Two Singaporean establishments have made Time’s World’s Greatest Places 2018 list – here’s what they’re all about

Two Singaporean attractions have made it onto TIME Magazine.
Atlas Bar/COO Hostel

Atlas Bar and COO Boutique Hostel, two establishments hailing from Singapore, have been featured in the inaugural World’s Greatest Places list created by TIME Magazine.

The list includes new and relevant travel destinations across the globe that are “worth experiencing”; and includes Warner Bros World in Abu Dhabi, Seoullo 7017 Skygarden in South Korea and more.

TIME solicited nominations for popular tourist hotspots like museums, bars and hotels before evaluating the places based on factors such as quality, sustainability and influence.

These crowd-pleasers are then sorted into three different categories: places to visit, to stay at, and to eat and drink.

Though the two businesses have the privilege of being on the very first list, how many Singaporeans have actually heard of them?

If you haven’t, here’s all you need to know about both Atlas Bar and COO Boutique Hostel:

Atlas Bar

A look at the Atlas Bar.
Atlas Bar

Located at one of Singapore’s most iconic buildings, Parkview Square, the interior of Atlas Bar is particularly unique.

Inspired by the “glamorous Art Deco skyscrapers of Europe and New York”, the 7,400 square feet facility features about 1,000 varieties of spirit, with some even dating back to 1910, according to Atlas.

It specialises in gin and Atlas boasts one of the largest gin collections in the world, earning it the number 15 spot on TIME’s World’s 50 Best Bars List.

The bar is a massive throwback to the 1920’s, with the bar itself helmed by Head Bartender Roman Foltán, formerly of London’s award-winning Artesian at the Langham.

Signature drinks include elegant European cocktails, gin, as well spirits and champagnes sourced from around the world.

The bar also features a food menu created by Executive Chef Daniele Sperindio, who honed his craft in Michelin-starred kitchens in London, Chicago and Tokyo.

As expected, the food and alcohol don’t come cheap: dinner main courses start from about S$36, and most drinks are in the mid-twenties price bracket.

The bar is open most days but a word of caution, there is a dress code that prohibits shorts, slippers or activewear.

Taking inspiration from “The Great Gatsby”, check out Atlas if you’re into the more refined aspects of life.

Address: Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, 188778, Singapore


COO Boutique Hostel

The COO Hostel is located in the hipster enclave of Tiong Bahru.
COO Hostel Singapore

COO is not your average hostel.

But even with its sleek and modern design, beds are priced affordably from S$27 a night, and both travellers and locals alike can enjoy a hostel-like experience with added benefits.

The beds come with perks such as unlimited 24-hour WiFi access, free breakfasts, free bike rentals, a locker to keep all your belongings safe and much more.

Female-only rooms even come with your very own magnifying mirror.

You can also share a bed in a dorm or book an entire room out for yourself and your friends.

Patrons will also be able to access “COO Connect”, which is a online platform that enables them to meet other guests based on mutual interests, such as food, photography and music.

The hostel also comes with its own restaurant and bar, so you don’t even need to leave the place to have a great night out.

Address: 259 Outram Road, Singapore 169056