Although No Sleep Club started its life as Singapore’s smallest cocktail bar, it quickly became clear that it was destined for great things. After a few months in the bar’s first home – a 110sq ft space on Club Street with room for only four seats – Singapore native Juan Yi Jun joined forces with her partner and hospitality master, Jessica Hutchinson, to bring No Sleep Club to a two-storey shophouse on Keong Saik Road, from where they’re mixing up a strong contender for the title of Singapore’s hottest new bar.
Both Yi Jun and Hutchinson are industry veterans, as well as multi-talented professionals. Yi Jun learnt the bartending craft at Tippling Club, then became part of the team that led the opening of Operation Dagger in 2013 – but also holds qualifications in graphic design and music. Hutchinson worked in the local film and theatre production industry before realising that hospitality was her true calling. As mistress of the house at the iconic 28 HongKong Street, she spearheaded the bar’s welcoming and elegant service style before she helped open new concept The Proof Flat.
At No Sleep Club, their joint talent is given the chance to shine. Open from the morning until well into the night, the bar blurs the boundaries between great coffee, world-class cocktails, noteworthy food and personable hospitality. At any time, customers can come in and enjoy a single-origin Brazilian espresso, a black plum and pepper spritz or a delicious portion of Korean-fried cauliflower in tempura batter – or just revel in the bar’s friendly and welcoming buzz.
Yi Jun is the creative mind behind No Sleep Club’s innovative cocktail list, which majors on clean flavours and modern techniques. Tipples include the subtly spicy Tom Yum and Melon, a combination of Thai herb distillate with blue ginger and carbonated honeydew, and the layered Reverse Harvard, which features kombu-steeped cognac, micro-puréed Kyoho grapes and vermouth. For the food, Yi Jun and Hutchinson have brought in chefs Colin Buchan and Daniel Chew, who put together a daily changing modern European tasting menu with a drink pairing option.
A perfect distillate of Yi Jun and Hutchinson’s strengths, within its first six months No Sleep Club has been attracting the attention of local food and drink aficionados. Receiving the Campari One To Watch Award 2020 sets it apart from the crowd as a bar identified by the organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Bars with the potential to break into the elite list in the near future.
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