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Bar review: The Tuckshop in Geylang, Singapore

By: Harriet Empey

The Tuckshop
403 Guillemard Road
8511 8102 | thetuckshop.com.sg

Your new local... even if you're not actually local 

Who Drinks Here: A mixed bunch of expats and Singaporeans, mostly from the neighbourhood, frequent this great local pub. The riverside alfresco seating is popular with expats, while locals can reminisce about their school days at the old school desks in air-conditioned comfort at the back of the pub. You’ll find a mix of nationalities at the long communal table, made out of metal scaffolding, where people seem to end up chatting to everyone sitting nearby.

Best Thing About It: This really is a local pub, conceived by “locals” – two Singaporeans, an Italian, a Frenchman and an Englishman living in Geylang – who were lamenting the lack of a local pub one day and decided to start their own.

Signature Drinks: There really is something for everyone here; for beer-lovers, five locally brewed Archipelago craft beers on draught ($12 a pint), bottled artisan beers from Italy ($13 to $24) and bottled beers from around the world ($13 to $24) including Badger Golden Champion 500ml ($16). There are flavoured English and Swedish ciders as well as more traditional ones like Aspall Premier Cru 500ml ($18). The wines, mostly Italian, are exclusive to The Tuckshop and are excellent value at around $50 to $70 a bottle. We tried the house Prosecco and the house red, La Casetta Rossa (both $11 a glass, $50 a bottle). There are 18 whiskies plus other spirits on the menu, and cocktails ($18) such as the nutty Chendolicious – a mix of rum, gula melaka syrup and coconut milk.

Prawn twisters 

Nibbles and Noshes: Mostly pub grub and great for sharing; crunchy truffle fries ($7), cilantro chicken mid-wings ($10 for 6 pieces), delicious prawn twisters ($12 for 6 pieces) and tender rib eye tataki ($16).

When to Go: Weekdays, 5pm to 1am; weekends, 3pm to 1am.