hiding secrets in places you will only find if you know where to look
Around the turn of the century in the early 1900s, illegal drinking dens called speakeasy bars, were made popular in the United States where code words first had to be provided before patrons were allowed entry into the establishments. Those places, nicknamed ‘blind pigs’, were often located in nondescript locations to evade the law and are what form the basis for this new bar named Three Blind Pigs.
Aptly named and somewhat discreetly tucked behind a takeaway coffee store in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) of Singapore, Three Blind Pigs draws inspiration from both a well-known fable and a chapter from history in its branding and interior to recreate the whimsy and mystery of speakeasy bars in our little red dot.
With a logo whose silhouette resembles that of a burger, it should come as no surprise that this speakeasy mainly serves up cuisine reminiscent of what you would find in the States, from appetite-quelling bar food to robust main courses packed with rich flavor on top of delicious cocktails and craft beers. As with the name of the place and the logo, the interior design hides design elements in groups of three that are known only to those privy to the information, emphasizing the bar’s speakeasy style concept.
At first glance, the seemingly empty space behind the electric blue lattice facade looks to be the backroom of the takeout coffee bar (Five Oars Coffee Roasters) that fronts the unit but is in fact, the secret location of the bar itself. The opening hours of the bar are not immediately apparent as one walks by the bar and only the observant will notice that the opening hours are reflected through the opacity of the blinds affixed to the same eye-catching lattice facade — a fun way to both draw a little bit of attention to the space all while maintaining its enigmatic venue.
Hidden from plain sight is the arched entryway that leads into the speakeasy and welcoming you into the space is a small, partially black tinted mirrored room lined with tropical wallpaper that boasts bright green foliage against a dark grey background and a sign that says “Once upon a time”, cloaking the speakeasy is a sense of mystery whilst giving you a taste of what lies beyond. The small entrance belies the size of the actual space — a sizable room that possesses a high ceiling complete with Art Deco inspired floor tiles and furniture, instantly transporting you back to the Roaring ‘20s.
The speakeasy is subtly divided into three parts — the bar, the main seating area, and the banquette seating area — using different floor tiles to mark out the spaces, once again playing with design elements in groups of three. The bar counter was made out of a combination of wood, marble, and black stainless steel while the bar shelves were made with a wood base and padded with brass on the top and bottom to emulate the multi-layered concept of the bar and its branding.
Despite its identity as a bar, Three Blind Pigs also caters to large groups, as evident by the long commune table and loose seating that sits in the middle of the space. Custom made to suit the theme of the space, the table top is crafted from terrazzo with a brass finish while the floor is laid with wood tiles which harks back to the story of the Three Little Pigs where houses were made of three main materials — straw, brick, and wood.
Oozing glamour and class is the bright red banquette seating area that features curved archways that not only steals the limelight from the rest of the bar but also serves to break up the structured and rigid appearance of the space. A raised platform decked with classic black and white diamond tiles elevates the four intimate, yet comfortable banquette seats, allowing the patrons to overlook the entire bar.
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