Powder to the people

Powder to the people

SINGAPORE - Telling people that I'm going to The Powder Room does not mean I'm channelling my inner Audrey Hepburn. Should you find yourself at the 1920s-styled restaurant-bar The Black Swan, you'll want to excuse yourself to their relatively new swanky bar on the second storey.

Located on the tip of Cecil Street and Market Street, the former headquarters of Kwangtung Provincial Bank now draws a glitzy clientele of culinary aficionados and cocktail connoisseurs.

Accompanying me for this trip is DJ Rosalyn Lee. We wait downstairs as she finishes her oysters and a single malt-based cocktail called a Golden Parachute, which gets a golden review.

She describes it on Instagram as a "sexy tipple" garnished with a gold-dust covered "disco cherry". She says: "This must be what heaven feels like."

It's not just the drink. Entering the establishment is like walking into another world. There's plenty of black marble and gold trimmings, from the tiles to the lights.

The interior could not be more Gatsby (as in Great... not the hair gel).

Given a chance, I'd rename it The Black and Gold Swank.

While the communal setting at the 130-seat Swan is an ideal place to chill with oysters and drinks (30 per cent off during happy hour), the intimate 2,000 sq ft bar upstairs serves as an elegant, post-dining drinking spot. We walk up a narrow flight of stairs to be greeted by a lavishly styled bar decked with lounge sofas, low tables and a smart, if masculine, vibe for an establishment with a very feminine name.

More drinks are in order, and there is no lack of choice.

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