So uninspired was I by the run-of-the-mill decor, an elongated room with neon blue lights like it was the 90s (don’t know why the photo didn’t capture the blue), that I didn’t take a photo of the first cocktail I had, pineapple express ($16), reposado tequila with homemade kaffir lime syrup and freshly squeeze pineapple juice. I ordered the drink because of the movie: pineapple express, in the stoner comedy, is the name of the best weed. Such an apt name for this cocktail because it was mind-blowingly addictive. The fresh pineapple juice zinged up the entire cocktail but it was the subtlety, the complexity of flavors swirling on the tongue that made me, almost teetotaler, bottom up within minutes. The accompanying piece of pineapple had a piece of caramelized sugar, which made it so tasty. The best cocktail we had in a while.
Hence, in such a great mood, I, usually reticent, spoke to the bartender and praised how great the concoction was. Caryn wasn’t the “official” bartender but there was a time when Barkode were busy, she decided to help out and started making the cocktails. “Just follow the recipes,” she said. She was then asked to joined an international competition, and was fourth in Singapore. Not bad.
There are two specialties of Barkode: they invite guest local DJs to spin on Fridays and Saturdays and they pair the cocktails with the food at Gastrogig, a pop-up restaurant that invites emerging talented chefs.
On Caryn’s recommendation, I ordered the Pisco Passion (pictured right, $18), the specialty of the bar: a twist of Pisco Sour with caramelized passion fruit. Similar to Pineapple Express, this was mostly a sweet cocktail with just a touch of sourness to perk you up. Both the cocktails were sensational but I think I prefer the Pineapple for its ever-changing flavors. I’ve been dying to return to try A Chendolrella Story ($18), chendol with rum.
My friend and I spent $84 for 3 glasses of white wine and 2 cocktails. The cocktails are much better than many hipster cocktail bars–and the atmosphere more cozy. This bar is definitely getting lots of love from us.
66 Dunlop Street
T: 6396 4463
Rating: 3.772/5 stars
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.