Spirited take on history

No Sleep Club and Barbary Coast have updated the historical venues they are housed in with funky takes

Ms Jessica Hutchinson (left, with co-founder Juan Yijun).
Ms Jessica Hutchinson (left, with co-founder Juan Yijun).ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN LOPEZ
A communal table extends from one end of the bar to near the front door of No Sleep Club for bigger groups who want to sit at the bar.
A communal table extends from one end of the bar to near the front door of No Sleep Club for bigger groups who want to sit at the bar. ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN LOPEZ
The all-day bar and restaurant is fronted by a taupe awning with two emojis (above).
The all-day bar and restaurant is fronted by a taupe awning with two emojis (above).ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN LOPEZ
DeadFall on the first floor of Barbary Coast in Boat Quay.
DeadFall on the first floor of Barbary Coast in Boat Quay. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
The second floor, called Barbary Coast Ballroom, has a more luxurious vibe, with patterned wallpaper (above) as well as VIP booths.
The second floor, called Barbary Coast Ballroom, has a more luxurious vibe, with patterned wallpaper (above) as well as VIP booths. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
The second floor, called Barbary Coast Ballroom, has a more luxurious vibe, with patterned wallpaper as well as VIP booths (above).
The second floor, called Barbary Coast Ballroom, has a more luxurious vibe, with patterned wallpaper as well as VIP booths (above). ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Two additions to the bar scene are breathing new life into locations rich in history.

Along Keong Saik Road - once known for its sordid past as home to brothels from the 1960s to 1980s - all-day bar, coffeehouse and restaurant No Sleep Club, which opened in October, has put a modern spin on a clan-owned three-storey shophouse.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2019, with the headline 'Spirited take on history '. Print Edition | Subscribe