We scour the island’s bar scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy – it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.
15 Stamford Road, #01-K1/K2 Capitol Piazza
First impressions: The heritage buildings opposite Raffles City have been under renovation for a while, and the stunning result is Capitol Piazza, a mall built around the refurbished Capitol Theatre. Now under a spectacular glass roof, what was once a laneway is lined with an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars; TAP’s long, shiny bar is easy to spot.
The Chosen One: There are around 20 beers on tap, predominantly American, so I’d recommend a tasting paddle: try a few to find your favourite. We went through the gamut of pale ales – India pale ales, golden ales and lagers, before settling on the Lost Coast Alley Cat Pale Ale. Everyone will find a personal favourite, but it’s the beer lovers who will be in seventh heaven, because there are another 80 bottled beers and 10 craft sodas to try, too.
The Cheapskate: Beers are roughly around the same price, but go for a 150ml taster if you’re watching your coin. Tasters are between $5 and $6 (create your beer flight with four tasters), half-pints are $8.50 to $10, and pints start at $15.
Bite on this: The small tapas-style menu is largely protein-focused, and there are two salads. The cold cut plate ($16/$38) is perfect for sharing and includes pâté, salami, smoked chicken breast, cheeses, gherkins, sourdough bread and house salad. They even have beer floats with ice cream ($8) if you’re looking for something bittersweet.
Last but not least: Stable beer labels include Modern Times, Lost Coast and Strand, but keep an eye out on Facebook (facebook.com/tapthatsg) for new labels and one-off kegs. Happy hour is 12 noon to 5pm ($4 off tap and bottled beers) and 5pm to 8pm ($3 off tap and bottled beers).
This story was first published in Expat Living’s August 2015 issue.