You can enjoy martinis & maggi goreng at this unique bar in a CBD food court

by Christabel Tan

Given the sheer variety of watering holes and cocktail bars in the CBD, those working in the area have it good.

But if you’ve somehow already exhausted your options — life does get pretty stressful — here’s an unassuming bar you probably didn’t even know existed.

Photo: Bar@Jiak

Bar@Jiak is the latest addition to Singapore JIAK, the food court in Frasers Tower specialising in local hawker dishes.

This food court bar serves as a casual space where you can enjoy affordable alcohol alongside hawker favourites — it’s like drinking (not-so nice) beer at a hawker centre, but way better!

You can find a modest selection of classic cocktails with a local twist. The best part? They’re priced from just S$15, which is a steal considering how expensive cocktails are these days.

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If you’re in a need of a pick-me-up, the Kopiko Martini (S$15), a take on the classic espresso martini, combines vodka with Kopi O, hazelnut, and orange, yieiding a caramel-like sweetness evocative of the actual Kopiko candy.

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Otherwise, keep it classic with Mario’s Elixir’s (S$18), an elevated Old Fashioned that incorporates tea and a unique shiitake-infused whisky. Fancy some mushrooms with your whisky?

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However, the refreshing Who Moved My Kueh (S$15), starring pandan vodka and an array of citrus fruit, was my favourite of the lot.

Visiting in a larger group? The Lychee Jubilee (S$48), an extra spirited concoction of sake, vodka, lychee, lime, and pink guava makes for a fun, communal cocktail experience. Of course, you can simply order Peroni or Cascade beer (from S$4), Whisky Highballs (S$6), and choose from a line-up of spirits, sakes, and red and white wines.

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Pair your drinks with locally-inspired Munchies, available from 3pm onwards, including the likes of Sambal Carrot Cake (S$12), Chilli Fried Wanton (S$8), and Mala Crispy Duck (S$12).

My dining partner and I couldn’t get enough of the Sambal Chicken Wings (S$12), which were spicy and addictive, with a shatteringly crispy batter.

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If you prefer something more substantial, there are hawker dishes like Mixed Pork Wanton Noodle (S$7.80), Curry Chicken Nasi Lemak (S$9.80), and a daily Claypot Special to chow down on.

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I highly recommend the Roasted Meat Maggie Goreng (S$7.80), stir-fried maggi goreng doused with dark sauce and served with roasted meat, a fried egg, and most importantly, crispy lard. Break the gooey yolk, mix it all up, and wash it down with an ice-cold beer!

All things considered, Bar@Jiak may not be your typical swanky or “hidden” cocktail bar, but it’s definitely a great spot to hit up on a Friday evening before a night of bar-hopping.

📍 182 Cecil Street, #02-15/16/17, Frasers Towers, Singapore 069547 (part of Singapore JIAK)
🕒 9am–10pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun, food stalls close at 7pm

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Photos by Christabel Tan

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