4 Cool Multipurpose Spaces
New multi-concept venues invite patrons to work, dine, groom and unwind—all under one roof. By BRIAN SPENCER.
Published on Jan 11, 2016
1. Coogee Pavilion
Starting at Bondi Beach, hike six kilometers south along a stunning cliffside coastal walk to the laid-back Coogee beachfront area, where rewards for all that physical exertion include freshly shucked oysters, wood-fired pizzas and cold Aussie brews at buzzy seaside hotspot Coogee Pavilion. Or, if you are feeling a little less ambitious, you could just skip the hike and take an easy bus ride here from central Sydney. This airy, sprawling space also has a first-floor barber shop and games area with pétanque courts, ping-pong tables and a giant magnetic Scrabble board. The rooftop deck spoils for choice with four indoor and outdoor bars, along with a kitchen cranking out Mediterranean tapas. 169 Dolphin St., Coogee, New South Wales; +61 2 9240 3000.
Ping-pong, haircuts and tapas are all on the menu at Coogee Pavilion. Courtesy of Coogee Pavilion.
2. The Refinery
Perfect for traveling artisans, this cool, cavernous three-story space in Singapore's red-hot Jalan Besar district features a shared top-floor workshop kitted out with roomy drafting tables and myriad tools for those itching to ply their trades away from home. The Refinery's downstairs, staff serves Japanese small plates like yakitori skewers and ramen bowls at a communal-style grill, while the cozy second-floor bar is a pleasant spot to sip sakes and classic cocktails with views of the young, dapper diners below. Watch for art parties, pop-up dinners with guest chefs, and tipsy "working" professionals—work space fees are inclusive of whiskey (and coffee). 115 King George's Ave.; +65 6293 0461.
Creative work space at The Refinery. Courtesy of The Refinery.
Singaporean coffee chain The Connoisseur Concerto goes upscale with Kuvo, a vast 800-square-meter lifestyle cluster with two distinct bars, a restaurant and small gift shop stocked with epicurean treats. True to concept, international bistro Ambrosia has something for everyone, catering to Eastern tastes with, for example, a rich slipper lobster lemak (coconut-milk rice), and to Western palates with foie gras and charcuterie platters. At contemporary Vine Lounge, Antica Fratta Brut, an Italian bubbly exclusive to Kuvo, is the highlight of a selection of some 140 bottles; next door at Elixir Bar, bartender Yutaka Nakashima specializes in bespoke Japanese-inspired drinks. 02-01 Orchard Shopping Centre, 321 Orchard Rd.; +65 6733 8272.
Lobster at Kuvo. Courtesy of Kuvo.
4. Black Amber Thonglor Social Club
Bangkok's trendsetting Black Amber Barber Shop & Tattoo spun off this stylized concept club right across the street in the city's rambunctious Thonglor area. Bedecked with handsome leather furnishings, bizarro animal skeletons and other quirky decorative pieces sourced by owner Chavin Nantaterm, the place offers vintage fashion at Mirror Mask Vintage, custom suit tailoring from Toast Bespoke, and a range of top-shelf spirits at its sexy cocktail bar; a café is on the way, too. Savor Black Amber's stellar whiskey stash with one of four three-glass tasting flights, which line up similar-tasting tipples. Thonglor Soi 6, Bangkok; +66 92 276 2772.