Sometimes, there isn’t anything worse than being at a bar, feeling the hunger pangs set in, and discovering that there’s nothing to eat other than the standard nachos or greasy chicken wings (not that there’s anything wrong with that). After all, a night out only feels complete when there’s delicious, substantial food to accompany the tipple.
Thankfully, a number of gastrobars have sprouted up here in recent years. Offering a wide variety of drinks and an equally (or even more) solid repertoire of tasty cuisine, these establishments are ideal for patrons looking to fuel up for a long night ahead. Some even boast restaurant-worthy gourmet fare like charcuterie, ricotta cheese and slow-roasted pork, making them a draw for foodies.
From a stylish bistro-styled joint to a swanky hotel spot with views of the city skyline, here are 5 of our favourite gastrobars for good food and drink. With buzzing vibes, tantalising drinks and decent grub, these places have got the equation balanced for an unforgettable night out.
Cook & Brew
Complete your late-night revelry with glorious views of Marina Bay at Cook & Brew, perched on the 33rd floor of The Westin Singapore. The establishment offers cocktails and beers sourced from all over the world, with highlights such as Pilsner Urquell, the world’s first blond lager (S$13.50++ for a pint) and Moa Southern Alps white IPA (S$26++ for a bottle).
Also on the menu is a solid repertoire of mouthwatering food such as whipped buffalo ricotta drizzled with truffle honey and accompanied by grilled bread (S$14++), and Poutine “Eh” of golden fries buried under a mountain of melting cheese curds, pulled pork and Magner’s cider gravy (S$16++).
Cook & Brew, The Westin Singapore, Level 33, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961, +65 6922 6948, www.cookandbrewsingapore.com
This bistro-styled gastrobar is the place to be for Austrian tapas paired with fine wines and cocktails. Imbibe special Austrian spirits including Farthofer organic vodka (S$15++), which was voted the world’s best in 2012, or cocktails such as P for Passion — a potent mix of vodka, triple sec, fresh passionfruit, cranberry, orange and sugar cane (S$18++).
Pair these with delectable nosh such as schweinsbraten, cumin spiced pork collar that is slow roasted and served with speck sauerkraut to cut through the richness (S$16++). And something we always love is a good charcuterie and cheese platter (from S$28++).
Leopold, 96 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088517, +65 6534 7644, leopold.sg
Once the site of an armoury on Singapore’s South Beach, this space has now been transformed into a contemporary gastrobar. It’s retained its rustic brick walls and added copper ceilings and vintage tiles for a classic look. Whiskies are all the rage here — Scotch fans can enjoy an 18 year Macallan (S$32++), while bourbon lovers can go for the Four Roses Single Barrel (S$16++).
The Armoury offers an equally extensive food menu, with dishes such as short ribs grilled cheese (S$15++) and seafood paella arancini, which comprises crispy morsels bursting with the flavours of prawn and mussels, with added depth from smoky chorizo (S$15++).
The Armoury, 36 Beach Road, Singapore 189677, +65 6385 3173, massiveint.com/restaurants/armoury
Inspired by cafés and bars in the cities of New York and Sydney, Erwin’s Gastrobar’s flagship outlet is decked out in mellow wood furnishings, diner-style sofas and aluminium framed chairs. Its drink highlights include beers and Prosecco cocktails such as the Hugo, which comes with a hint of elderflower and dash of soda. It starts at S$13.90++ for a glass and is also available in a Grandissima 1.2 litre carafe (S$99.80++).
After getting your tipple fix, load up on mini bratwursts (S$14++), crispy pork cracklings (S$6++) and the establishment’s popular steak sandwich (S$22.50++). It features strips of Black Angus rib eye slathered with sweet roasted pepper and tomato relish, and topped with salty pecorino and peppery rocket.
Erwin’s Gastrobar, 8A Marina Boulevard, Ground Plaza, #01-01, Singapore 018984, +65 6634 8715, www.erwins.com.sg
Wood & Steel Gastrobar
Located on the alfresco deck of the Stewords Riverboat, Wood & Steel Gastrobar is an ideal escape from the city crowd at the end of a long day. Kick off your post-work drinks session with beers by the bucket (S$50++ for 5), before knocking back cocktails such as Smoke Signals, a blend of Kahlúa, Bailey’s, milk and cocoa powder, and finished with liquid smoke for a dash of theatricality.
Round off the night with tasty grub such as pizza, grilled meats and seafood. If you’re feeling extra celebratory, try the Ocean’s Five sharing platter of herby tiger prawns, salmon with anchovy butter, cheesy baked mussels, barbecued squid and beer battered fish (S$96++).
Wood & Steel Gastrobar, 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Berth 1, Marina South Pier, Singapore 018988, +65 6278 5775, www.riverboat.com.sg/woodandsteel