Nonbei Izakaya @ South Bridge Road, Chinatown – Japanese-Style Sister Bar of George Town Tze Char & Craft Beer (Media)

George Town Tze Char & Craft Beer has expanded into Japanese cuisine with the opening of its sister bar, Nonbei Izakaya on South Bridge Road. Inspired by Tokyo’s Drunkards Alley, this part-indoor, part-alfresco bar features tantalising bar bites with an assortment of Japanese sake and beer in a cozy setting.

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Tigress By 82SOHO @ Orchard Gateway, Somerset – Lush, Bali-esque Bistro with Gaming and Social Spaces

With the pandemic putting quite a damper on Singapore’s F&B scene over the past couple of years, it’s refreshing to encounter new spaces opening again, especially experiential concepts that combine eating and drinking with other lifestyle and entertainment options. 

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Tucked away on the third level of Orchardgateway in Somerset82SOHO has set itself up as the place for gatherings, be it for hardcore video gamers or friends looking for a relaxed session of board games. The jungle-themed Tigress is where ravenous customers can satisfy cravings for good food and slurp-worthy drinks. 

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Tipsy Penguin @ NTUC Income at Tampines Junction – Come Huddle for Wholesome Bar Bites and Burnt Cheesecake

Tipsy Penguin can be described as somewhat of a hidden gem in central Tampines. Since its opening some three years ago, it has been huddled between two bustling commercial centers, Our Tampines Hub and the trio of shopping malls around Tampines MRT station. Until the recent hiatus on live performances, Tipsy Penguin has served as a robust gathering place for residents and workers alike in the east. 

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Dosukoi x Donpachi Sake Bar @ Cuppage Plaza, Somerset – Hole-in-the-Wall Japanese Bar and the New Home of Fuwa Fuwa Kakigori

Every so often, you’ll stumble on a hidden gem that you would want to keep to yourself, as your secret go-to spot for your favourite food or drink. While I was admittedly a little hesitant to put this accidental new find of mine in the spotlight, sharing is caring. 

So without further ado, let me introduce you to my new favourite Japanese izakaya in Singapore: Dosukoi x Donpachi

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Tucked away in the basement of Cuppage Plaza (also affectionately known as Little Japan), away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, Dosukoi x Donpachi is a cozy hangout spot that looks to be run by a husband-and-wife team. The izakaya is home to an extensive line of homemade umeshu that is prominently displayed at the counter. 

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