Watering holes that welcome kids
Sipping a tipple or two (don’t say that after a few), is a bit of thanks-to-self at the end of day. Perhaps we should be out exercising or trotting off to some grown-up self-enrichment class but we’d much rather pat our parenting selves on the back. But we digress. Most of the time, a wind-down drink happens post bed and bath routine, but it would be oh so nice to have a sundowner between the magic hours of late afternoon for a change. We have the solution. Or several, actually. Read on for our round-up of watering holes equipped with space, play areas, kid’s activities, and playgrounds, that allow you to enjoy your awesome offspring from a distance while also enjoying an undisturbed bevvie session.
At Kith’s Quayside Isle outlet, your choice of boozy beverages include Little Creatures craft beers from Australia, Japanese plum and rice wines, burgundies and whites, and Asahi on tap. The kids will have a fun time atop the adorable rocking horses at the café entrance, and digging into savoury toasties or sweet crepes before taking off on their scooters along the boardwalk.
Kith Café, Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove, 31 Ocean Way, #01-18, Singapore 098373, p. 6734 9007, Open Mon 8am-10pm, Wed-Sun 8am-10pm.
The Coastal Settlement
Nestled in lush greenery close to the Changi coast, this casual resto and bar experiences a flurry of activity every weekend with brunch-seekers and families looking to rest, relax, and recharge. The quaint, vintage-themed dining spot boasts a large al fresco area – perfect for rowdy kids to expend energy and for you to indulge in a sundowner or two from their comprehensive drinks menu. There’s a little courtyard with a swing set and kitschy rides like toy rocking horses to provide a bit more merriment too. Just don’t forget the mosquito repellent while you’re seated outdoors.
This long-time favourite is located along the golden stretch of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach and is the ultimate in family chill time. This laid-baid beachfront bar is perfect for lounging mums and dads and sandcastle building little ones. Beers, cocktails and wine are all available. Don’t worry – you can still keep a close watchful eyes on them to make sure they don’t dash off into the deep waters.
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000, p. 6274 9668. Open Mon-Thu 9am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9-1am, Sun 9am-11pm.
Besides being famous for their Belgian beer (over 180 kinds) and mussel pots with free flow fries, Brussel Sprouts is also proudly family-friendly – with play corners at their Big Splash and Quayside Isle outlets, a dedicated kids menu, and ‘kids eat for free’ weekend promotion. Bargain.
Brussel Sprouts, Big Splash, 902 East Coast Parkway, Block F Unit #01-27, Singapore 449874, p. 6346 4344, Robertson Quay, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-12, The Pier @ Robertson, Singapore 239013, p. 6887 4344, Sentosa Cove, 31 Ocean Way, #01-01, Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375, p. 6684 4334.
Timbre @ Gillman
Besides offering sprawling green space, live music, kid-friendly grub, and fresh beer on tap Timbre also holds the monthly Saturday Social BBQ – a fab family BBQ event (first Saturday of every month) which features fresh BBQ meats off the grill, craft activities for the kids, music workshops, and more. Tucked away in Singapore’s up-and-coming art area of Gillman Barracks, you can tack on some culture with a visit to the new Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).
Timbre @ Gillman, Gillman Barracks, 9A Lock Road, Singapore 108926, p. 6694 4201. Open Mon-Thu 4-1130pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-1230am.
District 10 at UE Square
A restaurant with a bouncy castle for the kids? Now we’re talking. Dig into District 10’s signature brunch grub and sip on your poison of choice (choose from an extensive selection of wines, single malt whiskies, beer, and signature cocktails), while your littlies bounce, tumble, and slide through the inflated playground that’s conveniently set up right next to the dining area.
District 10 at UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Avenue #01-15/16/17 UE Square Shopping Mall Singapore 239917, p. 6738 4788, Open Mon-Thu 1130am-11pm, Fri 1130-1am, Sat 11-1am, Sun 11am-11pm.
Practically certified kid-friendly, this quaint East side café is definitely one to note down. With a huge park for the kids to play in and a bouncy castle (inflated only on weekends) for the kids to propel themselves all over, we can understand why. Rest assured that you’re feeding your littlies well as Café Melba’s menu lists wholesome wood-fired pizzas, pastas, and brunch items.
Café Melba, 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56, Singapore 439053, p. 6440 6068. Open Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 830am-10pm.
The Bank Bistro + Bar
Popular amongst CBD folks for post-work drinks on weekday nights, this charming restaurant transforms into a family-friendly resto on weekends. Not only are there dedicated playrooms, a special kids menu (that doubles as a colouring sheet), and plastic cutlery upon request, kids eat for free with each order of an adult main meal – sweet!
The Bank Bistro + Bar, 1 Shenton Way, Singapore 068803, p. 6636 2188. Open Mon-Thu 8-12am, Fri 8-1am, Sat-Sun 9-12am.
1942 Alfresco @ Changi
Setting foot into this war-themed museum restaurant is like embarking on a trip back in time. While your kids have a blast exploring the intriguing exhibits of old rickshaws, military uniforms, trinkets and rations, you can order up a vintage cocktail like their refreshing and tangy 1942 Canon Ball.
1942 Alfresco @ Changi, 30 Cosford Road, Singapore 499550, p. 6542 4492. Open Mon 11-12am, Wed-Sun 11-12am.
Bar Bar Black Sheep
It’s all about open air dining, wallet-friendly tipples, and a tasty variety of Thai, Western, and North Indian cuisine at Bar Bar Black Sheep. There’s ample space for scootering alongside their locations at Cluny Court and Robertson Quay.
Bar Bar Black Sheep, Cluny Courtyard, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760, p. 6763 4757, 86 Robertson Quay, #01-04, Singapore 238245, p. 6836 9255.
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