The buzz: Little India has upped its hip factor, thanks to the recent opening of Bellwethers, a new bistro-bar that shares a back lane with Broadcast HQ.

The décor: Situated on the ground floor of a corner shophouse along the notorious Desker Road, the modern, industrial-chic and grey-scaled watering hole is a stark contrast against its surroundings of colorful Art Deco shophouses. There’s not much space indoors (with about six tables and a bar), so the owners have called on the back lane for an alfresco seating area. Laid-back, unpretentious and comfortable, this is the kind of place to chill out and knock back a few pints (or sip a couple of cocktails) in your shorts and slippers.

The drinks: There’s a decent range of beers like Mac’s Great White ($10 a pint), Steinlager Pure ($8/bottle) and Magners Pear Cider ($10/ bottle), alongside a handful of cocktails ($15 each), spirits (from $10) and house wines ($9 a glass).

The food: Currently on the modest menu is a range of bar bites such as Desker Drumlets ($12), Chunky Cheesey Fries ($12) and Bellwethers BBQ Chicken ($13). Nothing too fancy, but enough to keep hunger pangs in check.

The music: Easy listening, ambient tracks that are swallowed by the chatter of patrons especially when you’re outdoors.

The crowd: A diverse mix of post-work corporate types, hip 20- to 30-somethings stopping for a drink before hitting Broadcast HQ and casually-dressed types living nearby.

Why you’ll be back: Jalan Besar is the next hot ’hood on our radar and this neat spot is one of the establishments that’s joined in the gentrification of the area. It’s still a work in progress, so expect to see additions to the food menu as they transition into a full-day bistro/ bar over the next few months.

When the weather is good, eating outside can be a truly enjoyable dining experience. These joints with charming open air areas are just the place to dine on breezy evenings.