Punning powerfully on the mightiest of the moustaches and one half of this Sembawang powerhouse’s twin-cylindered function as a biker-themed watering hole, Handlebar meets the full force of American muscle cars, meat, and neat spirits head on. Located at the northeastern tip of Singapore down a small street – a back alley really – called Jalan Mempurong, Handlebar is best accessed via Harley or, if you must, scooter. Once there, put on your gruffest voice and order up some biker eats and a hard house pour, cue up some pool while you wait for anvil-sized chunks of prime US biker eats to wing themselves your way in more ways than one (yep, the so-called Cocaine Wings come revved up at low, medium or high heat levels). Note: whatever you do, never take off your shades.
I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle. Well you can’t have them, but Handlebar’s got your hairy back. Recklessly established since 1999, says the T-shirt (limited availability), this American restaurant and bar tucked up in Singapore’s Sembawang is a biker hangout that’s not for the faint-hearted. Indeed, in a city like this, rebellion finds curious outlets – not least in weird and wonderful ways to eat and drink. Handlebar has to be the most subversive restaurant we’ve come across, with the aforementioned Cocaine Wings giving the big finger to food safety watchdogs and the Sudden Death Wings avowedly not for candy-ass, according to the fearsome menu.
Shall we continue the culinary brawl? We’ve only mentioned the Kick-Start selection (ask for entrees and you’ll have a pool cue broken over your non-leather-clad back). At Handlebar, a mere two items come under Roadside Greens – Caesar and garden salads – and too right, who needs them? We’re men not rabbits. Proper biker eats include Satan’s Short Ribs and the Slap Yo Momma pork chop, suggestively consisting of boned-in pork loin, and our favourite the Beer Butt chicken – a ‘smoked big bird over a beer can shoved up its ass’ that you’ll need to wait 45 mins for (pre-order when you book) as the hens that volunteer are usually less than cooperative when undergoing this process. There are more global bottled beer varieties stacked in the cellar of Handlebar’s Jalan Mempurong HQ than you can shake a broken camshaft (or pool cue) at, premium spirits, decent cocktails and shots, ‘red wine’ and ‘white wine’ (if you’re looking for Beaujolais you this isn’t your dive bar), and, proving that tough dudes can have hearts of molten caramel, a selection of alcohol-free dranks for designated drivers helping their punchdrunk mates back to the bright lights of Singapore from this distant but highly desirable Sembawang hideout. Book now or else!
Loved the ambiance, portion of food was pretty substantial and tasted great!
Great food, great view and great atmosphere. All that is lacking is just the company! Love the steak so much. It's so tender! The sea breeze is one of the best plus points for dining there!!! Its sad to hear that they are closing the sembawang branch soon.
The food is delicious with nice ambience and service staff who were friendly and professional. They patiently explained what the dishes were and how to order. The lamb rack and pork ribs were really GOOD. Very fast service and reasonable pricing. Nice place to spend the evening out.
Great place with great ambience, a great gathering hideoit from the bustling city life.. righteous ribs and sirloin steak is a must order and not forget the mango magarita!!!
The food is up to expectation but not the service. Staff were not attentive. All gathered around one area. When it rained, one staff even told us there was no shutter to be pulled down. So we decided to shift to another table. All the staff did not take any initiative to see us to another table nor help us at least to shift our dishes. We had to shift food and bags all by ourselves! No staff even bothered to come up to us to offer their service. We were there at 5 plus pm. The restaurant was not crowded then. This is really astonishing to me whom is visiting for the first time due to good food and service being rated for this restaurant over the internet. Its not true at all! When we were offered the bill, no pen was provided :( There should be a more senior staff to overlook all the junior staff. If not for the view and ambience of the restaurant, I will not recommend the restaurant.
Great place, good food, good service! Location is a bit hard to get to by foot, but it's worth the trek! I reckon their food prices are a wee bit steep for my liking. It's not expensive, don't get be wrong, but y'know, it being a bikers bar and stuff, I had the false assumption that the booze would be fairly cheap. It's moderately priced and so i've got no complaints. :) Would definitely go there again for the unique ambience and the view that you get with your drink though!
We entered the restaurant but were left unattended to for awhile, till we had to walk to a staff to ask for a table (was actually waved off by 2 staff and one obviously ignored us when we tried to catch his attention). Guess the food made up for the bad service.
Food was good, especially the steak & egg. Nice place too. Out of the way for these who do not drive. Service varies depending on the staff who serves you. Our 2nd order of drinks didn't come and we have to remind them several times. I asked for candles for the dessert ordered but the desserts came without the candles.... spolit the surprise I planned!
The food was really good. Ambience very good. The only thing I felt was amiss was that there were no fans. In this humid climate, rotating fans would certainly up my ratings to 8. Servers were very attentive and polite. Will definitely go 5here again but the lack of fans might delay my next visit. Otherwise keep up the good work...
The environment is very nice and the food is nice, the price is slightly on the high side given the country side location. Lack of choice for Seafood, Fish and chip alone is not enough. would be good to eat grill or bbq Seafood beside the sea. Not serving pizza during Sat is a minus point. will visit this restaurant again.