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Adira Chow

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3 bartenders share their tips on how to drink responsibly on a night out

3 bartenders share their tips on how to drink responsibly on a night out

The cocktail revelry is in full swing this May: World Cocktail Day and the Singapore Cocktail Takeover are just behind us, and we have more bar hopping adventures coming our way, like this one. With so many exciting happenings, it’s easy to get lost in the merry-making and forget about drinking responsibly. But we know you don’t want to hear that from us. Instead, we’ll let the experts speak.  This month, we sit down with three prominent bartenders in the region to get their takes on why responsible drinking isn’t just another boring concept. Hear them dish out practical handles on how to stay hydrated while drinking, tips on bar hopping in their respective cities, and even hard truths on dealing with FOMO. Matteo Cadeddu, Opium Bar, Bangkok Photograph: Matteo Cadeddu Matt’s easygoing and carefree personality means that for him, responsible drinking is all part of the fun equation. The bar manager at Opium Bar Bangkok states plainly that responsible drinking is simply about “having fun while knowing your limits”. He also stresses that “[drinking] water is important, especially in hot cities like Bangkok” where the heat, combined with alcohol consumption, can potentially cause dehydration. Thankfully, it seems like the industry trend in Bangkok is that bars can be “quite obsessive about giving water to guests and ensuring that their glass of water remains full”. Photograph: Matteo Cadeddu But that’s not to say that guests don’t have a part to play. Some of Matt’s tips incl

The best cocktail bars in Singapore

The best cocktail bars in Singapore

For some, nothing quite beats ending the day with cocktails and good conversations with friends. Thankfully, Singapore is home to some of the best bars in Asia and even in the world. Some of these establishments might even be hidden in plain sight right next to your workplace. Whether it’s a classic martini or a completely customised drink you’re after, we’ve got just the spots that can shake up a quality tipple to your liking. From reliable all-time favourites, to secret cocktail dens, speakeasy and bespoke joints, these are the hottest cocktail bars you should be hitting up once the day dims. RECOMMENDED: The 50 best bars in Singapore and The best wine bars in Singapore

The best rice dumplings in Singapore for Dragon Boat Festival 2024

The best rice dumplings in Singapore for Dragon Boat Festival 2024

The Dragon Boat Festival or – Duan Wu Jie as it’s known in Mandarin – is soon approaching on June 10. Typically observed on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, the festival has origins in China as a commemoration of the Zhou dynasty poet Qu Yuan. While it isn’t a public holiday in Singapore, the occasion is still widely celebrated across homes, with families gathering to feast on delicious, steaming hot sticky rice dumplings or bak zhang. This year, we round up the best places to order rice dumplings. From bak zhang made with traditional recipes, to innovative, modern recreations, these dumplings are great for gifting or enjoying with your loved ones. RECOMMENDED: The best Chinese restaurants in Singapore and The best kid-friendly restaurants and cafés in Singapore

The best brunch buffets in Singapore

The best brunch buffets in Singapore

Whether you’re looking for all the fresh seafood on ice you can eat, grilled meats fresh off the barbecue or just a free-flowing booze parade, these brunch buffets have got you covered. Savour opulent buffet spreads with your family, or head to an adults-only boozy brunch and take relaxing to a whole new level. So save your coffee and boring oats for the weekdays and look forward to a luxurious brunch, because you deserve it – free-flow champagne optional. RECOMMENDED: The best brunch spots in Singapore and The best tea rooms in Singapore for afternoon tea

The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

There's a time for dining with big groups and a time for eating on a budget, but when you're planning for an anniversary or a romantic date with your special someone, it's best to take it up a notch with a proper sit-down dinner with all the trimmings. Here are our picks of the best romantically lit, value-for-money restaurants to wine and dine in Singapore. Let's get into the mood for love.  RECOMMENDED: The most romantic bars in Singapore and The 50 best restaurants in Singapore you must try

The best Mother’s Day meals in Singapore

The best Mother’s Day meals in Singapore

Thinking of how to make this Mother’s Day extra special? We’ve got just the restaurant recommendations for you that’ll make your mum feel loved and cherished. From modern Indian joints and luxurious Chinese restaurants, to seafood spreads and Japanese set menus, a meal at one of these fancy restaurants is sure to leave your mum smiling from ear to ear. Treat the leading lady in your life to what she deserves and make this Mother’s Day one to remember. The momentous day is fast approaching, so make your reservations soon. RECOMMENDED: The best florists in Singapore for any occasion and The best cake shops in Singapore

Best new restaurants in Singapore: May 2024

Best new restaurants in Singapore: May 2024

We might be more than four months deep into the year, but the barrage of restaurant openings don’t seem to stop. This month, Singapore proves again why it deserves its label as the culinary node of Asia. We’ve got Korea’s largest craft beer and fried chicken chain setting up shop here, a new modern European restaurant that could very well double up as a contemporary art gallery, and a slew of new restaurants and cuisines to tickle every taste bud. Here are our picks of the best new eateries to dine at this May. RECOMMENDED: The 50 best restaurants in Singapore you must try and The 50 best bars in Singapore

The best sweet treats in Singapore for Mother’s Day

The best sweet treats in Singapore for Mother’s Day

The time of the year where we show our appreciation to our mums is soon approaching. Whether you have plans to celebrate by taking her out to a fancy Mother’s Day meal, or gifting her a luscious bouquet, you can end the day on a sweet note by blessing your mum with one of these thoughtful treats. These popular bakeries and stores are launching exclusive Mother’s Day cakes and bakes this coming month, ranging from adorable, petite macarons, to indulgent cakes with premium ingredients. Amp up the celebration this year and show your mum some love with these delectable treats – she deserves nothing less than the best after all. RECOMMENDED: The best cake shops in Singapore and The best florists in Singapore for any occasion

The best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore

The best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore

Contrary to popular belief, vegan and vegetarian food is so much more than mountains of leafy greens and raw veggies. In fact, we’ve got heaps of restaurants in Singapore that serve up scrumptious yet healthy plant-based meals. Whether you have dietary restrictions, or simply prefer eating clean, these eateries churn out wholesome, meat-free grub without compromising on flavour. With cuisines ranging from Japanese and Peranakan to Korean and Italian, these joints make eating your greens and grains an easy affair. RECOMMENDED: The best vegetarian local food in Singapore and The best healthy restaurants in Singapore

The best Japanese restaurants in Singapore

The best Japanese restaurants in Singapore

Japanese food is hands-down the most popular cuisine in Singapore – even on a busy weekend night, there's no lack of options. While some lean towards an omakase experience with a Japanese chef while others are perfectly satiated with a piping hot bowl of ramen, Singapore has got it all. Here are our top picks for when you're craving some mighty solid Japanese cuisine. RECOMMENDED: The best affordable sushi bars in Singapore and the best cafés in Singapore  

The best oyster bars in Singapore

The best oyster bars in Singapore

Oysters: you either love them or hate them. For us, the answer’s quite clear. Briny with a faint tinge of the ocean, or fleshy with a subtle sweetness – when it comes to freshly shucked oysters, we like them all. These oyster bars have a ready selection of au naturale oysters from around the world, and some even step it up with creative garnishes and sauces. So if it’s French Fine de Claire or Australian Coffin Bay oysters you’re after, head down to one of these joints to order up a dozen, or two. RECOMMENDED: The 50 best restaurants in Singapore you must try and The best buffets in Singapore

The best acai bowls in Singapore

The best acai bowls in Singapore

Time has proven that acai bowls are not just a fad, but here to stay for the long run. The superfood acai (pronounced ‘ah-sigh-ee’) was more commonly found in traditional Chinese medicinal shops but is now the go-to post-workout snack for gym rats and yogis alike. Topped with fresh fruits and nut butter, these bowls make for delicious yet not-so-sinful sweet treats. And if you haven’t hopped on the acai bandwagon, we’ve got just the spots that’ll turn you into a convert. RECOMMENDED: The best healthy restaurants in Singapore and The best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore

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Another Bar

Another Bar

If there’s one bar that captures the Gen Z or Swiftie soul accurately, it’s Another Bar which recently sprung up in the Bras Basah neighbourhood. The bar’s name might be a subtle attempt at a self-deprecating joke – it being just ‘another bar’ – but it’s also a cheeky encouragement for guests to indulge in another tipple, or two.  Every corner of the joint is as Instagrammable as it gets. The space is clad in a trendy, striking orange, with neon signages all over like the one that reads “Another Day Another Drama” – a lyric in Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do. The centrepiece of the bar is its main hall ceiling, which is clustered with glittering disco balls.  Turn your eyes to the drinks menu for a line-up of inventive cocktails tailored for the Gen Z palate, or the Gen Z at heart. Case in point: Solulu To Your Delulu ($24) – a gin-based drink with shiso umeshu, lemon and champagne. And for that one friend who laments about being a slave to capitalism, I Hate My Boss ($24) or Too Pretty To Work ($24) might be just the drinks for them. The former is a boozy bourbon-based concoction infused with yuzu, lemon and foam for a refreshing touch, while the latter features vodka, lychee and lemon.  The cocktail list is also curated with Swifties in mind – The Tortured Poet’s Drink ($24), a tequila-based tipple with lemon and red wine – is the clearest example of that. Lovers can also clink on glasses of the Not So Cruel Summer ($24) which features a sweet strawberry popsicle du

Taste The World by Gourmet Trails

Taste The World by Gourmet Trails

Taste The World is a month-long culinary festival organised by the travel brand Gourmet Trails to celebrate Singapore's culinary scene and all its international food offerings. From May 4 to 26 2024, seven restaurants will be participating in a series of events and offering special lunch and dinner sessions (from $180), where proceeds will go toward the United Nations World Food Programme. They are: Appetite, Hashida, Cure, Canchita, Esquina, Ummi Beirut, and Anju. For the opening day on May 4, epicureans can look forward to an intimate lunch experience and dialogue on world cuisines ($300 per person) presented by Michelin-starred chef Ivan Brehm of Nouri and Appetite.

Lion Brewery Co

Lion Brewery Co

You might have heard of a certain taproom in Singapore that lets you chug down as much craft beer as you can for an hour upon the sounding of a gong. The catch: the beers are free for as long as no one leaves the bar or heads to the toilet within the hour. This iconic tradition – also known as “Pressure Hour” – has earned Lion Brewery Co quite some street cred in the drinking scene.  But there’s more to this gastropub than its peculiar Pressure Hours and endless pours. The taproom also has an in-house brewery to brew its own beer, as well as 25 beer taps including some old English cask hand-pumps. In fact, Lion Brewery Co has roots in 19th century London as a brewery along the River Thames. It was demolished in 1949 and revived decades later in Singapore – the ‘Lion City’ – by four beer-loving friends in 2018. Step into the space and you’ll get a sense of why regulars flock back each week. The bar’s fitted with everything you might need to unwind and relax after a long day – cushy sofas, pool tables, and massive TVs with live sports screenings of the EPL, Grand Prix and more. There’s even a newly-opened speakeasy bar hidden behind a faux refrigerator, featuring live DJ sessions on selected nights. And if you’re heading down with the kids on weekends, a range of board games are readily available, along with a movie space that’ll keep the young ones sufficiently entertained.  The two signature craft beers you’ll want to try here are the Island Lager ($16.50 per pint) – a smoot

The Prince

The Prince

Fat Prince, the trendy Middle Eastern outfit along Peck Seah Street has recently been given a facelift. In its place now stands The Prince, showcasing the finest of Arabian hospitality and warmth. The restaurant is another imaginative concept by The Dandy Collection (also behind Neon Pigeon, Firangi Superstar and Lo Quay).  Step into a space inspired by the enigmatic Arabian Desert. The interiors manage to balance a sense of homeliness along with mystical elements of a desert – think dimmed lights, rustic furniture, sandstone walls and rugs, and of course, Arabesque motifs. Middle Eastern cuisine with a contemporary twist is the focus here, and the food is an homage to the time-honoured concept of ‘karam’ or generosity in Arabic culture. Fittingly, the prix fixe Karam menu (from $78 per person) presents a communal dining experience, including a sharing mezze platter, soup, mains, and dessert.  Prime your palate with a dazzling array of nine dishes as part of the mezze platter. Your usual suspects like hummus and baba ganoush are spruced up, featuring ingredients like cashew, pumpkin, and walnuts instead to give a nuttier, more savoury aroma. Other decadent sides and spreads include salmon pastirma, mushroom pastilla, potato croquettes, and our favourite: the smoked date butter. While the bread and dips are refillable, we recommend pacing yourselves for the rest of the meal – we mean it when we say the portions here are generous. The lobster shorbat addas follows as a hearty

Kai Duck

Kai Duck

Brought to you by the same people behind Kai Garden, Kai Duck is the brand’s more casual and affordable offshoot located on the fifth floor of Ngee Ann City.  The restaurant specialises in Hong Kong-style roast meats, with an emphasis on Cantonese-style Peking duck. But you won’t just be finding Peking duck in its traditional form here. Instead, the kitchen puts innovative spins on the classic dish, serving it in various formats like Peking duck pizza ($29.80) or Peking duck California hand roll ($6.80).  We hear the duck pizza’s a hit among children – crispy Peking duck skin is layered over flour crackers and onions and topped with a creamy mayo and cheese sauce. While unique, the mayo and cheese filling can be a tad overpowering, so if you want to truly savour the taste of Peking duck, we recommend going straight for the signature whole Peking duck ($98) instead. Dishes like the claypot braised fish maw with radish ($38) and hot pot panda rice ($38) are also great for health-conscious diners or older folks. The former is a collagen-rich stew of winter melon, fish maw and turkey ham that’s savoury, nourishing, and packed with nutrients for those keeping their skin elasticity and joint health in check. Get your carbs in with the low-GI wok-fried panda rice – ideal for diabetic patients. The rice is stir-fried tableside and comes with Peking duck and a blend of Italian mushrooms and truffle sauce. For something different, try an upgraded version of Canto-style steamed fish,

Singapore Cocktail Takeover 2024

Singapore Cocktail Takeover 2024

The Singapore Cocktail Festival might be on a hiatus this year, but another mega cocktail fest is coming to town. The Singapore Cocktail Takeover 2024 will take place from May 1 to 12, bringing together 30 bars, 21 spirits brands as well as experts from the bar industry. Here’s what you can expect at the two-week-long event. What is the Singapore Cocktail Takeover? The Singapore Cocktail Takeover is a campaign to celebrate the vibrant cocktail culture in Singapore and recognise the success of Singapore’s bar industry. Singapore currently has 11 bars listed on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list – surpassing our neighbouring countries. The event will showcase some of the city’s most well-loved bars, including Mo Bar, White Shades, No Sleep Club, Nutmeg & Clove, and Elephant Room, among others. These bars will be offering signature cocktails at a special price of $18 from May 1 to 12. There will also be a lineup of guest bar shifts and events held by experts in the bar industry.  Which are the participating bars for the Singapore Cocktail Takeover? The 30 bars participating in the event are:  Alley Bar Barbary Coast Brooklyn Bar  Cin Cin  Draftland  Dragon Chamber  Elephant Room  Gibson  Gotti  Jigger & Pony Jungle Ballroom  Last Word Live Twice Madame Fan Mo Bar Moga  Neon Pigeon  No Sleep Club  Nutmeg & Clove Offtrack  Origin  Plume  Potato Head  Republic Bar  Spectre Stay Gold Flamingo Sugarhall Tess Bar White Shades  Writers Bar What guest shifts and events will be happening at Sing

Jiak Kim House

Jiak Kim House

You can now dine where you once danced, because what was once the loudest club in town is now an elegant modern Asian restaurant by The Brewerkz Group. We’re talking about Jiak Kim House, which took over the old Zouk establishment along Jiak Kim Street. The 1920s heritage warehouse now presents contemporary interpretations of traditional local flavours as a nod to the building’s storied past. And before you roll your eyes at yet another Mod-Sin restaurant sprouting up in the city, here’s our take on why we think this one matters. We first have to give some credit to the space. The guys at the Dinding Design Office managed to transform a raucous party house that was perpetually shrouded in darkness – barring those flashing strobe lights – into a swanky space that marries contemporary design elements with traditional touches. Its new look also gives you a feel of how expansive the warehouse is, thanks to the lofty ceilings and sculptural light fixtures that illuminate the interiors. The highlight is the industrial metal structures and arches along the ceiling that are retained from the original building, giving the entire space a more organic feel. As for the food, we love that Chef TQ isn’t afraid to go down on the seasonings, and what results is a menu full of punchy, robust flavours, down to the bread course. Instead of sourdoughs and brioche buns, expect bolo buns stuffed with century egg and ‘mochishires’ – a mix of Yorkshire pudding and Brazilian cheese bread – to pair w

Sake Matsuri Singapore 2024

Sake Matsuri Singapore 2024

Sake Matsuri, Singapore’s largest independent craft sake festival returns for its eighth edition this year on May 11 and 12. The festival will also be held at a bigger venue – the F1 Pit Building Garage, home to the iconic night race.  This year’s festival is sponsored by Air Japan – the ANA subsidiary that just launched affordable direct flights to Japan this year, and will feature over 100 sake breweries and labels from all over Japan. There will be two sessions running each day for a duration of three hours each, from 11am to 2pm, and from 4pm to 7pm. During each session, festival-goers will be treated to free-flow samples of sake and receive a complimentary Sake Matsuri wine glass by the Austrian glassware brand Riedel. The cherry on top is that you’ll also get to purchase bottles of your favourite sake and spirits at exclusive festival prices. The grand showcase will feature plenty of award-winning names and rare labels, including the premium Junmai Daiginjo which is brewed with highly polished rice to give a light, complex and fragrant flavour; as well as Namazakes or unpasteurised sake. Also look out for rare sake made from traditional methods like Bodaimoto and Kimoto, warm sake, as well as a range of Japanese spirits at the festival.  Tickets are priced at $55 each, but you get to save $5 per ticket if you purchase a bundle of five tickets ($250). Get your tickets here before they are sold out.

Dirty Supper

Dirty Supper

The Tiong Bahru neighbourhood welcomes its newest tenant to the iconic Moh Guan Terrace – Dirty Supper. Taking over where Bincho at Hua Bee used to be, Dirty Supper adopts a similar concept, sharing the space with the bak chor mee stall which opens in the day, and then taking over from 3pm till late to serve seasonal small plates.  Run by chef-owner Peter Smit who was previously at Sago House, Adrift, and Underdog Inn, the joint marries his mastery of whole animal cooking and his love for the grill. Smit finds that true nose-to-tail dining isn’t fully achievable in Singapore due to food regulations on animal products like pig’s blood, so he endeavours to do what he can with the local produce that’s available, seeing little need to import ingredients. When asked what cuisine Dirty Supper specialises in, he humorously shoots back “The honest answer is I have no idea. I tell people that I serve food on a plate, sometimes in a bowl”. At Dirty Supper, you can expect a modest and ever-evolving menu comprising mostly small plates that each spotlight a different animal part, depending on the day’s produce.  Scooch over to the open kitchen counter to catch the chefs in action – these are the best seats in the house. We recommend starting with one of the cocktails off the reasonably priced drinks menu. You’ll find most of them leaning towards savoury profiles as per Smit’s liking, and we can’t recommend the apple highball ($18) enough. Scotch whisky, apple juice and lemon juice are co

Air

Air

Air might occupy a massive 40,000 square feet of land at Dempsey Hill, but the ideals and ambition behind it are arguably larger than the space it takes up. When taken apart, the restaurant’s name stands for “awareness, impact and responsibility”, and it aims to “inspire thought about food”. The brainchild of renowned chefs Matthew Orlando and Will Goldfarb from Noma and Room4Desserts respectively, the restaurant plates up contemporary Southeast Asian and European grub in a casual yet eco-conscious setting.  But more than that, the massive compound is also home to an expansive lawn area fit for picnics and events, a culinary research and development space on the restaurant’s second floor, and even its own working garden with fresh produce. The research space comes equipped with a temperature-controlled room for fermentation and a dedicated area for holding workshops, while the edible garden sees seasonal produce like roselle flowers and kaffir lime leaves harvested and used in the restaurant’s dishes.  For the casual diner, such serious, sustainability-focused preaching tends to fall on deaf ears. Which is why Orlando insists that with food, taste and accessibility are key, while sustainability should follow closely after. The idea is that if diners aren’t interested in the restaurant’s sustainability narrative or eco-friendly practices, they can still enjoy tasty Southeast Asian-European fare in a beautifully furnished space with great views. “We’ll never do something just

Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2024

Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2024

The annual Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar is back in full swing, and will be running for a full month from March 8 to April 9. This year’s theme is Semangat Raya, meaning ‘spirit of Hari Raya’. There will be over 500 food and retail stalls at the bazaar – slightly fewer than last year’s 700 due to ongoing works around the area.  To keep things affordable, most F&B stalls will also be offering two items priced at $3 each. You can expect smaller, mini-sized snacking portions for these, while bigger portions or signature items from the stalls will be available at a top-up. Read on to find out what we managed to get for $3 and other items that you should try. Grab a bag of fried chicken skin from Jom Lekor. For $3, you’ll get a generous amount of crispy, well-seasoned pieces . The signature lekor ($7) – Malay fish crisps – are freshly fried in-house and come in flavours like chilli kicap, samyang, and Thai sweet chilli. You can also get a bowl of customised Jom Mie (from $6) at the store. Simply choose from the range of instant noodles available, select your preferred spice level, pick your favourite sides, and watch them fry it up on the spot.  For a quick snack, drop by the Indian rojak stall Ministry of Rojak, where you can get vadai – a savoury Indian snack – and a cup of warm, comforting teh tarik at $3. If you’ve worked up more of an appetite, get the rojak-in-a-cup or sharing sets that feed up to four, consisting of an assortment of dough fritters and fried snacks like temp

Punch Room

Punch Room

You might have already heard about the new swanky hotel along Cuscaden Road. The Singapore Edition is the freshest kid on the block among luxury boutique hotels, and following its debut in late 2023 comes the launch of its signature bar concept – Punch Room. Getting here is a journey in itself. You first have to go through the veiled doors of the hotel which give way to a cosy, otherworldly lobby space. Then, descend the hotel’s iconic spiral staircase and enter the inconspicuous side door on the left. You’ll be greeted with a room decked out in striking Yves Klein blue and plush, velvety sofas – a stylish reinterpretation of your classic London gentleman’s club. The bar is the first of its kind in Singapore to house a punch-focused menu. Punch – which consists of spirits, spices, citrus, teas and sugar – was regularly consumed by sailors along trade routes in the 17th century, and is widely recognised as the first ever cocktail. At Punch Room, the bartenders shake up unique infusions inspired by Southeast Asian spices and local stories.   The Tempest Punch ($27) – based on the tale of Sang Nila Utama – is the bar’s signature gin and rum cocktail, assisted by fresh and floral flavours from cucumber, lime, coriander seed and jasmine silver needle tea. Meanwhile, Daeng’s Punch ($27) is a rum and coffey grain whisky concoction with vetiver, betel leaf, starfruit and assam tea, inspired by Temmengong Daeng Ibrahim – former pirate hunter and ruler of Johor. Thankfully, you won’t

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Four exciting bars in town to check out this May

Four exciting bars in town to check out this May

May is an exciting month for cocktail lovers: World Cocktail Day happening on May 13, and there’s still a couple more days before the Singapore Cocktail Takeover 2024 (SGT 2024) wraps up on May 12. If you’re planning a bar hop any time this month, we’ve curated just the guide that’ll take you ‘round some of the buzziest joints in town, while making sure you stay hydrated. From now till May 12, these four bars will be giving out free Perrier bottles when you visit them to encourage you to ‘Drink More Water’ as you savour your cocktails. But if you miss it, fret not – you can still head down to Boat Quay on May 16 and 17 to collect free bottles of water to stay hydrated while on a night out. Save this bar hop itinerary and share it with your friends! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Singapore (@timeoutsg) 1. No Sleep Club Photograph: No Sleep Club / Instagram Start your evening at No Sleep Club, a casual, grungy watering hole at Keong Saik serving cocktails and natural wines. They’re shaking up two specialty drinks ($18 each) for SGT 2024 with Malfy lemon gin: the French 75 with lemon yoghurt, cardamom and a dash of cava; and the hoppy and spritzy Dirty Highball with sherry and olives. The confit potato makes for a good bar snack – topped with dill ranch, maitake and truffle. 2. Gotti Italiano Photograph: Gotti Italiano Next, switch things up at Gotti. The ten-minute walk from No Sleep Club should give you time to hydrate yourself be

Explore Singapore’s best bars while staying hydrated at this unique bar hop experience

Explore Singapore’s best bars while staying hydrated at this unique bar hop experience

Responsible bar hopping might just be the latest nightlife trend. Singapore’s bar scene is packed with buzzing joints, and with so many exciting bars to check out, we want to be sure we’re having a blast while still drinking responsibly. After all, no one loves dealing with an ugly hangover after a fun night out.  This May 29 and 30, Time Out Singapore, Pernod Ricard and Perrier are teaming up to bring you the ‘Drink More Water’ Hydration Hop. This specially curated tour will take you around some of the best bars in Singapore while ensuring you stay hydrated and drink responsibly. Explore three bars each night and enjoy exclusive cocktails crafted with Pernod Ricard spirits and Perrier. There will also be bar bites, free transport vouchers, and limited-edition goodie bags. Read on to find out more. When is the ‘Drink More Water’ Hydration Hop happening? The Hydration Hop will be held on May 29 and May 30, from 7.30pm to 11pm each night. You may choose to attend either night, or both. Which bars will be participating in the Hydration Hop? Photograph: Neon Pigeon On May 29, hit up trendy bars around town like White Shades. The bar’s known for exclusively serving highballs on its first floor and for its chill, alfresco rooftop space. You will also visit the spunky, modern izakaya-bar Neon Pigeon, helmed by Mario la Pietra from London’s award-winning Luggage Room Bar. And finally, the vintage apothecary-inspired themed bar Spectre. Photograph: Atlas On May 30, explore the tim

Gourmet Park now has a second pop-up location at Kampong Bugis which has taken over Camp Kilo

Gourmet Park now has a second pop-up location at Kampong Bugis which has taken over Camp Kilo

You might have heard of the food truck park that opened at Resorts World Sentosa last year which brought together popular brands like The Goodburger, Lavi Taco, Quattro Pizza and Spank My Dough in one place. Well, the same folks behind Gourmet Park RWS have now launched a new food truck park at a much more accessible location in town.  Gourmet Park Kampong Bugis is the newest project by Food Truck Nation, set to run from now till the end of December. The park has taken over the site that used to house the grillhouse Camp Kilo. Despite being near the city, the location is shrouded by greenery, away from the main road and high-rise buildings. The space is also pet-friendly. Photograph: Gourmet Park Kampong Bugis Look forward to a mix of familiar Gourmet Park participating brands, as well as a few new partner stores. A new British breakfast concept – Breakfast by Carnaby – is coming on board as a teaser before its official launch at Robertson Quay in the second half of this year. The brand is headlined by Chef Adam Penney, previously the executive head chef at Potato Head Folk and Three Buns. At Breakfast by Carnaby, you can expect indulgent plates of classic English breakfasts, buttermilk pancakes, toasts and more.  Popular smokehouse Meatsmith will also be making an appearance at the Gourmet Park. Fans of its dry-aged meats can now get slabs of the Meatsmith Beef Brisket ($28), the highly-raved pork belly burnt ends ($13) and pork and jalapeño sausages ($11) without the hass

New Korean grocer Taste K will be holding a pop-up at Takashimaya from April 25

New Korean grocer Taste K will be holding a pop-up at Takashimaya from April 25

A new online Korean grocer, Taste K, is set to launch in Singapore this week. Taste K is the sister brand of SoGoodK – a popular online store selling Korean lifestyle products. To mark the launch, there will be a physical pop-up event at Takashimaya Shopping Centre from April 25 to May 6, where you can try a variety of Korean produce that will be available on the website.  You can expect to see kimchi products ranging from classic kimchi, dried kimchi, kimchi pickles, and the highly acclaimed Silbi kimchi, which is known for being extremely spicy and addictive. Silbi kimchi has gained popularity among mukbang YouTubers and was even awarded the 2021 Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Award. Taste K will also be introducing a new kimchi – the Anthorich-kimchi – which is a blend of cabbage and gat (mustard greens) made with a secret recipe from Jeollanam-do, Korea. Photograph: Taste K There will also be a variety of Korean melons including Santa Honey watermelon, Black Winner watermelon, Beta Carotene Oriental melon, Elite Honey Oriental melon and K3 Muskmelon. The melons are distinguishable by their patterns, colours and flavour profiles, and will be available for sampling at the pop-up. Other items to look out for at the pop-up include purple goguma (honey sweet potato) – a traditional Korean snack known for its sweet and nutty flavour; 2-minute ready packets of nutritious mixed grain rice; and assorted seafood soup packets in five different flavours. Apart from tr

Korea’s largest craft beer and fried chicken chain Daily Beer to open in Singapore

Korea’s largest craft beer and fried chicken chain Daily Beer to open in Singapore

Daily Beer – South Korea’s largest craft beer and fried chicken chain – is coming to Singapore this month. The brand has over 370 stores in Korea and is the country’s leading craft beer taproom. In just a couple of weeks, they will unveil their first South Korean outpost at the vibrant Telok Ayer district in Singapore, just across Amoy Street Food Centre.  The store’s name Daily Beer is a direct translation of “생활맥주”, which can also mean “life beer”. The chain is easily recognisable from the eye-catching “生活” (“life” in Mandarin) and “No Beer No Work” decals pasted on its shopfronts across Korea. Among their fans are celebrities like Xiumin of EXO, the cast of Running Man, actors Kim Da Mi and Cho Yeo Jeong, as well as Korean YouTubers like Pungja and Sanghaegi. This year also marks the brand’s 10th anniversary. Since opening in 2014, Daily Beer has collaborated with over 50 local, small-batch Korean breweries to create unique, specialty craft beers. Just last year, it released a limited edition IPA in Seoul, brewed using wild yeast that was harvested from pine trees in Mount Namsan.  Photograph: 생활맥주 / Facebook At its new Singapore branch, you can expect a range of seven craft beers exclusively produced in partnership with Korean breweries. These will all be served from the tap and in the brand’s iconic beer glasses. The Kampong Pilsner ($14) has a crisp, clean flavour perfect for pairing with fries, while the K-Festbier ($12) is a Marzen-style lager with swe

Smoke & Mirrors comes in second among the best rooftop bars in the world

Smoke & Mirrors comes in second among the best rooftop bars in the world

In case you haven’t heard the news, one of Singapore’s bars made it on Time Out’s annual ranking of the 22 best rooftop bars in the world, and it’s none other than Smoke & Mirrors. The bar clinched the second spot on the list, coming in before cities like Paris, London, Cape Town, Barcelona, and Los Angeles. The annual list is put together based on insights from our global network of food and drink editors and writers in different cities. You might be wondering how a bar in our tiny city made it on the ranking. Singapore is known to be a concrete jungle after all, flanked by serious skyscrapers and office buildings. But here’s why we think Smoke & Mirrors is well deserving of a spot in the list. The bar is perched atop the National Gallery – the largest art gallery in Singapore with over 8,000 artworks from Singapore’s National Collection. Once known as the City Hall, this nearly 200-year-old building was the stage for some of the most significant moments in Singapore’s history. Now, Smoke & Mirrors is a buzzing hotspot for locals and tourists alike, known for its stunning panoramic vistas of Singapore’s skyline. Roll in during sunset or after dusk to enjoy the glimmering nighttime view of skyscrapers, the padang, the historic Victoria Concert Hall, and of course, the iconic Marina Bay Sands and the bay area in the distance. Pro tip: request for seats along the balcony for an undeniably romantic night out. The bar’s signature menu is called ‘The Real Art of Drinking’, presen

Tigerlily Patisserie by ex-Les Amis pastry chef is closing down after four years

Tigerlily Patisserie by ex-Les Amis pastry chef is closing down after four years

After three years at the Joo Chiat neighbourhood, Tigerlily Patisserie is permanently closing on April 30.  The shop announced its closure in an Instagram post on April 6, where it recounted its journey starting as an online business during the Covid-19 pandemic, to opening its first brick-and-mortar store. In the message, Chef Maxine Ngooi also thanked the brand’s supporters and mentioned that it was time for her to “personally reset and explore new culinary adventures”. Ngooi also cited "the challenge of rising operational costs" like "rental rates" and "cost of ingredients" as main reasons for the closure.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tigerlily Patisserie (@tigerlilypatisserie) Ngooi previously held stints at Les Amis, Joel Robuchon Restaurant, and was the head pastry chef at the now defunct one-Michelin-starred Vianney Massot. In 2022, she was also voted Pastry Chef of the Year at the World Gourmet Awards and included in Prestige’s list of 40 under 40.  Tigerlily Patisserie was launched by Ngooi in 2020 as a virtual bakery selling sweet and savoury pastry boxes consisting of four different bakes. Ngooi tapped on the free time she had during the circuit breaker to experiment with different kinds of pastries, taking inspiration from her mother’s home business serving Eurasian and Peranakan food. The result was artisanal Asian-inspired bakes with French pastry-making techniques. The brand would later go on to open its first physical sto

「Mashi No Mashi」がシンガポールに上陸

「Mashi No Mashi」がシンガポールに上陸

シンガポールにはすでにたくさんのラーメン店があるが、人気のラーメンブランドがさらにもう一つ加わることになった。 それは「世界初の100%和牛ラーメン」で知られる東京発のラーメンショップ「Mashi No Mashi」。2024年4月5日(木)、そのシンガポール店がブギスの「グオコ ミッドタウン」にオープンし、シンガポールで唯一の「和牛つけ麺」を提供する。 Mashi No Mashiは現在、東京、香港、サウジアラビアに店舗を構えている。ブギスの新店舗はシンガポール、そして東南アジアで初の店舗となる。このチェーンは、創業者の一人であるシェフの浜田寿人が厳選した「尾崎牛」のみを使ったラーメンで一躍有名になった。尾崎牛は宮崎県が発祥の地で、尾崎無尽が所有する小さな牧場で育てられた黒毛和牛を指す。複雑なうまみとほのかな甘みが特徴だ。 4月からシンガポールで楽しめるようになる人気メニューの一つが「特製和牛つけ麺」。弾力がある麺をつけだれと楽しむ一品で、和牛や同店のアイコンであるサルのロゴが刻印されたのりなどがトッピングされている。 Photograph: Mashi No Mashi / Instagram ほかにも、尾崎牛と但馬牛の牛骨で取ったスープが特徴の「ウルトラ和牛ラーメン」や、尾崎牛の異なる4種類のカットを使用した大人気の「和牛焼き餃子」、和牛つけ麺をよりスパイシーにした「つけ麺デス」など、注目のメニューがめじろ押しだ。さらに、浜田のローカルフードへの愛から生み出された、シンガポール限定メニューとなるこしょうがきいた「和牛バクテー」も登場する。 営業時間、全メニュー、価格などの詳細はMashi No Mashiの公式ウェブサイトでチェックしてほしい。 関連記事 『Iconic wagyu ramen chain Mashi No Mashi to launch in Singapore on April 5(原文)』 『東京、手もみ麺15選』 『東京、ワンタン麺15選』 『東京、モダンラーメン11選』 『東京、鶏白湯ラーメン18選』 『東京、ベストラーメン2023』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら  

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024: 9 Singapore restaurants make the list

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024: 9 Singapore restaurants make the list

Hot off the press from Seoul, South Korea: nine Singapore restaurants make it on the coveted Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list this year. The live awards ceremony was held earlier this evening at the International Continental Seoul Parnas, where the top 50 restaurants in Asia for 2024 were announced. The winners from Singapore are: Odette at #10  Burnt Ends at #15 Euphoria at #20 Born at #25 Meta at #28 Labyrinth at #30 Seroja at #31 Les Amis at #38 Lolla at #43 This year marks yet another stellar showing by Singapore. We have the most restaurants ranked in the top 50, with Japan coming in second. At number 10 is Odette, which retains its title of the Best Restaurant in Singapore and keeps its spot in the top 10 restaurants in Asia. Seroja – which is a new entrant to the list this year – comes in strong at #31 and also clinches the Highest New Entry Award. Also worthy of applause is Lolla at #43, which makes it comfortably into the top 50 rankings after rising a whopping 20 spots from last year. The restaurant is helmed by chef Johanne Siy who bagged the Asia’s Best Female Chef award in 2023.  Other noteworthy mentions are Burnt Ends (#15) which climbed nine spots to establish itself as Singapore’s stalwart barbecue institution. French-Chinese restaurant Born (#25) – which was last year’s new entrant – also showed promising results, rising 11 spots from last year. And Les Amis (#38), which celebrates its 30th year anniversary this year, maintains its position in the top 50, a

Beloved ice cream shop Tom’s Palette to open its second outlet at Kovan on March 30

Beloved ice cream shop Tom’s Palette to open its second outlet at Kovan on March 30

One great way to beat the sweltering heat is with an ice cream cone in hand, and better still if it’s from one of Singapore’s OG gelato artisans – Tom’s Palette. Well, fans of the ice cream shop will be delighted to know that Tom’s Palette’s second outlet will be opening on March 30 at Kovan.  The new outlet is at a more accessible location for heartlanders living in the North-East region, and is only a 10-minute walk from Kovan MRT. The best part: it will be open till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays for you to get your late night ice cream fix.  Photograph: Tom's Palette/Facebook Get excited for Kovan-exclusive flavours, including the Sober Pina Colada, white chocolate passionfruit, and honey apricot cardamom. Of course, fan-favourites like the salted caramel cheesecake, kochi yuzu, and Alphonso mango sorbet will also be available.  There’s even an outlet-exclusive treat called the King Pin’s Cone, which features fresh coconut milk gelato and putu mayam with red sugar atop the brand’s signature waffle cone. The dessert pays homage to the neighbourhood’s storied past where it used to be surrounded by coconut plantations and was home to Singapore’s ‘Bee Hoon King’, Lim Ah Pin. Photograph: Cheryl Sekkappan Tom’s Palette has been around since 2005 and has gradually established itself as a household name for ice cream lovers over the years. Its current outlet at Bugis sees flocks of new customers and long-time diners who have been patronising the shop from back when it was

McDonald’s to bring back the purple sweet potato soft serve on March 28

McDonald’s to bring back the purple sweet potato soft serve on March 28

Earlier today, McDonald’s announced the return of the purple sweet potato soft serve on its Instagram page. The crowd-favourite ice cream – which previously went viral for its pretty lilac colour – will be available from 11am onwards on March 28 for a limited time at McDonald’s outlets across Singapore.  The sweet potato soft serve was first introduced in 2019 and served in a dark-coloured waffle cone unlike the regular McDonald’s ice cream cone. In 2020, it made a brief comeback before it was removed from the menu again. This will be the first time in four years that McDonald’s is bringing back the popular soft serve.  The ice cream is said to be rich and creamy, and it’s also likely that Japanese sweet potatoes are used in the soft serve, given the Japanese words in the Instagram post. Along with the ice cream cones, there’s a possibility that McDonald’s will also be bringing us other sweet potato snacks, as the chain's Instagram post hinted that “new purple sweet potato treats” will be available on the 28th.  Check out McDonald’s Instagram page for updates on the new menu items. Meanwhile, make sure to save the date and get your hands on the popular ice cream while it’s still available. READ MORE: The best ice cream shops in SingaporeBen & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is happening in Singapore on April 16 2024Popular pizza brand Casa Vostra to open its first store, taking over McDonald’s at Raffles City

Popular pizza brand Casa Vostra to open its first store, taking over McDonald’s at Raffles City

Popular pizza brand Casa Vostra to open its first store, taking over McDonald’s at Raffles City

Earlier this month, passersby noticed a hoarding around McDonald’s at Raffles City, indicating that it had shuttered. The fast food chain, which has been at the mall since 2009, will be replaced by Casa Vostra – a new Italian bistro set to open this June.  While some are saddened by the closure, there’s much to be excited about the opening of Casa Vostra. The pizza brand first launched in 2023 as a delivery-only, ready-to-heat concept, where handmade, restaurant-standard pizzas are delivered to your doorstep for popping into the oven. The pizzas were so well-received that the brand even opened a pop-up at Ann Siang Hill last November. The new store at Raffles City will be Casa Vostra’s first brick-and-mortar outlet, where visitors can enjoy a quick sit-down or grab-and-go meal, shop for Italian goods, and watch live pizza and pasta making.  Photograph: Casa Vostra Casa Vostra is headed by Chef Antonio Miscellaneo who also runs La Bottega Enoteca – touted as the best pizzeria in Singapore. La Bottega Enoteca holds the 19th spot on the 50 Top Pizza awards in the Asia Pacific region and is the only pizzeria in Singapore with this accolade. Just last month, Miscellaneo teamed up with Chef Diego Vitagliano from the world’s number one pizzeria in Naples, for a fully sold-out dinner collaboration. Come June, diners can expect Casa Vostra’s trademark handcrafted 12-inch Newpolitan and DoubleCrunch pizzas that are known for their crispy, and airy texture. The bistro will also presen