I went to check out WineBOS Katong recently, with Hazel who blogs at AiMakan. It was just the two of us, so I candidly think of it as a date, hahahaha. But really, I thought it was a great idea to chill out for an impromptu “happy hour” on a weeknight. I love happy hour, and I sorely miss it coz I don’t do it nearly often enough.
WineBOS Katong is situated inside Katong Village. I’d never been to Katong Village prior and it turned out to be this nice hidden enclave along East Coast Road, housing a handful of food establishments and the odd electronic store (?). The good thing about Katong Village is that it can be convenient for those who drive because there’s ample parking in there. And for the non-drivers, there are plenty of public buses that cruise down East Coast Road.
Look at that, they have $9 steak on Saturdays!!! :9~
I’ve been to the original WineBOS location at Jalan Klapa, where I had steak and wine with a former schoolmate. WineBOS, imo, is a non-fussy place. It’s laid back, there’s live music on certain evenings but the thing which stood out for me was the affordable wine. I’m not a wine connoisseur by any means, but judging from the variety available at WineBOS, there’s something to please everybody and the wine itself doesn’t suck. So a $22 free flow deal is a pretty good deal, if you ask me. If you’re not keen on tapas, there is also the option of having just the free flow wine for $18, from Monday to Saturday 6-8pm. So in a span of two hours, you can probably kick back like what… about 3-4 glasses? For just $18, I think it’s really quite a bargain!
The al fresco seating area.
Now that I’ve been to both locations, Klapa and Katong, I’ll say that I prefer the latter because it’s much more spacious (both inside the air-conditioned space as well as the al fresco area). Pretty happy to know that they open late too— midnight or 1am on weeknights, and to 3am on Saturdays (they are not open on Sundays). So beyond happy hour, this is definitely a really good place to just kick back and hang out at.
Wearing the Obama tanktop I picked up in DC, in observance of July 4th… which I didn’t get to celebrate this year. Maybe next year I’ll throw a bbq or a theme-party.
The tapas which we had. Not quite the Spanish tapas I was expecting, these were more like munchies. These didn’t fill me up, so we went ahead and ordered additional food from the dinner menu. Tempted to get steak but I just had some the night before, besides I’m really not supposed to have too much red meat (even though I lurvvv it).
Wine selection. Honestly to me, all look same. -__-
When it comes to wine, I have a fixed favorite which I stick to over the years but I try out new ones too. I often find that my best bet is always to ask the staff for their recommendations.
Cheers!!! This is the sparkling sauv blanc by the way, recommended by the manager himself and it tastes really good. The one I enjoyed the most and highly HIGHLY recommend is the housepour red – a blend of cab, shiraz and merlot (not shown); reportedly a strong fave amongst most WineBOS customers too.
WineBOS may well be my new hangout place, I think. ;)
Oh, by the way… I notice that in Asia sometimes red wine is drunk chilled. I’ve been to an occasion before where they even added ice cubes too. O_o?!
✎ Question for readers: Red wine or white wine?