April 30th, 2011
The prime position at the CBD end of the restored shophouses at Boat Quay gives The Penny Black a prominence to all visitors to the popular drinking and dining area. The result of an extensive makeover of two adjoined shophouses, The Penny Black is an accurate reproduction of the “classic” Victorian era London pub. In fact the entire interior fit-out was designed and fabricated in England, shipped out to Singapore, and then re-assembled on site by the same English craftsmen that built it in England. As expected, the interior features extensive use of dark timber for the furnishings, bar counters and flooring. Numerous examples of pub paraphernalia decorate the walls, and on the ground level bar area, an original red London postbox (the pub name derives from an English postage stamp) has pride of place in the centre of the room.
The Penny Black has bars and lounge areas over two levels inside the building, plus a large open-air terrace- sheltered under canvas awnings- right on the riverfront of the main Boat Quay promenade. The ground level features the long main bar, plus several discrete seating areas in the corners of the room, and a central bar area with high tables and stools. Numerous large flat panel screens carry all the major live sports events- and the pub is particularly busy on weekend nights of major sporting events such as English Premier League matches, rugby, F1 and cricket. The Snug bar up on the second level is a quieter area, with tables for dining, plus some comfortable sofas near the shuttered windows. This area is also popular for private functions, corporate events, etc.
The food is a particular attraction at The Penny Black, and it is a popular choice for both weekday lunches, and for more relaxed long lunches on the weekends. In addition to such pub favorites as “Fish & Chips with mushy peas” and “Beef & Ale Pie”, a new “Pub Gastronomy” menu has just been introduced ( April 2011). Highlights from this menu include ” Pepper Steak with Fries” ; “Rack of Lamb”; “Cream Dory with Brown Butter & Grapes”; plus burgers , sandwiches, salads and daily specials.
A selection of local and Western bar foods are also available during the evenings.
The bar at The Penny Black is serving a range of 7 international beers on tap- including Guinness, Kilkenny, Old Speckled Hen, Heineken, Tiger, Erdinger and Strongbow cider. Other imported and local beers are available in bottles. A full range of premium spirits, cocktails, wines are also served.
The Happy Hours at The Penny Black are very generous- lasting from 11:30 am until 8:00 pm.
The Penny Black
Address: 26/27 Boat Quay, Singapore 049817
MRT: Nearest station Raffles Place
Tel: + 65. 6538 2300
Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am to 01:00 am
Friday, Saturday and Public Holiday: 11.30 am to 02:00 am
Sunday : 11.30 am to 12 midnight
Daily lunch hours: Mon to Thur: 11.30 am -– 2:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 11.30 am – 3:00 pm
Barfood available till late all day.
Happy Hours: Daily from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm