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Tipple Time: NINETEEN80 takes you back to a simpler time with throwback cocktails

Retro bar and arcade NINETEEN80 is back with a new drinks programme to resume the nostalgia. Rebooted as a snack bar in the wake of a new normal, the 80s time capsule along
central Tanjong Pagar now welcomes guests to unwind over an updated cocktail menu and daily Happy Hours while immersed in a neon-lit ambience of iconic references.

Launched as a bigger, better and brighter 80s enclave back in late March 2020, NINETEEN80 had to pause operations due to Covid-19 safety measures. Now back in play for guests to explore its expanded space in full glory, new defining zones include a Living Room oozing with
Miami Vice’s tropical vaporwave charm, a Memphis Design bar flanked with curious shapes and forms, an elongated Tron-inspired neon tunnel to signify a time warp, a 16-bit Bruce Lee cove featuring the iconic martial arts legend in his yellow jumpsuit, rows of old school arcade
machines and a larger dance floor that has now been converted to seating areas.

Cocktails from left to right: Cococabana, Poison Ivy, Totally Currant

Concocted to complement the 80s feel of the space, the menu presents a line-up of libations ranging from the colourful and funky, spiritforward and heady, to suggestively named cocktail staples from back in the day, from the banana liquer and vodka Banana Julius Flip to the cheekily-named Sex with the Bartender with Baileys, Malibu, Cointreau, grenadine and lime juice.

Rootbeer Float

Alongside the cocktails, the menu also carries a fun array of signature shooters ($14 for single, $25 for a pair) such as the Rootbeer Float for a sweet chaser of rum, root beer and whipped cream; a heady dessert of cherry-infused brandy, cinnamon whiskey and chocolate syrup with
the Cherry Bomb; and old school Tequila Pop for a slam back to roaring times. Guests with a preference for classics are free to request for their go-to poison or kickback to a range of spirits, house wines and beers on tap.

Beyond the drinks and food programming, the team recently launched its NINETEEN80 DJ School, a five-lesson course for aspiring DJs and the curious. Structured and mentored by veteran DJs of A Phat Cat Collective, students will undergo classes covering the know-hows, tips and tricks to guide a smooth entry to their DJ journey. Conducted with private sessions to cater to each student’s musical preference, classes are held on off-operation hours at NINETEEN80 itself, and are priced at $450 for one, $900 for a those who wish to learn in pairs. To register, visit their website here

NINETEEN80 is located at 21 Tanjong Pagar Rd, #01-05, Singapore 088444. In line with the alcohol serving hours of late, NINETEEN80 has adjusted its operating hours to Tuesdays – Saturdays from 5.00pm – 10.30pm for throwback evenings, and 2.00pm – 9.00pm for lazy Sundays with the crew. More information available on their website here

Happy Hours at NINETEEN80 runs daily across Tuesdays to Fridays from 5.00pm – 7.30pm and all Sunday from 2.00pm – 9.00pm. Alongside house pours and wines at $12nett and $14nett draft beers, larger groups can go for $60nett bottles of prosecco and $160nett bottles of house spirits with two choices of mixers.

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