The best happy hours for a Jim Beam Highball in the CBD
Everyone defines their ideal happy hour a little differently. Some are looking for value-for-money, some a quiet spot for sipping highballs after work, and some really great bar food. Whatever the case, there are bars in the CBD that have you covered. We’ve selected three great bars that elevate happy hours to a whole different level!
Erwin’s Gastrobar (Marina Bay Link Mall)
Walk into Erwin’s Gastrobar at Marina Bay Financial Center and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an Italian-style gastrobar from New York City or Sydney. Think sleek-looking brushed metal and wood bar stools and wooden tabletops, classic incandescent yellow lighting and tastefully muted colours.
Food-wise, they have a wide range of classic western gastrobar mains, everything from hearty sandwiches and roasted meats to salads and pizzas. It’s also one of the few places where you can get a great steak sandwich ($19.50) — black Angus ribeye, rocket leaves, tomato relish with shaved parmesan and honey mustard on side bread. Not to be missed.
But check out their bar bites which go especially well with their popular Jim Beam Highballs — the Beef Hot Plate ($19) — tantalising slices of beef sizzling on a hot plate a with a lovely flavoursome pepper sauce on the side is especially delightful.
You also can’t go wrong with the grilled Lamb Skewers ($18.50) where the meat comes juicy and with a great cumin, chilli, yogurt dip on the side.
The Spot (Marina One)
Located at the very new and very luxurious Marina One, The Spot is essentially a gastrobar where cutting edge modern European food is its main focus.
While they have excellent lunch and dinner menus, it is their bar snack selections that are very extensive – and when it comes to Jim Beam Highballs and great bar snacks, it’s basically a marriage made in heaven.
Big highlights are their enticing charcuterie and cheese platters, plus award-winning individual cheeses like the Tasmanian Heritage Double Brie Cheese and the Roaring Forties Blue Cheese from Australia’s King Island Dairy.
All cheeses are served with muscatels, quince paste and rye bread, which is another big plus.
There are also two other dishes which are worth ordering.
The Eclair Sandwich ($18) uses Choux dough bread and fills it with smoked salmon, a spread of salted egg yolk emulsion, curry leaf powder and mentaiko.
The other is the Cod Bradade Gratin ($17), a well-loved Provencal dish comprised of salted cod, potatoes, baked and topped with Assam Tomato Jam, Avruga & Ikura Roe Salsa, Pork Skin Crackers.
1-Altitude (One Raffles Place)
What’s better than a Jim Beam Highball with great bar food and decor? Jim Beam Highballs with great bar food and decor at 282 metres above sea level.
The highest alfresco bar in the world features stunning views of the city, where you can see parts of Chinatown, Singapore’s harbour and the architectural marvels of Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum and the Singapore Flyer.
The area to head for is, of course, the Gallery Bar at the rooftop where they’ve gone all out when it comes to Jim Beam Highballs with four different flavours to choose from — Passionfruit, Yuzu, Cinnamon and Grapefruit.
The entire food menu at the Gallery Bar is especially suited for Jim Beam Highballs — an assortment of platters — cheese, cold cuts and even satay. There is also an extensive pizza bar serving everything from the traditional Classic Margherita ($22) to the local gutsy Beef Rendang ($24).
Also noteworthy are their flat breads which are baked upon order (20 minutes waiting time). Rosemary garlic $24) or Sun-dried tomato, cheese and sage ($8 per piece) and served with three dips — Homemade Hummus, Spicy Red Pepper Dip with Basil and Indian Style Eggplant and Pumpkin Dip.
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