new bars in Singapore to have a shot or two. We’ve rounded up another seven new waterholes to check out in March – from a new VIP night at Catalunya and an Irish pub, to a rooftop bar for film buffs and a place for ice cream cocktails. You thirsty yet?
Countrymen, lay down your weapons… unless your arsenal comprises pints of ale and bottles of craft beer! Aptly named after South Beach Quarter’s historical role as an armoury during the colonial days, this gastro-bar – launched by the Massive Collective – now distributes firepower of a different ‘calibre’. With over 15 beers on tap, affixed to rustic wood and concrete furnishings, you can gulp down on German lagers, US IPAs, Hong Kong ales, and other liquor fixtures. If you’re brave enough to pull the trigger, fire away and down a Bulleit To The Head cocktail: a triple threat of Bulleit Rye whiskey, smoked malted barley syrup and angostura bitters.
The Armoury, 36 Beach Road, Singapore 189677, p. 6385 3173. Open Mon-Tue 5pm-11pm, Wed 5pm-2am, Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am.
Bottles & Bones
Work’s whipped you hard all day and you’re pooped from slogging like a mule – sounds like no better time to bury your head in some booze! A stone’s throw away from the rat-race central of Raffles Place at Chevron House, Bottles & Bones offers a welcome reprieve for post-work zombies who need the elixir of life – and by that, we mean selections of draught beers, craft ciders, sparkling wines and moscatos. Rather replenish your health with some nosh? B&B also cooks up Mexican pulled pork and roast lamb for lunch, and comfort food bar snacks like sliders and Cajun calamari for the parched.
Bottles & Bones, #01-42 Chevron House, 30 Raffles Place, Singapore 048622, p. 6532 2114. Open Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Sat 9am-3pm, closed on Sunday.
The Great Escape
We feel ya: sometimes a stiff drink is what you need after soaking in a life-changing art-house film at The Projector. So head on upstairs to get some liquid fuel for your intense post-pondering; this gritty rooftop bar will take good care of you. Grab a beer or cocktail and mingle with fellow movie buffs while you wrestle with opinions as passionately as you guzzle your grog. This film-friendly pad is also a popular spot for pop-up brunches and underground raves. Now showing: who knows?
The Great Escape, Level 5 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589, p. 9180 6728.
TICM – The Ice Cream Man
Forget about your typical chocolate chip and cookie dough brain freezes; that’s not why you make a trip to this particularly unorthodox Ice Cream Man. But hold up – where’s the booze, you ask? It’s served together with creamy gelato! A franchise that was actually coined in 2010 along Haji Lane, TICM now re-launches after a hiatus within the hip Jalan Besar ’hood. Taking the concept of cocktail pairing to a bold, unthinkable level, this ice cream bar serves ‘gelato cocktails’ like Got Wings (vodka, cranberry juice, soda and red bull sorbet) and Salty Doppio (vodka, Kahlúa, espresso and caramel gelato). Think you’ve been high on ice cream before? Not like this, you haven’t.
TICM – The Ice Cream Man, #01-11 Hotel Boss, 500 Jalan Sultan Road, Singapore 199020, p. 6398 0919. Open Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-10pm.
The Drunken Poet
With St. Patrick’s Day rustling in later this March, you’d best book yourself a spot at an Irish pub where you can unleash your inner Leprechaun. Opening in the prime real estate of Orchard (that’s as good an end of the rainbow as any!), this new pub promises that you “won’t have to recite a limerick to be served”. But who knows? Get blissfully intoxicated on this tavern’s draught beer cocktails – the Black Velvet (half-Guinness, half-Strongbow) and Irish Car Bomb (Guinness with Baileys) sound enticing – and you might just splutter out a spoken word symphony of ye own. We hear they also screen live sports games here; be prepared for some rowdy football nights!
The Drunken Poet, #01-29C Orchard Towers, 400 Orchard Road, Singapore 238875, p. 6734 2924.
If there’s one thing we love about Japanese culture, it’s their brazen love for drinking after an arduous workday at an izakaya. Jinzakaya, the Les Amis Group’s latest venture aims to elevate the izakaya experience from a sleazy salaryman haunt to a legitimate dining alternative, with meat skewers that start from $2.50, as well as more unconventional choices like foie gras and wagyu beef. Unless all you want is to get shamelessly inebriated, then shove aside your inhibitions as you down a couple of sakes from the bar. Don’t mind if we do…
Jinzakaya, #01-08/10 Owen Link, 1 Farrer Park Station Road. p. 6443 1173. Open daily 12pm-3pm, 7pm-2am.
The Alibi at Catalunya
Technically a new party series with lavish drink promos, this Catalunya-based site of swank is one we couldn’t ignore. Taking over the Fullerton spot every weekend, The Alibi is set to be an uber-chic, luxurious set-up that you’ll want to see and be seen at. A lovechild between the founder of the F1 Podium Lounge, and creator of The Monarchy VIP event series, these epic shindigs are going to be worth every second of your inevitable hangover. Launching on 20 February, be sure to RSVP ASAP; ’cause if your name ain’t down, you ain’t coming in. Nothing like a swish setting that makes us want to order another round of champagne cocktails. Hic!
The Alibi at Catalunya, The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327. For table reservations call 9800 3787 or email [email protected]