Formerly an OCBC bank from the late 1930s, this Chinatown newcomer has been converted into a cavernous two-storey bistro, bar, performance and art space with a New York warehouse feel. Half the original architecture has remained, including the original bronze-steel vault door at the entrance – think exposed red brick, pillars and high ceilings.
The 120-seat bistro downstairs serves Western basics – like olives, beef sliders and pulled-pork sandwiches – with an open kitchen and communal tables. But The Vault is most likely to make its name as a nightlife spot, packing out the upstairs for its early Friday nights in the large, elegantly untouched space with high beam ceilings and archways through the brick.
We’ve heard good things about resident DJs Brendon P, Ramesh K and Kenneth Francis, who play a genre-bending selection from Wednesday to Friday from 9pm onwards (there was one early-’80s night). Saturdays are devoted to showcasing emerging local DJs, and the space will also play host to local art – recently, it was local multimedia artist Aﬁq Omar.