Spanning three shophouses in Tanjong Pagar, much anticipation surrounded the redesign of the award-winning Tippling Club iconic dining institution in its dynamic new Singapore location
Conceived by New York native Alan Barr, managing director of Grey Matters and one of the judges for Perspective’s A&D Trophy Awards 2014 — previously known as The Perspective Awards — Tippling’s interiors were designed to retain a signature industrial-chic style, which he dubbed ‘Underground Brooklyn’. “Chef Ryan Clift’s brief was very clear — he wanted to ‘bring Dempsey with us’ to the new location,” says Barr.
Including natural woods and a diverse palette of green in a nostalgic nod to Tippling’s former location on verdant Dempsey Hill, the bar area seats 36 and features natural daylight thanks to bay windows — it also showcases the restaurant’s famed overhead bottle display, which made its way to from the original venue. Barr says the aim was to create an inviting, laid-back environment which is approachable and eclectic, with lots of little details to discover over a different dining and drinking experiences.
“We tried to create an environment that allowed the food to be the star. Tippling Club dishes are extremely whimsical and playful in the way they are plated, and are extremely visually stimulating. We wanted to create a space with a cheeky sense of humour that matched the dishes, and more important to me, matched Chef Ryan’s wicked sense of humour and irreverent personality,” Barr explains.
“Secondly, we wanted to create a bar/lounge area that is distinctly different from the main dining room. The former space did not have a separate bar, and the new space needed one. So we set out to create one mood in the entry and bar space, and a completely different atmosphere in the main and private dining rooms.”