Fans of casual drinks, cool cocktails and everything in between will be flitting to this new dual-concept bar, burrowed away from the hustle and bustle of Boat Quay’s riverside. The month-old Barbary Coast, occupying two storeys and three shophouse units that were formerly a hot pot restaurant, is a new drinks haven that may have quietly soft launched since last December, but has gotten lots of buzz. It’s the brainchild of bar industry veterans Celia Schoonraad and Michael Callahan, whom you may remember as the man behind 28 Hongkong Street.
So what’s the San Fran link, you ask? Barbary Coast is inspired by the district of the same name in the city back in the mid-1800s during the gold rush, a recreational wonderland where folks went for a good night out, whether it was to a bar, dance hall or concert saloons.
Fast forward to 2020 at Barbary Coast in Singapore, where the owners have taken that inspiration to the next level and injected a modern, hipster twist to it with two bars under one roof: Deadfall and Barbary Coast Ballroom, each with its own distinct flavour.