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Bar review: Skinny’s Lounge

By: Amanda Broad

Tucked away at the end of Boat Quay, this super-casual and relaxed riverside bar is reminiscent of an American dive bar. An outdoor pool table and bar stools dominate the outside space; inside, there are cute candlelit tables, funky artwork and a cosy, intimate karaoke room (reservations start at $200 per hour). The restrooms are covered in fluorescent graffiti (add your own!), the bar is well stocked and the music is 90s-fun.

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Bar area at Skinny’s Lounge


The Chosen One: The Pimm’s Cup Cocktail tower ($200; serves eight to 12) will take you back to lounging in long English summer twilights. This classic summer cocktail is done well here, and consists of Pimm’s No.1, cucumber and fruit, topped with ginger ale.
The Cheapskate: Basil-lovers will be in green herb heaven with the Gin Basil Smash ($18). Zesty and flavoursome, this cocktail contains London dry gin shaken with fresh basil and a muddled lemon wedge.


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Try the Gin Basil Smash cocktail ($18)


Bite on this: The menu is lean; this place is all about classic cocktails. We snacked on the piping hot jumbo soft pretzel ($10), and the ruffles with sour cream and onion dip ($8), but it’s best to arrive with a full belly.

Last but not least: The cocktails are already well made, but we loved the option to “make it nice” with top-up spirits at only $3. The Queen’s Park Swizzle “made nice” with Plantation Original Dark Rum not only looked lovely, but tasted delicious too. Bonus: There’s no service charge, and all menu prices are nett, leaving more money for cocktail towers!

Skinny’s Lounge
82 Boat Quay
9653 8886 | facebook.com/ drinkskinnys

This article first appeared in the August 2016 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy for the full article, or Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!

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