With great sadness but our heads held high, it is time to call the curtains for Tipple and Dram. We have become yet another victim of COVID 19.
We started as a bar for exclusive wines and whiskies in Singapore. With your love and support, we turned into a secret and speakeasy style bar that catapulted into No.1 on TripAdvisor under the Nightlife category without any advertisement or PR campaigns.
Fortunately, the only debt we owe is that of gratitude to our customers - those who believed in the fine taste of appreciating good wines, whiskies, and delicious food. It is no wonder that, thanks to the goodwill and the patronage of our customers, we had the privilege of becoming one of the most highly rated bars on Google with a 4.9 rating and the honour of being featured as a 2020 Traveller's Choice Winner - one of the top 10% attractions worldwide. It has been a pleasure to accomplish these milestones together.
Sadly, due to events beyond our control, the bar had a premature end, catching our customers unaware and the owners with huge losses. As we speak, it has been nine months since regulations required bars to close down with no visibility of when we would be allowed to reopen.
The owners, being Singaporean SME entrepreneurs with no access to deep pools of capital, had no option but to gracefully retreat from the pandemic infested battlefield and hope that one day, we could resurrect ourselves and come back to conquer the world of F&B bigger and better than ever.
We only wish that this pandemic impacted story could have had a fairy tale end if our landlords had followed a partnership approach. The government has done an outstanding job with the two month rental reliefs and the JSS schemes, but, alas, that was not adequate nor sufficient enough to become the magical antidote to save us and the bar.
And yet, the good memories remain. Thank you for being a part of our community and creating fond memories for us at Tipple & Dram. We are nothing if not for our customers; so, thank you, sincerely, and we wish you well.