For those familiar with the historic The NCO Club along beach road, the April re-opening of the lifestyle destination following the treatment by Shanghai-based British firm Palmer & Turner has transformed its interiors into conservation chic.
The multi-concept destination has welcomed the last of its four concepts, Cool Cats, to the club. Tucked away to the left of the club's main entrance behind unmarked black wooden doors and a dimly-lit hallway, the speakeasy-inspired live music venue exudes worldly vibes without putting on airs.
"The NCO Club sits on a rich inheritance of cultural experiences that have been protected and refined against modern tradition. Cool Cats is influenced by concepts from cosmopolitan cities around the world. There are no gimmicks - just exceptional design, crafted menus and charming hospitality," said Stephane Fabregoul, managing director, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach.
The 60-seater L-shaped bar opens into a modest stage area and fluorescent green bar. Guests can settle in among plush seating for the evening, which will see international jazz and rhythm and blues acts taking to the stage from New Orleans, Australia and London. For the month of June, jazz 'cats' that will grace the stage include Adam Hall & the Velvet Platboys (June 13016) and Janine Anice (June 20-23).
For a more exclusive experience, planners can seat guests at the venue's roped VIP area - a sunken salon behind the bar area.
The bar, headed by Navin Raj, serves up a menu of traditional classics "infused with a cross-continent touch". Bar signatures have names such as the Mezcal Negroni, Queen's Park Swizzle and The White Lady.