What: The Armoury Gastrobar

Where: #01-02 South Beach Quarter, 36 Beach Road

Opening hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5pm-11pm, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 5pm-2am

[dropcap size=small]W[/dropcap]hen lifestyle group Massive Collective opened The Armoury, it intended for the gastrobar to cater to the office crowd that populates the swanky South Beach Towers. But everything from its tired but effective industrial-chic design to its deliberately quirky menu seems to indicate it probably just had young executives from Facebook in mind.

That is to say The Armoury, despite its sombre historical leanings from its former use as an actual armoury in the colonial days, is more fun than fancy. The first cocktail on the menu is a dead giveaway: a bourbon and coke. But cringe not, as it is far from the sickeningly sweet swill we used to chug during our salad days. The Armoury’s version uses Buffalo Trace bourbon, Coca-Cola reduction and ginger ale.

This place is basically what happens when a dive bar decides to grow up. The beers are craft and the burgers are crafted. Expect to see many a table loaded with Stone IPAs and Rouge Hazelnut Brown Nectars sitting alongside burgers bearing house-ground beef patties and bourbon-candied onions. Fries are double-fried in duck fat, the hummus made from edamame.

The beverage menu is a little lean so as not to step into the territory of its neighbour, Vanity, a cocktail bar in the Quarter also recently opened by Massive Collective. Which means The Armoury is not a place you’ll linger in all night, but a good place to start one. So kick back and have an alcoholic slushie, shrug off the sloppy service and just enjoy fine food with friends. You know, the way you used to.

In three words: Feel young again,

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