Backing onto a canal, this former factory space has been given an industrial makeover and transformed into a chill-out bar, casual Thai restaurant and exhibition space – it’s the latter function that makes this venue compelling, with a revolving door of photo showcases.
Run by co-owners Lee Anantawat and Thomas Menard, this pocket art space is one of the foremost galleries by the river, promoting up-and-coming artists in a variety of media. And the name? It’s a nod to a local legend that the lane is haunted by a scooter-riding grandma.
If you’re in the market for a new tattoo, look no further. Talented local artist Luke Satoru runs this boutique tattoo parlour out of an old house, where he creates amazing custom designs, working one-on-one with each client. He also regularly hosts guest tattoo artists.
Reflecting the district’s growing foodie credentials, this casual yet informed venue brings modern Japanese bar food to the heart of the old town. The focus is on yakitori – Japanese-style grilled chicken – complemented with an impressive range of sake and shochu cocktails.
11. Tropic City
One of the newest kids on the block, this tropical-themed bar is all about the Polynesian vibe, with huge colourful flower murals, a list of rum-based cocktails, and a fun happy-go-lucky attitude. Food comes from 8/20 next door, and Hawaiian shirts are optional, but advised.
– TEXT BY SIMON OSTHEIMER
PHOTOS: SUPPLIED, TROPIC CITY
This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.