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John
ELITE
245 reviews
7.5
23 March 2020
Barbary Coast has introduced new safety and hygiene measures, including banning all staff from wearing any jewelry 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
INFLUENCER
45 reviews
7.05
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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Matt
CONNOISSEUR
71 reviews
7.5
10 March 2020
Owned and operated by industry veterans Celia Schoonraad and Michael Callahan, Barbary Coast is inspired by the district in San Francisco of the same name during the mid-1800s. Located on the corner of North Canal and Lor Telok, Barbary Coast spans two floors of three historic shophouses in a landmark building with an original land lease dating back to the early 1800s. The lower level of the space, Deadfall, is inspired by a relaxed, approachable neighbourhood watering hole, a style of bar that could be found littered throughout the original Barbary Coast. On the other end of the spectrum, the upper level is known as Barbary Coast Ballroom – highbrow and elegant, equally exclusive as it is unpredictable. With two unique concepts under one roof, Barbary Coast is a welcomed addition to Singapore’s Boat Quay neighbourhood offering something for everyone.
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Richard
ELITE
2170 reviews
7.5
23 January 2020
What an amazingly unique place!
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Ronnie
CONNOISSEUR
97 reviews
7.5
22 January 2020
While the Boat Quay district might be better known these days for seedy KTV lounges, beer towers and happy-hour promotions, new dual-level bar Barbary Coast is looking to change the tide. Go upstairs and it is a different world from downstairs - one of opulence and exclusivity. The space, called the Barbary Coast Ballroom, is plastered in patterns of lavish wallpaper from three different design houses that are contemporary, but a nod to the antiquated.
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