We scour the bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Anthia Chng reviews an underground bar, Hopheads, for beer and a round of ping-pong.
Inconspicuously housed in an office building basement near Dhoby Ghaut MRT, newly relocated HopHeads is understatedly cool, with a minimalist design that features concrete walls and steel furnishings. Minimalist doesn’t mean small though – there are plenty of seats (180 to be exact) and tons of free space to roam around. On the playlist are R&B and pop tunes, channelling a hip, modern underground bar vibe. You’ll find a mix of university students, office workers and tourists gathered at HopHeads, looking to unwind with drinks and games – there’s a ping pong table, darts and board games for all.
The Chosen One:
Beer lovers are in for a treat; what’s on tap changes on a rotational basis, and there is a splendid selection of bottled beers from around the world. I went for the limited edition Gosnell’s Elderflower Mead ($17), a rare find according to the bar owner, who said that they are one of only a few local bars stocking it. The bottled mead was mildly sweet with a floral kick, yet still light and refreshing – perfect for a hot day. If you’re a fan of dark lager, we’d recommend the Deschutes Black Butte Porter ($14), a smooth, creamy and full-bodied brew. Apart from beers and ciders, you can also get your regular wines and spirits by the glass.
Asahi goes for $8 a pint on weekdays from 3pm to 6pm, while you can get a pint of Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc for $13 from midday to 9pm. You’ll find a good selection of pocket-friendly, sub-$20 mains and sides. There’s also a $8.80 lunch special, where you’ll get a main dish, free-flow iced lemon tea and all the ping pong you wish to play – a complete steal, in my opinion.
Bite on this:
While HopHeads is primarily known for drinks, you can come here hungry, too. A popular pick is the salted egg yolk pasta ($16.90), which features fried breaded prawns atop spaghetti in a creamy, salted egg yolk sauce. A local spin on carbonara, this dish had a strong, salty egg flavour on the first of couple bites, which was soon overpowered by the cheese in the sauce. Nonetheless, it’s a noteworthy take on local flavours, and the generous portion makes it great for sharing. Not in the mood for pasta? Alternatives include burgers and snacks such as the chilli beef nachos ($16.90) and patata bravas ($9.90).
Last but not least:
HopHeads organises house parties with live DJs and drink promotions from time to time. Check their Facebook page for updates!
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