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Bar review: Bourbon Street

We scour the island’s bar scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! TIM COLMAN checks out Bourbon Street on Club Street.

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Bourbon Street is a watering hole you wouldn’t want to miss

First impressions:

Once it gets dark, Club Street is manic with professionals moving from bar to bar. There’s a place to cater for any mood, and Bourbon Street offers a haven for those who want a New Orleans vibe. Seating about a dozen punters comfortably, with plenty of standing room too, the bar’s stark black walls and minimalist design offer respite from Club Street’s excesses.

The Chosen One:

If your experience with bourbon is Jim Beam, you’re in for a treat. Forget the rough burn you may associate with the spirit, and order yourself a Tropical Tantrum ($18); a mixture of pineapple bourbon, hand-squeezed citrus and tiki bitters, this cocktail is a fruity and light surprise that’s perfectly suited to Singapore’s climate.

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This bar stocks more than 30 varieties of bourbon

The Cheapskate:

While bourbon is the speciality here, there are plenty of other drinks available. From the tap, a pint of Hofbräu München Original Lager will only set you back $13. If you want to dive straight into the bourbon, the Jim Beam Rye (one of the brand’s better drops) is $14.

Bite on this:

It’s all about Cajun comfort food here, and for $15 you can enjoy chicken chunks on a crispy waffle covered in bourbon maple syrup. Meanwhile, the Totchos ($10), tater tots with bacon bits and nacho cheese, has something of a mac-and-cheese feel.

Last but not least:

There’s more to bourbon than mixing it with cola. Bourbon Street stocks more than 30 varieties. As well as Maker’s Mark, it has lesser-known classics like Whistle Pig and Bulleit. Speak to the staff and they’ll find you a flavour or cocktail you’ll enjoy.

Bourbon Street
46 Club St
bourbonstreet.com.sg

This article first appeared in the November 2016 edition of Expat Living. You subscribe now so you never miss an issue!

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