Calling all oenophiles, 67 Pall Mall offers a must-see wine mecca. The first Asian frontier for the prominent London-based private wine club, it offers a remarkable and ever-growing collection of over 5,000 wines with 1,000 labels available by the glass. With such a diverse and eclectic range of wines, all housed in a staggering six-meter floor-to-ceiling wine tower, Singapore members are in for a treat.
Nestled atop the iconic Shaw Centre, 67 Pall Mall occupies the exquisitely renovated 15,000 square foot Club penthouse that was once the private residence of famed Shaw Organization founder – Tan Sri Dr Runme Shaw. It spans the 27th and 28th floors of the Shaw Centre, offering unobstructed 270 degree views of the Orchard cityscape and golden hour views as the backdrop for an evening of fancy libations. Interiors inspired by 1920s and 1930s Shanghai art deco — including original 1970s crystal chandeliers and Shaw Foundation memorabilia as a tribute to the place’s heritage — add a final touch of opulence.
A world-class location cannot exist without a world-class team. Richard Hemming, Master of Wine and Head of Wine for Asia, and Head Sommelier, Roberto Duran (previously at Joël Robuchon and Bacchanalia), are leading the charge with 15 hand-picked sommeliers. Together, Richard and Roberto are committed to spearheading Singapore’s thriving wine scene with their selection of a diverse and ever-growing wine list, full of iconic and rare bottles as well as lesser-known wine gems in explore for members.
“It is an incredibly proud moment for us to open a club in Singapore and introduce members to a list that represents all corners of the wine world. list captivates our members,” says Richard Hemming.
Once again, good wine and good food go hand in hand and chef Alex Zhu – formerly of Marco Pierre White’s The English House, Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro and Les Amis’ Au Jardin – runs the kitchen with his sensibilities French and British culinary skills complemented by her love for Asian flavors. Expect tantalizing signatures such as the East-West harmony of burrata bang bang; pan-seared foie gras and richly decadent veal sweetbreads, served on a homemade crumpet, finished in a poultry jus; and a plethora of grills and meats to pair.
The wine is perhaps the biggest draw, but whiskey lovers won’t feel left out at all as the Naughty Corner – a tribute to the London Club’s namesake spirits den – on the 28th floor is home to a whiskey bar of 35 seats with more than 400 bottles of whiskeys to choose from. Believed to be the bedroom of the former Penthouse, the intimate living room is tastefully complemented by floral velvet upholstery with walls clad in camphor burl wood that exude a naturally soothing scent believed to lower the heart rate.
But of course there must be more than wine and dinner. The club aspires to enrich its community and broaden its wine horizons by tapping into the global network of wine experts and producers to offer the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and CMS (Court of Master Sommeliers) courses. Other projects include the organization of wine masterclasses by world-renowned experts, combined with fascinating themed dinners, exploratory tastings and informal get-togethers to foster a welcoming environment for members to learn, try and to exchange ideas, all in one place.
As part of the opening festivities, members are treated to an eclectic lineup of weekend masterclasses and free brunches starting with Jasper Morris – Master of Wine and Burgundy expert – March 11-13, Jane Anson – Bordeaux wine expert – March 18-20, and Jancis Robinson – Master of Wine and renowned wine writer – April 1-3. For those who wish to be part of this revolutionary experience, note that club memberships are limited to 2500 members at any given time with a monthly fee ($200). New members will also be subject to a one-time induction fee ($2400, waived if under 30).
Ultimately, wine should be enjoyed, not locked away in dark cellars. The opening of 67 Pall Mall heralds a whole new era of wine appreciation in Singapore, with a mission to inspire members to pull the cork and discover, taste and savor new wines.