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Bar review: Empire in Raffles Place, Singapore

By: Katherine Allaway

50 Raffles Place, Singapore Land Tower, Level 45
8349 1672



First impressions: Trendy city hangout with great views.

The Chosen One: Kraken Spiced Rum and Coke ($14). Good spiced rum is hard to come by, so imagine our excitement when we found our favourite brand on the extensive spirits menu. We also sampled a Hendricks Gin and tonic ($16), served well iced and with cucumber, just as it should be.

The Cheapskate: A post-work bucket of five beers for $42.



Bite on this: Who knew frogs’ legs looked and tasted just like chicken wings? Well, we didn’t until we were served up a plate of finger lickin’, garlic-marinated Louisiana Style Frog Leg Drums ($16) from the bar bites menu. Also worth a mention are the Croc ’n’ Roll sliders ($16) – a delicious blend of sweet beetroot, fried crocodile meat and avocado mousse in savoury buns.

Last but not least: This bar is a welcome addition to the “drink with a view” genre. The outdoor area is relaxed and breezy with superb views of Marina Bay. There’s a live DJ every night – we were there on a Monday, which had us happily singing along to 90s tunes. The bar transforms from post-work lounge to late-night party venue on Friday and Saturday nights with DJs upping the tempo to hip hop and house music until 3am.