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The elegantly appointed Barbary Coast Ballroom, the second concept in the multi-level Barbary Coast, is now open.

A stark contrast to the rustic décor and casual ambience at Deadfall - the ground floor bar, Barbary Coast Ballroom boasts lush, opulent interiors – with quality, approachably-priced cocktails and the same warm hospitality guests can enjoy downstairs.  
 
Spanning across three historic shophouses with an original land lease dating back to the early 1800s, Barbary Coast Ballroom explores the other side of the original Barbary Coast’s dichotomy.

During the gold rush of 1849, the Barbary Coast district in San Francisco saw a rapid influx of miners, bringing a massive population expansion to the area alongside sailors from around the world who made their way to this veritable wonderland in hopes of finding their fortune.

Along with jazz clubs and dance halls of the gold rush era, ballrooms were on the upper end of available entertainment, offering something for the most discerning of patrons. 
 
With beautifully designed interiors unlike anything in its Boat Quay neighbourhood, Barbary Coast Ballroom feels modern yet historically accurate and nostalgic.

“We first fell in love with the era and the concept for Barbary Coast,” says co-founder and proprietor Michael Callahan, “but as we dug deeper into the history, we realised we had an opportunity to recreate something that also could have once been here, in what would one day become Singapore.”  

From the furnishings and fixtures to the parlour-style layout, the venue naturally invites guests to meander throughout the space, discovering hidden surprises in each room. The walls are adorned with nine different patterns of wallpaper, complementing the lavish chandeliers and plush vintage furniture thoughtfully arranged throughout the space.

Centered around communal seating with couches, lounges and booths, the space allows Singapore’s diverse community to settle in and enjoy great drinks in a comfortable environment. For a more intimate setting, two VIP booths offer a private escape – complete with champagne on demand by the push of a button (at S$100++ per bottle of Billecart, the house champagne).  
 
Applying the same attention to detail to the cocktails as the décor, Barbary Coast Ballroom’s menu offers a selection of thoughtful and creative drinks suited to all palates. “It was important to us to create cocktails that are delicious and well-balanced but also effortless to drink,” says co-founder and proprietor Celia Schoonraad.

“Quite a bit of planning and technique goes into each drink, and we see each as greater than the sum of its parts.” Highlights include the bitter and exotic Three Graces (S$22++) with Sage Pisco Encanto, Fernet Hunter, a Madagascan vanilla acid blend and rhubarb bitters, and the smoky, savoury Tommy Tomate (S$22++) with tomato-infused Mezcal Vida, kaffir agave and lime.

In contrast to the casual comfort food available downstairs, Barbary Coast Ballroom offers high-end bites such as Cheese & Charcuterie boards (ranging from S$50++ for Petite up to $145 for La Grand Dame) and Oysters Rockefeller baked with furikake, dashi, kombu butter, togarashi and spring onion (S$18++ for three). 
 
With the opening of Barbary Coast Ballroom, Singapore-based hospitality veterans Celia Schoonraad and Michael Callahan build on a proven track record in revitalising historical buildings and spaces locally and beyond. Working with this unique space which has quietly been a part of Boat Quay’s history since the very beginning, the team is excited for the chance to introduce a new chapter to the neighbourhood and welcome a diverse customer base to the venue. 

 

A. 16 North Canal Rd, Singapore 048828

E. [email protected]

T. +65 8869 4798

W. barbarycoastsg.com/

S. www.facebook.com/barbarycoastsg/

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John
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23 March 2020
Barbary Coast has introduced new safety and hygiene measures, including banning all staff from wearing any jewellery below the elbow and keeping sleeves rolled up to ensure and encourage effective hand washing. As always, staff are required to wash their hands regularly; each table, bar top and chair in the venue is also immediately disinfected after use. Respecting the recommendation for social distancing, Barbary Coast has reconfigured its seating to ensure a greater distance between all guests. Tables and bar seats have been removed and distanced in Deadfall, with expanded outside seating and further distancing between individuals and groups.
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Alexander
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23 March 2020
Barbary Coast is an excellent throwback to simpler times Set up and operated by old F&B hands, Celia Schoonraad and Michael Callahan, Barbary Coast is a fabulous new, slightly schizophrenic, establishment that recently opened near the iconic Boat Quay. The establishment takes its cues from the California Gold Rush of 1849 – when drinking was done in times of both pleasure and pain. There is a no-frills bar on the ground floor - Deadfall - with various tipples to keep one entertained and excellent jalapeño poppers that were just the right level of cream cheese and spicy. On the second floor, is the Ballroom, which is much more chichi, with beautiful banquettes and alcoves, sophisticated cocktails and platters of food. Barbary Coast reminds your writer of the old Victorian pubs in the UK that had public and saloon bars - although in this case, it was less about egalitarianism and more classism. Towards the end of the 18th century, a new room in the pub came into being: the saloon. The saloon was a room where, for the price of a ticket or more expensive drinks, entertainment was performed and beverages would be served at the table. Deadfall has affordable and inspired cocktails based on hue (S$14) with a curated selection of draft beer (from S$6) and wine (S$12). “As with venues in the original Barbary Coast, the space came together from an amalgamation of different materials and fixtures – you worked with what you could find, whenever it came in,” said Schoonraad. “We wanted to recreate the ethos of the original Deadfalls, with a friendly atmosphere that’s open to all kinds of clientele – where everyone is welcome, and anyone can afford a drink,” said Callahan. The Ballroom is more upmarket with cocktails named the Earl of Montrose (S$24) and Buttered Paloma (S$21). There are also bottles of Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé for a very reasonable (S$140). My companion and I worked out that for around S$200, a couple could have a delightful and romantic pre-dinner bottle of fizz and a charcuterie platter (excellent) - while sat in a cosy private alcove.
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Richard
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14 March 2020
The elegantly appointed Barbary Coast Ballroom.
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John
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11 March 2020
I believe we have just visited the most ideal venue for your next special event. Although it is also excellent for an awesome drink for two or a ladies night with flair. It reminded me of private dens of opulence I have visited across the globe in cities such as New York, London and even Melbourne, Australia The elegantly appointed Barbary Coast Ballroom at Barbary Coast SG, the second concept in the multi-level Barbary Coast, is now open. And the price tag is so attractive. With SG$100 Champagne Billecart-Salmon you can't go wrong here
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