KalaClub: a night of espionage and revelry in Singapore’s hip new resto-bar, Bacchanalia. The James Bond themed party marked the launch of a new online social platform where members can score invites to exclusive parties, while creating their own events to share with this online community. The brainchild of Barbara Riedjik, KalaClub is a “not a place, or a house, or a club, but a platform for great events with different partners every month.”
Tucked away on the ground floor of the Armenian Church on 23 Coleman Street, Bacchanalia’s guests were welcomed with the VIP treatment that included a plush red carpet, flashy supercars, and of course, the paparazzi. Once registered, a fun photo booth was available for anyone to let loose and put on some silly costumes to snap the night away thanks to FaceboothSG. The dimly lit restaurant exudes an old-world sophistication, intimacy, and an air of mystery. A poker chip, given at the door, could be traded for one of the two signature drinks of the night provided by the talented B by Bacchanalia bartenders. The cocktails mirrored the sexy ‘Espionage’ theme with flavours like ginger and agave nectar. The seductive lounge music by DJ Jon White got everybody in the mood for a night of unadulterated entertainment.
With a mixture of Singaporeans and expatriates, all the guests were dressed to impress and braved the Singapore heat: the gentlemen wore suits and bowties, while the ladies donned their most dazzling gowns. It was truly a glamorous scene straight out of a 007 movie. Attentive waiters dished out delicious canapés that included bite-sized falafels in yogurt sauce and a grown-up take on ham-and-cheese sandwiches. The cozy, albeit slightly small bar provided a centrepiece for guests to mingle and load up on boozy concoctions as they waited for the main event to commence. Cocktails were flowing, music was pumping, delicious snacks were making their rounds, and the atmosphere was elegantly electric.
Helmed by Mark Graham Thomas, the head bartender of Bacchanalia, the cocktails were executed with panache. He exchanged friendly banter with all his customers and slung made-to-order cocktails. I highly recommend trying out his Whisky Sour and twist on Gin & Tonic that infused elderflower and grapefruit essence in ice cubes. Psst – he recently won Singapore’s East Imperial Gin Jubilee, so you know he knows exactly how to make a mean cocktail!
As the night wore on, a host took to the microphone to congratulate Riedijk on her launch success. After saying her thanks, the room went dark as guests were told to make way for the fashion show sponsored by Zardozë and Dagmar Jewelry. True to the ‘Espionage’ theme, the Bond theme song blared as models in gowns clambered out on to platforms toting pistols. Surrounded by guests clamouring to get a view, the runway was home to the intricately adorned gowns from Zardozë’s ‘Panthea’ collection. Waif models sashayed down in lacy and bejewelled gowns of black and red as onlookers ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ at the creations. Despite the quality of the gowns being paraded, the fashion show lacked a certain gravitas due to the lack of a proper runway. Guests were constantly told to move or were jostled in order to make way for the fashion show.
Zardozë gowns and Dagmar Jewelry – Fashion Show
The end of the evening’s programme was marked by the lucky draw where one could stand the chance to win a pair of tickets to Phuket and a spin on the Ferrari and Lamborghini supercars parked outside. Despite the end of the night’s festivities, the DJ continued to spin upbeat dance music as the revellers partied and imbibed the night away. Kala Club intends to make monthly events that rotate around different venues and themes each time. Follow their Facebook page for all the latest goings-on at Kala Club.