Singapore’s favourite bottle shop invites central Singapore to its second drink-in concept replete with wine, spirits and sake, plus a 15-day pop-up with Penfolds just in time for the Lunar New Year celebrations.
Homegrown wine and spirits retailer Bottles & Bottles presents its second drink-in concept, 8 by Bottles & Bottles at Great World City (8 at GWC). Opening on 1 February 2022, 8 at GWC will continue the brand’s vision to provide a communal and inviting approach to fine beverages. The bar features a rotating selection of wines, spirits and sake at bottle shop prices, with the freedom to order in from other F&B establishments at no additional cost.
Set to officially welcome guests during the Lunar New Year, 8 at GWC will play host to a 15-day pop-up (1st to 15th February 2022 inclusive), featuring the best of Penfolds. In celebration of its opening and in recognition of Bottles & Bottles as a trusted retail partner, the shop will be decked out in the winery’s iconic red bottles, alongside two tasting flights for patrons.
“8 by Bottles & Bottles continues to provide everyone the opportunity to explore different wines, spirits and sake, this time conveniently in Great World City. With a range of accessible to premium beverages, and the same bring-your-own-food policy, we’re excited to see the new pairings and experiences that’ll be shaped around this new location,” says Koh Chin Liang, owner of Bottles & Bottles.
Housed in the centre of Great World City, 8 at GWC presents an open concept with seats lining the periphery for an unrivalled view of the bright, bustling lifestyle destination. Dressed in dark wood furnishings and shelves, its geometric “8” logo is featured as the space’s main light fixture. Along with rounded details of table counters and the double-sided entrance that allows guests to flow in and out with ease, 8 at GWC is welcoming with a sense of relaxed conviviality.
In Celebration with Penfolds
Launching on the first day of the Lunar New Year, 8 at GWC will transform into an auspicious red, courtesy of Penfolds’ iconic hue for 15 days (1 – 15 February 2022 inclusive). Enhancing the store experience, the store will be stocked with an extensive range from the winery, including its coveted vintages and premium collectables.
For drinking in or at celebrations, guests can journey over to Adelaide, and channel the famed flight tasting at the Penfolds Magill Estate Cellar Door right in central Singapore.
The pop-up will feature the brand-defining Grange, with its multi-district blending philosophy that presents South Australia’s finest Shiraz, the distinctively plush St Henri and chief winemaker Max Schubert’s revolutionary Max’s range, to name just a few.
Unique to the experience is also the famed tasting flights, of which there are two. For an in depth introduction, opt for the quartet of Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling 2020, Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Bin 8 2019 and Bin 28 2019 at S$20 (7cl pour/glass). Seasoned oenophiles will enjoy a highlight of Penfold’s best, which includes Bin 389 2019, St. Henri Shiraz 2018, RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018 and Grange 2017 at S$128 (7cl pour/glass).
Eat, Drink & Be Merry at GWC
8 at GWC will continue to present an evolving range of accessible to premium wines, spirits and sake at bottle shop prices. This central iteration of their drink-in outlet will also play host to partner brands showcasing their range, coupled with tasting facilities for consumers. First to do so will be Penfolds (after 15 February 2022), with branded shelves lined with all-time favourites and latest releases.
Curated personally by Chin Liang, guests can expect New World to Old World, and familiar to lesser-known varietals, and his personal favourites on the menu. Expect exclusives, old favourites as well as new labels that have joined the Bottles & Bottles repertoire.
Key highlights include celebratory bubblies in the form of Champagne Lombard from Épernay, the family-run Domaine Maurice Schoech doling out Alsatian Grappe varieties and terrior-driven wines featuring Grand Cru regions, from Kaefferkopf to Rangen de Thann, and the historic Chateau de Sérame that is nestled between the Aude river and Canal du Midi, among many others.
Staying true to offering a wide range of tipples, a selection of sake will entice aficionados at 8 at GWC.
The highly-acclaimed brews from Dassai will line its shelves, including the tasting set. Featuring a trio of its classics (Dassai 23, 39 and 45), it showcases Yamada-Nishiki rice grains at different polishing rates. Suigei (translates to drunken whale) from Kochi City joins the selection, and continues to delight with its dry sake, rich in umami and acidity.
Crowd-favourites, such as the award-winning Keigetsu CEL24 Junmai Daiginjo, which uses Kochi Prefecture exclusive yeast CEL24, and best selling Born Junmai Daiginjyo Gold (2016 US National Sake Appraisal Gold Prize winner), will also join the menu.
Bring Your Own Food
Accompanying the beverages is a wide variety of dining options via a no-cost bring-your-own-food option. This opens up access to dining options within Great World City and beyond. Patrons can explore, dine on and pair 8 at GWC’s many beverage options from one lifestyle destination through delivery platforms, or nearby locales.
An official F&B partner for 8 at GWC is Japanese charcoal grill restaurant Tajimaya. Conveniently available for order via a QR code and delivered straight to your seats, patrons can dig into small plates ideal for pairings. The menu includes Wagyu Beef Finger Ribs Kimchi Yaki ($15.90), Seafood Tartare with Onsen Egg ($14.90) and two indulgent makis, Unagi Cheese and Rainbow ($16.90) loaded with ingredients.
There are no hospitality charges on products purchased and opened at 8 by Bottles & Bottles at Great World City. As part of the hospitality, service of glassware, buckets and ice are available without charge. Mixers are also available, charged by consumption.