Vida Vino

The buzz: Keong Saik Road isn’t quite as happening as it used to be in its heady, early Jason Atherton days, but that ain’t stopping places like this classy wine bar from setting up shop here.

The décor: It’s one of the sexiest spots along the strip, all tastefully done up in teal and mahogany, with lots of sharp lines. Most of the space is set up restaurant-style, but there’s also a short bar with stiletto-like high stools to perch on.

The drinks: The wine list (from $58/bottle) has extensive descriptions that are less tasting notes than drunk texts from E. E. Cummings. For example: “take this wine for a spin / deep red color / powerful engines / fast torque / smooth mechanisms / elegance to the contours”. 11 labels are also available by the glass (from $12), all well-chosen and more complex than typical housepour wines.

The food: As with many tapas places in Singapore, the food can be a bit hit-or-miss. Definitely go for the grilled octopus ($17)—one of the best and smokiest we’ve tried—and the “bikini” sandwiches ($10), made with manchego, iberico ham and black truffle cream.

The music: Really downtempo and hush—you can barely hear it.

The crowd: Girls’ night out types, and couples making gooey eyes at each other.

Why you’ll be back: The conversation-starting menu and classy vibe make this a perfect date spot for upscale winos.

Vida Vino is in I-S Best Bars Guide 2014. Download your copy to see where else you should be partying.


Venue Details
Address: Vida Vino, 29 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore, 089136
Phone: 6222-1963
Area: Chinatown
Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6-11pm; Wed-Sat 6pm-midnight
Nearest trainChinatown
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