The Carrot Patch, a Singaporean coworking start-up, is the first in Singapore to bring this new concept of transforming hotel and arcade bars into coworking spaces. The Carrot Patch @ SKAI Bar and The Carrot Patch @ Level Up are the first two locations from their network that will serve members from June 2019.
Benefits of the coworking spaces
These bars are now being repurposed when they have usually closed during the day thanks to this new concept that turns otherwise closed bars into inspiring and fun workspaces. The Carrot Patch is helping to connect freelancers, entrepreneurs and remote workers alike with these bars (or even restaurants and cafes in the future), offering alternative workspace solutions for members. This is an ideal win-win arrangement: Members get a quiet working space, while bars get potential happy-hour customers.
Loo Kian Wai, The Carrot Patch’s General Manager, said:
“We noticed that such beautiful and unique bars are not used during the day and that our members love to work from a laptop and have fun, so we thought, why don’t we marry the two?”
The Carrot Patch @ SKAI Bar, based right above City Hall MRT station, is located on the 70th level of Swissôtel The Stamford and, features breath-taking views of the Singapore skyline with remarkable ambience.
Emmanuel Benardos, General Manager of Food & Beverage – Swissôtel The Stamford, said:
“The Carrot Patch’s belief in placing ‘people-first’ aligns perfectly with our values, where our guests are of top priority to us. We are incredibly excited to work with a like-minded partner like them. This is also a great opportunity to introduce SKAI Bar to members and to utilise the space during non-service-operational hours. Also, with Swissôtel The Stamford’s prime location and excellent connectivity, coupled with the mesmerising views of the city skyline, SKAI Bar provides the perfect location to network and host events.”
The Carrot Patch @ Level Up is an arcade bar in Clarke Quay, featuring luxurious sofa seats suited for discussions as well as a myriad of arcade games from claw machines to dart machines.
Mark Huang, founder of Level Up, said:
“We have decided to partner with The Carrot Patch as we were looking for someone to utilise the place with the right idea and right concept to fit in with our theme. I feel that this new concept has a very promising future, as the under-utilisation of spaces in Singapore is quite apparent and there can be much better used to what places like mine can offer to The Carrot Patch.”
The Carrot Patch is looking to expand to a network of collaborative workspaces, specially curated with unique features, as well as basic necessities such as comfortable seating, and proximity to public transportation. The company will soon seek to expand across the city, offering convenience and accessibility to members, riding the rising wave of coworking.
Moving forward, anyone who works remotely from a computer can bid goodbye to the good old days where they need to fight for a seat in a crowded café, or waste time travelling back to the office after a meeting.
“Apart from the flexibility we offer to our members with the network, the human touch is something we value highly,” said Loo. The Carrot Patch members will be welcomed by their community ambassadors, who will be manning the spaces as hosts. The hosts serve as the members’ friend and will try their best to provide assistance to the needs of their members. The Carrot Patch also aims to build a community that spans across the country so that individuals have opportunities to come together with like-minded professionals to network, through meetup sessions and community events.
Stemming from The Carrot Patch’s mission of caring about their members, they can also access to exclusive Food & Beverage perks offered by the bars through the partnership between the bars and The Carrot Patch. Partners, on the other hand, can generate more awareness for their business.
The Carrot Patch members can work from their preferred location, network with like-minded professionals, happy hour at these bars – stocked with bottomless coffee and tea in addition to the high-speed Wi-Fi, for a starting fee of $20 for a day.
Pricing for the coworking spaces
In celebration of the launch, The Carrot Patch is offering their price plans at a special rate of $158/month for 10 Passes and $220/month for Unlimited Hot Desk access.