Industry veterans Michael Callahan and Celia Schoonraad, are set to open Barbary Coast, a multi-story venue positioned on the corner of North Canal and Lor Telok. Spanning across two stories of the three historic shophouses, the venue is slated to open in July.
Drawing inspiration from The Barbary Coast in San Francisco, which was a booming district during the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. The area featured many dance halls, jazz clubs, ballrooms and variety shows – it was the ultimate entertainment scene for all miners and sailors who were all vying to find their fortune.
On the lower level of the new venue will be known as Deadfall and is inspired by a bar that would have been found in the original Barbary Coast. Offering no more than a makeshift bar top of wooden planks and oversized vats of spirits sweetened with colouring and sugars. Back in the day, these venues were cheap and cheerful. Inspired by the same drinking ethos of the original establishments, Deadfall will offer affordable, creative and perfectly executive cocktails.
The upper floor is taken to a whole new level and is known as The Ballroom. Back in the gold rush era, jazz clubs, dance halls and ballrooms were at the top end of entertainment and offered something for the most decerning of patrons. The offering at The Ballroom will be highbrow and elegant, without being overly fussy.
Teaming up with Michael and Celia to open the new space, is Joseph Haywood, formerly of One Ninety Bar at the Four Seasons Singapore. He has been appointed at General Manager. Haywood will be responsible for delivering a unique food and beverage experience while focusing on exceptional service to all guests.