We scour the bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Pip Harry checks out the Propeller Bar.
The first rooftop bar in the HarbourFront area, cool newcomer Propeller Bar nails initial impressions with sweeping, stunning panoramic views of Keppel Bay and Sentosa. Arrive at sundown and grab a comfy lounge or cosy corner to take in the views in this breezy open-air bar. The crowd is a mix of in the-know locals and hotel guests ascending from the downstairs Bay Hotel. The service is attentive and friendly, while the décor is laidback, summery and designed for reclining.
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There are beers, wines and mixed drinks on offer, but it’s really all about the cocktail menu here, and the expert mixologists do know their mojitos from their martinis. We started with the Mozartz ($19), a bitter-sweet blend of chocolate liquor, Campari, vermouth and orange espuma with an unusual sprinkling of house-made Campari dust. My fellow cocktail tester remarked that it tastes like a liquid version of Terry’s Chocolate Orange! We followed up with the signature sip, Propeller Bay ($19), a refreshing, fruity concoction of 42 Below vodka, orange juice, thyme and lime espuma. My personal favourite tipple was the Passionista Mamacita ($14.90), which combines Oakheart Barcardi rum with lemongrass syrup, tartly fresh lime juice and passionfruit syrup. It’s served in an elegant martini glass, with a half passionfruit, torched with a brûlée toffee top. Dig in with the accompanying spoon! For those who prefer a classic taste, Propeller also serves an excellent Singapore Sling ($14.90), as well as margaritas ($14.50) in classic, mixed berry and mango varieties.
Drinks here are reasonably priced compared to most CBD rooftop bars. Cocktails cost between $14 to $19, or, for bigger savings, you can sip on a $9 Prosecco or a $11.50 wine, or take advantage of happy hour prices with drinks starting at a wallet-friendly $7. Bite on this: The bar is expanding its tapas menu and we sampled a handful of dishes, including the crowd-pleasing 10- inch pepperoni pizza ($14), spicy but flavourful blue mussels in Thai sauce with garlic bread ($12.90), Guinness meatballs ($15) served in a thick, rich stout-based sauce, and Satay by the Bay ($12) – six chicken satay sticks with a peanut dipping sauce. Last but not least: Keep your eyes peeled for the short but sweet fireworks display that goes off above Sentosa Boardwalk every night between 7.40 to 8.40pm. – Pip Harry
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