Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 03:00
An underground cocktail bar camouflaged among a row of shophouses at Hong Kong Street, with a only gigantic beige coloured door as the only indication of it's existence. Push the door and be surprised with a swanky New York-esque bar in its full dimly-lit glory.
This has to be one of the best speakeasy style bars in Singapore. The reservation-only system ensures that the bar is never packed, and it does provide for a more pleasant experience.
The bar chow is delicious, but it is their trademark drinks that are the real star of the show. Either get the Beginner's Luck, Hard to Port, or the Absinthe infused Ramos Creole.
The place does not allow any pictures, probably as part of its speakasy style experience. It may be a downer for some, but if you are there anyway to have a good time with some friends, it won't be much of an issue.
The prices of the drinks are actually on the same level as the other high scale bars in Singapore. This is not going to be a frat-party-drink-a-thon establishment. You are here to savor you drink.
Overall, great place, and will return here whenever I find myself in Singapore.
Our full take on 28 Hong Kong is found here:
Location: right next to Clarke Quay station
Reception: Friendly, funky, polite
Staff: Fantastic service at the bar, and wait staff
Food: Good enough selection, and good portions
Drinks: Good cocktails, decent selection of drinks. Not so much wine selection.
Ambiance: Always fun, and its all because of the staff
We keep going back again and again, and again...back in there again. Very soon.
This was supposed to be one of the best bars in the world/Singapore, but turned out to be severe disappointment. It would be acceptable if they would charge half the price. The current setting raises expectations that it fails to deliver.
We like to indulge ourselves a bit and love to discover hip places around town thus decided to give 28HKS a go. Reservation went smooth and the place is easy to find. Once inside you were confronted with a hip environment and a drink menu to has great potential but fails to deliver. When seated it’s just a regular bar, nothing special. We took some time to study the menu ~ when you pay 25$ for a drink you want to make the right choice ~ and got interrupted 5 times with the question if we were ready to order in less then 10 mins. When we asked about their signature drinks we were told there were none and just had to pick something. We did, together with 4 side dishes (it’s not really a dinner place). The drinks are okay but not extraordinary. The food was very underwhelming. Much of the stuff is fried and fails to deliver any positive emotion. In the end we didn’t even finish our food. Together with very unfriendly and pushy staff that doesn’t spare a second to talk to you, we felt very unpleasant. The whole vibe didn’t strike us as nice. Furthermore, since the music is very loud your neighbours will talk very loud which becomes obnoxious fast.
For me this is a no-go in the future. I regret every dollar I spent here (121$ for two persons). It would be acceptable if they charged half of what they do now. Nothing special here. Please move on to many of the nicer places in this area.
P.S. Later I heard from a local bar manager that they changed the bar manager 6 months ago and that it went downhill from there.
P.P.S. The Mac and Cheese balls are nice, but I heard later that the burger should be good