2021’s Hottest New Bars

Junior The Pocket Bar CNY Pop-Up

This intimate cocktail bar sloped along one of Chinatown’s many hills, is making headlines once again. Revered for its ever-changing cocktail menu, and copious incorporation of experimental ideas, Junior The Pocket Bar is a 25-capacity space tucked behind Maxi Coffee Bar, and secluded from the inquisitive eyes of the public.

This year, in lieu of Chinese New Year, Junior The Pocket Bar has partnered with French cognac manufacturer, Rémy Martin, to provide an unparalleled festive experience. Complete with traditional Chinese Zodiac installations, and a specially curated menu of Rémy Martin-spiked beverages and festive dishes, the Junior The Pocket Bar pop-up is a guaranteed night to remember.

Featuring a variety of seasonal and affordable cocktails for $25 a glass, the bar’s newly revamped menu will include but is not limited to – Rolling for Prosperity, which draws inspiration from pineapple tarts, Ang Bao Na Lai, which replicates traditional daiquiri, with hints of lychee, grapefruit, lemon and rose flavours, and The Trouble Maker which incorporates marigold and chamomile vodka.

Guests can also expect a multitude of flavourful homebrew and highball beverages worth anywhere from $13 to $21, and an array of localised bar snacks in the form of crispy fish skins ($7), to mala hot chicken ($18), and crab cake burgers ($21). 

The Junior Pocket Bar Pop-Up will run up till 27th February, from Monday to Saturday, 5:30pm to 10:30pm, at 6 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069787.

Seat of Six

Adventure, mystery, and elegance collide in perfect harmony at the Seat of Six. Inspired by a collection of fantastical yet inherently true stories based in six different countries by Joseph Conrad, the Seat of Six on 20 Craig Road, aims to personify the author’s experiences during his time in the British Merchant Navy. Fitted with a lush tropical canopy, and a gigantic disco ball, with walls adorned by neon signage, Seat of Six appears flashy and sophisticated all at once.

While much of their menu still remains a mystery, Seat of Six was designed to imaginatively take guests around the globe during the 19th-century era of Colonialism.

Seat of Six is contactable via Facebook and Instagram, and is currently located at #01-01, 20 Craig Road, Singapore 089692. Reservations can be made online here.


Pronounced ‘Per-Say-Ah’, Persea was conceptualized with the sole intention of promoting healthier eating in a fun and engaging manner. Inspired by a genus of evergreen trees, with the most famous being the avocado, this restaurant prioritizes low-carb ingredients which are rich in good fats and delectable flavours.

Branded as an ideal choice for health-conscious consumers, Persea prides themselves in meticulous portioning and plating methods, strategically utilized to enhance one’s overall dining experience, whilst receiving an appropriate and salubrious amount. As such, the restaurant’s first menu series features flavours from the Mediterranean with a unique combination of nuts, spices and oils. Complemented by a series of unique and refreshing cocktails, guests are encouraged to try their hand at the restaurant’s coveted Lemon and Basil Highball – which incorporates a delicate mix of monkey shoulder whisky, lemon & basil soda.

Located on 23 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069703, Persea is open on Tuesday, 4:30pm to 11pm, and Wednesday to Sunday from 5:30pm to 10:30pm. The restaurant is also contactable via Facebook and Instagram.


Back and better than ever, Nineteen80 has finally reopened after a prolonged Covid-19-induced hiatus. Bringing guests Miami Vice’s tropical vaporwave vibes and a Tron-inspired neon tunnel reminiscent of the past, the highly esteemed bar is officially cashing-in on its much-awaited and extensive revamp efforts.

Presenting a series of vibrant and whacky 80’s-themed concoctions, alongside a toothsome snack menu, guests can expect the selection to include, the Cococabana ($18) with dark and white rum, gula Melaka, coconut milk and water, alongside signature shooters such as Cherry Bomb ($14/single, $25/pair).

Complemented by the all-new Nineteen80 DJ School, this rockin’ bar, will now host a five-lesson programme for aspiring DJs in the form of private sessions, structured and conducted by the veterans of A Phat Cat Collective. Worth an estimated $450 per pax, and $900 for two, the Nineteen80 DJ School is just one of many new engaging programs the bar has lined up for 2021.

Nineteen80 is currently located at #01-05, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088444, and contactable via Facebook and Instagram.

Club 5

Singapore’s once most celebrated hotspot has received a total refresh. Delicately balancing nostalgia with modernity, the all-new Club 5 boasts a diverse range of craft cocktails, delectable bar nibbles and great music. Situated in the heart of Singapore’s most vibrant and thriving historical spaces, Club 5 is characterized by its opulent use of heavy, brass-finished glass doors, Art Deco furnishing, marble flooring, smoked mirrors, and the arching brass centerpiece that houses over 150 bottles of classic and homemade creations behind the bar.

Beyond its swanky interior lies an ingenious cocktail menu which pays tribute to the historic district that it’s been set upon. Curated and prepared by Head Bartender Ong Jun Han, the Club 5 menu is thus inspired by scents, flavours, heritage, and sounds of Singapore’s most iconic and culturally-rich zones, including, Kampong Glam, Bugis, Beach Road, and Arab Street.

Despite the risk of leaving guests spoilt for choice, the 20 Houses Tonic is Club 5’s most notable beverage. Regarded as an innovative take on the classic Gin and Tonic, this drink incorporates a touch of cardamom and fresh citrus, and is reminiscent of Sir Stamford Raffles’ 1822 town plan, in which 20 large houses were set aside for visiting European merchants.

 Club 5 is currently located in PARKROYAL on 7500 Beach Rd, Singapore 199591.


Morganfield’s March Madness: 1 FOR 1 Ribeye Steak!