I love cool days. But I don’t really appreciate it when it’s an evening when I am headed out and the weather decides not to hold up properly. Last night being a Friday evening when I was headed to where I needed to be out in the open (at least for a short duration to walk from MRT to wherever), it rained rather heavily and continued for a relatively long period of time.
Although the plan was to meet around 7pm, we were stuck in Central Mall, like many others who had perhaps also planned to head over to Clarke Quay that is on the opposite side of the river. I think the rain only let up a little around 9pm, when we made our way across the bridge, and yes I had a jacket for cover because K so nicely offered it. Thanks!
It was my first time at Beer Market, where Penny Lane the Band was playing, from 10:30pm, so we had plenty of time before they start. But the thing about weekends and live bands is that, usually these bands don’t start playing till late, and to make sure you get a seat, and especially a decent seat, you have to be really early, maybe a couple of hours or more ahead. That is the part I don’t like. Since we got there late, we only got a seat that was way inside, so from where we were, we could not see the band at all. Beer Market has a curved interior, and the band is situated nearer to the entrance, while we were at the other far-flung end. That kind of sucked because the whole idea, for me, of going to places with live gigs, is that I get to at least see the band when they are playing, doesn’t matter if I am not exactly close by. We ended up just listening to the band when they play, and the rest of the time watching the excruciating Olympics semi-final tennis match between Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro. I can’t believe that they played non-stop for almost 4.5 hours, with the last set going to Federer at 19-17. I got tired watching, and can just imagine how exhausted the players must be at the end of it, especially the one who lost.
Aside from the layout that I wasn’t very satisfied with, it also makes for the people who can’t see the band unable to show their appreciation. Mostly, when live bands play, the audience will clap, cheer, etc. Here it is just not possible, and I don’t know if there were anyone who actually clapped, because needless to say we can’t tell from where we were. I thought it’s polite to clap for the band when they play.
Drinks were relatively pricey too, because they go by half-hour trading blocks. If a drink was popular during the next block the price would go up. I don’t really know how it works but from the few hours we were there, prices of almost all beers went up, and I don’t really know if there were really so many people drinking beer, because I saw quite a lot of tables with bottles of hard liquor. Hmm.
But maybe I will go back there again in future, I don’t know. I like the band, and I think the place is generally spacious, I just have to be earlier the next time.
Golden fries. These were served with a wasabi-mayo sauce or the likes. It has a slight wasabi taste but was overall a little sweet. I would have preferred if the wasabi was stronger. The menu also serves up other things like chicken wings, pizza, calamari, etc. The table next to us ordered cajun fries and the smell was so overwhelming! Perhaps the taste as well because they didn’t finish even half of it, but well not everyone is a carbo/potato-lover like me, especially those who are weight-conscious!