Panorama Riverside Lounge boasts a remarkable view of the Singapore River, great wines and an affordable way to spend Friday night with the girls.

Everyone knows the drill. Where to go on Friday night for a tipple? Maybe an Izakaya or perhaps a classy hotel bar downtown? That said, the usual watering holes are getting crowded, what’s a girl to do for some simple, quiet, chill time with her babes?

Panorama Riverside Lounge with their amazing Free Flow Fridays, a three hour free flow evening with selected Italian wines at just $39++ per person complete with a Gourmet Antipasto buffet, if you and the girls need a bit to nibble on as you catch up on yet another gruelling week – be it on the dating or career front.

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A beautiful panoramic view from the balcony of Panorama Riverside Lounge

The wine lounge is on the third floor just above the Italian restaurant, Pasta Fresca da Salvatore, at Boat Quay. Yes, THAT Pasta Fresca with this iconic 90s advertisement.

After a flight of steps, you’ll wander into this cozy hideaway. The walls in warm reds and yellows, furnished with dark wooden fixtures, tables and chairs and brick walls reminiscent of wine cellars.

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Panorama Riverside Lounge

There’s no rush when it comes to the experience at Panorama.

“No need to rush! Piano, Piano.”

“Piano, piano” means slowly, slowly in Italian, is at the heart of this wine lounge. The owners wanted to bring that laid back, relaxed wine drinking experience to Singaporeans.

You’re given three types of specially selected Italian wines to choose from and savour throughout the night – one red, one white and one sparkling wine. This is different and may change each Friday so that patrons who return can always discover new wines and experiences.

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Nero D’Avola Red Wine and Catarratto White Wine

We were encouraged to take a little bit of everything from the antipasti buffet and order glasses of wine freely. Unlike in many establishments with strict free-flow rules, Panorama wants patrons to really soak in the atmosphere, enjoy the company of friends and forget about “making the most of your money” by gulping down too much wine.

“It’s alright, if you like you can order a red and a white! You don’t have to order a glass at a time,” we were reassured.

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Antipasti selection from the Pasta Fresca repertoire

You may think that the antipasti selection would be a small one, but we found it generous. Choose from cold cuts (we had the Beef Bresaola, Proscuitto Cotto and Pork Salami), Focaccia Bread & Taralli (an Italian pretzel), Arrabiata Sauce Vegetable Preserves in Olive Oil, an assortment of Gourmet Cheese (Parmesan, Smoked Chees, Scamorza, Gorgonzola), Taleggio Arancini (fried Italian Rice Balls) and a delicious Parmesan Cheese Flan accompanied by Balsamic Reduction.

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While there are typical rules to wine pairing and certain antipasti are prepared as they go well with the red, white or sparkling varieties, Panorama wants patrons to not limit themselves to the “standard pairings”.

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Have your fill of Antipasti if you wish

“Try a bit of this with the red. How does it taste? A little different? Do you enjoy it?”

These were questions we were asked so that we could better find out what sensations and flavours we loved. It’s like a wine pairing experience, without the stress!

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Staff are friendly and accommodating

The vibe is friendly and encouraging. Unlike many other wine bars, there’s no snobbery here. Beginners to wine appreciation, people with no idea what different wines taste like or what the differences are, can visit Panorama to heighten their senses and get a better understanding of wine without having to feel intimidated!

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A selection of cheeses

It’s all about allowing patrons to gain a better understanding and appreciation for Italian wines, complemented with a selection of free-flow antipasti, without any pressure of “knowing what’s right”.

DSC07662 Drink at the balcony and indulge in the view  

Of course, the big sell to your girlfriends would not just be the price and experience, but this magnificent view of the Singapore River AND away from the usual bustle of Boat Quay.

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As a beginner to wine (I know what I like and what I don’t, but not why), this was an enlightening and great experience. Definitely a wonderful way to spend Friday night with the girls.

If after three hours, you love the ambience enough to stay on, the ala carte menu is still available and wines are priced affordably enough.

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If you book online, get 10% off that already remarkable price of $39++ per pax.

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