The CBD isn't thirsty for good cocktail bars, but hardcore bar hoppers certainly crave a friendly place for an after-party. Here's where Skinny's Lounge shines. In this converted Chinese KTV bar on Boat Quay, Cufflink Club alum Nick Haas tunes down the dodge in favour of a utilitarian, brown particle board aesthetic reminiscent of the neighbourhood bars of his American beginnings. Behind a pool table patio lies booth and bar seats where you can sip on the reasonably priced and well-made riffs on classic drinks whipped up by Haas and bartender Leo 'Chewy' Tanemo. Drinks on the Fast and Cheap list like the Americano and Paloma are priced at $15, and the Make It Nice option allows more discerning drinkers to upgrade other classics ($18) with artisanal spirits at just a $3 top-up.
Deeper inside the darkened bar, a KTV room awaits. A group minimum spend of $200 secures you the whole room for an hour – order the Pimm's Cup punch ($200), served out of a repurposed Carlsberg beer dispenser, when in doubt. The bar's real draw is also in its themed happy hours. Show up with your Tinder match on Tuesday for a free drink, or come in a group of four women (drag queens are counted as well) on Ladies Disco Wednesday for a free bottle of sparkling rosé.
|Venue name:||Skinny's Lounge|
82 Boat Quay
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 5pm-3am; Sat 7pm-4am|
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