Tiong Bahru Bar
3 Seng Poh Road, #01-01 (near Tiong Bahru Road corner)
6438 4380 | tbb.com.sg
Who Drinks There:
Hospitality veterans Chris Chong and Kaz Sajimin have joined forces to open this friendly neighbourhood bar. It’s a motley crowd the Tuesday night we visit: regulars in flip-flops read iPads on the front verandah, there’s a nervous couple on a first date, a group of eight guys knocking back post-work beers and a crowd of people down the back celebrating a birthday.
Best Thing About It:
Space! TBB is huge, airy and open. Sit outside, on stools at the bar, or on mismatched comfortable sofas and chairs by the big front windows where you can see the sky. The upbeat music gives atmosphere but doesn’t drown out conversation. Only one black mark: they don’t serve free tap water, so you have to cough up $6 for a litre of the bottled stuff.
Mojitos (Happy Hour $10 or $14) are the cocktail superstars here. If you’ve got the stamina, start with the standard recipe and work through the flavours: sweet lychee, mango and mixed berry. There’s an extensive global wine list, with bottles starting at a reasonable $48, and 10 beers including Heineken (HH $7 or $10) to choose from. Helpful staff recommended an excellent French Chateau D’Esclans Rosé ($16/$88) that went perfectly with the paella.
Nibbles and Noshes:
With 10 years’ experience in restaurants across town, the funky chef Rasta could probably cook tapas blindfolded. The paprika-laced seafood paella ($38) easily serves three, and is good after the moreish grilled gambas ($14). These garlicky prawns were so good that we even gobbled up the crunchy, burnt garlic bits. While the large menu is mostly Spanish-influenced, there are also pastas, soups, salads, mussels and all-day breakfasts.
When to Go: Open daily from noon to 2am, with a generous happy hour until 7pm.