Find out what Lantern Bar at The Fullerton Bay Hotel has to offer with its food and happy hours from Mondays to Saturdays!
On 8 December 2020, The Straits Times reported that the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has allowed three bars and pubs to open, in an effort to revive the nightlife sector in Singapore.
What if late nights out and getting wasted are not your thing, and you’re looking for something a little more relaxing and downtempo? Enter Lantern, the rooftop bar at The Fullerton Bay Hotel.
Lantern Bar Atmosphere at The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Lantern sits just behind the rooftop pool at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, where it overlooks the Marina Bay Promenade. It’s designed as an alfresco bar to give off a tropical waterfront lifestyle area vibe.
The perfect time to head to Lantern for lounging and drinks is during the day. The breeze is cool, and the sun is covered by the clouds.
Germaine was our staff of the day, attending to our every request and questions about their signature drinks and food. She even revealed the history behind the name, ‘Lantern’.
“It’s called ‘Lantern’ because right below us was The Clifford Pier, where real boats and ships docked back in the day. The historical name for The Clifford Pier was ‘Red Lantern Pier’.”
Naturally, they offered a pair of binoculars for us to look out into the Promenade. Previously, its purpose was to see incoming boats and ships. Today, it’s meant as a neat little trick to see what people on the other side of the water are doing.
Unlike the upbeat music of other traditional clubs, Lantern has downtempo music blaring in the background, creating the perfect setting to unwind with a glass of wine in hand.
Lantern Bar Menu at The Fullerton Bay Hotel: Drinks, Happy Hour & Food
Lantern has a staggering 18-paged drinks menu. Unless you’re well-read about alcohol, the drinks menu may be a little confusing. Thankfully, Germaine’s knowledge about Lantern’s food and drinks came in extremely handy.
If you’re undecided about which drinks to go for, ask the staff! We each had two rounds of drinks, both recommended by Germaine after we shared our personal preferences. Here’s our review:
Imperial Berry Mojito (S$28): This drink was tangy, slightly spicy and minty. It was kind of interesting because nothing on its ingredient list (barrel-aged rum, lime juice, berries, fresh mint, La Perruche brown sugar and champagne) suggested anything spicy.
Red Lantern (S$24): This was one of their signature drinks. It was relatively easy to drink, tasting tropical, fruity and sweet, with a hint of green. It was made out of Tequila Gold, watermelon, cucumber, lime juice and sugar syrup. Definitely, a drink to enjoy under the blaring sun.
Mad About Yuzu (S$25): If coffee didn’t get you up in the morning, this drink definitely would. The citrus tang will hit you on the first sip, before the sweetness sets in in the middle notes.
Sweet Passion Sling (S$25): Another one of their signatures, this had London Dry Gin, peach liqueur, raspberries, peach puree, pineapple juice, and cane syrup in it. It had texture and it was sweet. It’s also Lantern’s interpretation of the Singapore Sling.
Temasek (S$24): Also another signature, and a personal favourite of mine, it was made up of London Dry Gin, Campari, bitters, grapefruit juice, lime juice, raspberry fruit, pomegranate syrup, and sugar syrup. That combination added the right balance of tang, fragrance, herbiness and sweetness.
(BONUS) Lobster Roll with Truffle Fries (S$39): We had to order some bites, because why wouldn’t we? You’d certainly want to after getting the munchies from drinking too much. I’m happy to report that this roll was more lobster than mayonnaise. The lobster was tender and springy, while the mayo was creamy without being too eggy. The brioche bun was suitably soft for a fresh braceface like me to bite into. Truffle oil was lightly drizzled over the dish, giving it the right amount of punch.
P.S.: Happy hour happens from 5:00PM to 8:00PM, Mondays to Saturdays.
Lantern Bar Service at The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Germaine was patient with us the entire time, as she answered our incessant questions and dealt with our indecision while looking at the menu. She especially made good suggestions for drinks!
Conclusion: Lantern is Lit & You Should Check It Out
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