Plenty of bars in Singapore tout their slick design, creative cocktails and scrumptious edibles. But the recently opened Majestic Bar is probably the only one that can boast a collection of avant-garde art installations. Housed in a three-story, 80-year-old shophouse, the bar's cotton candy-pink façade belies its moody, otherworldly interiors.
Owner Loh Lik Peng - the hotelier behind the kooky yet sophisticated New Majestic Hotel (located conveniently next door) - drafted a team of artists to create furnishings and decorations inspired by an enormous ficus tree that sprouted in the back of the building. "Having the tree in the building) felt to me like a magical enchanted forest and I thought it would be really cool to echo that in the restoration process," says Loh. The tree might be gone, but in its place is a stunning, one-of-a-kind space.
Downstairs, dark wood panels jut out of the wall, while lights made of stained-glass boxes grace the ceiling. Upstairs, the tree theme continues with tree-shaped tables and walls festooned with oak-leaf wreaths. Lest you forget it’s a bar and not an art gallery, order one of the Majestic's signature drinks, like the "Kampong Glam," a concoction of dark rum, advocaat and banana.
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Published on Sep 14, 2009