28 Hong Kong Street, a Well Known Secret

Time for cocktails again! I have chosen Thursdays as the day to publish my “other than wine” reviews as I think its a nice way to set the mood for the weekend. Not to say that I couldn’t have some cocktails during the week (I visited 28 Hong Kong Street on a Monday) but it is less likely than me having a glass of wine.

28 Hong Kong Street is one of the first post-Mad Men speakeasy bars in Singapore. Its been around since 2011. Even though its not a big secret and it’s relatively easy to find due to the name pointing to the exact address, it is still clearly a speakeasy. There are no signs pointing towards it, and the door is not inviting to someone just passing by. You need to go there with a purpose and preferably with a reservation. We were there on a Monday, and despite that not being the busiest day of the week they only had a few tables available.

The service was first class from the start. We were shown to our table and the waiter explained the menu of the night. There was a “visiting” bartender behind the counter and he was making some of his own specials. The fun names of the cocktails and eccentric mixes caught our eye, this is not the place to order “just a basic Mojito”. I ordered a Shrub You Long Time with strawberry infused Gin (Gin, what a surprise) with some orange, dry sherry and a balsamic finish. It was delicious (although M didn’t like it). M ordered the Hulk Smash, mainly because of the wonderful name, but also due to the ingredients. It was served in a “smashed” tin cup to sweeten the deal. We also had a Singapore based friend with us and he first ordered a Old fashioned liked drink and on the first sip realized he did not at all like it. Staff were however very attentive and noticed that it was perhaps not what he would preferred and they straight away offered him to exchange it for something else without any cost. Big plus for being so attentive and the great service attitude.

As I mentioned, it was a Monday, so one drink was enough. However the menu was long and inviting so I could imagine spending the whole evening here. We didn’t have any food, but I eyed the burgers passing by our table and they looked delicious. Next time, I will have something salty to match my drinks.

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