Ready to say hello to the weekend? Pop by these awesome restaurants and bars for that #TGIF celebration of yours, and don’t forget to take your UOB Card out with you to enjoy perks and discounts at some of these spots!
Weekends are always sacred, and Friday nights are even more precious. When it’s finally #TGIF, why don’t you check out these restaurants and bars with your posse? You’ll get nothing but great food, delicious mixes, and good vibes at these Honeycombers-approved hotspots around the city. And hey, if you’ve got a UOB Card, don’t forget to use it for amazing deals and specials available at some of these hangouts. Enjoy!
Brought to you by the same folks behind the iconic New York City institution of the same name, Employees Only in Singapore is one watering hole you have to swing by if you’re looking to paint the town red. Sip on a glass or two of their signature craft cocktails like the ever-classic Manhattan, and don’t leave without sampling the hand-cut steak tartare served with a crunchy crostini.
Employees Only, 112 Amoy Street, p. 6221 7357
Mee pok stall by day and hip Japanese yakitori bar by night, Bincho is one of Tiong Bahru’s hidden gems. Find the back entrance at the open-space carpark along Moh Guan Terrace and take a seat to watch Chef Asai Masahi whip up delicious creations part of the a la carte and set menus featuring the best seasonal produce.
Bincho, 78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-19, p. 6438 4567
Located in Jalan Besar, mod-Asian eating spot alittle tashi is big on Asian comfort foods featuring global flavours. With dishes like charred miso Brussels sprouts and crispy pork belly and chilled mussels on offer, we say going the communal dining route here is a wise choice. Don’t miss out on the wide range of punchy sauces like the Asian chimichurri to go with your mains, and of course, leave some room for desserts such as the pandan panna cotta and – get this – vodka popsicles!
alittle tashi, 39 Tyrwhitt Road, p. 9757 3680
It’s all about keeping things fresh at Botanico – a contemporary bistro that calls the Singapore Botanic Gardens home. Chef Sujatha Asokan runs the kitchen here, and, together with his team, puts out Asian-inspired plates prepared with European techniques. Order items like the iberico char siew and slipper lobster tagliatelle (fresh pasta cooked in a housemade Chinese XO sauce – mmm) and wash down all that goodness with drinks like the gin and mint Turmeric Twist.
Botanico, 50 Cluny Park Road, p. 9831 1106
All hail PS.Cafe’s new sister restaurant: JYPSY. Once you’re done ogling at the the chic space here, chow down on Japanese cuisine with options like aburi tuna sushi and smokey unagi fried rice. For dessert, go for the yuzu tofu cheesecake, or keep things sweet and simple with a cream puff (pick from flavours like matcha, vanilla, and apple pie).
JYPSY, 38A Martin Road, #01-02, p. 8188 6177
The Bird Southern Table & Bar
Shrimp and grits, fried chicken, biscuits, deviled eggs – can’t resist good ol’ American faves from the south? Head to The Bird Southern Table & Bar at Marina Bay Sands for all that (and more). For post-dinner drinks, pop by the alfresco bar overlooking the bay area for mixes like the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade and The Bird’s rendition of an Old Fashioned, which is made with bacon-infused Wild Turkey bourbon and maple syrup.
The Bird Southern Table & Bar, 10 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B1-07 Galleria Level, p. 6688 9959
If you want to really pad your stomach before getting started on drinks, OverEasy is the perfect place to hit up. Inspired by the American diners of yesteryear, this dining spot makes some of the city’s best burgers and milkshakes (you’ll regret not trying the Oreo one, #justsaying). There are two locations to choose from: Orchard (Liat Towers; open till 1am on Fridays) and One Fullerton (open till 2am), and both frequently hold events like Guilty Pleasures and Eatmepoptart to satisfy every party-goer out there.
OverEasy, Orchard: #01-01 Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road, p. 6684 1453; Fullerton: #01-06 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, p. 6684 1453
Vino lovers, book a table at one of Wine Connection‘s many outlets to try all sorts of affordably-priced reds and whites from the world over. Pair your drink with a solid selection of small plates at its tapas-focused outlets, including fish tacos and spicy chilli squid, or go for mains such as chorizo fettucine or a hearty four cheese pizza at Wine Connection’s bistros.
Wine Connection, #01-19/20 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, p. 6235 5466, and six other tapas, bistro, and cheese bar outlets
Hit up The Dining Advisor for deals at some of the best TGIF hangouts in town (and more)! If you haven’t gotten a UOB Card, get in on these perks by applying today – newbies will receive up to S$250 cash credit, so don’t miss out.
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