The Beast is an American southern cuisine restaurant & bourbon bar at the edge of Kampong Glam. The Beast was conceptualized by Jamie Koh, who also runs Chupitos, a Spanish-inspired shots bar in Clarke Quay. After her stint in a university in Atlanta, Georgia, Jamie decided to bring Southern comfort food to Singapore. Her first thought of the three-storey shophouse was that it resembled an animal barn and so the name, concept & decor of The Beast was born.
The whole concept & decor of The Beast revolves around the idea of an animal barn. The whole interior makes use of dark wooden panels, vintage lamps & rusted oil drums to recreate the look of an animal barn while keeping things modern & edgy. The first level houses a 30-seater bar, with more seating on the second level, a private area on the 3rd and alfresco dining outside. Seating on the first level were all quite high, with bar stools and high chairs. Rusted oil drums with a wooden board on top served as a table.
The place opens at 5pm and when I went there at around 5.30pm, things were still pretty quiet. The place started getting crowded as the night progressed though, with people walking by the place, looking on with curiosity.
The food of The Beast is centric around American southern cuisine, think Louisiana or Georgia. The cuisine involves food that is either deep fried, overly sweet or a combination of both. The Beast does a really great job of bringing Southern cuisine here, with familiar dishes such as Chicken & Waffles or Shrimp & Grits. I do really love the whole concept of Southern food. (Fried and sweet? Who doesn’t love those two things?) Unfortunately, prices for The Beast’s food is towards the higher end, with mains all above 20 bucks & starters above 10. Apart from that, the quality & quantity for their food pretty much justifies their prices.
The Beast is also one of Singapore’s first bourbon whiskey bars, housing around 30 types of bourbon whiskey. Most of them are stored in barrels behind the bar area, with the upper shelf containing barrel-aged Manhattans and Old Fashioneds. The place definitely feels more like a bar, especially since the place only opens from the evening till the night. (They do not open for lunch) It’s more of a place for working adults to chill, kick back & relax with alcohol and bar snacks. (I went there just for the food, and felt a bit out of sorts as I’m not really an alcohol drinker)
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
I do really like southern cuisine and I do really like how The Beast has managed to bring it over here and do it well. The Beast definitely serves top-notch Southern comfort food. It’s also a great place for people to hang out after work with a drink and enjoy the night. If you are a fan of fried or sweet food or even bourbon whiskey, The Beast is THE place to go to. I highly recommend a visit to try their food (even if you don’t really drink). I would love to go back again and try more of their food, perhaps “Shrimp & Grits”?
17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329
(Nearest train station: Bugis)
Contact: 6295 0017
Mon – Thu: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Fri – Sat: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am