First published on 7 Jun 2010. Updated on 22 Jun 2010.
Five Izakaya Bar
Inspired by Tokyo’s cheap afterwork drinking and snacking joints, Five (pictured above) is hooking people up with $5 drink specials on Asahi beers and wine. Pay a bit extra to sip on a Sake-hito (sake + mojito) or a Choya-tini (Choya Shiso, dry vermouth and orange juice). #01-05B, 16 Collyer Quay (6536 8955, www. fivebar.sg).
Bar Bar Black Sheep
It had to happen: super-casual watering hole Bar Bar Black Sheep has become – drumroll please – a chain. Setting up its second outlet by the river in the upmarket precinct of Robertson Quay, we’re glad they’re now in a more central spot. The ethos behind the Bukit Timah original remains, albeit in smarter surrounds: draught beers remain pegged at $7 a glass, and an affordable range of Thai, Western and Indian food is on offer through three separate serving hatches. #01-04 Robertson Blue, 86 Robertson Quay (6836 9255, www.bbbs.com.sg).
Opening later this month, the name for The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s new rooftop bar is derived from local nostalgia. Clifford Pier’s Chinese name, Red Lantern Pier, is where red lanterns were used to guide seafarers. Fast-forward to 2010, and a live Latino band will be providing the ambience. The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 1 Fullerton Rd (6597 5299, www.fullertonbayhotel.com)
Malted Milk Bar
Billing itself as a sports-cum-beer bar, the Timbre group has opened this alfresco nightspot in a plum spot between two boutique boltholes – the swanky new Studio M Hotel and the longer-established Gallery Hotel. There are dozens of beers available including a range by Archipelago. We’ll have to get back to you on whether they plan on mixing up cocktails with Horlicks, though. 3 Nanson Rd (www.ubluesgroup.com).