I have lived in Singapore for over 30 years. My friend and I had reason to want to go somewhere special to talk and have a quiet drink after dinner so we chose City Bar.
Everything started off OK, the waitresses were attentive and sweet and we ordered a bottle of champagne.
It was a little shabby and we were next to a sound speaker which had terrible feedback and the volume was much too loud but, OK lah we forgive that because the view was great and we were willing to pay nearly 100 bucks for a drink in order to have a quiet, anonymous place to chat.
But then we realized: It was a Thursday night and the staff had decided they wanted to go home. If this had been any other country in the world then the staff would have just cleared up around us and let us hang out until we left. But no. This was Singapore
At 12.30 am the lights were turned on so brightly that my friend had to put her sunglasses on. Then a very burly, intimidating bouncer stood behind our table (we were two women) and bullied us so much, saying "we are closing you have to leave now" that we left a third of our bottle of champagne unfinished and left the place.
We got lost on the way out--it's a bit of a labyrinth up there--and couldn't find the elevator. We bumped into the bouncer guy in the corridor and instead of helping us, he sniggered at us to his colleague.
There are a lot of things to say about Singapore service these days. City Bar epitomized the worst of this.
The (non Singaporean) staff earlier were delightful.. But my memory of the place was being made to feel like the Singaporean "bouncer" guy couldn't get us out of there fast enough.
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