SINGAPORE BAR

Almost Famous

16 taps at this minimalist craft beer bar in Chijmes

The latest addition to the Chijmes portfolio of dining concepts, Almost Famous serves up local and international brews in a sleek, monochromatic space. The minimalist craft beer bar was set up by four entrepreneurial youths wanting to introduce craft beer to the masses, and in doing so curate up-and-coming breweries in the region. Available then are 16 taps of rotating beers, including those from Brewlander & Co. (Singapore), Pasteur Street Brewing Company (Vietnam), Young Master Brewery (Hong Kong), Stone & Wood Brewing Co. (Australia) and BrewDog (Scotland). There’s even a dedicated tap pouring Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)—which, despite its more commercial branding, was handpicked by the founders so as to showcase its decades-old craft brewing and pouring technique.

Pints go for $14-$16, with premium beers like Pasteur Street’s Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout and Pirate Life’s fruity, mango-flavoured Imperial/Double IPA on the pricier end of the spectrum. For craft beer beginners, the Pacific Ale ($14) from Stone & Wood and Fresh Haze IPA ($14) from Deschutes are light, easy-drinking brews.

No bar is complete without great bar snacks to complement its brews, and Almost Famous doesn’t disappoint. It’s a lean eight-piece menu, but each item holds its own. We’re fans of the Chicken & Waffles ($14), a deconstructed take on the Southern classic that pairs excellently with the Anderson Valley’s Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout ($14). Also good for sharing are the bite-sized Onion Churros ($10) with sweet and spicy dip, and the Tom Yum Gyoza ($10), a dish of complex sweet and sour flavours where the smokey tom yum spice kicks in at the end. The gyozas also pair well with Brewlander’s Love Wild IPA ($14-$16), whose fruity flavours help dim the slightly funkier tom yum taste. But if you’re there for a night of drunken binging, definitely get the Encierro Garlic Wings ($27), fried in garlic aeoli for the perfect lip-smacking crunch.

If beer isn’t your thing, there’s a small selection of house wines ($10)—though you’d be doing yourself a disservice skipping the beers. As an entry-level space for craft beer, fine aesthetics, and actually tasty bar snacks, Almost Famous more than meets the mark.

Venue Details
Address: Almost Famous, #01--06 Chijmes, 30 Victoria St., , 187996 Singapore
Phone: 9772-1787
Website: www.almostfamous.sg
Area: Central, City Hall
Open since: January, 2019
Opening hours: daily 3pm-midnight
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