Orh Gao Taproom
Singapore-forward craft beer bar near Botanic Gardens
With a name like that, you know they’re proud and serious about all things local. Orh Gao Taproom gets its name from the Hokkien coffeeshop slang for stouts (although it literally translates to black dog), and that’s not the only Singaporean thing about the bar.
First up, it shares the same unit space as well-loved coffeeshop chain Killiney Kopitiam, which opens from 7.30am-6.30pm. The bar itself starts serving from 4pm, so during the two hours or so both venues are open, you can literally pair your kaya toast or mee siam with a pint of craft beer.
On its 10 rotating taps are a good range of local and international brews, and depending on what’s been moving, you’ll find the likes of Binjai Brew, That Singapore Beer Project, Daryl’s Urban Ales, Fourpure Brewing Co., BrewDog and more available. A couple of classic and experimental bottled labels round out the offerings.
There’s an accessible slant to the drinks, so expect more sessionable beers that range from just $12-$17 (most of the time). That said, there is always a good range of styles on tap, whether they be hoppy pale ales or creamy milk stouts. You’ll also find owner Samuel Low often tapping the beers himself and sharing a pint with fellow beer geeks at the cosy bar counter or communal table.
If the munchies strike, there is a tight but decent food menu of bar bites and mains available. Start with a light and crisp har cheong gai ($11) or chunky mackerel otah sandwich ($7)—there is truffle fries too, of course—before filling up on their surprisingly tasty halibut fish and chips ($18), creamy mac and cheese ($12) or salted egg yolk pasta with chicken ($15).