The Lobby Bar 1864 Sofitel Singapore is named after the year 1864 when the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company was founded. This gesture commemorates the start of the transformation of the neighbouring district from the fishing village to the city downtown that it is today. The 1864 Bar is a lovely place. It felt like the sort of living room that we like but never had. In the age of the sharing economy, we could “own” it for a while for the price of a few drinks. We made a detour to the 1864 Bar before our lunch at the Racines restauant next to it.
We like the layout of the place. The seating at the 1864 Sofitel Bar is arranged in clusters that are not too close to each other. Select the sort of seating arrangement you fancy and it becomes your private space. We thought that the oversized stylish sofas were the best. It seems that the standard of Singapore bars have been improving these days. See for example the Straits Times’ 7 Oct 2017 story “Six Singapore bars make it to world’s top 50“.
1864 Sofitel Bar Food Menu
A limited selection of food is served at the 1864 Sofitel Bar. High tea is served from 12 to 5 pm. Here are pictures of the food and high tea menu. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of the drinks list. We ordered a couple of finger food items and selected a bottle of white wine from the wine list.
The 2015 M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes du Rhône ($85) may be one of the lowest priced items on the wine list, but it was pleasant bottle of French white wine. Floral and refreshing, it had a hint of lemon taste.
Some tidbits were served to keep us going before the food arrived.
The food items that we had were the pork yakitori ($18) and crispy potato wedges with curried pork floss ($16). The pork yakitori was not the typical grilled yakitori. It was two small pieces of pork belly on sticks. At the bottom of the bowl was a small serving of cold soba noodles with the usual soy sauce dip. It was a very small portion but very beautifully presented and interesting.
The potato wedges were more predictable. They went very well with the slight curry taste and pork floss.
Overall, chilling out at the 1864 Sofitel Hotel lobby bar was certainly an enjoyable experience. The price of food is not low, but for the nice setting and great service, we think it is par for the course.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
1864 Sofitel Bar
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
9 Wallich Street
(Enter via Peck Seah Street)
Tel: +65 6428 5000
Nearby MRT Station : Tanjong Pagar