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Entertainment, Food & Beverage

Sprucing up Siloso Beach

A new bar has opened, existing ones are being revamped and a food court and beach rotisserie are in the works on the strip.
The Straits Times - November 29, 2012
By: Melissa Kok
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Sprucing up Siloso Beach The poolside of new bar Mambo is popular with those in their 30s and 40s and families. -- PHOTO: MAMBO

The sands of time have taken their toll on the bars along Sentosa's Siloso Beach strip, but they are set to make a new splash with a $3-million facelift.

Renovations started in mid-August and when completed next month, beachgoers can look forward to a new food court serving local fare and a beach rotisserie, in addition to the sprucing up of existing outlets.

The revamp will be the first in seven years for beach bars Coastes, Bikini Bar and Sand Bar, which have become tired looking over the years as some patrons have noted.

The changes aim to draw families hanging out at the beach in the afternoons and the young set who want to party at night.

Also along the strip - stretching about a kilometre from the beach carpark to the nearby jetty area - are beach club Azzura, and sport and lifestyle venue Wave House Sentosa.

Adding to the vibrancy is new bar Mambo, launched about two months ago where brand-name club Cafe Del Mar used to be.

As for the new beach rotisserie, which will be called Flame Tree, it will be next to the Sand Bar, serving grills, wood-fired oven pizzas and kebabs, with cocktails and beer from the Sand Bar.

Existing outlet Coastes will retain its laid-back beach vibe with its sunbeds, deckchairs and hearty pub grub, but will have a bigger bar and a separate function area, says Ms Deepti Pathak, the public relations and marketing manager for it, Bikini Bar and Sand Bar.

They are owned and managed by the Emerald Hill Group, which also runs Orchard Road bars Que Pasa, Ice Cold Beer and No. 5.

Bikini Bar, catering for the younger crowd in their 20s, is being overhauled with a new layout and furniture for a sleek look.

But it will remain a venue for watching live sports and enjoying cocktails and cold beer.

Nestled between Coastes and the Bikini Bar will be new food outlet Makan2 (standing for makan squared), which Ms Pathak describes as a "high- end food court" serving hawker fare and juices.

In between the Sand Bar and Flame Tree will be a new concert stage, where Emerald Hill plans to have live music on weekends.

On the $3-million facelift, Ms Pathak says: "Each venue at Siloso Beach has a different target audience, so now people have more options, from families to couples heading here for an evening date."

The vicinity has drawn young families with children, expatriates and tourists over the years, but has seen a pick-up in traffic since the opening of Resorts World and Sentosa Luge, a popular tourist attraction.

And already Mambo - started by Mr Max Hogg, owner of bar-restaurant Emporium in Ann Siang Hill, along with two other partners - has become a popular pool-side venue for those in their 30s and 40s and families in the afternoons.

Says Mambo's co-owner Deborah Fentie, 42: "Since Resorts World Sentosa and Universal Studios opened, traffic has increased and it's easier to access this place now."

Housewife Adeline Lee, 32, who goes to Siloso occasionally with her husband and two children, says: "The place was looking a little rundown after so many years and then there was the closure of Cafe Del Mar. Hopefully with the renovations and new food and beverage outlets, the area will be nicer - and friendlier to kids, of course."

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