A simple design allows bar-goers to focus on “basal experiential components like craft beer and good company”.

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The Almost Famous Craft Beer Bar has a fresh take on bar interiors. Rather than the flashy lights and colourful decor of traditional watering holes, this place at Chijmes sports a subdued palette. A monochromatic scheme with flush luminous lighting and classical-style columns, to be exact.

“We wanted a blank slate – a state of emptiness – that removes distraction and steers the senses towards the food and craft beer pairings,” says the Almost Famous team.

To do this, they reimagined modern bar culture by stripping away unnecessary chaos. They combined geometric shapes through their choice of furniture with clean and slim profiles, and created a palette made up of raw-look finishes seen on the weathered-wood tables and the concrete-look walls.

The bar offers 16 craft brews on rotation, curated by artist-barista Kenny Lee and four other entrepreneurs. Their selections are from upand-coming local and overseas breweries, and also include a range of premium labels from small-batch breweries.

Visit Almost Famous Craft Beer Bar at #01-06 Chijmes,


The Almost Famous team picked out furniture and tableware that is simple in form and function.


You’ll find beers by craft breweries like Brewlander & Co. from Singapore, Brewdog from Scotland, and Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republic.


The food menu features familiar Asian dishes with ingredients such as fried chicken, gyoza and even kai lan.

Bar-goers can rely on Bang & Olufsen’s sleek and minimalist Beosound Edge speaker to fill the space with good music.
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The bar is founded by Kenny Lee, an artist by training and a seasoned barista by craft, and four other entrepreneurs.