The Goat Rodeo

Life, Beers & Brewing in a secluded (and slightly off kilter) nook in Northern California

Sunday, November 12, 2006


Smokey's: - 73 Joo Chiat Place. Really good western BBQ (real smoked ribs - a must try), three (or sometimes more) tasty Archipelago beers on draft, and a good location just off Joo Chiat. A very nice addition to an area that already have a lot of great food. They also have a new place called "The Pit" in Holland Village (across from the pet shop)
Queen and Mangosteen:
Vivocity 1 Habourfront Walk - #01-106/107, Tel : 6376 9380 Fax : 6376 9384 - very nice food, friendly service, great beers, super view (did I mention they have all the Archipelago beer on draft) -
The Divine Society - 600 North Bridge Rd , At the complete other end of the spectum from the Mitre (see below). Yeah, the service is sub-optimal but the bar itself is stunning. Three stories of pure opulence. And then there's the Wine Angles - you have to see this place to believe it. A must see !
JJ Atlante - 40 Duxton Rd. Cold Tiger beer and the best damn blues and R&B you'll hear in Singapore (House band Heritage gives it their all 6 nights a week).

Brussels Sprouts - 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd. 01-12 (65-68874344), Great bottled beer selection (mostly Belgian), draft beer selection is okay, food is well done and tastey, service is good, and the view is just nice. The Mussles + endless pom frits is the best food deal there (the mussles are really good !)
Brauhaus - 101 Thomson Road #B1-13/14, Opened in 1989 these folks have been bring interesting beers to Singapore longer than anyone else. They have the biggest selection of imported beers in town, the food is good and the locations is relaxing and comfortable. The owner & operator (Micheal Chuah) is dedicated to beer and not only has a great selection but also cooks some of the menu items with beer.
Timbre - Armenian Street (near the tunnel and opposite SMU).
Great outdoor venue with music and a good crowd (pizza looks good too). Trees grow in and around the bar adding to the already cool and comfortable atmosphere.
Archipelago Brewery - 79 Circular Rd. Hand crafted beers of distiction in a comfortable and relaxed open air bar with a lot of dark wood. Housed in a historic building in the middle of downtown Singapore. The finger food there is decent but for real makan check a few of the other places in that same little area (Thai Smile or ??)
Prince of Wales - Corner of Madras & Dunlop,
in historic Little India. One of the best pubs in Singapore. Offered as an Australian style bar, they have a good beer selection, nice out door beer garden, live music on weekends, a friendly dog and a backpacker hotel upstair. And prices are still reasonable - Check out their Sunday Session -
Hide Out - 31 B Circular Rd. Singapore. Good beers, and comfortable groovey place to mellow out with friends.

Lot, Stock & Barrel - 29 Seah St.
Singapore. Nice comfortable pub with a good beer selection and good service - and a really nice owner.
Karu's Bannan Leaf Curry -
808 Upper Bukit Timah Road. Really good Indian food, old school charm (well sort of), friendly service and clientele. Tiger Beer only. Try the fish head curry (their tag is "I am the King of Fish Head"). This place will make you forget about the other places.
Red Dot Brewhouse - Block 24, Demsey Road. The newest Brewpub in town. They have good food, a really nice atmosphere, great outdoor area and most importantly - really good Beers. Try the Green Monster beer (if they have it on) or my personal favorite the Lime Wheat (really nicely done) + family owned and operated (by a super nice famly)
ColBar - 9A Whitchurch Rd. A great little slice of old Singapore. Good beer selection, cool outdor seating, tasty affordable food. Visit while it is still around.
Iguana Cafe - 30 Merchant Rd. Good Mexican food (the best you'll find in Singapore), an outstanding tequila selection (chosen with the help of tequila guru Julio Bermejo), nice outdoor dining, good beers from Brewerkz (just up the river) which is Singapore's oldest microbrewery and creators of many fine hand crafted beers (with an excellent happy hour). and
True Blue - 117 East Coast Road. Excellent Peranakan food in a very nice setting - The Ayam Buah Keluak is a must try. Their food is Halal (thus sparking some debate about authenticity as many Peranakan dishes use pork not chicken - but never mind). Prices are mid range and the atmosphere is upscale but not overly so. The place is small so you might want to calll ahead.
Blu Jazz - 11 Bali lane. Funky little place in an old shophouse
in Kampong Glam near Arab st. They have decent food, an okay beer selection and good music sometimes. This is a great neighborhood to explore and Blu Jazz is a great little place for a change of pace or to sit and relax. (also Can check out the upstairs for some chill out with aircon)
Wagon Wheel - 22 Greenwood Ave. Great litle neighborhood Tavern/pub in a great neiborhood. Nice people, and Excellent Ox Tail Stew, they have Tiger Beer only (but they sell a lot so it's fresh and cold).

L'estaminet - 4 Greenwood ave. Funky Belgian bar/cafe in the same great little neiborhood (Greenwood). They have a good beer selection (both Belgian and non) and good food. (check out all the surrounding places)
Oosters - 25 Church st. Upscale Belgian Brasserie. Good selection of Belgian beers in a nice bar, with fairly good service - and right down town.
The Pump Room - Clarke Quay. Upscale brew pub with dinning and dancing to live music. Good selection of their own beers (Scotch Ale is a favorite) and a nice selection of other local and imported brews. Mostly Australian food selection with fairly good service. -
The Highlander - right next door to the Pump Room (Clarke Quay). A very nice (and rustic feel) Malt Whisky bar. They have several good beers on tap, the Atmosphere is chill and service is better than most.
The French Stall - 544 Serangoon Road. Really good food, resonable prices, Brewerkz beers, nice wine selection, nice casual open air dining. (not open Mondays).

Charlie's Corner -
Blk 2 Changi Village #01-08. A nice outdoor location in the breeze, Charlie's is a great little open air pub in the east corner of the island. Excellent beer selection, good western food and friendly staff. Family owned (Charlie or his wife or daughter Joyce are almost always there). Closes around 10:30 - just in time to see the ladyboys taking over the car park.
Season Live Seafood - 59-E, Pulau Ubin. What could be nicer than to wile away the time sitting by the sea, listening to the waves, watching the boats slide by, drinking cold Tiger beer and sampling tasty local food. This is out door dining at its best. A great place to relax. Plus sometimes they have local island wild boar on the menu.
The Bum boat ride over is just $2.00.
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The Mitre Hotel - 145 Killiney Rd. Possibly the worst dive you'll ever be in (or the best). Not for the squeemish, but what a great load of character. No telling what's behind the bar (or Who), you'll drink whatever they have - and like it. Special treat rent a room & spend the night (if you dare - no you better not - no really don't). The Hotel is haunted and some people have seen ghosts there) Update - Sadly it is too late, Mati Liao - the property has been sold (for over $160 million) and the bar closed.

Side trip to Batam, Indonesia (only a 1 hour boat ride away) - I don't think they have street addresses in Batam and if they do no one knows them, so just ask for directions - people there are very nice.
Lucy's Oar House - In Nagoya. One of my favorite bars in Southeast Asia. A great semi-maritime themed bar, very laid back, super nice staff, decent cold beer selection, good music (not too loud), very nice food and a passable pool table + has outdoor seating as well. And if it is too slow ofr you, then you can always check out upstairs. Check
Wallaby's - (near Lucy's). Nice bar, decent pool table, great pizza (reckoned by my friend Bill to be the best in S.E. Asia)
A1 Pugasera- Food court heaven, Indonesian style. Out door dining, with friendly people, excellent food and great prices - and sometimes the Length Brewery beer is avaialble and tasting good. Try Seafood Hai San for great fish and serves.
Harmoni Hotel Wine Bar - Nice semi-up scale Bar in a nice hotel (but better you stay at the Goodway across the street). Chill out while the nice staff serves you a drink or sits and chats. Live jazz type music on weekends.


At 8:36 AM, Blogger kennhyn said...

wow, u guys drink alot in Singapore....cheers!!!


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