Singapore has a handful of ‘Irish’ pubs already, but The Toucan ranks alongside Muddy Murphy’s as one of the best (its location in the somewhat seedy Duxton Hill notwithstanding). The look of an archetypal old-school boozer is ably re-created indoors, complete with a cosy lounge area, big-screen TV and pool table. Outdoors, though, is the real draw: here’s a proper pub garden dotted with ample bench seating, plus the occasional barrel, wooden barrow and wishing well. It all sounds terribly tacky but, remarkably, it works. And on a warm Singapore evening – is there any other type? – a pint of Guinness ($11) here is exactly what a thirsty, mildly homesick expat hankers for.
Went there for a few pints there two weeks ago and everything was excellent, couldn't fault and the food was awesome, coldest beer around.
Posted on Sun 05 Feb 2012 11:03:09
John said: “Toucan Bites”
I took my father for a drink there the other day as he's a Spurs fan. It was a Tuesday early afternoon so pretty quiet. Had chicken wings and a Strongbow. Nothing to bad except the waiter clearly had the plague. He was sniffing liquid nasal fluid back into his skull at about 61 sniffs a minute. Physically impressive but all the same not what you want to hear, and on occasion see, when you are ordering F&B. Chicken wings were ok, although more breadcrumbs than chicken. The only other thing was that I was getting eaten alive by Mozzies. When I got home after about an hour there I had 12 Mozzy bites on my ankles and legs which was impressive as I was wearing a suit. This doesn't and shouldn't happen in Singapore. The occasional bite fine..but 12! So to conclude ok but I agree with the comments above and the water issue here is a joke!
Posted on Thu 18 Aug 2011 13:18:55
Naydne Akila said: “Perfect Guinness!!!”
I have been in Spore for 1 yr nw. Been to Ireland many yrs ago & tasted my first Pint of Guinness! It was a wonderful taste that no words to describe!! and become my favourite drink!
After been posted to spore, i have been to all Irish Pub in Spore to find the best Pint. But none has the Original taste of Guinness from Ireland!!
Until one day my friend brought me to Toucan Irish Pub for a gathering & knowing i love Guinness.He mention to me he went last night that served Guinness draught that is so smooth & taste wonderfull!
Explain it with full of expression that feel in love with it!!
I so excited that evening when he brought me. The first thing i ordered was Pint of Guinness!
The staff servered me a Pefect Poured Guinness with a Shamrock shape on top of my Guinness!!
It was so Perfect & amazing!!How did they did it??
No until i tasted it!! Its was so great that no words can discribed it!!!
Fantastic!, Fabulos!, Great!, Amazing!.It was heaven in Ireland!!
Its was the real thing that i tasted in Ireland!!! None in Spore but Toucan Irish Bar has it!!
I shouted "FINALLY I FOUND IT!!!"
Guys you must give it a try!!!
THe bar has a beatifull outdoor alfreco garden simillar in Country Side Ireland!
The crowd in the bar was fun & live people.
Most of the people was enjoying the great & friendly service from the staff!!
The Irish food was simillar to the real thing!
The place was packed on a Wednesday night!! I cant believe it?? The staff was running around to give very much great service, anticipanting every customers needs & food comes on time to the table!!
Coming to Toucan Irish Pub for the first time was a great experince that i could never forget it.Made me come back every week till now!!
Posted on Wed 09 Mar 2011 21:47:26
Danial Haziq said: “Why kill a good name??”
I been a customer at Toucan for about 2yrs now.Im also a member of Spore Spurs Suppports Club. The location is great with outdoor a beautiful outdoor garden, Woody looked bar & great people working there!.First time my visit there becos i was lost & wondering around.Until i saw a corner bar up the hill. It was amazing that it existed! Till now i do come back time to time with my family to dine!
Prices of the beer was exceptable as Toucan Irish Bar is using one of kind of Beer Chiller Room which make the Beer tast fresh & cool!
The food was excellent & service is fantastic after getting them well!
Let me ask you guys, if the fine dining restaurant waiter come up to you and offer Still or Sparking, i would there definately guys would get either or.
Why the big fuss abt at Toucan Irish Pub selling bottled water???
I dont understand why the comments earlier by these idots are so rude & selfish??!!
Which i personally been there for many years! the staff are great & most importantly friendship they gave me.Never once a felt not welcome & was rude!
The fact is when you walk in to a coffe shop you expect a coffee shop price ,but you walk in a premium bar you will definately need to pay premiums!! So why the fuss about it??
If you guys think that you want a cheap beer, just buy beers from supermarket n just chill out at home or any garden!!
Why destroy & personal attack on the staff & the good name of the bar??!!!
So for those guys whom are reading the comments of The Toucan Irish Pub, DO NOT listen to the stupid & Not True comments abt the Bar.
It better for you guys to experience it yourself & belief what i said abt Toucan Irish Pub.
Posted on Wed 09 Mar 2011 14:29:59
George said: “Don't Touch The Toucan”
This is an appalling joke of a pub on Duxton Hill, and even more appalling lie of an Irish pub.
The first time I went I vowed not to return. That time, the service was farcical (despite there being 10 staff to the 3 customers that rattled around the place.
I complained about the awful state of the men's toilet, strewn with soiled pear, blocked soiled toilet, wet everywhere. Instead of sending one of the male staff in, they sent in a female waitress to clean up the men's foul waste.
This is typical of the respect the male managers here give to their female colleagues and spills over to the lack of respect they give to their customers.
The drinks were expensive, snacks badly heated up and expensive, my complaints resolved with a blank, idiotic look and weak apology - no offer of a discount for that evening or a return visit.
Why should I return to a crappie, badly served, badly organised, health risk, sick-making, expensive faux-Irish establishment (not a single Irishman, or Irish music or Irish food around, just new Irish faux-paraphernalia and Guinness).
A year later,my wife, daughter and I were going to the fine L'Entrecote nearby and we were early.
Against my better judgement, I agreed to sit at the Toucan for a drink, but was very wary. Part of the reason was that we were in Happy Hour timing so at least the bill would be acceptable.
The first thing my wife noticed on the menu was the horrendously bad taste cocktail name of 'Irish Car Bomb'. Amazing. The management are clearly not sensitive to the many thousands that lost their lives to the IRA terrorists in the UK. Would they put a 9/11 car bomb or Taliban or Al Qaeda Car Bomb on the menu?
She then took our daughter to the toilet and was fuming at the state of the ladies' toilets - wet everywhere and smelly. She was advised to hold our daughter off the seat. Disgraceful.
Finally, we got the bill and we were charged the full price. When challenged, the waitress told me that on Friday and Saturday there is no Happy Hour. I pointed to a large sign that just detailed the happy hour times, no mention of exclusions.
I called the manager and got an assistant outlet manager (no proper manager on a Saturday night). I pointed all these things to him and he merely advised me to write to a faceless, nameless email address, with no offer of a discount or return offer (not that I would ever return here). Why have impotent managers?
So, stay well clear - there is nothing authentic or enjoyable about this place - even the flowers in the garden are fake.
Posted on Sun 06 Mar 2011 09:53:45
Robin in Singapore said: “Avoid the Toucan”
The worst meal that I have had in over a year in Singapore. Fat-laden Frankfurters advertised as 'bangers & mash', minted lamb steak & chicken that I watched go straight from the freezer into a microwave oven. No wonder a colleague commented that her chicken was 'dry'. Each for the rip off price of S$16 per meal....
Try a drink outside, but sub-standard food like this has no place in Singapore.
Posted on Sun 18 Jul 2010 14:32:39
Simon in Singapore said: “Avoid the Toucan”
Limited in scope, is this review.
Popped in last night, party of four of us, quietly having a few after-dinner drinks at one of the outside tables while a crowd watched the Germany v. Argentina World Cup match. Setting was nice, staff were pleasant and reasonably efficient but gormless and lacking colour and personality - that typical Singapore problem. As a result, the factor that makes a place special, and could make this place special given its architecture and setting, is not present and you end up feeling like you are having a drink in the bar at Vancouver International Airport. So I found drinking at the Toucan slightly depressing - the potential is not realised, and it looks like the place is on track to become yet another sports bar.
But the crowning glory came after our first round of drinks, a fairly trivial event but loaded with clues, which offers up a possible reason why the Toucan is destined to become a place whose only repeat customers are the screen-watching rugby crowd. The reason is simple: whoever is managing this pub is a moron. Why do I say this ? Well, we asked for a glass of iced water, and were told the place only sells bottled water. Of course I just got up and filled up my friend's empty G&T glass with water from the sink outside the bathroom, and if I ever go back to the Toucan, which is unlikely but possible, I'll have a lot of fun with the bar staff over this issue.
But this policy of management doesn't seem to make any sense, economic or otherwise. Sure there's a revenue bump up if water-drinking is a real "problem" to the bar (all those WAGS watching the game with their beer-swilling rugby fellas ?). But there's a big vibe difference between steering someone to buy a bottle of water and forcing them to. My experience in restaurants where they start gouging you as soon as you sit down with the "still or sparkling ?" question is that most people end up ordering a bottle of water out of embarassment, but if you do actually push through and ask for a glass of iced water, they bring you ... a glass of iced water. This is steering. Now to point blank refuse to bring a glass of iced water is something else. Not only do you create a very bad vibe indeed, but it leads to disproportionate responses [I've got better things to do than write this review but I now so want the Toucan to fail, and everyone to know that the manager is a mean-spirited, short sighted idiot, that I'll happily take the time]. And by the way it's not as if we were all high on Ecstasy and all we were doing was smoking and drinking water at the table last night ...
You'd expect this sort of thing from the Skybar at terminal 3 at Vancouver International Airport, because they really couldn't give a stuff, and you'll never be coming back anyway.
Avoid the Toucan, because life is too short, and you should only visit Skybars if there is nothing else. Instead, spend your money and time where they try a bit harder, where the environment is positive, and the manager is not a clown.