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SIFA 2018: Housepour – A Manhattan Themed Lounge At The Heart of the Festival


As the 2018 Singapore International Festival of the Arts goes into full swing, each night, audiences fill the festival grounds as they attend the various events across each packed venue. Be it the Victoria Theatre, Esplanade or the many free events at the Arts House (now the Festival House), one would constantly be in need of a dedicated, cosy space to sit and discuss the many themes and emotional impact a production has etched upon their soul.

Thankfully, the SIFA team has considered this, and created a space at the Festival House for that express purpose. Enter Housepour (pun fully intended), where you’ll discover a quaint Manhattan themed lounge, perfect for mingling with fellow audience members, and if you’re lucky, an artist or two. The brainchild of Festival Director Gaurav Kripalani, Housepour is meant to evoke style, comfort and class. The facilities and kitchen are run by the people behind Oriole Coffee, serving up not just cups of caffeine to power you through the night, but also a veritable selection of bites, both small and filling.


SIFA Cocktail

– 45ml gin,
– 60ml lime juice
– Ice cubes
– Topped off with ginger beer
– A sprinkle of salt
– Rosemary garnish
– A handful of gold dust



Every bar needs to serve up a good cocktail, and in line with SIFA itself, the team at Housepour have concocted a truly appropriate drink – the luxurious SIFA Cocktail.


Well worth its $17 price tag, Housepour’s cheese plate is nicely put together, and serves up a selection of camembert, gorgonzola, aged cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano, as well as sides of dried dates, walnuts, grapes and bread crisps to match.


For the fitspos amongst you, consider the Super Salad, which really lives up to its name with its mix of quinoa, pumpkin, feta, tomato, walnuts and pine nuts, all superfoods that are sure to fire you up and fill you with good, clean energy.


Meanwhile, the avocado generation will be pleased to note that the bruschettas here don’t just come with fresh, juicy, smoked tomatoes, each slice also comes spread thick with a layer of avocado seasoned perfectly.

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For something a little meatier one should get the beef sliders, with pulled BBQ beef topped with Swiss cheese sandwiched between mini toasted brioche buns. Quick warning: this is some juicy beef, sure to whet your appetite and that would go down perfectly with a full bodied glass of red wine.

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And of course, with Oriole being synonymous with good coffee, Housepour makes for a great teatime hangout before a matinee performance, as they will have their signature cold brews available (the Taisho White and Black. In addition, be sure to pair these brews up with their red velvet cupcake. As innocuous as it seems, it’s actually one of the better red velvet cakes we’ve had, luscious and well balanced and perfect for a light snack.

There’s plenty more where that came from on Housepour’s menu, but the only way to discover it is to come down yourself and make a date with the Festival House, escaping the hustle and bustle of SIFA for just a moment in this cosy, atmospheric hangout, and only adding to the great, celebratory mood of SIFA 2018.

The 2018 Singapore International Festival of the Arts runs from 26th April to 12th May across various venues. For the full lineup and ticketing details, visit the official website here

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