We scour the bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Anthia Chng checks out Lucky Bar in Holland Village to see what they have to offer. This bar serves up Asian-inspired drinks and a delicious array of bar bites from pork belly bao to one ton nachos.
The bustling Holland Village neighbourhood has a new addition to its slew of watering holes: Lucky Bar, located on the second floor of sister restaurant Full of Luck Club. Enter the bar from a secluded back alley, where you’ll go up the stairs to find both an exclusive rooftop bar decorated with pretty fairy lights, and an indoor bar with dim lights and cosy seats. This hidden gem certainly boasts speakeasy vibes!
The Chosen One:
Here, you’ll be treated to a great selection of Asian-inspired tipples created by head bartender Darren Lim. We kicked things off with Potion No. 8 ($28), a heady and sultry number that happens to be the bar’s signature drink. Made with a blend of dark and white rum, fresh pineapple (guava is typically used, but it’s out of season), homemade yangmei (a Chinese fruit) syrup and lime juice, this strong concoction was presented in a cute ceramic glass, which we were supposed to decorate with the markers given – a fun way to keep ourselves entertained while waiting for our other cocktails!
Another winner is Shanghai Dolly ($20), which consists of only three ingredients: chrysanthemum infused vodka, fresh lemon and sparkling wine. Bright and refreshing, with a hint of bitter from the chrysanthemum, this easy-to-drink sundowner makes for the perfect accompaniment for unwinding at the alfresco bar. We also loved The Jubilee ($22) – elderflower liqueur, shiso umeshu, homemade white wine syrup, peach bitters and lemon juice, finished off with sparkling wine. With a slightly more complex flavour, this sweet and tangy mix was my favourite pick. Not sure which drink to go for? Opt for a bespoke tipple tailored to your taste preferences.
With the cheapest cocktail going at $20, Lucky Bar’s drinks aren’t exactly the most affordable. If you’re visiting with friends, opt for the teapot cocktails ($48), available in tea-inspired flavours like Oolong Negroni (with oolong-infused gin) and Jade Old Fashioned (with green tea-infused whisky). Each of these serves four people, so they’re perfect for sharing over nibbles!
Bite on this:
Tuck into an array of interesting bar bites prepared by Mod-Cantonese restaurant Full of Luck Club. We thoroughly enjoyed the One Ton Nachos ($12), a fusion mix of fried wonton skins loaded with Chinese-style barbecued pulled pork, pineapple, melted cheese and sour cream; crispy, savoury and sweet, it’s a creative snack that’s hearty and delicious. You won’t go wrong with the signature braised pork belly bao ($6), too, but if you prefer something a little different, try the sinfully addictive golden sand corn ($4.80), which features crunchy sweet corn coated with salted egg yolk.
– Anthia Chng