Craft Beer Bar Takumi

The buzz: One of our favorite craft beer bars in Singapore, JiBiru, has been serving up some of Japan’s finest brews for five years. Now, they’re taking their beers beyond 313@somerset with the opening of sister outlet Craft Beer Bar Takumi at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel.

The vibe: Takumi is essentially a Tokyo-style hole-in-the-wall bar minus the claustrophobia. It occupies a corner of Mandarin Orchard Hotel’s fifth floor lobby, just outside Bar on 5—you know, the bar with the cheap bottle deals. Like JiBiru, it’s a great spot to people watch.

The drinks: Takumi has many JiBiru staples on its menu including Hitachino Nest White Ale (from $9.50 a glass during happy hour), Shiga Kogen Pale Ale (from $10.50 a glass during happy hour) and Owa ($16.50 a bottle). Adding to that, they have a focus on limited edition and barrel-aged beers like Kuro Owa Grand Cru 2013 aged in Bordeaux wine barrels ($58 for a 750ml bottle), Shiga Kogen No 10 Anniversary IPA ($21 a bottle) and Belgian offering Buffalo Grand Cru Barrel Aged ($58 for a 750ml bottle). Takumi also stocks sake and cider. Happy hour runs until 9pm each day.

The food: With their limited space, Takumi doesn’t serve any of its own food—it’s a real drinker’s drinking spot. But if you do get hungry, you can order from some of the hotel’s other F&B outlets.

Why we’ll be back: As it is with most craft beer bars, the beer list is constantly changing, so you’ll always have something new to try at Takumi. We’re particularly excited about their tap takeovers which previously featured Sankt Gallen and will highlight Shiga Kogen’s seasonal brews from Aug 22. Stay tuned on the Facebook page to find out what’s coming next.