Barrio by Mex Out is the Mexican taqueria that opens a new chapter on the dynamic success of its parent brand. Everything you loved about Mex Out is now in an exciting 70-seater location right in the heart of Orchard Road.
The barrio, Spanish for ‘neighbourhood’, is a residential space for Mexicans to work, trade, socialise – in short, a hangout.
Living up to its name, Barrio by Mex Out takes on a hip, cheery space for people to take pleasure in good food and fine drink with great company. Urban but with a cool neighbourhood feel, it’s a hangout for friends, fun, and food.
Guided by its Fresh-Mex cuisine, Barrio by Mex Out guarantees authentic Mexican flavours derived from the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The restaurant features an expanded menu of fan favourites from Mex Out, complemented by new plated dishes, starters, bar snacks, tortas (a Mexican burger), and desserts. It’s a journey of healthy Mexican deliciousness – at prices that will make you smile.
Fresh-Mex is born of Mex-American cuisine, with influences from ancient Mayan and Aztec culture, through Spanish and French traditions to the modern flavours and spices of Baja California and the Caribbean. Combine this with the freshest quality meat, seafood, dairy, and vegetables you can find, and it’s little wonder people speak of Fresh-Mex food in the most salsa-licious terms!
Barrio by Mex Out makes its guacamole in-house every day using fresh avocado mashed and seasoned with lime, salt, and small amounts of red onions, jalapeno peppers, tomato and cilantro. Just the right amount of lime juice is added – key to ensuring the guacamole’s smooth texture and a slightly tangy taste. The tortilla chips too are fried and bagged in-house daily, guaranteeing that the chips are fresh, crispy, and utterly delicious.
Also made in-house daily are the salsas, using ingredients such as freshly diced tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, lime juice, salt and chillis. Some worth trying are the pico de gallo and the unique mango and pineapple salsa. And fresh-caught snapper is used in the ceviche and salad.
Many Mex Out favourites are on the menu, including the burrito wraps, burrito rice bowls, tacos and salads. The restaurant offers plated dishes, starters, bar snacks, tortas, and desserts such as the Chocolate and Chilli Brownie, for sharing. There are vegetarian options and a breakfast menu that’s available until 3pm everyday.
Boat Quay’s newest addition isn’t the run-of-the-mill pub or sports bar. Skinny’s Lounge is a place to get solid cocktails that don’t break the bank; a venue for showing off those pipes without stepping into a regular KTV; and a post-party haven for kicking back with a bucket of beers and some comforting snacks before meandering home. Dreamed up by bartender Nick Haas, who worked alongside Joel Fraser and Christian Hartmann at The Cufflink Club and Vasco, Skinny’s embodies his desire for a refuge for those in search of great drinks in a fun and fuss-free environment.
Outfitted with dark wooden wall panels, as well as cork-lined walls and funky neon graffiti artist- painted windows, the grungy subterranean space comes complete with flashing disco lights, pool tables and a private karaoke room for up to 10 people. Open until 3am on weekdays and 4am on weekends, the casual and raucous riverside watering hole dishes out a slew of classic cocktails, beers and American-style bar snacks to rival the best in the city. Skinny’s is an alternative destination for cocktail fans, an ideal spot for laidback drinks that differ from the experience typical of this nightlife hotspot.
The straightforward menu comprises easy-drinking classic cocktails, large-format cocktail towers, craft and commercial American brews, and savoury bar snacks. For under $20, solid libations catering to myriad tastes are made by talented bartenders including Leo Chue, formerly of 28 HongKong Street. The menu’s Fast and Cheap options are geared towards those who want something quick. It has cocktails like the Paloma, a citrusy tequila-based drink topped off with soda, and the Americano, a balanced Campari and sweet vermouth cocktail.
There is also a wider range of classic creations with an option to Make It Nice, where cocktails are made with artisanal spirits at an additional $3. This includes the Caiprioska shaken with vodka, fresh lime juice and cane sugar, as well as the Daiquiri No. 1 (El Floridita Style), a Havana-style ice-blended drink with Cuban rum, Maraschino liqueur and fresh lime. Other refreshing cocktails include the Gin Basil Smash, a shaken drink with London dry gin, fresh basil and muddled lemon, as well as the citrusy El Diablo made with tequila and ginger beer, topped with a crème de cassis float. For those who prefer something fresh yet smoky, the menu also offers the Pencillin, shaken with blended Scotch whiskey, zingy ginger and an Islay mist.
Swap out jugs for large-format cocktail towers that serve eight to 12 people. Made with Pimm’s No. 1, cucumber, fruits and ginger ale, the classic Pimm’s Cup is supersized and presented in these self-serve towers. If beer is more your speed, the bar also has a list of commercial and craft American beers from the likes of Miller Genuine Draft and Brooklyn Lager to hoppy Kona Brewing Company bottles.
No drinking den is complete without bar bites. The succinct menu is full of comforting and booze- friendly savoury snacks. Pair drinks with a 9-inch ‘Murican Hotdog, steaming Philadelphia-style Jumbo Soft Pretzels and the quintessential chips and dip: Ruffles with Sour Cream and Onion Dip.
The bar also plays host to tongue-in-cheek themed happy hours happening all week long. Special nights include Tinder Tuesdays, where couples who have met on the dating app get free drinks upon showing their matches, as well as a Wednesday night Ladies Disco, complete with throwback tunes and a free bottle of sparkling rosé for every group of four women.
An ode to the classic American neighbourhood bar, Skinny’s Lounge is a no-holds-barred space a stone’s throw away from the thick of the Boat Quay action. In the city’s packed nightlife scene, it is an oasis for good company, unpretentious drinks, and a young and dynamic team of individuals who have cut their teeth at some of the city’s finest bars.
Following fifteen months of renovation, the Hermes flagship store at Liat Towers in Singapore where it has called home for the past 30 years, has re-opened, offering a retail experience across four floors topped off with a stunning facade.
The 670 sq m of retail and exhibition space features windows of different heights and sizes, angled and furnished with Venetian blinds to block out direct sunlight.
The store has been expanded by 4m towards Angullia Park where its new main entrance is, creating a porch-like shelter as customers alight from the road.
On the rooftop of the boutique is the recognisable statue of the iconic Hermes firework-maker on horseback, with Singapore only the second store in the world after Miami to feature the sculpture on its exterior.
A simple, fuss-free corner situated strategically at the hotel entrance where our guests can takeaway straightforward salads, light sandwiches and some sweet bites to go. If you’re in the mood for drinking, there are even spirit-boosters available to “lift your spirits” alongside the standard, coffee, tea and sodas.
From Singapore's first sea turtle hatchery to a floating pontoon with see-through panels, detailed plans to transform Sisters' Islands into the heart of the country's marine life conservation efforts have been revealed.
The 40ha Sisters' Islands Marine Park, first announced in 2014 and about the size of 50 football fields, comprises the two Sisters' Islands - which are a 40-minute boat ride from Marina South Pier - surrounding reefs and the western reefs of nearby St John's Island and Pulau Tekukor. Its ecosystem supports corals, anemones, seahorses, fish and other marine life.
At Blue Bistro Café, they serve a fusion of East and West homemade flavours with a vegetarian twist - no meat, garlic, onion, chives, shallots and leek.
They offer a variety of rice and noodles-based set meals, and baked, stuffed sandwiches, catering to the cosmopolitan lifestyle of their customers.
Their signature dish is the Blue Rice set meal. Prepared in the ‘Kelantanese-Thai’ influenced style, basmati rice soaked and cooked with blue-tinged water from butterfly pea flowers is served with fried vegetarian fish, boiled okra, special sambal and garnished with pan-fried grated coconut, and chopped kaffir lime leaves and ginger flower buds.
Poised to cut a swath in Singapore’s sneaker‐loving community is The Social Foot, a brand‐new multi‐label sneaker and lifestyle concept store that offers an engaging shopping experience anchored on the exciting social media trend.
Using a colour palette of gunmetal grey and midnight black, the store is created to have a modern and sleek allure. The shelves remain largely unbranded, which is a deliberate move by the company, to encourage customers to browse and discover sneakers from various brands. The ceiling is inbuilt with changing LED lighting which allows the store set the tone for any desired ambience.
Setting itself apart from the competition, The Social Foot is also built with creating a space for the sneaker community in mind. The interior fixtures are modular in design, allowing the store to be transformed into an intimate event space or a pop‐up installation in a heartbeat. There are plans for future events that will allow the sneaker community to be involved in their own sneaker customization; talks with sneaker authorities; preview launches; and more.
Buoyed by a stellar roster of sneaker brand names including Adidas; Reebok Classic; Pro‐Keds; Keds; Sperry; Asics; Puma; Saucony Originals; Onitsuka Tiger; New Balance and Lacoste, The Social Foot allows individuals to find as well as develop their own identities through sneaker fashion.