Eliza On Telok Ayer Street: Tall Tales And Stiff Drinks

Modern Asian bar and cocktail club Eliza is one of the latest additions to Coterie Concepts‘ collection of storied bars.

Just when you think that the yarn around Sum Yi Tai and its speakeasy-esque backroom, Mona Lounge, can’t get any more complicated, here comes yet another twist on the Hong Kong drama-worthy tale dreamt up by Coterie Concepts. The new kid on the block—around the block on Telok Ayer Street, rather—is Eliza, mysteriously shrouded behind a seemingly heavy brass-coloured door.

All’s set for a fun night out

Styled as a cocktail club, Eliza favours a jazz bar-meets-Shanghainese glamour aesthete, decked out with tiles that shimmer copper and gold, and mellowed by plush seats of teal and grey. There’s a live band—but of course—to set the mood with playful arrangements of pop, bossa nova and Mandarin hits, followed by nu-Disco DJ sets in the wee hours.

Gin fizz

Good drinks are a solid bet, what with group chief bartender Sam Wong at the helm. The menu presents Classic and Vintage (storied tipples that date back to the 1800s) cocktails, as well as a Signature section that was conceived with the fictional, eponymous owner in mind. Among the highlights: Rise ($25), a breezy pick-me-up of strawberry sorbet and bubbly; and Dragon’s Daughter ($22), which channels Eliza’s feisty spirit with a potent amalgamation of bubbly, gin, and elderflower liqueur. Tip: The drinks can get impactful pretty fast, so we highly recommend fuelling up on the modern Shanghainese grub here first.

113 Telok Ayer Street. Tel: 6781 4708.

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