the butter factory has long been a nightlife fixture for singapore’s young and restless by hosting some of the city’s most talked about parties. keen to stay on top of the game and keep its loyal following on their toes and happy, it has reinvented a separate room within the club which was previously dedicated to electronic music. not only has the space been given a cool make-over, it has also been given a new identity that’s in line with its new art-infused concept. now called art bar, it audaciously challenges the general notion that the purpose of a club is only entertainment. at art bar boundaries are blurred in order to create an inspiring vibe, and as the name already implies, art is a major element here. mind you, the venue doubles as a gallery space and as such it aims to team up with specially selected creatives from the world of art and design who’ll continuously provide the venue with exclusive edgy pieces and an ever-changing décor…how about that?
a brightly lit wall with a colourful mosaic marks the entrance to art bar, and immediately the setting shifts into a quirkier gear. behind and entrance hall lined with vintage wooden shutters, a corridor leads to the new venue. decorated in eclectic street style – we’re talking glazed bricks, life-size drawings superimposed on tabloid newspapers and birdcage light fixtures – it’s very much an edgy pre-taster of what’s to come. situated right next to the door, a curved bar protrudes from a wall section covered in compressed wood panels. a bright red coating with utensil graphics wraps around it and is further adorned by light fixtures made from tins, cd’s and other waste materials. opposite there’s a cozy seating area made from oil barrels, car seats and wooden crates, paired with modern stools.
the recycling theme adds a contemporary edge to the space and blends well into the playful modern design. a semi-secluded seating area with comfy sofas and a second bar precedes the spacious core of art bar. apart from a few tables and stools, and a full-fledged dj booth, furnishings are intentionally kept to a minimum. but the setting obviously is anything but dull. cool art pieces grace the walls and a few more chandeliers from recycled materials dangle from the ceiling. a specially-crafted cocktail menu by ethan leslie leong adds up to the fun at art bar. the acclaimed mixologist has created ten signature cocktails – of which five are specially designed health-conscious ‘skinny’ concoctions – all presented in a funky way that matches art bar’s décor. next to beats delivered by resident deejays dave does and zushan, it also hosts various parties with guest deejays from across the planet. location: the butter factory, 1 fullerton road [clarke quay].