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The Ultimate Guide to Club Street & Gemmill Lane

Just next door to Chinatown and the CBD, Club Street is a prime after-work drink destination, not to mention a decent lunch detour and a pretty cool spot to hang on the weekends. This is a great spot for dining and drinking because there are so many places to choose from on Club Street, Ann Siang Hill and the surrounding area. From pizza to Peranakan cuisine, izakayas, and insanely good deals on wine and cocktails, these are some of our top picks for restaurants, cafes, and bars in the Club Street ‘hood.

 

DINE

Blue Label Pizza & Wine

Brought to us by the same folks behind Luke’s Chop House & Oyster Bar, Blue Label Pizza & Wine is a chilled out space with comfy banquettes and a cool playlist of 70s and 80s tunes. The menu focuses on gourmet pizzas made in a stone-fired oven, as well as small plates like oysters from Luke’s and salads that could be a meal in themselves. The space is small, so you may have to queue for a seat, but the good vibes and good food make up for the wait. 

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Blue Label Pizza & Wine, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708. p. +65 9821 9362. Open Mon - Sat 6pm - 2am

 

Coriander Leaf Grill

If you’ve been to Coriander Leaf in Chijmes, then you’ll know the food there is pretty darn good, albeit a tad pricey. Coriander Leaf Grill is its more wallet-friendly sister, and the food is every bit as tasty. Charcoal-grilled meats dominate the menu and are served with zingy sauces made in house. We highly recommend the harissa chicken burger with pickled onions on fluffy brioche bun. Pair it with a side of truffle fries and a glass of wine or craft beer and you’re good to go.

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Coriander Leaf Grill, 12 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069692. p. +65 6222 7276. Open Mon - Fri 11am - 2:30pm, Mon - Sat 6:30pm - 10:30pm

 

Catchfly

Hidden away in the basement of 12 Ann Siang is a classy little American-style watering hole called Catchfly where exposed brick adorns the walls, velvet armchairs beckon and soft lighting sets the mood. Let head bartender Liam Baele whip you up a craft cocktail made with his special infusions and syrups or order signature sips off the menu like the Honey Badger with rosemary-infused bourbon, yellow chartreuse and dashes of lemon, ginger and honey. Bar bites include the Spiced Edamame and Lamb Corn Dogs.

 

Catchfly, 12 Ann Siang Roadp.+65 6222 7183Open Mon - Thurs: 6pm - 1am, Fri - Sat: 6pm - 3am

 

The Coconut Club

When chef Lee Eng Su visited a nasi lemak festival in Kuala Lumpur, it inspired him to bring all that coconutty, tangy, spicy goodness to Singapore. Two years later, he had his recipe nailed and proudly opened up The Coconut Club. Take our word for it, this is some pretty solid nasi lemak with fragrant coconut rice made with single-origin coconut milk, perfectly seasoned fried chicken, fiery sambal, crunchy peanuts, and ikan bilis.

 

The Coconut Club, 6 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069787. p. +65 6635 2999. Open Mon - Sat 11am - 3pm, 6pm - 9:30pm

 

Ichida Japanese Dining

Club Street is surprisingly lacking in good Japanese spots, so Ichida is a welcome addition to the ‘hood. The omakase menus are great value for money, and it’s tonnes of fun to watch Chef Ron and his team work their magic behind the bar. Depending on what is fresh and in season, your meal could consist of king crab, abalone, or grilled Wagyu beef with foie gras. Keep an eye out for the yakitori bar that it’s planning to open on the second floor soon.

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Ichida Japanese Dining, 82 Club Street, Singapore 069450. p. +65 6222 0235. Open Mon - Sat 12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 10:30pm

 

La Pepa

Spanish tapas are the draw at La Pepa, a cosy little spot without an ounce of pretension. For light bites, try the mushroom croquetas with hints of thyme, the albondigas meatballs in a tangy tomato sauce with manchego cheese, and the marinated olives with citrus and chili. If you’re more on the ravenous side, go for the squid ink paella bursting with fresh seafood like squid, prawns, and clams. They also have a small shop where you can pick up Spanish staples like olive oil and cured meats.

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La Pepa, 10 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069251. p. +65 9830 0908. Open Mon - Fri 12pm - late, Sat 6:30pm - late

 

Le Binchotan

Dark, cosy, and accessed through a back alley, Le Binchotan is a hip French-Japanese tapas spot named after the charcoal they use to smoke and grill their contemporary creations. Start with a glass of artisan wine, then try dishes like the New Zealand little neck clams cooked in sake and vichyssoise or the intriguing ‘Edible Charcoal’ featuring crunchy, yet tender short ribs marinated with garlic, yoghurt, and shichimi togarashi.

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Le Binchotan, 115 Amoy Street #01-04, Singapore 069935. p. +65 6224 1045. Open Mon - Fri 11:30am - 3pm, Mon - Sat 6pm - 12am

 

Lolla

We’ve always loved Lolla for their fun communal dining vibe and their imaginative small plates, so we were excited when the new head chef, Saiful Aziz, announced his omakase menus. You can opt for five courses at $80++ or seven courses at $100++; both great value in our book! The dishes change with the seasons, so you could be eating anything from gorgeous, buttery sea urchin to woody chanterelle mushrooms, saltwater eel, or Mayura Station flank steak.

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Lolla, 22 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069702. p. +65 6423 1228. Open Mon - Sat 12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 11pm, Sun: 11:30am - 3pm, 6pm - 10:30pm

 

Maggie Joan’s

There is a Mediterranean theme running through the menu at Maggie Joan’s, a not-so-secret spot located through a non-descript metal door on Gemmill Lane. The interior features cozy tables set against an exposed brick wall, and the open kitchen is where all the action happens between Chef Oliver Hyde (formerly of Pollen) and his team. Start with the Warm Oysters with chorizo, move on to the Magret Duck Breast with roasted carrots and feta, and end with a slice of ridiculously good Pecan Pie.

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Maggie Joans, 110 Amoy Street #01-01 (entrance on Gemmill Lane) / +65 6221 5564 / Modern Mediterranean Cuisine

 

Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House

What’s this? The Luke’s you know and love is now an Italian restaurant? True, but if you look just next door you’ll find Luke’s in their new location where they still offer up those sublime shellfish and steaks. Your meal here could go something like this: freshly shucked oysters with a glass of bubbly followed by Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes Maryland style. Then the piece de resistance, a USDA Prime Ribeye grilled how you like it with a side of Kale Salad or Lobster Mac & Cheese. Best steak in Singapore? It's certainly up there.

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Lukes, 22 Gemmill Lane, p. +65 6221 4468, Mon - Sat: 12pm - 12am, closed Sunday 

 

DRINK

Noti

If you happen to be heading to Club Street on a Wednesday and fancy a few drinks, make your way to Noti. This Italian restaurant has a fab happy hour deal on Wednesday evenings; select cocktails and house pour spirits are half price until 9pm, which averages out to $7 a drink depending on your choice of tipple. Even if you don’t make the happy hour, they have a decent selection of affordable wines starting at $45 a bottle, plus great Southern Italian comfort food eats.

 

Noti, 54 Club Street, Singapore 069431. p. +65 6222 0089. Open Mon - Fri 12pm - 2:30pm, Mon - Sat 5:30pm - 11:30pm

 

Club Street Social

Dark wood, whitewashed bricks and comfy leather booths set the scene at this part-bistro, part-bar, and the smooth jazz rhythms go down as easy as the barrel-aged cocktails. If you’re hungry, check out their super stacked burgers, hearty pastas, and pizzas with toppings like buffalo mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and basil. They also offer a lunch menu with fresh salads like the Beetroot and Burrata with quinoa, mandarins and burnt hazelnut butter, and tasty gourmet paninis.

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Club Street Social, 5 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069621, p. +65 6225 5043, Open Mon - Sat 11am - 12am, Sun 11am - 4pm

 

Drinks & Co Grill

Part bottle shop and part casual restaurant, Drinks & Co Grill is our go-to spot when we want some easy-going drinks that won’t break the bank. Grab a seat at one of the tall tables, crack open a bottle of wine, and dig into delicious shared plates like charcuterie and cheese platters. You can also grab bottles to go in the shop, but keep in mind there is a corkage fee if you want to drink your purchase on the premises.

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Drinks & Co Grill, 81 Club Street, Singapore 069449. p. +65 6423 1773. Open Mon - Fri 11am - 12am, Sat - Sun 2pm - 12am

 

Gem Bar

With a tagline like ‘For Alcoholics by Alcoholics’, you pretty much know what you’re getting into at Gem Bar. Boozy and boisterous nights are the key here, with stiff drinks and slick beats to help you get into the vibe. Spread out over three floors of a conservation shophouse, the space allows you to mingle with people coming in off the street on the ground floor, groove to live music on the second floor, and hedge your bets with the pool sharks up on the third floor.

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Gem Bar, 8 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069789, p. +65 6224 7762, Open Mon - Thurs: 4pm - 1am, Sat: 5pm - am

 

Le Carillon de L’Angelus

French movie posters line the walls at this chic little Parisian-style wine bar where you can find patrons sipping on glasses of fine French wine and indulging in French fare like escargots, homemade terrine and foie gras. Cheese and charcuterie platters are another big draw, as are the great happy hour specials on wine, which makes this an ideal spot to gather with a few friends after work or on a lazy afternoon for leisurely sips and snacks.

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Le Carillon de L'Angelus, 24 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 068689, p. +65 6423 0353

 

O Batignolles

Located right on the corner of Gemmill Lane and Club Street, O Batignolles is a prime people watching spot, especially for those who like to play voyeur with a good glass of vino in hand. The concept here is a cozy Parisian bistro where you can relax in a wicker chair, order up a bottle of French wine, and nibble on light bites like fresh salads, cold cuts and cheese, or heartier bistro dishes like the Croque Monsieur or Grilled Salmon Steak. They also do a decadent weekend brunch.

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O Batignolles, 2 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069247, p. +65 6438 3913, Open Mon - Tues: 11am - 12pm, Wed - Fri: 11am - 1am, Sat: 10am - 1am, Sun:10am - 10pm

 

BRUNCH 

PS Cafe at Ann Siang Hill

This branch of the PS Cafe chain is a pretty laid-back affair with tables overlooking the greenery of Ann Siang Hill Park and a policy of adults and teenagers only. The menu is made up of refined cafe fare like the Truffle Fries, Beef Burgundy Pie and Spicy King Prawn Aglio Olio. You can also grab a quiet glass of wine on their rooftop patio, or head on up there on weekends to hear live DJs roll out smooth beats. Weekend brunch is also a popular pastime here.

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PS. Cafe, 45 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069719, p. +65 9797 0648, Open Mon - Wed 11:30am - 11pm, Thurs: 11:30am - 12am, Fri: 11:30am - 1am, Sat: 9:30am - 1am, Sun: 9:30am - 11pm

 

 

 

 

 


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