Balance a wine glass while mini-golfing, destroy your friends at board games or kick serious ass at Space Invaders!
Stuck in a Groundhog Day-like loop after work? Sure, your regular watering hole takes good care of you. But you could use a change of scene. Switch it up with these exciting new themed bars that serve tipples with a side of character!
Show ‘em who’s boss at King and the Pawn
Hold your battleship, we’ve got news. Board games, including some fun locally designed ones, are up there on the popularity ladder right now. Extra points for the good guys at King and the Pawn for plotting this cool new board game themed bar and cafe. We’re already claiming a table here but how do we choose from 300 odd games that include ruckus-causing party ones to intense two-player ones (date night, anyone?). Can’t think on an empty stomach? Good thing they serve easy to eat and share bites like nachos and croquettes. If you do your best strategising over cocktails (like us), they’ve got plenty of those as well as craft beer, wine and coffee.
King and the Pawn, 24 Purvis Street, Level 2 Singapore 188601
Rewind big time at White Label Records
Leave it to absolutely crazy vinyl lovers to spin a new bar concept. Ann Siang House is opening its doors to White Label Records where you can buy LPs and celebrate with drinks. Come dusk, this day-time record store (that’ll serve limited lunch sets too) changes its tune to turn into a fully stocked intimate pub, complete with DJs, live acts and a philosophical neon sign.
White Label Records, opens 28 September, 28 Ann Siang Road #01-01, Ann Siang House, Singapore 069708
Hide away at Jigger & Pony
Say hello to an old friend – Jigger & Pony with its Prohibition-era like feel is back to fill us up with incredible craft cocktails. We weren’t too bummed out when this iconic watering hole shut shop on Amoy Street early this year. Only ‘cos we knew something bigger and better was coming our way. The new Jigger & Pony at Amara Singapore is one helluva upgrade – it’s bigger, glitzier and a world in itself. The classic grid-menu makes an appearance… on the back cover of a magazine-like menu. But if you’re looking for the exact same tipples to make an encore, you’ll only find a chosen few. Instead, try some great new concoctions and bar bites to go with it. The foot tapping music, plush seaters and the quirky art that’s travelled from the original J&P make this our new (old) favourite.
Jigger & Pony, Lobby Level, Amara Singapore, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539
Time travel at Nineteen80
#ThrowbackThursday? More like throwback every single day at this neon-drenched arcade bar in Tanjong Pagar. Walking into Nineteen80 is like stepping into a time machine – a pixelated Bruce Lee is hanging around, old school video game characters make an appearance and there’s a cassette tape wall to make you go “O.M.G I haven’t seen this in decades!”. Nothing beats getting competitive at arcade games with your friends. Besides, the loser buys the next round of drinks.
Nineteen80, #01-05 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088444
Holey Moley Golf Club
Opens 6 Dec
Teeing off in Clarke Quay this December is one crazy drinking game. We’re totally looking forward to this two-story mini golf club and cocktail bar that’s all kinds of whacky – expect putting holes that celebrate Game of Thrones, Jaws, The Simpsons, a hawker centre and more pop culture themes. ‘Cos booze, burgers and Insta-worthy interiors are the only legit way to make golf fun. Immaright?
Holey Moley Golf Club, 3B River Valley Road #01-01 Clarke Quay Singapore 179021