The Monarchy: Singapore’s Only Quintessentially British Cocktail Bar & Ultra Lounge Opens on Tras Street
22January, 2019–The Monarchy Cocktail Bar & Ultra Lounge throws open its doors today, offering a long-awaited, permanent and spiritual home for the wildly popular Monarchy nights on the rooftop of OUE Bayfront, that were acclaimed as a party playground for the affluent and artistic. The Monarchy is the brainchild of nightlife veterans, Robbie Hoyes-Cock, the CEO & Founder of the internationally glamourous Formula 1 weekend after-parties The Podium Lounge; and Steve Yallop, former Executive Director of Pangaea at Marina Bay Sands, who have been organising high society events in Singapore since 2005.
Housed in a heritage shophouse spread over 3,600 square feet in the heart of Tras Street, this quintessentially British cocktail bar exudes understated luxury and bears a distinctly regal theme, celebrating the Royal Houses of Windsor to Lancaster, and Normandy to the Tudors. In a tip of the hat to Britain’s constitutional monarchy, guests enter the premises through what is an identical front door to the iconic home of the British Prime Minister;10 Downing Street.“We are thrilled to not only rekindle, but remarkably enhance The Monarchy experience for those who have been clamouring for a revival of our Monarchy party nights, and this time re-imagined as something that has never been done in Singapore–a cocktail bar and Ultra Lounge with a unique and cheeky British flavour. Guests of The Monarchy can enjoy two exciting and distinctly memorable experiences in one single location,” says Hoyes-Cock.
For guests, The Monarchy experience begins with an arrival at the instantly-recongnisable and world-famous 10 Downing Street door, transporting them back to the heart of power in Westminster, London. Upon entry, the first of a series of specially commissioned paintings celebrating past and present British monarchs sets the tone. A wall-wide British racing green banquette beckons small groups and couples to relax with a cocktail, while larger groups can mingle around custom-built high tables.The central focus of The Monarchy Cocktail Bar is an 8-metre bar with a striking black granite top, seamlessly connecting the two sides of the cocktail area. Large antique mirrors perfectly frame the extensive array of spirits, and allow guests to observe the intricacies of cocktail-making from every angle. Luxurious, high-backed and handmade leather bar stools line the front of the dark wood feature bar, reminiscent of a British private members club for the landed gentry. Royal red booths provide the perfect view of the bar and entrance to the ultra-lounge, whilst offering a private and intimate space for guests to gather with their clients and friends.
The Monarchy Cocktail Bar Helmed by General Manager Rob Scott, former Group Beverage Director of Burnt Ends, Meatsmith & Rogue Trader, The Monarchy serves a carefully curated menu of timeless cocktails through the ages, and will introduce a new cocktail list quarterly, ensuring guests can to take multiple journeys through the history of Great Britain's most popular tastes and tipples of the day. Drawing on traditional cocktails for inspiration and utilising novel ingredients with a twist, The Monarchy is set to leave an indelible mark on Singapore's cocktail scene. The Monarchy has brought together what is possibly the best bar team in Singapore, bringing unprecedented experience from many of the island's most well-known bars and clubs: 28 Hong Kong St, Pangaea, 1880, Employees Only, Lulu's and The Cufflink Club to name a few.
For its opening, The Monarchy has introduced a mouth-watering cocktail offering entitled “Cool Britannia” in celebration of the modern, outward-facing Britain of the 1990s. Led by the success of Brit-pop, this period of increased pride in the culture of the United Kingdom and its giddy cultural fantasia became known as Cool Brittania – the name itself a pun on the title of one of Britain's most patriotic songs, ''Rule Brittania''. Inspired by the most popular British songs over the decades, The Monarchy has conceptualised and crafted 18 bespoke cocktails to evoke the very same feelings of euphoria and optimism stoked by the Cool Brittania movement, and assembled a corresponding playlist to further elevate the sensorial experience. Examples of these cocktails include:
Champagne Supernova –a fruity; light and refreshing cocktail inspired by Oasis’ smash hit comprising Pimm’s, watermelon, lemon, cucumber, mint, ginger and champagne
The Led Zeppelin inspired Stairway to Heaven –a delightfully fruity, sweet & sour refreshing cocktail comprising vodka, lemon, apple liqueur, rhubarb and soda
Message in a Bottle – a cocktail tribute to The Police’s iconic hit consisting of Scotch whisky, Dubonnet, sweet vermouth, orange liqueur and maraschino
The cocktail bar seats 60 people between comfortable booths, social banquettes, high tables and three dedicated cocktail-making stations for those who wish to interact with the bartenders, and observe the sophisticated style of making their beverage of choice.
The Monarchy Ultra Lounge
On weekends and eve of public holidays from 10:00 pm, as the night builds up and the lights go down, the music starts pulsing from state-of-the-art (made in the UK) Funktion One speakers and The Monarchy’s dazzling ultra-lounge comes alive. A clandestine door hidden at the end of the cocktail bar then swings open to reveal a dark and the intimate Ultra Lounge lined with leather Chesterfields and dancing platforms, where guests can party with the best local, regional and international house music DJs and live celebrity acts. Adorning the boudoir-like walls of this late-night hot-spot are similarly commissioned acrylic paintings of pop icons and famous British figures throughout modern history.
Inspired by the “dangerously dapper” sartorial terrain explored in acclaimed TV series Peaky Blinders, he says, “The 1920s was a golden era for men’s style, and it is a period I constantly reference in my work.”
Specially-tailored by Kevin Seah, The Monarchy monogrammed jackets will be available for sale soon, opening up eye-watering perks and privileges for gentlemen wearing the jacket through the 10 Downing Street door of The Monarchy, including exclusive invitations to cocktail tastings and closed-door events.
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