Customize your own artisanal tea blends using garden herbs and flowers at new MBS lounge Renku

Joining the ranks of 24-hour dining establishments in Singapore, Renku at Marina Bay Sands is an afternoon tea lounge during the day and a cocktail bar at night. It’s also the only lounge in MBS to operate 24 hours (FYI, in case you’re ever in the area searching for a place to hang out in the wee hours of the morning).

The sleek 100-seater — on display for all to see at the hotel lobby — offers bar seats and plush armchairs for cosy gatherings.


Customize your own artisanal tea blends using garden herbs and flowers at new MBS lounge Renku

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If you pop by during the day (2pm-4pm), you’ll have pro Tea Masters on hand to recommend the best tea blends for you. Or you can just have fun with it and customize your own mix by combining green, white or black tea bases with herbs and flowers such as butterfly blue pea flower, rosemary, and kaffir lime freshly plucked from the herb garden.

The lounge also offers two exclusive tea blends — the jasmine-scented Marina Pearls, and the Durian Lapis black tea — as well as 13 varieties by local tea atelier Ette, including the likes of nasi lemak and mango sticky rice tea.

While you sip on tea with your pinky sticking out, nibble on sweet and savory bites from the three-course afternoon tea menu ($48-$53) of sandwiches, scones and cakes.



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Come nightfall, boozy concoctions take over the space, with craft beers and tea-infused cocktails. As part of MBS’ Social Hour on Tuesdays from 6pm to 9pm, you can also design your own martini for half the price. And whenever your stomach starts to grumble, order dishes like Boston lobster hash and Alaskan king crab dashi jelly from the all-day menu to appease it.

Renku is at Marina Bay Sands Hotel Lobby, Tower 1, 6688-5535. Daily 24 hours.

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