Try out food options from swanky Amoy Street eateries and cocktails from top bars at a discount at the Amoy Street Bloc Party this Sunday.
A small section of the street, from Gemmill Lane to Boon Tat Street, will be closed off from 3 to 10pm to host the party, rain or shine.
The participating outlets are limited to the ones on that stretch of Amoy Street. They include modern South-east Asian restaurant Ding Dong, brunch joint Bochinche, French-Japanese tapas restaurant Le Binchotan, Burger Joint, modern Mediterranean spot Maggie Joan's, New York cocktail bar Employees Only, all-day cafe Gemmills and hip Sichuan restaurant Birds of a Feather.
On sale will be signature dishes from the various outlets as well as items created specially for the party. Food items will cost $5 and above, such as chicken and spinach empanadas from Bochinche ($5), while beers, wines and cocktails will cost upwards of $10, such as the Ding Dong Daiquiri ($12).
DJs, including Singapore's Adrian Wee, KFC and Brendon P, will be helming the decks throughout the event, while London-based producer and live performer Roscius will serve as the headlining act.
Ding Dong will also have all its furniture removed to make way for an after-party space with a full DJ set- up that will continue to midnight.
BOOK IT/ AMOY ST BLOC PARTY
WHERE: Amoy Street
WHEN: Sunday, 3 to 10pm
The event is organised by the Spa Esprit Group, which also owns Ding Dong and Bochinche. It is expecting more than 3,000 attendees.
Spa Esprit founder Cynthia Chua, 45, says the Bloc Party is a coming- out party of sorts for the new kids on the block in Amoy Street. Most of the eight participating outlets have only moved to the stretch within the last year.
The street is already home to other F&B outlets such as speakeasy bar Jigger & Pony and Hawaiian poke bowl joint Aloha Poke. However, they will not be participating in the inaugural edition of the party as Ms Chua wanted to keep the event small for its first edition.
"They did ask if they could come on board, but we wanted to start with something small and concentrate on this short street first," she says. "We hope this is something that we can scale up from."
The party also comes under the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Streets For The People initiative launched in July last year, which encourages people to step forward to initiate temporary car-free zones in their community.
While heading down to the Central Business District on a Sunday is not a typical choice for most Singaporeans, Ms Chua hopes this event will expose customers to the dining options in the area.
"Stretches such as Club Street get all the buzz, but we want to get the word out and make this corner of Amoy Street come alive," she says.