Druggists: New hipster beer bar on the block

Pair ‘bak kwa’ beer with ngoh hiang at charming craft beer bar, DRUGGISTS

Druggists
Druggists
01 Jul 2015

Druggists

We visit three-month-old Druggists on a sleepy afternoon and already, there’s a table full of beer-swigging American hipsters. Just the kind of clientele we expected when we first heard about this craft beer bar.

This is the first F&B wing of local beer distribution company, The Drinking Partners, which also owns bottle shop The Great Beer Experiment at PasarBella. Here, it serves a rotating line-up of 23 craft beers from microbreweries worldwide, paired with Singaporean bites. 

The Look & Vibe
The Look & Vibe
30 Jun 2015

The Look & Vibe

Chic and understated, the 40 seater in Jalan Besar is an attractive mix of old-school kopitiam, French bistro and hipster bar. It’s fitted out with a mosaic-tiled floor, quaint marble-topped tables and cute old-school chairs.

The bar rents the first floor of the 80-year-old Singapore Chinese Druggists Association building. Looming over the entrance is an heirloom signboard painted with the Haw Par family name: the elder Haw was an esteemed member of the association, and the first floor of the building was named after him. The mood here is friendly and casual. You walk up to the bar to order a beer, and are encouraged to chat with the bartenders who’ll find a beer to match your tastes. 

The Booze
The Booze
01 Jul 2015

The Booze

Even though there are 23 craft beers on tap, there’s very little information about the beers apart from their name and origin scrawled on chalkboards, so ask the bartenders to pour out small tasting samples for you. The selection is unusual, with lots of funky beer styles and big flavours, many exclusive to Druggists, and they come in two serving sizes: 250ml or 500ml.

We love the Brown Paper Bag ($9/$17), an extra-hoppy lager from Danish microbrewery, To-Øl. It’s a toffee-coloured beer with an intense floral aroma, lovely nutty flavours and a creamy body. The weirdest one we try is the scarily named Blood, Sweat & Tears ($10/$19) from Dutch brewery, De Molen. It’s brewed with smoked malt that imparts a rich peaty flavour somewhat reminiscent of bak kwa and dried longans. Not bad, but we found it quite jelak after a while. 

The Bites
The Bites
30 Jun 2015

The Bites

There are some surprisingly scrummy Singapore favourites to fill your belly with here. Like the Ngoh Hiang ($8, pictured left), with perfectly crunchy beancurd skin and juicy pork and water chestnut filling. Also good: the Crispy Chicken Wantons ($8, pictured right), nicely spiced minced chook encased in shatteringly crisp skin.

119 Tyrwhitt Rd, S207547. Tel: 6341-5967. Open daily except Mon. Tue-Fri 4pm-midnight; Sat 2pm-midnight; Sun 2pm-11pm. Last orders 10.30pm (food); 30 mins before closing (drinks). www.facebook.com/DruggistsSG

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