Handle Bar biker pub is a themed pub, bar and restaurant in a pretty cool biker setting at Gillman barracks just off Depot road. They serve a selection of western main courses on top of pub booze. Let’s check them out with a dine-in.

Notably, Handle bar used to operate here at lock road. They used to be at 1 lock road before momentarily moving to the Sembawang area just off Sembawang park, where they used to be sited quite remotely beside an aquatic boat center along Jalan Mempurong.

Handle bar is a biker pub in a shed, as seen at their old spot at Sembawang. Their new Gilman outlet is largely similar
Handle bar is a biker pub in a shed, as seen at their old spot at Sembawang. Their new Gillman outlet is largely similar.

Back then, getting to handle bar involves notably passing by Woodys Cafe, a cozy restaurant we visited previously in the neighbourhood. Today handle bar had moved back here to a more southern location at 10 lock road in Gillman barracks. Hence the name, Handle bar “Original”. This hipster and art gallery. It is situated by the Singapore southern ridges forest walk and Hort park.

A western menu

At its core handle bar is a drinks pub and bar. Hot meal options are rather limited. It is a typical run of the mill western grill which is more bar than restaurant. However, they do offer a commendable full-fledged dining menu comprising of steaks, ribs, pork chops and southern fried chicken. They are typically priced around the premium $30 to $45 price segment, which is tad on the upper end of the affordable segment.

Handle bar steaks and ribs have sizable portions, which justifies the sub $40 asking price for their more premium offerings
Handle bar steaks and ribs have sizable portions, which justifies the sub $40 asking price for their more premium offerings.

Furthermore, more affordable options include their fish and chicken dishes, such as fish and chips ($16), their southern field chicken $22 and beer butt chicken $25. Also, their BBQ ribs sits in a middle price point at $28 to $34. Their ribs are nothing to scream home about. Their portions are tad smaller than Morgan fields, though similarly priced. All mains are served with potatoes sides and greens.

Their fish and chips are pretty good, served in the pretty dark outdoors
Their fish and chips are pretty good, served in the pretty dark outdoors.

Burger and pizzas

Moreover, their burgers are something worth mentioning. Their cheeseburgers starts at $12 for a single party and $18 for a double. Also, their ace burger ($16) is their trademarked Angus tenderloin beef burger and is quite a hearty meal as a double. There are also minor selections such as chicken, fish and hotdogs at $12 a pop. All are similarly served with a side of fries.

Your burgers are basic, and not quite the main selling points of Handle bar
Your burgers are basic, and not quite the main selling points of Handle bar.

Drinks wise, you have options of regular house pours, craft beer by the bottles and cocktails and mixes. Additionally, the bar also serves a variety of bar food, these are typically of western. Also, topping up their menu choices are minor dishes such as Chilli bowls ($12) and Beef stews ($16).

Handle bar thin crust pizzas are great for sharing in groups
Handle bar thin crust pizzas are great for sharing in groups.

Moreover, interestingly, there is a special mix item called the Motorised Marietta ($55) which used to be a special menu item which serves 4 where a staff member will come out to your table with a gasoline powered blender. Today it can be found as a “Vroom for more option“. The contraption is tad more like a modified leaf blower turn blender or sort, where they would mix your drink with. It is tad of a noisy spectacle.

Outdoor screening projection in their rather dark outdoor dining areas
Outdoor screening projection in their rather dark outdoor dining areas.

A biker theme

Furthermore, dining seating are mostly open air outdoor with slide in shelter tents on rollers. Notably the bar is popular with biker groups, with groups of bikes often seen gathering in groups in the lots near the bar.

The indoor pub is themed after a bike workshop with a pool table too. Though most patrons would prefer to dine outdoors
The indoor pub is themed after a bike workshop with a pool table too. Though most patrons would prefer to dine outdoors.

Too bad the Gillman barracks establishment does not offer free parking like what they used to offer at Sembawang. Though their Gillman barracks outlet is more highly accessible, I found it loses it rustic feel and cosiness with the new location, besides being much smaller in size.

The indoor pub bar area
The indoor pub bar area.

Still, the place is nicely decked out. Moreover, the indoor area is a tightly packed area with an extensive motorbike workshop theming. The place is decked with fancy wall murals with automotive references. Interestingly, even the toilets are well decorated and themed. You can tell that whoever running this place is truly a motorbike fan.

All in all, Handle bar is a pretty neat western grill and biker bar suited in the heart of town.

Verdict:

Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid

Handle bar Locality Map

10 Lock Rd, Singapore 108938
Gillman barracks
Opening hours: 12:00 pm – 11:30pm
Closed on Mondays.

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