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Why drink more beer? It’s good for you!

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Well, just consider that when we touch the cold bottle from the fridge or over the bar counter, we listen to the carbon dioxide that is released while the beer’s foam develops, we see the amber color of the beer poured into our glass, we smell the aromatic substances that come from the snatch block and of course we taste the distinct bitter beer taste that is associated with the contained acids and wooden taste of tannins.

Enjoying a beer on a hot day watching our favorite sports games and cooking barbeque is one of the traditions beer has become famous worldwide for.

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Feeling blue ? Johnny Walker Blue Label that is…

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Handcrafted Lacquer Presentation Case

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}nd for smoothness, few can beat Johnnie Walker Blue Label, an inspired blend of the world’s rarest and most expensive whiskies, which have been chosen at the peak of their perfection, some having been aged in oak for at least 50 years!

A few of the distilleries that produced these casks are no longer in existence, making these whiskies totally irreplaceable and totally unique from bottle to bottle.

So next time you find yourself at Changi Airport’s new Terminal 3, keep your eyes open for the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Handcrafted Lacquer Presentation Case.

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Ballymoons Spirits Bar @ Orchard

December 9, 2008

Ballymoons Spirits Bar @ Orchard

Ballymoons Spirits Bar @ Orchard

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}s with Scruffy Murphy’s (both under the Gaelic Inns umbrella), there’s no cover charge and or price increases on New Year’s Eve.

 

Come with your bunch of cronies as guest DJs will be spinning great tunes, with a Golden package at $88 nett (lucky number of the century, seemingly) entitling you to 10 drinks, food all night, party packs and more.

 

Add another $100 for a Pure Gold package and you get a bottle of champagne on top. Do we smell a great opportunity to getting sloshed?

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The Butter Factory

December 9, 2008

The Butter Factory

The Butter Factory

{xtypo_dropcap}I{/xtypo_dropcap}n rap-speak, butter means “well-liked and smooth”, so expect only the best shizz out of this artsy club – in the main room, I caught resident DJs Drem and Mylk spinning da tunes right on a New Year’s night.

 

If faced with the dilemma of your significant other or group of friends loving hip hop which you absolutely, totally, abhor, there is always the Art Bar with DJ Uncle Johnny, delivering the slickest indie stuff while you lounge on one of the couches sipping martinis and people-watching like the cool cat you are.

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Jazz@Southbridge

December 9, 2008

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Jazz@Southbridge {xtypo_dropcap}O{/xtypo_dropcap}wned by a bunch of jazz-loving crazies, [email protected] is THE place to catch the best in live jazz in Singapore. I kid you not.

 

Aside from the resident jazz band that performs there nightly, they bring in the best of the touring session musicians from around the world. Come on down and kick it in one of their superbly comfy armchairs, order a bottle and chill to the groovin’ jazz ministrations.

 

jazz at southbridge interior

 

The owners are pretty good at what they do, see for yourself: Tuesday Special: 9.30 to 1am, an evening of cool jazz with Alemay and the Mario Serio Trio. 25% off for food and drinks. Wednesdays: 9.30 to 1 Aya’s passionate piano playing and the versatile Alemay.

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Rogues Bar and Bistro

December 9, 2008

Rogues Bar and Bistro

Rogues Bar and Bistro

{xtypo_dropcap}R{/xtypo_dropcap}ogues Bar and Bistro lands in the CBD? Oi geezers… what is it… A bar with a restaurant, or a restaurant with a bar… whatever you decide; a friendly experience is welcoming you here.

 

From the same loveable rogues that bring you the 1NiteStand Bar & Comedy Club, comes Rogues, in the heart of the CBD, a full lunchtime menu awaits you, with a light menu selection in the evening; you are welcome for that lunch-time meeting, or just to unwind after work.

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zouk club

December 9, 2008

Zouk Nightclub

zouk club

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he young, the hip and the fashionable are loyal patrons of Zouk, which has not only survived 13 years in business but has become the local club of choice. Its huge dance floors, glamorous interiors and knack for bringing in renowned DJs ensures jam-packed holiday partying.

 

Head down here and enjoy greats like Deep Dish, Carl Cox and Dimitri from Paris, just to name a few of the stars who have played here. The place will be is great fun, so don’t miss out ya hear?

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BAR NONE

December 9, 2008

B.One

BAR NONE

{xtypo_dropcap}B{/xtypo_dropcap}.one is number one if you’re looking for a swanky atmosphere with the perfect ambience. Not too crowded, not too empty, the vibe is always right in this split-level music bar located in the basement of the Singapore Marriott Hotel.

 

Taking centre stage is, quite literally, a stage, which often is filled with top rate musicians and the occasional comedy act. The lighting is perfect, and adorning the walls are life size retro portraits of legendary musician.

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Daniel Otto Kimble - Brewerkz

December 9, 2008

Brewerkz Restaurant and Microbrewery

Daniel Otto Kimble - Brewerkz

{xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}t Brewerkz you occassionaly get the cool DJ, complete with song dedications just so you can request for that one song that tops your list of favourites.

 

A great place for NYE’s countdown, every guest gets party packs and a free glass of champagne to get into the zone as you peruse their menu (which will be the regular one) deciding on what to eat.

 

We all know that more beer is always good news, and when you mix that with great food its the next best combination since the Wright brothers put wings on a bicycle.

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Attica Singapore

December 9, 2008

Attica / Attica Too

Attica Singapore

{xtypo_dropcap}I{/xtypo_dropcap}f you are a very, very good bar patron – always remembering to tip well, not spill your drink and never sip through the cocktail straw – maybe when you die you&ll get to spend the great hereafter in a bar like Attica, the hottest place in Clarke Quay.

 

Attica is run by the guy who brought us the Soundbar, and if places like this are emerging as the new standard for Singapore’s bar scene, there’s reason to sing joyously from the rooftops.

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The Pump Room

December 9, 2008

The Pump Room

The Pump Room

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}hey don’t call it The Pump Room for nothing, folks – opened in early Dec ’06 (probably just in time for the Xmas and the New Year then, we reckon), this heaven for beer guzzlers will have their in-house band putting one and all in the mood for festive cheer with their trippin’ sounds.

 

And of course, with the varied selection of brews, get a kick-start before the actual boozing to rev up your system as you accompany your liquor with a choice of either grilled tenderloin of beef, truffle mash and glazed vegetables OR steamed black cod & crabmeat risotto with ginger soy sauce symphony of chocolate.

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The Bar Room Singapore

December 9, 2008

The Bar Room

The Bar Room Singapore{xtypo_dropcap}L{/xtypo_dropcap}ocated a skip and jump away from Boat Quay on Circular Road, a classy ambiance awaits you at The Bar Room.

 

Boasting lacquered wood, classic green office lights, and fresh aromas, we are beckoned back to an era where bars were truly places that felt warm.

 

Amongst an array of art pieces, the walls are coated with mirrors and a sophisticated dark green.

 

The friendly staff serves the finest in bar snacks and cold drinks as your booty sits upon leather seating pinned with those buttons that make the barstools look so cool… yeah, you know.

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Darren Halls

December 9, 2008

Lush Life, life’s my oyster…

Darren Halls

 

{xtypo_dropcap}O{/xtypo_dropcap}kay, this month was again filled with good times. After living in Prague and coming from London, Singapore had lots to live up to with regards to parties and good times.

 

Well I am happy to say that Singapore has surpassed my expectations on so many levels.

 

I never expected to party as hard as I have since I have lived here. Every week I go to new and exciting places, and many regular ones too, yet all I hear from people is that ‘Singapore is getting boring and there is nothing to do’…

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silk bintan lagoon resorts

December 9, 2008

Smooth as Silk…

silk bintan lagoon resorts{xtypo_dropcap}S{/xtypo_dropcap}everal months ago, many of us in the media were invited to the only party club on the Island, to party the night away with many of our old friends, as well as to make new ones. My most recent trip was no exception.

 

Without a hesitation in my mind, I packed for a night of fun. The ferry was a very short fifty-five minutes from Tanah Merah terminal, then an equally short island bus, The Silk Route, to the resort.

 

Dinner on the terrace was eventful, with the romantic candles lighting the place up, and a buffet that will salivate any palate, you will not want for any other choice. With selected foods from England, Indonesia, as well other places in and around Asia, it was a feast of kings.

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cafe del mar singapore

December 9, 2008

Cafe Del Mar

cafe del mar singapore

 

{xtypo_dropcap}W{/xtypo_dropcap}hen Cafe Del Mar opened its doors, bringing an air-conditioned bungalow amidst 25,000 sq ft of sunset bay sand to enjoy those perfect sunsets with, we were overcome with joy!

 

Being a fan of KM8 (mostly thanks to DJ Diamond) on Tanjong beach, I was inclined to check out what this new establishment has to offer. Like the iconic bar that resides in San Antonio, Ibiza, Cafe Del mar, I encountered sexy chill out tunes and an overall hipster vibe…

 

As expected after witnessing the Cannery Launch in Clarke Quay, the hospitality company Directions did provide a yield of no less than 500 curious industry players and media elements alike.

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darren halls

December 9, 2008

Lush Life Singapore, hungry is the wolf.

darren halls{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}his month started with a trip to Europe, or as near as my pockets would allow. I have for quite sometime now, been hankering for some good old European food. When I was asked to go to ‘Brasserie Wolf‘ for lunch.

 

It sounded like a name for a German eaterie, but I could not be more wrong. The inside decor looked and felt like it was from Paris, well after all it is a Parisian style Brasserie.

 

I find out later on during the meal that Brasserie Wolf is, the only true brasserie in Singapore. The food is exquisite, fine dining at its’ best in every sense of the word. I do urge to find this place and sample the work of Chef Philippe Nouzillat. (Watch out for more on this Super Chef in the year ahead). Food…then drinks.

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st. partick's day parade

December 9, 2008

Saint Patrick’s Legacy?

st. partick's day parade

 

{xtypo_dropcap}S{/xtypo_dropcap}t. Patricks Day is coming. A time for making merry, and joviality the Irish way. But what is it really.

 

Most of us just use it as an excuse to get merry, with lots of Bushmills and Guinness flowing or even a Middleton or two, some of us will dress in gold and green. But there is a deeper meaning to the day. I went back in to the history chronicles of Ireland to find out.

 

Saint Patrick was believed to have been born in the late fourth century, in England, sold into slavery as a shepherd in Ireland, escaped to England after six years, but returned back to slavery after returning to his home country.

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Arthur Guinness

December 9, 2008

The Story of Authur Guinness

Arthur Guinness{xtypo_dropcap}W{/xtypo_dropcap}ith over seventy other breweries in the city, this was one that had lain dormant for many years, until Guinness signed a nine-thousand year lease at only forty-five punts per-annum that is.

 

Located on James Street, close to the banks of The Liffey, this was an ideal place to build a brewery. Arthur Guinness was about to change the face of brewing in Ireland.

 

At a tender age of only thirty-four, he already knew that the domestic beer industry of Ireland was lacking, lacking in good, wholesome tasting beer, with a stout body. This was realised all over Ireland when the London Porter Breweries were granted extended import licenses.

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