17 Jalan Klapa
“Unleash the Beast” is the slogan of this specialty bourbon bar and restaurant in Kampong Glam, and it’s definitely a place where you can shake off the shackles of work and hit party mode with a group of friends. (Sadly, when I imbibe too much bourbon it’s a case of “Unleash the Dribbling Mess”.)
Not that The Beast is a venue where you necessarily need to guzzle your drinks. Try one of the Bourbon Flights ($30 to $40), for example: a series of three samplings of the dozens of varieties available. Among the labels you’ll find everything from big-name favourites like Wild Turkey and Jim Beam to premium small-batch bottles like Kentucky’s Woodford Reserve. The bar even does its own barrel-ageing of bourbon to use in its unique cocktail and shot list (anyone game to try the Baconator?).
If you’re not a bourbon fan, grab a pint of Federbräu ($12) or one of the huge selection of American craft beers – the 6.6% Dead Guy Ale is a winner ($18).
Food-wise, this is perhaps the only place in Singapore doing genuine soul food. The menu, which includes shrimp and grits ($28) and chicken and waffles with a bourbon maple butter sauce ($20), has its origins in owner Jamie Koh’s stint at a university in Atlanta, Georgia.
The last word can go to Mark Twain, who is quoted on the wall of The Beast’s second-floor eating space: “If I cannot drink Bourbon and smoke cigars in Heaven then I shall not go.”