Retro arcade-bar Nineteen80 reopens after COVID-19 closure

by Natalie Lim

It’s almost been a year ever since the nightlife shutdown in Singapore. Though no one’s hitting the dancefloor yet, it’s comforting to know that establishments such as Nineteen80 have survived the COVID-19 closure.

Previously shut down in March 2020, popular arcade-bar Nineteen80’s struggled to keep their business afloat by providing alcohol delivery services and leasing its space for film productions and photoshoots. Today, they’ve pivoted to become a snack bar and are back in business.

Nineteen80 reopens for good

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Located in the heart of Tanjong Pajar, Nineteen80 is a snack and arcade bar filled with old school arcade games, neon-lit backdrops and music by veteran DJs.

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The highlight of the bar used to be its arcade machines featuring games such as Mortal Kombat, Metal Slug and Street Fighter 2. But due to COVID-19 restrictions, patrons are not allowed to mingle and roam about the area. However, the arcade tables are up for reservation. With over 900 in-built arcade games, there won’t be any awkward conversations over the table.

Food and drinks at Nineteen80

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Bar bites such as Garlic Prawns (S$20) and Breaded Chicken (S$17) are also available for those who are feeling peckish, but if you’re famished, they’ve pizzas too.

If you’re planning to compete with your friends over a few games, you might as well get your hands down and dirty first.

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Their cocktail line up also features drinks such as the Cococabana (S$20) which is concocted with dark rum, white rum, skimmed coconut milk, coconut water and gula melaka, while the Cheez Louise (S$20) is an 80’s homage to the famous cheddar cheese crackers.

For something more familiar, the Totally Currant (S$18) will be a blast from your past. Made with a mix of Ribena, Cherry Cola, gin and cherry liqueur, this is an adult-tified drink that’ll take you down memory lane.

To get the best bang for your buck, head down during Happy Hour:

5pm—7.30pm (Tues-Fri)
2pm-9pm (Sun)

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The shutdown of nightclubs was a dark period for partygoers. Not only did Cascada’s “Evacuate The Dancefloor” took a literal meaning, but music lovers had to resort to MixCloud streams to listen to their favourite DJs.

At Nineteen80, the partying may have been paused, but customers may fill in request slips for a song they’d like to hear. With friends around, you can at least reminisce the nights at Jiak Kim Street.

Here’s to hoping that the pandemic ends soon.

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📍 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-05, Singapore 088444
🗓️ 5pm–10.30pm (Tues–Sat), 3.30pm–10.30pm (Sun), Closed Mon

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