Orh Gao Taproom in Serene Centre is a Killiney Kopitiam by day, but in the evenings turn into a bar dispensing craft beers from its ten taps.
It’s easy to miss Orh Gao Taproom. For one it’s located at Serene Centre – the tiny neighbourhood mall is better known for essential services and toy shops than as a drinking hole. But mostly you’ll miss it because it’s a Killiney Kopitiam franchise in the day; you’re more likely to see people chugging from traditional coffee mugs than pint glasses.
In the evenings the space turns into a rather cosy drinking spot, in a clever use of hybrid space. There are ten taps here, and like many other fancy hipster craft beer spots the brews here rotate according to season (and the owners’ preferences). We loved that there was representation from local breweries – it was Daryl’s Urban Ales and That Singapore Beer Project when we visited – alongside regional ones such as Pasteur Street Brewing from Vietnam as well as a couple from London-based Fourpure Brewing. Beer prices are reasonable too; expect to pay between S$12+ to S$15+ for most pints.
In the evenings the kitchen – which dishes out local Killiney favourites in the day – makes bar bites great for pairing with beer. There’s Har Cheong Gai ($11+), the crispy prawn paste chicken wings a favourite among the beer drinking crowd.
For something really different try the Kaya Cheese Stick ($6+) of melted cheese and sweet kaya on a baguette. This snack pairs exceedingly well with a dark, roasty stout.
And if you have a sneaky suspicion about the name, yes it’s named after Guinness. More precisely, describes the daily routine for those uncles inhabiting kopitiams swilling the stout any time of the day.
If you live in the area, this may just become your local.
Orh Gao Taproom
Address 10 Jln Serene, #01-03 Serene Centre, Singapore 258748 (Google Maps link)
Opening Hours 4pm to 11am Tuesdays to Thursdays; 4pm to 12mn on Fridays; 12nn to 12mn Saturdays; 12nn to 11pm on Sundays; closed on Mondays to Tuesdays
Tel (65) 9877 6883