Where are the best places to chill in Singapore?
It’s no secret that the Go Away team’s favourite way of unwinding after a long day of work is with an alcoholic drink (or two). While we are partial to the bars in our office’s vicinity, we’re also always on the lookout for new chill-out spots. Here are 3 new faves:
In Carribbean culture, “to lime” means “to share good food, drinks, and conversation with friends”. And where better to “lime” than at Singapore’s only Carribbean restaurant, Lime House? Decorated to look like a typical Carribbean living room, this cosy space has a chillax, welcoming vibe – so chillax that people have been known to take naps here! True story.
But why would you want to snooze when there are so many great drinks to savour? Lime House’s recently revamped menu now includes over 150 different types of rum, and a slew of brand new Carribbean-inspired cocktails. During a recent tasting, we had the privilege of trying a variety of rums like the El Dorado 12 YO and 15 YO, the Diplomatico Reserva, and the Rhum Bielle Blan 1l. Unlike other spirits like tequila or whisky, we find that rum doesn’t leave a burning sensation in our chests. While the alcohol content is equally or even higher, the rounded flavours of rum go down more smoothly, leaving you with a pleasant buzz.
A must-try cocktail on the new menu is the Morris, which is named after Lime House owner and founder, Chris Morris and prepared in his preferred way of drinking rum – with coconut water, on the rocks. We also enjoyed the Ole Talk, a surprisingly refreshing concoction prepared with Smoky Lapsang Souchong Tea, as well as The Tonic, which comes with mandarin-infused rum. For the rum infusion, head bartender Davide Boncimino uses mandarin skin, instead of the fruit, so as to extract its essential oils for an exceptionally bracing brew.
Lime House is located at 2 Jiak Chuan Road, Tel: 6222 3130
Harry’s at Boat Quay
Harry’s at Boat Quay is an iconic watering hole, but we still feel it’s underrated because not many people know just how awesome their food is! This popular bar and dining chain has recently spruced up their food and drinks menu, and we are lo-ving it. Chow down on tasty bar bites like the Curried Mayo Pork Bites, which comes with homemade curried mayo, and the Soy-Glaze Beef Cubes, a dish of juicy, tender beef morsels glazed with Japanese soy sauce. For something heartier, we recommend the Sriracha Seafood Flatbread, which is a fiery dish that you should chase down with a pint of Harry’s Premium Lager.
For drinks, Harry’s has upped their game with new beers like Heverlee, BrewDog Punk IPA, and the Wychwood Hobgoblin on their menu. If you prefer something a little more adventurous, why not try their new shooters? Captain Harry’s, which comes in Captain America-esque hues, is a vibrant red and blue vodka-based shooter. Harry’s Cupcake is a deceivingly sweet creation of Kahlua and Bailey’s mixed with strawberry puree – it’s a sure-hit with your girlfriends!
Harry’s Boat Quay is located at 28 Boat Quay, Tel: 6538 3029
Gattopardo Courtyard Bar
Aperitivo is a time-honoured Italian tradition where Italians set aside a “social hour” each day to have drinks with family and friends. Now, this is a tradition we can certainly get onboard with! Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare, which is already well-known for their gobsmackingly delicious Sicilian cuisine, has recently rolled out an Aperitivo menu, available daily from 6pm to 12 midnight. Here, they serve classic Italian-inspired cocktails such as the Barrel-Aged Negroni (made with Sipsmith dry gin, vermouth rosso, campari, and orange twist), and the Etna Soil, a heady concoction of Monkey 47 gin, averna, muddled basil, and lime jus.
Of course, you won’t be drinking on an empty stomach. At Gattopardo Bar, you get three complimentary canapés with each order of cocktail. They may call them canapés, but their portion size is pretty substantial! While the snack menu may change from time to time, here’s a peek at some classics – the Arancini Saffron Rice Ball (think of it as a bite-sized risotto ball) and the Cow Mozzarella with Crispy Lard (sinful but so worth it).
Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare is located at 34/36 Tras Street, Tel: 6338 5498 or 9325 8843