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Draft Land Review: Famous Taiwanese Bar Opens In SG With Iberico Dan Bing And 20 Cocktails On Tap

24th November 2023

Draft Land is a famous Taiwanese bar with cocktails on tap

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When the 45th best bar in Asia comes to town, you can be sure that it won’t go unnoticed. The accolade may be from 2019, but it hasn’t stopped Draft Land from making waves here when they opened not too long ago. What’s more, they were brought here in collaboration with famed bar Nutmeg & Clove, AKA the current number seven in Asia.

draft land - cocktail on tap

What sets Draft Land apart from other bars in Asia is the 20 taps that you’ll find once you enter the bar—instead of draught beer like you may expect, these taps dispense cocktails. And if you’ve ever had to finish an entire cocktail you didn’t like, Draft Land is here to change that, because here, you can sample every one of the 20 cocktails on offer before you decide which to pick.

A signature drink that’s also on the Taiwan menu is Green Negroni ($15++), which combines pandan, chrysanthemum, ginger, gine, and wine. There’s also a  refreshing Afternoon Tea Punch ($20), starring rum, earl grey, and lime, as well as the Oolong Tea Collins ($15++), a limited-time exclusive comprising osmanthus and plum.

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Food at Draft Land

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Something to note is that the selection of food and cocktails at Draft Land SG is different from the other four outposts across Taiwan and Hong Kong. In a nod to their Taiwanese roots, there’s a Braised Pork Arancini ($14+), filled with moreish and tender chunks of the meat.

draft land - braised pork arancini detail

While we loved the slightly fatty, fall-apart meat, the rice balls were slightly hard, though this could perhaps be due to us not digging in immediately.

draft land - egg pancake intro

The food at Draft Land SG comes in nibble-friendly serves, since they’re meant to accompany the cocktails. I really enjoyed their take on 蛋餅 (dàn bǐng), AKA Egg Pancake (from $14+), which saw non-traditional inclusions such as dill, aged cheddar, and jamon Iberico.

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I liked how the egg pancake was quite thin, and not too floury or stodgy. The addition of dill to the pancake filling was a nice flavour contrast to the salty jamon too.

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Another interesting take on a Taiwanese street snack is Fried Oysters ($15+): an elevated version of orh ah jian.

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Huge, hand-sized fresh oysters are fried in a fluffy, crisp egg batter, dressed with a tart-spicy sauce, and finished with ikura.

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draft land - fried oysters cross section

Even my colleague, who doesn’t eat oysters, found this a treat.

draft land - wagyu cold noodles intro

Thanks to the IG-sphere, we’d been looking forward to Wagyu Cold Noodles ($16+), with its enticing slice of A4 Wagyu and soy-cured egg yolk.

draft land - wagyu cold noodles detail

What we didn’t expect was the nutty soba it came with, whose slighty gritty finish was a little jarring, in our opinions, against the fatty meat.

draft land - wagyu cold noodles on fork

Tying it all together is toasted goma sauce, while slivers of fresh cucumber and scallion cut through the heavier flavours. I personally would have preferred a finer somen or similar to go with this dish, but that’s just me.

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If there’s just one thing you can order, pick Heart Attack Fried Rice ($15+).

draft land - heart attack fried rice bone marrow

It’s just nice for one, and comes with a whole halved and roasted bone marrow, which you could either dig straight into, or scoop out and mix in with the rice.

draft land - heart attack fried rice lard and taiwan sausage

Then, you have crisp morsels of fried pork lard, and sweetish Taiwanese sausages.

draft land - heart attack fried rice on spoon

This checks all the boxes: smoky, tasty, and extra indulgent. Your heart will thank you if you can stop at one bowl.

draft land - alishan bubble tea

While the cocktails are regularly switched up, the Alishan Bubble Tea ($14+) is one dessert that will stick around. This dessert, as its name suggests, is prepared with Alishan milk tea, churned into a gelato.

draft land - alishan bubble tea closeup

As can be expected in any BBT, this dessert comes with pearls—gula melaka pearls—but what sets this apart is the shavings of pecorino cheese that add a savoury touch to the gelato.

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Ambience at Draft Land

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As Draft Land is after all, a bar, you won’t find large, sit-down tables in the space. Rather, the walls inside the air-conditioned space are lined with high, cushioned seats, and tall, small bar tables—the eye is not distracted from the long bar counter or the row of taps on the wall.

draft land - storefront

If you should choose to sit outside, you can pick from a standing counter, and a low, concrete bench. There’s also a DJ console, so you can expect someone spinning there on weekends. Draft Land is an 11-minute walk from Bras Basah MRT Station, seven minutes from Bugis MRT Station, or nine minutes on foot from City Hall MRT Station.

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The verdict

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Come if you love cocktails and Taiwanese street snacks. Granted, these are zhnged-up versions of the street food, but they aren’t shabby iterations. We tried Oolong Tea Collins (from $15+)and a Mimosa (from $15+) on our visit, but these might no longer be on the menu when you go. If you are one of those who can never pick the right cocktail based on names and descriptions, you should most definitely give Draft Land a shot.

Right across from Draft Land, you’ll find Chin Chin Eating House, one of the oldest restaurants in Singapore with a history dating back to 1934! Bar hoppers, we’ve got you covered with some of the best bars in town!

Address: 24 Purvis Street, Singapore 188601
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 4pm to 12am, Sat-Sun 2pm to 12am
Tel: 9657 8774
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Photos taken by Kaedynce Chew.
This was a media tasting at Draft Land.

Draft Land Review: Wagyu Cold Noodles, Cocktails On Tap And More Near Bugis
  • 7.5/10
    Draft Land Review: Wagyu Cold Noodles, Cocktails On Tap And More Near Bugis - 7.5/10



– Heart Attack Fried Rice was tasty
– Fried Oysters were very large


– Soba didn’t really match the Wagyu
– Arancini rice was hard

Recommended dishes: Egg Pancake ($18+), Heart Attack Fried Rice ($15+), Fried Oysters ($15+)

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 4pm to 12am, Sat-Sun 2pm to 12am

Address: 24 Purvis Street, Singapore 188601

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