Cool Cats is the latest speakeasy cocktail lounge to host live jazz acts
All that jazz
Speakeasies have gained a convoluted reputation over the years. Fans remain earnestly enthusiastic, while sceptics well, still can't get their heads around the catchy term. But whether you're a yay or nay, the wiser choice would be to look past the labels, and to simply focus on what's within the bar.
Nondescript signage? Doesn't matter, as long as you manage to hunt down The NCO Club's latest entrant, Cool Cats. Joining its other concepts like Madame Fan and Fish Pool (where "mermaids" reside), is this intimate lounge. Enter through an unassuming door, and that's where you'll spot a dimly lit padded hallway leading to the 60-seater watering hole.
Abiding by an innovative concept of sophisticated tippling, progressive mixology and refined live performances, the swanky lounge leans towards romantic nostalgia reprising the 1920s. Traditional bar classics are reinvented here — for example, The White Lady swaps out sugar for a heady dose of almond syrup and almond liqueur. An arsenal of other bar staples include the Mezcal Negroni, a smokey take on the age-old favourite, and Queen's Park Swizzle, which is a rum concoction spiked with sprigs of mint and lime.
Apart from filling up your glass, Cool Cats' other arm lies in its entertainment. Unveiling a weekly curation of international acts — whether it be incorporating beats, rhythm, or even a little soul and R&B, the underlying common thread between the performances is that it's all about jazz. It's classy, sophisticated and commands a cultural authority that The NCO Club stands for, without the help of modern-day gimmicks. The music can definitely speak for itself here.
Speakeasy or not, it's essentially easing into the sensuous spirit with a delicious cocktail and the evocative tunes of the sax. As far as we're concerned, you can call it what you want.
32 Beach Road, Tel: 6818 1920
Opening hours: (Wed-Sat) 8.30pm-1am
For more details on the upcoming performances, click here.