What happens when you combine arcade games from the ’80s with cocktails and Asian bar bites? The result can be found at Singapore bar, Level Up, in Clarke Quay. We went down to check it out.
This retro arcade bar in Clarke Quay is popular with teens, adults and families alike. Level Up has a casual, neon-themed décor that sits well with what it offers: family-friendly, Asian-inspired bites, interesting tipples, live music, beer pong and arcade games like Time Crisis and Street Fighter, which will surely take you back to your childhood.
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With an extensive list of drinks from bubbles and wines to innovative cocktail creations, there’s something for everyone here. Not all were hits, though. While we utterly enjoyed the spiked Milo Dino ($16), which came with the right amount of booze, the Summertini ($16) was somewhat lacking in punch and flavour. Perhaps, it would’ve been better if we’d stuck to safer options like a mojito ($16) or a draught beer. If you’re in a crowd of six to eight people, there’s also the Punch Bowl ($108) for sharing, available in refreshing flavours like watermelon sake.
Cocktails go at $16 a pop at Level Up, which isn’t absurdly pricey. On top of that, there are happy hour promotions running from Monday to Saturday until 8pm, and Sunday all day long, where you can get two cocktails for $25 and a beer bucket for $50. The best part? You can redeem tokens for the games when you purchase an alcoholic drink. The Punch Bowl, for example, gets you five tokens, which is equivalent to five rounds on the Street Fighter machine. Also, kids play free on Sundays, making this watering hole a cool family day spot.
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The line-up at Level Up includes casual bar fare with an Asian twist, served in shareable portions. If you’re looking for something easy to eat, kids and adults will enjoy the yakiniku sliders ($15), which boasted the perfect savoury-sweet balance. Our favourite of the mains was truffle mushroom fettuccini ($15) – pasta tossed in a fragrant creamy mushroom truffle sauce, topped with a poached egg – which we felt was incredibly value-for-money due to its generous size. The pasta was a tad over-cooked, but we were happy to look past that, as the sauce was delish – and, hey, it’s an arcade bar!
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