These drinks may rely on flashy star power to grab your attention, but are also well worth drinking on their own terms.

2010 Grateful Dead Steal Your Face Red Wine Blend
Part of Hard Rock Cafe’s exclusive Wines That Rock range (inspired by music legends), this peppery red pays tribute to American rock band Grateful Dead’s eclectic style, with an experimental mix of syrah, petite sirah, zinfandel and Grenache. Other wines in the series include 2010 Rolling Stones Forty Licks Merlot ($80), 2010 Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon ($80) and 2011 Woodstock Chardonnay ($78).
$80 at Hard Rock Cafe

2012 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé
The first vintage from Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Provence estate Château Miraval, this salmon-colored blend of grenache, cinsault, syrah and rolle is pleasantly dry and mild. The actors paired up with Marc Perrin (owner of noted wine maker Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape) to make the wine, and Oyster Bar managed to snag just 20 bottles of the much coveted vino.
$160 at Oyster Bar

Estrella Damm Inedit
Well known Spanish chef Ferran Adrià (of the now-closed but ever influential molecular gastronomy temple El Bulli) teamed up with Catalonia’s largest brewery Damm to design this surprisingly easy-to-drink brew, with gentle fruit and coriander flavors, a light body and soft bubbles.
$21 at The Providore


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Tay Wei Kiat is the founder of Oompr! a web-based marketplace, which allows folks to sell anything from clothes to tech gadgets, to online “friends” at sharp discounts.

How did you come up with the idea for Oompr!?
Previously, I worked on BookINBookOUT, an online textbook marketplace for tertiary students. I realized that users enjoy knowing to whom they are buying and selling textbooks. Oompr! is a new marketplace that fully explores how social networks can benefit these buyers and sellers.

What lessons have you learnt from your startup ventures?
There’s no point in protecting your startup idea too fiercely. Ideas can be easily copied and someone else may come up with the same idea independently. Execution and building a community who are loyal to your product should be the main focus. Also, sales and marketing is important. Users hate speaking to robots. Show them that they can reach out to the living person behind the product.

How many different ideas do you have milling around your head at any given time?
Two to three: at various different stages of development. But the number isn’t important. What makes or breaks a business idea is how thoroughly you explore it, how deeply you believe in it, and how well you can execute it.

What do you think of the startup scene in Singapore?
It is very encouraging to see all the startups sprouting up here every week. But the odds are not always in our favor. In Singapore, we have access to a much smaller market compared to our regional counterparts, there’s a lack of early stage angel investors, and an expensive operating environment.

Where do you see the business in 10 years?
Oompr! will revolutionize the ecommerce scene in the region. It’s Ebay 3.0.


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Brunch is both a great hangover cure and the perfect cover for daytime drinking. The only problem is that it’s often unimaginative and boring. Who really needs another from-concentrate mimosa or 30-buck eggs and toast? Thankfully, brunch has started to take off at non-traditional hangouts: Spanish tapas joints, Peranakan restaurants and Latin hotspots. Alex Chew, one of the directors of hip eatery Bacchanalia, which hosts raucous once-a-month brunch parties, says “People like having an alternative to the traditional night time party scene. After a boozy brunch, we draw the curtains and transform the restaurant into a club-like environment. Though you feel as if you've been out for the evening, there's still time to have dinner and get a good night's sleep.” With the slew of new brunch experiences on offer, it can be hard to figure out what’s worth your time. Here are ten of our favorites.


For a blowout brunch, fancy schmancy hotel buffets can’t be beat. This new one at Parkroyal at Pickering’s on-site restaurant is lovely. In an airy light filled dining room, swig Piper-Heidsieck Champagne while digging into moreish mushroom risotto (made a la minute), fiery Thai salads and house made gravlax. The servers come round with hot pizza too, offering up hot cheesy slices at 30 minute intervals. There is also lots of lovely cheese—don’t miss the stinky livarot—and fresh pastries (the tender nutella-filled chocolate muffin is a real winner). It’s all surprisingly affordable: $68++ or $98++ (with free-flow Champagne and wine).
Brunch available noon-3pm.

Sabio Tapas Bar & Restaurant
An awesome deal at $49.90++ for an a la carte buffet of cold—try the creamy St Helens oysters or fresh cucumber-y gazpacho—and hot tapas (like their killer spicy pan-fried calamari or briny noodle paella with squid ink), this meal’s been christened the “Hangover Brunch”. There’s no better cure than hair of the dog and this feast comes with free-flow cava as well as red and white sangria.
Brunch available Sun 11:30am-3:30pm.


Taratata Bistrot
Tanjong Pagar is pretty quiet over the weekend, so the brunch vibe at this charming Parisian-style bistro is real laidback. Chef-owners Bertrand Raguin and Philippe Nouzillat put out a menu of French crepes—with fillings like ham, egg and cheese ($11)—plus, eggy classics such as oeuf cocotte ($12).
Brunch available Sun 10:30am-4:30pm.


The freshly minted Argentinean establishment has just launched a new brunch featuring recipes like braised ossobuco on toast ($24), and chorizo grilled tomato omelet ($23). The spacious 100-seater’s just as appealing in the day as in the evening: sit at the convivial open kitchen counter or dine alfresco on the restaurant balcony.
Brunch available Sat-Sun 11am-3:30pm.

SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen
At this eclectic two-story space run by Venezuelan-Peruvian chef Alejandro Luna, you can order up arepas stuffed with black beans and white cheese ($14) and poached eggs with pork belly ($21) for brunch.
Brunch available Sun 11am-3pm.


Violet Oon’s Kitchen
The mid-morning menu here is full of items like corn beef hash ($17)—spiked with a good dose of chilli—and French toast with gula melaka banana sauce ($15). All served up in generous portions, the dishes are big enough to tide you through dinner, especially washed down drinks like their lychee mint smoothie.
Brunch available Sat-Sun 9:30am-3pm.


My Little Spanish Place
The new brunch at My Little Spanish Place includes some stellar churros ($12) as well as savories like huevos al horno ($18), baked eggs with tomato and chorizo. The really hungry can order up chuletillas y huevos ($28), pan-fried baby lamb cutlets with two eggs and salad. Wash it down with their cava mimosas ($12/glass, $42/jug) and creamy cafe con leche ($5).
Brunch available Sat-Sun 9:30am-3pm.


Halia @ Raffles Hotel
There’s something real relaxing about brunching at the iconic Raffles Hotel. The brunch menu here changes on a seasonal basis but might include pancakes with strawberries ($12), Clonkilty black pudding with poached egg ($18) and comforting white bean iberico chorizo stew with sunny side up egg ($16).
Brunch available Sat-Sun 11am-5:30pm.

Try inventive brunch dishes such as Breakfast in a Cup ($6.90), a crumbly pastry shell filled with a whole egg and bacon.
Brunch available Sat 11am-2:30pm.

The Bank Bar + Bistro
It ain’t easy to find a spot for Sunday brunch around Marina Bay. But this watering hole serves an affordable morning menu of classics such as eggs benedict ($13), brioche french toast with poached honey cinnamon pear ($10) and The Bank Breakfast ($20), a heaping serving of eggs, ham, sausage, baked beans, roast potatoes, vine tomatoes, plus coffee, tea or juice.
Brunch available Sat-Sun 9am-6pm.


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