It has been a mere three months into the new year, but we are already exhausted. Our feelings have been crushed, ignored and toyed with (thank you, Oscars).
More importantly, a break from work is much coveted as we sail towards the Q2 mark. We are comforted that the days ahead will be crammed with a ton of fun events to loosen up those text-neck muscles.
Bop to the Beat at Garden Beats’ Electronic Picnic
Grab your picnic mats as Garden Beats returns to Fort Canning for the third year running. With a delectable selection of the hip food stalls handpicked by Deliveroo, your bellies won’t be left hanging. The garden setting is perfect for tropical house melodies from Autograf and Tube & Berger. That said, the act we are most stoked about this year is certainly Ava Asante, a Ghanian lady armed with a violin, blessed with a sassy voice and plenty of soul.
When? 18 March, Fort Canning Park
Regular tickets can be purchased on their site for $105. Use our code “POPSPOKEN” to unlock a special price of $95.
A pair of tickets is up for grabs on our Facebook page.
Imbibe at Singapore Cocktail Festival 2017
Party with the new kids on the block as part of Singapore Cocktail Festival (“SGCF”). Crackerjack, Native, Red Tail and Fat Prince are coming together for a one-night-only cocktail tour on 16 March. Transport to facilitate your bar-hopping shenanigans will be provided.
Expect only the best from all of Singapore’s bars at the tastefully done up ex-police station along Beach Road, where you can savour cocktails alongside groovy beats by Ce La Vi’s DJs.
For those who wish to delve deeper into the art of cocktail making, there’s a plethora of workshops to choose from.
Workshops and tours aside, all bartenders around our tiny red dot will be toiling hard. Crackerjack’s founders will be kept particularly busy during the festival week, as their previously project – internationally heralded 28 HKS – will be releasing limited age-barreled bottled cocktails that have been cultivated in their cellars since 2011.
Yugnes Susela rose the ranks from being a dishwasher, and cut his teeth as a barman at Tippling Club. He is now helming the fort at Smoke & Mirrors. As part of SGCF, Yugnes has specially concocted a savoury cocktail “Rain Maker”. A ravishing red cocktail comprising a full-bodied salted raisin infused vermouth and whisky, to be enjoyed with a crisp papadum.
Our top pick this cocktail season: Who knew that the boisterous Orchard Road is home to one of the best bars and char siew in town? Right behind Paragon is Grand Park Orchard’s Mitzo, whose atmosphere is as sophisticated as its rainbow-refracted glass panels and menu of cocktails mixed by Marco Pignotta. As part of SGCF’s festivities, Marco will be serving up Asian-inspired cocktails to be paired with 5 exquisite dim sum offerings.
The “Ginseng Daiquiri” held just the right amount of ginseng that’s infused with the dark rum, and was sublimely paired with our favourite of the night – the deep-fried octopus seasoned with cumin salt and pepper. We rounded off the night with a sweet “Summer Botanic” whose base is whiskey and brandy that’s been infused with Chamomile tea. All 5 courses for a friendly price of $60++.
Round off the night by orbiting through the milky way with Tippling Club’s innovative Cosmos Menu taking off exclusively during SGCF. Expect an explosion of “stars” in your Space cocktail crafted with Absolut Elyx, or bask in the heat infused with sunflower honey as part of your Sun cocktail.
When? 16 – 21 March 2017
At various cocktail bars. Main SGCF event happening at 99 Beach Rd where cocktails are dished out at $12. Entry is complimentary.
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day With Guinness
The infamous relative to Oktoberfest is back and taking place at two locations this year, Holland Village and Circular Road. We are expecting so much green on that day, but we can’t be sure if it is the Guinness beer, an enthusiastic passion for leprechauns, or just upset stomachs.
There will be more than a hundred bars islandwide involved in the week long celebrations, so get ready and drink, drink and be drunk. Both locations will be decked out with fully-stocked bars, pints of beer, street food, live music, fringe activities, photo booths and even the the iconic Guinness bar slide. The whole festival will come to a close at Circular Road with the iconic St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
When? 10 March (Holland Village), 7.30 – 10.30pm
17 to 19 March (Circular Road), 7.30 – 10pm
Strive for the “Pot of Gold” at Empire’s Vertical Crawl
Will you run for beer? If yes, then turn up at Empire during St. Patrick’s Day and be the first to make it up 45 storeys.
Maybe it’s a good time to start cardio training right about now in order to conquer this (almost) impossible feat. The winner gets a free keg with 30 litres of freshly tapped Guinness (served on a personal kegerator), redeemable over two weeks. The runner-up is rewarded with a free flow bar food for the night.
When? 18 March, 5 – 8.30pm
Empire, 50 Raffles Place, Level 45 Singapore Land Tower
Experience the Best of Singaporean Design at SingaPlural 2017
If there is anything uniquely Singaporean, it would be found at Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC)’s festival as part of Singapore Design Week 2017. Collaborating with UNIQLO for part of its collection, it will showcase a series of alternative designs for our everyday objects.
There will be four different sections, such as interactive projects, platform displays and pop-up stalls, along with their range of partners, like The Alchemists and KYO Project. The theme is year is “Stories – A New Perspective”, which is also curated by the award-winning design firm, BLACK. Hopefully it won’t end up being a subtly patriotic IKEA display area, but from the images we’ve seen online, we are excited to see the full range for ourselves.
When? 7 to 12 March, 11am to 10pm
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, Singapore 038975, Admission: $10
Eat Your Heart Out at World Gourmet Summit Singapore 2017
World Gourmet Summit, Singapore’s oldest food festival, turns 21. Things get a little more delectable because the SPA Esprit Group is collaborating with the festival and showcasing their restaurants which are popular and affordable.
The menus are specially curated by Michelin-starred culinary masters, featuring some of our local favourites, including Argentininan-inspired boCHINche and solid fusion cuisine from Ding Dong. There will be a series of masterclasses, as well as exclusive lunch and dinner sets available.
When? 21 March, 6.00pm (1st seating); 8.00pm (2nd seating)
Ding Dong, 115 Amoy Street, #01-02, Singapore 069935
$95 onwards per person for a six-course menu
Argentine Discovery Masterclass
When? 24 March, 11.30am – 3.00pm
BoCHINche, 115 Amoy Street, #01-02, Singapore 069935
$45 onwards per person for a three-course menu
When? 20 March to 6 April
Visit the full list of participating restaurants here.