I say popular with a huge disclaimer that the term is very subjective. And when it comes to bars and nightlife, it’s about getting out and having a good time. Whether it was with good friends at a dive or drinking alone at a place with eye candy, you’re doing what you set out to do. Getting the fuck out of the house. And where to? I guess in this case, a popular one.
So first up, was the place on top of the Marina Sands Hotel. Popular, sure. As a tourist you’ve probably read or seen this place on TV. Lucky for them, we happen to be a tourists so off we go, paying a cover we could have avoided by going to the lounge, up the elevator to a club neighboring the pool. Oh next time I gotsa get a room here! People were still there enjoying the pool around 10pm. My type of rooftop party. Instead, we went inside through the dance floor, through the fog, and straight to the bar. Felt like a fool handing the bartender our complimentary drink tickets. Who does this at a club?? Apparently us. Didn’t want any rail drinks so we went with beers and hung around realizing that we truly didn’t belong in this club.
Off to texting a local friend for suggestions. This friend happens to love the speakeasy scene which has taken this city by storm. I think it’s gotten a little out of hand since there’s no real history here on speakeasy’s and their concoctions are more about novelty than actually a well made drink. Don’t worry, I know these bars aren’t all alike and there should be some good ones out there. And hey, no hipsters here or even long lines at the bar. Maybe the password at the door was keeping them out. Maybe it’s the hard to find entrance. No, it’s a mixology bar. So it takes forever to make your drink. At least there’s some interesting things to talk about at the bar. Like the big jars of WTF they have lying around that they occasionally go to and pour into your drinks. Oh man, if I stayed there I’d have two morning of egregious hangovers. Wisely, I decided to keep tonight’s dinner down.
Speaking of that, before all the drinking, I ate for once. Tsukemen Ramen at a decent place to launch off my next journey. Menya Musashi was happen to be around the corner from our hotel. Not too shabby for mall Ramen. I don’t think I’ll be back but I have to say the place was you typical benchmark place for Japanese noodles. What made it different were the types of broth you can get, white (pork), black (cha siu), or red (spicy) and of course, the fact that they had Tuskemen Ramen. You happen to be around and decide the line at Daikokuya downstairs is too long, come here. It’ll hold you over.
Ku De Tah
1 Bayfront Avenue
Marina Bay Sands SkyPark
+65 6688 7688
Verdict: Was nice to visit once. Never more.
49 Keong Saik Road
Verdict: Sure, I’ll come back. But it won’t be the first place on my mind.
#01-16, Raffles City Shopping Centre,
252 North Bridge Road
Verdict: Meh. I think I’ll wait in the longer lines at other places.