From Private Bankers and Management Consultants to Lawyers, Sales Professionals and even Freelancers, the all-important entertainment budget is more often than not seen as a business development instrument. An instrument that if used wisely (or flippantly), can seal or brake a deal.
A conundrum (unless one has a regular haunt for wining and dining the potentials) for many, the selection of a venue usually requires a delicate (and measured) harmony of ambience, locale and (positive) service levels – creating the desirable setting for a desired outcome. Here are 4 options that tick these boxes and promise to provide a conducive environment for your next work meeting:
1) 28 Hong Kong Street
Impress with Opulence
Awarded the honour of being amongst the top 50 bars in the world, this speakeasy provides a relaxed and comfortable setting – with an intentionally unassuming exterior – for a semi-formal meeting over impressive custom made cocktails and bites to boot. The bar staff are more than happy to tailor your tipple after a short yet comprehensive consultation by your booth, with the Truffle Mac and Cheese Balls a must-order.
Opening Hours: 6pm till late, closed on Mondays.
Address: Contained in the name
Facebook Page: 28 Hong Kong Street
2) Tower Club
For the more officious meeting
Conveniently located in the heart of the CBD, this mainstay in many entertainment venue discussions goes far beyond providing sizeable and professional facilities for meetings of any nature. Equipped with a host of great-to-have facilities (think 11 private dining and meeting rooms) and a well-stocked bar and restaurant for entertaining, it’s no wonder the Tower Club has remained a favourite among meeting venues island wide.
Opening hours: 7:30 am to 11pm, closed on Sundays
Address: 9 Raffles Pl, Penthouse (62nd – 64th Floors), Republic Plaza Tower 1, 048619
3) 1 – Altitude
Uninterrupted views of the city
Our world-acclaimed skyline is much to crow about, with the iconic Marina Bay Sands being the focus of many a postcard and travel brochure worldwide. A skyline, however, is only of use if one can view it, which is not a given in our thick urban jungle of skyscrapers and developments popping up faster than a freight train. Introducing 1 – Altitude, a café, bar and gallery split over three levels, with the rooftop providing for a breath-taking 360-degree view of the cityscape. This is the one for a relaxed drink (or two, or three) with clients in the evening, watching the sunset from the world’s highest alfresco bar!
Opening hours: 6PM till late, daily.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, One Raffles Place Shopping Mall, 048616
4) Marina Bay Sands
The all-in-one entertainment spot
As far as integrated resorts go, this has fast emerged as one of Singapore’s iconic developments with its crowning glory the ship-shaped rooftop, equipped with dining options and an impressive infinity pool. If the hotel’s top level is not your cup of tea, head for the adjoining Shoppes, fully equipped with a range of restaurants, bars and retail boutiques.
It would be highly presumptuous and narrow to suggest one particular spot to entertain at this venue. Its attraction comes from the fact that it contains a myriad of options and an expansive gaming floor to top it off. There is literally something for every palate, preference and mood that will facilitate any business catch-up – be it for sealing the deal or pure rest and relaxation.
Opening hours for Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands: 10:30 am – 11pm, daily
Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
And there you go, a handful of suggestions to entertain on your next business development/retention escapade. This short list is sure to tide you over meetings of all natures, offering settings that span the casual to the formal. Always remember, if executed right, the entertaining process for clients should be seen as an investment that will pay dividends in the future.