Address: 16 North Canal Road, Level 01 and 02, Singapore 048828
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 3:00pm – 10:30pm, Saturday 4:00pm – 10:30pm, Closed on Sundays
Official Website: barbarycoastsg.com
I haven’t written a review for a bar in a while. I happen to be doing a staycation at the Park Royal Collection Pickering and wanted to try something new in the Clarke Quay area when I chanced upon Barbary Coast. Prior to them being recently climbing the #81 spot in World’s 50 Best Bars, I was already interested in trying out their cocktails and basking in the 1800s California Gold Rush ambience. I’m a huge fan of establishments that adapt histories in their interiors (namely Dead Rabbit in NYC — an ode to one of the founding gangs of New York in FiDi), and so I couldn’t pass the opportunity to try it out.
Reservations are a must if you are to try out Barbary Coast’s poor man’s dive bar/restaurant concept, Dead Fall, located in their first floor. Dead Fall specializes in Tater Tots stuff, and I can hear you bar food lovers singing hallelujah. They even have a Tater Tot waffle, and I’m so jealous of those who got to eat that. An even must try is their Ballroom, which is a low key speakeasy filled with treasured cocktails for you to try. The bartender was friendly, and he made sure that I try out some of their best known cocktails.
Opening Ballroom Drink.
Openings. They’re very important in any experience. They start on the right foot, serving you with a mini cocktail on-the-house to jumpstart the mood. I am lost in the intricacies and mysteries of the interiors to remember this refreshing drink. I like that Barbary Coast is a rare gem in keeping you immersed in the luxury.
Mitcher’s Bourbon, Buffalo Trace, Cherry Bark, Marshmallow, Lemon, Champagne.
I loved this drink, because it gave me the much needed acidity to cut through the Lobster Mac and Cheese. This dish takes a while for the kitchen to prep, so be here early if you want to taste its creaminess of the Spaëtzle mac and Gruyere cheese pronto.
Lobster Mac and Cheese
Tommy Tomate. Del Megeuy Mezcal Vida, Tomato, Kaffir, Agave, Lime, Saline.
One of the cocktails that put Barbary Coast in the running. They do collabs with Jigger and Pony, btw.
Three Drunk Uncles.
Hendrick’s Orbium, Hendrick’s, Beefeater, Noilly Prat, Frankincense, Myrrh, Gold.
This spells holiday myths for me, and the drink is an excellent finisher for any meal. Be warned; it is heavy.
Hallelujah Hot Chocolate.
And finally, a sweet ending. It placed a smile on my face — Hot Chocolate. A small bit of Bourbon drowning in the thickness of the melted dark chocolate. There’s no better to end a night on the coast of Barbary, but sweet and warm.
Barbary Coast is loaded with stories behind every single bartender. And of course, as its namesake suggests, the dream of gold never dies. I am left with a promise of dreaming about gold once more in my next visit.