1. Club Street Social
An unofficial hangout for F&B industry players including off-duty chefs, restaurant managers and bartenders, the area’s latest hotspot offers a laidback alternative to the other watering holes on the main Club Street stretch. Tuck into Italian sandwiches like panini, tramezzini and crostini (from $9), while sipping on unique cocktails like Number 4 ($20), with rye whiskey and Vegemite.
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2. Luke’s Oyster Bar Chophouse
Care of Travis Masiero is this chic brasserie that’s classy (think crisp white linens and vest-wearing servers) yet relaxed. Comforting American classics such as New England-style clam chowder ($17) and pork chops with house-made apple jam ($60) pairs well with attentive and well-trained service; a real winner in our book.
3. Senso Ristorante & Bar
A true blue Club Street institution that’s been around since 2000, this charming Italian stalwart occupies five adjacent shophouses (gorgeous courtyard, too). Not only do they offer good lunch sets, their Sunday brunch is also worth a visit.
Senso Italian restaurant | best bars and restaurants on Club Street
4. Platters Bistro and Wine Bar
Sample a constantly changing selection of mostly European wines and a menu of sharing platters (hence the name), including cheese and charcuterie (from $18) and duck confit for two ($28) at this barely three-month-old joint. The kitchen also invites a new guest chef to create specials every three months. Till the end of June 2012, it’s local boy Jimmy Chok.
Cocktail bars are everywhere these days, but two things make the cocktails at Bartini different—they’re made with premium and uncommon spirits (like Wyborowa’s flavored vodkas and Diplomatico rum from Venezuela) and they all have an element of fun to them. Highlights here include signature creations like the Pornstar Martini ($22), a mix of vodka, raspberry liquer and passion fruit served with a shot of Champagne.
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From the folks behind L’Entrecote and Sabio Tapas Bar & Restaurant on Duxton Hill comes this bar-restaurant that’s a mishmash of urban street art, art deco, Georgian, Victorian and modern furnishings—a great backdrop to enjoy Swiss beers, an extensive cocktail list and bubbly like Delamotte ($15/glass, $74/bottle). For bites, French-inspired fare such as drunken snail croquettes ($15) and penne served with duck leg confit ($24) should do the trick.
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7. Fry Bistro
A rooftop bar/bistro offering from FLY Entertainment CEO Irene Ang serving up beer-friendly bites such as Aunty Ang’s wings with belachan chili ($14) and deep fried whitebait with paprika ($14), as well as easy-drinking brews like Foster’s ($14) and Crown Lager ($14). Ang also runs HQ Karaoke & Bar just across the road, where you can sing your heart out while getting liquored up on mojitos (from $16) and apple shooters ($13 for a pair).
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With jus a few tables, the space is tiny, but that’s part of the appeal. The main draws here are the lovingly handmade cakes such as the Antoinette ($8) and Little Red Riding Hood ($8.50), dark chocolate mousse with a tart raspberry center. KKI shares the space with Little Drom Store, a retro retail shop.
9. Mamounia Restaurant & Lounge
You might know this venue better as the five-storey Screening Room, with Mamounia Restaurant located on the ground floor while Mamounia Lounge has taken over the basement where Malt Vault now renamed as B28 (see below) used to be. After a makeover and concept change late last year, expect cuisines from places like Morocco, Turkey and Iran, and a menu built for sharing. There’s also La Terraza Rooftop Bar if you’re looking for a good alfresco booze spot.
Formerly known as Malt Vault, B28 has relocated from one basement to another nearby at boutique hotel The Club. The swanky spot’s still got a mean range of whiskies, regular jazz performances, an awesome lead bartender in the form of Aubrey Sim (check out our piece on notable female F&B folk) and $15 cocktail hour from 6-9pm on Mondays to Fridays.
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