Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 03:00
Sat: 18:00 - 04:00
Despite the name, this hip bar specialises in cocktails rather than coffee. A majority of the bar's clientele consists of Japanese who are seen grabbing single malt whiskies and cocktails prepared by Japanese bartenders.
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We love this place and wanted our home to be like this. I wanted the leather chesterfield with rollers and lit-up marble kitchen island table. He wanted the rows and rows of whiskey at home. Mainly, I love the jazz music they play. This exquisite and quiet bar reminds me of something out of a Murakami novel – and I read all the novels.
The service was impeccable, the cocktails were award-winning. But we drank mostly whiskey and single-malt. 14K has trained me well.
Entrance charge is $25, but think that you’re paying for the cold cuts, fruits and chips that they provide. No entrance charge if you’re there from 6pm-8pm. So entrance charge and a drink would cost up to $42 per person at least. Clientele: Japanese businessmen. Dressed in black suits and ties. Very mafia, very cool.
I think I’ll go back to Coffee Bar tomorrow. It is my favorite bar.
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When I was in Shanghai, I used to love going to the likes of Bar Constellation and Shanty – very Japanese bars that made killer precision cocktails, with crazy varied selections of whisky/ sale/ shochus to boot. Many a night, me and my homies spent, nursing our whiskies splashed over cool hand-chipped globes of ice.
Enter Coffee Bar K, a gem of a bar in Singapore I raved about two years ago, made excessive repeat visits to back then, forgot about since, and recently revisited. Sweet was my re-visit – almost like meeting up with a dear old long-lost friend.
The bar was exactly as I remembered it. Oh, to sink into the plush black leather sofas at the bar and be handed a warm towel, asked for my drink order and pampered with platters of snacks. I took my time picking my poison – so many choices of gin/vodka/whisky/wine/liquer base cocktails, luckily they rate the alcoholic content of the cocktails and whether they were suited to the male or female palate (ok, this was admittedly sexist). The Moscow mule was my usual drink but tonight I picked a Honolulu, something light to end off my earlier buffet dinner.
Service was quietly efficient, just the way I liked it. The cute Japanese bartender has left though, in place there was another bartender that had a funny porcupine hair style and looked a tad sulky for my liking. Luckily the Filipino waitress was warm and friendly.
Prices for a cocktail was about $20 and there is a cover charge of $15 after 9pm (which includes above-mentioned snacks - wasabi chips/ ham/ fruit platter). Worth every penny. I have an old friend visiting from Shanghai soon, I must bring him to my new found oasis here. For old times’ sake.
The posh & elegant ambience of Coffee Bar K greeted me as I stepped in, the friendly waitress then asked if we would like to sit at the bar. I noticed that the bartenders were chating with the patrons. Very nice atmosphere to chill out.
We decided to take the table for 2 near the entrance, the sofa seats were really comfortable. We ordered 2 Lychee Martini and to our surprised were served chips, edamame, smoked meat and fruits along with our drinks.
There were more women than men at Coffee Bar K when I was there. The women were good looking Shenton way executive types. I see the Japanese Bartender making small talks with them throughout the night.
At the end of a great chill out evening, we were presented with the very reasonable bill of $42.40 by the Japanese Bartender, he even offered a bag of croissants for breakfast. He said, "For Your Breakfast". I was amused & impressed at the great service & reasonably cheap bill.
I would definitely go back to Capital Bar K for more chill out evenings with small group of friends.
I think my review might sound contradicting to some...but read on and you'll understand. It was a Saturday.
The deco and cozy leather arm chairs gave the surrounding a cozy and fuzzy feeling. It was pretty peaceful with lounge music until few Jap families came. And they were pretty noisy. As you know Japanese talked rather loudly. What makes it worse was it was pretty warm despite being air-conditioned.
The service by their staff were very attentive. It's my first time being served hot towels in a bar and they even gave you another after you're back from the ladies. Despite no cover charge after 9pm, the re-fill of chips were endless except the first servings of parma ham, fruits and edamame. However, only 1 bartender was smiling in the whole of the Coffee Bar K. The other Jap bartender sees us as invisible. And please dont harbour any illusions about "Jap bartenders" unless you like middle-aged uncles with "porcupine" hairstyles...
Their specialty are cocktails and they have a menu as thick as half a phonebook. Nevertheless, the "Snowball" I had didnt impress me. In fact, it's my least favourite amongst all I've tried elsewhere. My 3 friends and I had 2 rounds of drinks and not 1 of them was being raved. Their prices were on the high side too.
My friends finally decided to leave as she finds the place too "dead"...because inside the tiny, hot bar...there were only us and another Japanese family. =.='''
It's really contradicting..
Ambience/Setting: The deco was cozy, fuzzy with nice lounge music, but it was noisy and warm inside.
Food/Beverage: The cocktails are not very nice but they have unlimited servings of chips, as well as 1st complimentary servings of ham/fruits/edamame.
Value: The cocktails were overpriced but they have complimentary savories mentioned above...
Service: Only 1 bartender was alive and smiling but the other "robotic" servers were attentive and serve hot towels and chips......
Okie...so I'm going to choose N/A for all...hope my review is helpful though.