Oktoberfest came to SAFRA with a series of parties and good cheer at the various clubhouses for NSmen to enjoy a night of great music, movie screenings, games, and of course, beer!
I attended the Beer Party at the SAFRA Toa Payoh clubhouse and delighted in the discovery of a rooftop patio to knock back a couple of pints away from crowded clubs and bars on a weekend night. It felt like coming to the doorstep of my neighbourhood and having a reasonably good time…
Whenever I come to the SAFRA Toa Payoh clubhouse, it is usually for a swim or personal training sessions at EnergyOne gym. I never thought that there would be life at the clubhouse after dark. But surprise, surprise! The rooftop patio is open till 1am on weekdays and 3am on weekends with Beer Alley serving snacks, full meals and booze at affordable prices during the operating hours.
Beer and bowling… that’s bound to be a strike. Something of an indoor ‘beer garden’ next to bowling lanes, Beer Alley offers bowlers thirst quenchers and an extensive menu of savouries such as fried chicken wings, fish and chips, pizza and even Laksa Hotpot!
The bowling lanes were all taken up and the place was pretty busy on a Saturday night.
A side exit from the bowling alley leads to the rooftop patio where the Beer Party was held. This was the first ever rooftop party held at SAFRA Toa Payoh.
Caught up with food blogger Melissa (melicacy.com), her dad, and fashionista Juliana (spunktitud3.wordpress.com) with a bevy of beauts in little black numbers. Yeah… “Let’s Party” the house upside down!
I think the rooftop patio is a nice place to host a private gathering or birthday party.
About 200 NSmen and their guests attended the ticketed Beer Party.
I didn’t expect such a disco ambience from a SAFRA clubhouse.
Sitting area at the rooftop patio turned open-air club for one night.
What’s an Oktoberfest without succulent sausages?!
For just S$21.40 (SAFRA members) and S$26.75 (guests), each partygoer gets 2 beers, a Turkish wrap and sausage to assimilate the German festivities. Oktoberfest originated from Bavaria (Germany) in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of King Ludwig 1 and Princess Therese. The festival is the world’s largest fair with a 16-day celebration spanning late September to the first weekend of October. If the photo looked kinda blur, it’s intentional. After a few drinks, blur is the new clear!
DJ Maverick and his team spun the feet-thumping grooves of the night as well as getting Singaporeans to pull off their veil of embarrassment.
Games of the night included this beer drinking (with straws) contest…
… and an impersonation of your favourite Member of Parliament competition! *Joking* It was a dancing contest where the guys had to follow a prescribed sequence of moves to win. It’s a pity I was there to cover the event. Else I would’ve showed off my years of training sucking beer from a straw and shaking my booty for a prize!
Beer Party goers also stand to win a Deutsche Master timepiece worth around S$680! Beers at the event also went for only S$4.50 per cup after the 2 complimentary drinks that came with the ticket. With or without the Beer Party, the rooftop patio is still a nice spot to chill. Now, that’s reason for a toast! Bottoms up and have a great October! And remember, if you drink, don’t drive.