Junior The Pocket Bar has opened its doors at a new location on Ann Siang Hill. Formerly part of The Proof Collective, Junior The Pocket Bar is now independently owned by proprietor, Joe Alessandroni, with Hazel Long helming the bar and Peter Chua remaining Bartender in Residence and also becoming an equity partner in the business, Junior Productions Pte Ltd.
Providing guests with the same intimacy and cosiness that Junior is known for, the space currently seats 25 people, and offers a refresh to its latest menu, with some exciting additions.
A locally rooted, modern bar, Junior The Pocket Bar works with local artists and craft producers to showcase the flavours and traditions of the world’s great drinking cultures, reinterpreted for a modern cocktail bar. Junior will retain its rotating concept while establishing a core Junior identify that will remain the backbone of the bar programme.
The updated menu sees the introduction of Junior’s Homebrew & Highballs, which will remain a staple on the menu. These low concept, flavour driven house fermented beverages can be with alcohol (make it boozy) or without (keep it boujee). Flavours include Thai Ginger Beer with mixed ginger, curry spice and sour tamarind (can be spiked with dark rum), and Lacto Lime Soda with salt-cured citrus, lime leaf and soda (with the option to add tequila). Junior’s core menu also includes Eat The Rich, a selection of culinary cocktails paired with a decadent small bite, such as the Deviled Egg Martini with Hendrick’s Orbium Gin, botanical infused white port, East India sherry, and grapefruit bitters, served with a Caviar Deviled Egg. A small selection of natural wines, craft beers, and fine spirits rounds out the drink offerings.
Junior’s current concept, Washi is inspired by the bars in Shinjuku’s Golden Gai with a funky, playful twist on the 1980’s Bubble Era Tokyo. The bar’s fifth volume sees origami cocktails such as the Crane, with kyoho grape, Sakura vermouth, cognac and lemon, the Rabbit with miso roast carrot aqavit, honey, lemon and Junmai sake, and the Panda with genmaicha vermouth, sparkling sake botanic vodka and pickled bamboo shoot.
The bar snacks menu has a couple of items that take a nod to the Washi theme with the Tako Wasabi marinated octopus calamansi, wasabi and the Roast Pumpkin Hummus with yellow miso, furikake vegetable crudites. Signature Sandos include the Mala Hot Chicken fried sandwich with Szechuan sauce, purple cabbage slaw and pickled pineapple and the French Dip BÃ nh MÃ with slow-cooked beef shank, onion jam, fresh herbs and spiced beef jus.
Hair of the Dog colloquially refers to the drink that is taken to lessen the effects of a hangover. While they wish you to never be there, they want you to know that your HOTD cocktail is on them when you drop by the next day?
Wallet-friendly wines, whiskeys on promo, bar bites and mains, Hair of the Dog has the simple plain goodness that leaves you going for more.
Award-winning craft beer brewery Heart of Darkness from Saigon, Vietnam has relocated their taproom to a new space on Keong Saik Road.
With high demand for a bigger, better and badasser location, a major upgrade was needed. Heart of Darkness 2.0 brings the same good vibes and hospitality guests have come to expect, now just bigger and better! Guests can now enjoy 25+ craft beers on tap along with a wide variety of wines, creative beer cocktails and a full kitchen cooking up delicious western fusion tapas.
In the heart of the taproom, the centrepiece of the space, a large mural brings to life a Dragon and Merlion intertwined over a setting sun, emphasizing the collaborative nature between Vietnam and Singapore. A local Singaporean visual artist Tobyato (also known as Toby Tan) teamed up with the Heart of Darkness creative team in Vietnam to help bring the two countries identities together, paying homage to the iconic Vietnam brewery in the Singapore bar.
Heart of Darkness is a privately held company that was founded in 2016 in Saigon, Vietnam with the focus on becoming Asia’s premiere craft beer brand. Inspired by the American craft beer scene, Heart of Darkness produces over 100 new beers a year. All the while maintaining the highest standard of quality, consistency & availability. The Heart of Darkness brewery is located in Saigon, Vietnam and distributes throughout Vietnam as well as internationally in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Cambodia,Thailand and Finland. Additionally, Heart of Darkness operates two flagship gastropubs, one in Saigon and the other in Singapore.
Craft beer fans and fellow beer enthusiasts of Singapore, unite! The Good Beer Company is back in town. Now serving up 10 draft beer taps and a wide bottle selection in the River Valley area at 46 Kim Yam Road.
Stewing during months of closure due to Singapore’s circuit breaker measures, Barbary Coast has reopened its downstairs venue, Deadfall, with new menus, new vibes and new hours.
Expanding beyond the initial opening menu, Deadfall II offers a comprehensive all-day dining menu with delicious, affordable and approachable dishes. Starting with snacks and bar bites under “Today’s Pickings”, highlights include the highly addictiveFive Dolla’ Slider (you guessed it, S$5++) with lamb merguez on a Deadfall bakery bun, dressed with Tzatziki and baby rocket, and the indulgent Spinach & Artichoke Dip (S$14++) with baby spinach, roasted artichoke and Cynar cream cheese. For heartier fare, options include original favourites such as the TTW Sando (S$17++) with a choice of smoked ham or beef pastrami served on a tater tot waffle with salsa roja, Chef’s sauerkraut and smokey cheddar and the House Nachos with a choice of chili con vegetarian “carne” or beef carne (S$12++ for small / S$25++ for family size), toppings and bottomless queso. The food menu also features new additions such as the 200g grass-fed Australian Ribeye (S$28++) served with chimichurri, andPoutine (S$12++), the Canadian dream with golden fries, smoked cheese curds and beef jus. Those in the know may opt to order off the “secret menu” – you’ll have to ask to find out more.
The drinks menu has expanded to offer eight affordable, creative cocktails which stay true to the original colour-inspired concept, alongside a selection of classics from around the world (all cocktails at S$20++). For a more interactive experience, ask for the paper fortune teller menu, aka “The Click Clack”, which offers a fun way to choose your colourful cocktail based on your mood and desires. Cocktails are accompanied by the “Beer, Wine and Grog” menu offering a curated selection of wine and prosecco (all glasses S$16++, all bottles $60++), Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne (S$100++ per bottle), ice-cold draft beer (S$6 / S$10 NETT) and canned beer and bottled cider (S$14++).
As the sun sets, the casual, open-air café and pub transforms into a more intimate, hidden away venue with one central entrance to facilitate safe check-in and contract tracing. Guests can enjoy table or bar seating for groups up to five, all with safe distancing measures in place.
Deadfall at Barbary Coast is now open from 3pm Monday through Friday, 4.30pm on Saturdays (still closing at 10:30pm due to government restrictions) with power points and free wi-fi to facilitate remote work during the day. In accordance with Singapore’s phase two reopening requirements, Deadfall will close at 10:30 p.m. nightly. Takeaway is available while kitchen is open, with dinner service from 4.30pm to close (Monday through Saturday), with lunch service from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. (weekdays) and dinner service from 4:30 p.m. to close (Monday through Saturday). Delivery options are only available through Barbary Coast’s website from 3 – 10pm.
Barbary Coast Ballroom, located upstairs at the dual-concept venue, will follow with a reopening slated for August.
A homage to the classic tavernas of Europe; Bar Milano is a casual yet chic italian bistro & cocktail bar on Keong Saik Road. Curated especially for apertivo and italian food lovers looking for a cosy atmosphere that inspire romance.
Neapolitans in particular have a cult-like devotion to fried fare, especially pizza fritta—fried pizza. After WWII, the city found itself in crisis, and the materials needed for pizza —mozzarella and even wood for the ovens—became a luxury. Fried pizza, a less-expensive alternative nicknamed “pizza of the people,” was filled with less expensive ingredients like pork crackling and ricotta. Housewives sold it on the streets to supplement the family’s income. Times were so hard that customers could even get pizza fritta on credit: called pizza-at-eight, “pizza a otto,” it was eaten on the spot but paid for eight days later.
Although finding this dish outside of Napoli is difficult, Bar Milano does it justice. Their specialty Pizza Fritta menu consists of options such as truffle smoked ricotta & wild mushrooms, mortadella & stracciatella, broccolini & anchovy and, of course a classic tomato mozzarella & basil.
Jekyll & Hyde has partnered with cafe Cheeky and reopened recently on Neil Road.
Established in August 2013, Jekyll & Hyde is a whimsical cocktail bar located in the heart of Singapore. Started as a nail parlour by day and speakeasy by night, they've come a long way since, and they are proud to be one of Singapore's pioneer cocktail bars. After 7 years on Tras Street, they've moved a couple streets down to Neil Road.
Graduating from a curation of cocktails inspired by unique Singapore flavours, their next edition focuses on twists of classic cocktails, while incorporating funky food ingredients found in everyday life. Discover flavours like bacon, peanut butter, bananas and exotic spices, as your tastebuds take flight through our collection of signature cocktails.
Enjoy Jekyll & Hyde's Mod-Sin cuisine created by Chef Alvin Tan, formerly head chef at Shanghai Dolly, and at Straits Clan!