Exploring Clarke Quay: Beer Market!

By 22 April, 2014Food, Fusion, Western
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Do you have phases in life where you get hooked onto something and can’t stop doing it?

The keyword for me these 2 months was….

BEER. ビール. 啤酒。 

Not sure when but when I feel tremendous stress, I’ll go for a beer. I remember myself desperately seeking Kronenbourg one fine afternoon hahaha and ever since then I’ve been asking for beer quite frequently! I’m not an alcoholic lah, but I realized I’ve turned into my dad (doing the “Yah yah ok” *nonchalant hand wave*)when he nagged at me to drink lesser of such drinks at a Japanese place (eh, it’s draft beer leh, how can don’t drink?).

I was at Clarke Quay’s Food Trail organized by Regent Media a while ago (will blog about it soon!) and Beer Market was one of the bars that was hard to miss… and instantly on my to-go list with more people! I also read about their interesting concept on 8 days a couple of months back and it got me all intrigued. (More about that later!)

That chance came really quickly and it was a gathering between the nuffnang bloggers and the nuffies. I won’t say we’re strangers to hanging out together but it was one of the few firsts meet ups with the nuffies outside of work! (But of course, we had to talk about work la… can’t escape that).

Entrace of Beer Market! It's on the second floor - but you definitely won't miss the huge yellow signs and also the "stock market monitor" outside the entrance!

Entrace of Beer Market! It’s on the second floor – but you definitely won’t miss the huge yellow signs and also the “stock market monitor” outside the entrance!

Live band area - I don't like high stools much so it's nice to know that we are seated comfortably at sectioned side (so you know, it's like a little 包厢 for you and your friends)!

Live band area – I don’t like high stools much so it’s nice to know that we are seated comfortably at sectioned side (so you know, it’s like a little 包厢 for you and your friends)!

Where we're seated - we reserved a huge ass space for like 15-20 people! This can definitely seat up to 25 pax, no problem!

Where we’re seated – we reserved a huge ass space for like 15-20 people! This can definitely seat up to 25 pax, no problem!

This cosy corner is just so cute, with the lamposts and all! I'll definitely chope this corner when I come again with lesser peple hahaha.

This cosy corner is just so cute, with the lamposts and all! I’ll definitely chope this corner when I come again with lesser peple hahaha.

And at the back, they have a slightly quieter and some what sectioned out area for darts... and also a pool table!

And at the back, they have a slightly quieter and some what sectioned out area for darts… and also a pool table!

Guess who were the early ones, for once? The two 迟到皇后s of Nuffnang (Bunbun and I la, hahaha) were early for once. Like, almost an entire hour earlier. I think we should have bought toto or 4d that day.

Guess who were the early ones, for once? The two 迟到皇后s of Nuffnang (Bunbun and I la, hahaha) were early for once. Like, almost an entire hour earlier. I think we should have bought toto or 4d that day.

The menu is designed like a newsletter and I presume this gets updated every now and then, with new stock for beer and all!

The menu is designed like a newsletter and I presume this gets updated every now and then, with new stock for beer and all.

Some facts about Beer Market:

  • Not your average pub – what makes it different is that the prices of the beers are volatile. That’s right – like what the name indicates, it fluctuates like a stock market! More demand = higher price. They have a Beer Market Exchange (BMX) where prices of the beers go up (green) or down (red) and the prices are refreshed every hour on their screens! White = usual prices, so you buy when it’s in the red and wait it out when it’s green!
  • They serve ALL kinds of beers from many DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. So if you have a friend who likes Erdinger, another one who likes Tiger, some that like San Miguel and others who like Carlsberg… you can find them all in one place – Beer Market! (Usually where you see APB beers you won’t see others!)

An example of the quirky and cool beers, like…

Banana Bread Beer (really tastes like banana omg), Double Chocolate Stout (a favorite amongst some nuffies, they are stout drinkers wtf), Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale (interesting) and my very safe Peach Beer, hahaha.

Banana Bread Beer (really tastes like banana omg), Double Chocolate Stout (a favorite amongst some nuffies, they are stout drinkers wtf), Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale (interesting) and my very safe Peach Beer, hahaha.

Being the adventurous souls we are we got a round of these interesting beers and every one tried them! It’s rather fun if you have a huge group of people to do this beer tasting thing with you – and then you just order more if you like it!

Honestly I couldn’t really grasp the beer market rates (was squinting so hard at the screens and listening to the waitress intently) but that’s why I’m a designer and not working in the finance industry hahaha.

Beer Market is rather cold (thank god I bought a new sweater just before we went to Beer Market) especially at the area we were seated at!

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早到的鸟儿有虫吃!Amongst the first to arrive were actually the bloggers, ahahahha. Juli (bunbunmakeuptips), Jayne (jaynetham.com), Valerie and I! Our favorite blogger Yina Goh was noticeably absent and missed. Every time she’s not with me I get bombarded with “where is your girlfriend / partner / yina goh”. Yes, “your”! People also got boyfriend to spend time with lei, don’t like that! haha.

Wish she was with us though, because there was a live band on going and it was Ground Zero, who used to play at another place Yina sometimes get singing gigs at.

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Mushrooms for appetizers! Yum yum.

Mushrooms are always welcomed! This dish is called Magic Mushrooms (S$7.90)

More appetizers while waiting...

More appetizers while waiting… The BM Rojak Platter (S$39.90) – A mixture of 3 different types of fries, magic mushrooms and sausages!

SPAM FRIES!!!!

CRISPY LUNCHEON FRIES (S$6.90)!!!! Da yum with the tartar sauce!

These were da bomb! Bacon wrapped baby potatoes / tomato cherries! Yes it's a mix and the potatoes with thinly cut bacon was just perfect. *LOVE* MUST ORDER when you come here.

These were da bomb! Bacon wrapped baby potatoes / tomato cherries (S$7.90)! Yes it’s a mix (bacon wrapped with either one) and the potatoes with thinly cut bacon was just perfect. *LOVE* MUST ORDER when you come here.

Seafood Wrap – Salmon and Tiger Prawns in lettuce wrap! Awesome choice for the health conscious - Wen and Val got like 2 plates of these. Or more while I wasn't looking, maybe. So skinny already still eat these only...

Salmon and Tiger Prawns in lettuce wrap (S12.90)! Awesome choice for the health conscious – Wen and Val got like 2 plates of these. Or more while I wasn’t looking, maybe. So skinny already still eat these only…

Yummy wings in seasoning of your choice – choose between Crispy / Honey BBQ / Buay Tahan!

Yummy wings (S$9.90) in seasoning of your choice – choose between Crispy / Honey BBQ / Buay Tahan!

Their Salmon dish was very popular and I keep seeing it pop up! Every time I see new food arriving and get my camera ready I would be like "Huh this dish again! So nice ah?!"

Their Sizzling Salmon (S$18.90) dish was very popular amongst the group and I keep seeing it pop up! Every time I see new food arriving and get my camera ready I would be like “Huh this dish again! Must be very nice!”

BM No-Nonsense Steak, which was the second most popular choice that night.

BM No-Nonsense Steak (S$22.90), which was the second most popular choice that night.

And oooooh, the pizzas!

And oooooh, the pizzas! We had both the Salted Egg Sea Food Pizza (S$21.90) and Chicken Rice (S$17.90) one. The Seafood one came with crabmeat, tiger prawns and fish chunks on a salted egg yolk base! It was a most interesting western dish… with an asian twist. The chicken rice pizza was literally chicken and rice on a pastry base. It wasted pretty much like chicken rice except for the piece of crust, haha.

The Nuffies: Karen, Gwen & Jayne!

The Nuffies: Karen, Gwen & Jayne who has to tolerate all my rubbish and nonsense – 辛苦你了! She’s now enjoying her holiday lor!

Juli, Wen & Uncle Fred. (He's younger than me la wtf the entire nuffnang team's YOUNGER THAN ME fml - but his pattern is more 老派 than I am haha)

Juli, Wen & Uncle Fred. (He’s younger than me la wtf the entire nuffnang team’s YOUNGER THAN ME fml – but his pattern is more 老派 than I am haha)

Jasmine, Jolene, QX (my substitute manager who has to take my shit now that Jayne is on leave lol) and Chris(py)!

Jasmine, Jolene, QX (my substitute manager who has to take my shit now that Jayne is on leave lol) and Chris(py)!

The Awesome Tofu (S$6.90) turned out to be a cold dish but it was quite nice to!

The Awesome Tofu (S$6.90) turned out to be a cold dish but it was quite nice too!

Crispy Silver Fish with  Tartar sauce! (S$7.90)

Crispy Silver Fish with Tartar sauce! (S$7.90)

The food at BM was surprisingly good – I guess everyone expected this to be your regular pub with the normal pub grub but you’ll be in for a surprised if you thought that way! They have really decent food offerings and even have revamped their menu recently to include Tze Char – I wish I tried the Midnight Rice and all the other local food in the menu!

This place exceeded my expectations (and so did the turnout for the gathering!) and every one thought that the food was really good! Favorite picks of the night would have to be the salted egg pizza, the luncheon fries and magic mushrooooooooms. Wished I had more stomach space to down more food!

They also have a Happy Hungry Hour, where you can get selected dishes for special prices!

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My non-blogger friends Eve, Iris and Eileen who gamely joined us ; )

My non-blogger friends Eve, Iris and Eileen who gamely joined us ; )

Cheers to making new friends!  Eve, Evonne (me la!), Valerie, Eileen, Iris & Meiting!

Cheers to making new friends!
Eve, Evonne (me la!), Valerie, Eileen, Iris & Meiting!

(It’s quite interesting how we all knew each other, haha. Eve, Iris and Eileen are secondary school friends and I got to know Eve online (mIRC anyone? LOL) – we became fast friends when we met and I’ve been stealing her friends and hers mine ever since. Okay la kidding! I’m grateful to have a friend who is so sociable and open to knowing more people). Valerie is my primary school mate (already taller than me by a whole head when we were 10) and Meiting for some reason knows me and Eve at separate times – erm, her brother knew both our exes (who are not friends with each other) haha. COMPLICATED. But whatever, we get along just fine, hor Miss Lian?)

Nuffnang Bloggers + Nuffies!

Nuffnang Bloggers + Nuffies! (Some left earlier)

And I have to thank Nuffnang for expanding my social circle. You really don’t know how fun this group can be until you start drinking with them lol (ahem Gwen…).

Without Nuffnang I guess I wouldn’t be so super close to the other fellow Nuffnang bloggers, and then also get “reunited” some!

I guess belonging to a family (calling them an agency is too cold!) makes things very very different! Earning money is one thing, gaining good friends and real friendships are more important to me cos these cannot be bought!

It was a good night out with everyone, really thankful for the great turnout (machiam like birthday party hahaha) and let’s do this again real soon, okay? ; )

Beer Market has two outlets, one in Clarke Quay and the other along Bukit Timah!
www.beermarket.com.sg | facebook.com/beermarket

Beer Market @ Clarke Quay 3B, River Valley Road #01-17 / 02-02 Singapore 179021
Tel: 9661 8283 (after 6pm)
Opening Hours
Sun – Thurs: 6pm to 1am
Fri, Sat & PH Eve: 6pm – 3am
Closed every Monday (except PH Eve)
Beer Market @ Bukit Timah
557 Bukit Timah Road, Crown Centre #01-03 Singapore 269694
Tel: 9679 0004 (after 5pm)
Opening Hours
Sun – Thurs: 5pm to 12am
Fri, Sat & PH Eve: 5pm – 1am
Closed on Wednesdays

{ All images taken with the Fujifilm XM-1 which exceeded my expectations with just the 18-55mm kit lens – if you knew how dark Beer Market is you’ll be surprised by this little thing! I’m missing the Fujifilm cameras already! }

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