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The ultimate guide to bars in Singapore

When night falls, Singapore immediately transforms from being the world’s second-best business hub (officially!) to a bustling entertainment spot. So, if you’re looking to chill with a couple of friends, sing along with a band or party the night away, this area-by-area guide will definitely come in handy.

 

Newton and Orchard

 

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The Other Room

The Other Room

Drawing inspiration from the Prohibition era, this dimly-lit drinking house located in the Marriott offers over 150 spirits – rums, whiskies, vodkas, gins and more – crafted in countless different ways by award-winning master bartender Dario Knox to offer unique and new flavours. Read our full review.

#01-05 Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road
6100 7778 | theotherroom.com.sg

 

Acid Bar

Known for its live music and intimate atmosphere, Acid Bar is packed every night, and for good reason. It features a well-stocked bar with a full range of bevvies, including familiar ones like the Singapore Sling ($18) and Bloody Mary ($15), and signature sips such as Adam Wants Eve ($20). Catch the happy-hour specials from 5pm to 9pm daily.

180 Orchard Road
6738 8828peranakanplace.com/outlet/acidbar/

 

Alley Bar

A neighbour of Acid Bar in Peranakan Place is Alley Bar, which gives off a classier vibe but remains unpretentious. There’s an even more extensive drinks menu here, too, with happy hour specials from 5pm to 9pm daily.

180 Orchard Road
6738 8818peranakanplace.com/outlet/alleybar/

 

Food at Skyve Wine Bistro, Skyve Wine Bistro, Bars
Skyve Wine Bistro

Skyve Wine Bistro

This wine bistro has a huge selection of affordable wines and champagnes from $55 a bottle, plus cocktails, beer and other beverages, alongside food that includes its best-selling mini pork cheek burgers ($12 for two) and Skyver’s wings ($12), Asian-marinated chicken wings served with Thai chili.

Block E #01-17, 10 Winstedt Road
6225 6690 | skyve.sg

 

No 5. Emerald Hill

Housed in a Peranakan-styled building in the heart of Orchard, this cocktail bar serves a welcome range of cocktails, both classic and contemporary, including signatures like Chilli Vodka and the No. 5 Cocktail. Don’t miss the famous chicken wings and pizzas while you’re here.

5 Emerald Hill Road
6732 0818emerald-hill.com

 

Dhoby Ghaut and CBD

 

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Alchemist Beer Lab

Alchemist Beer Lab

Alchemist is the world’s first bar of its kind, housing 16 stunning state-of-the-art beer infusion towers, allowing the onsite brewers to create unique flavours, with options that even complete beer novices will love. Soak up the suds with items from the modern-European tapas-style menu.

#B1-16 South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road
6386 4365facebook.com/AlchemistBeerLab/

 

CÉ LA VI Skybar

Located atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands – and therefore a must go if you’ve got visitors in town – CÉ LA VI allows you to take in stunning views of the city while sipping on all kinds of beers, cocktails, wine and champagne.

SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue
6508 2188 | sg.celavi.com/skybar/

 

HopHeads Craft Beer Bar & Bistro

Unwind at this cool bar, which offer a wide selection of bottled beers from around the world – everything from bog-standard lagers to a limited-edition Gosnell’s Elderflower Mead ($17) – plus wines and spirits, and fun extras like ping pong, darts and board games. If you come here hungry, they’ve got pocket-friendly eats, too.

#B1-00 Haw Par Glass Tower, 178 Clemenceau Avenue
6904 4019 | hopheadsbar.com

 

Rooftop of Sofitel So Singapore, Hi-So Rooftop Pool Bar, Bars
Hi-So Rooftop Pool Bar

Hi-So Rooftop Pool Bar

This rooftop bar surrounds a golden-tiled infinity pool, with skyscrapers looming in the background – impressive! Cocktails start from $18, and Hi-So has special promotions every night of the week, such as $10 martinis on Mondays, $10 house pour wines on Tuesdays, ladies’ night on Wednesdays, one-for-one offers on “Industry Thursdays”, and 25 percent off your total food bill plus one-for-one house pours on Fridays.

Sofitel So Singapore, 35 Robinson Road
6701 6800 | sofitel-so-singapore.com/hi-so/

 

1-Altitude Gallery and Bar

The highest alfresco bar in the world and a popular venue for A-list parties, 1-Altitude offers not just gorgeous panoramic views but also a variety of the best high-end cocktails and drinks, with live music performances from local bands and internationally renowned DJs.

1 Raffles Place, Level 63
6438 0410 | 1-altitude.com/gallery-bar/

 

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Lulu’s Lounge

Lulu’s Lounge

Visit this 1960s-New-York-inspired bar after dinner for signature cocktails with a unique twist, live jazz music and light bar snacks. Check out our full review.

7 Raffles Blvd, Pan Pacific Hotel (Marina)
9829 1922 | lulus.sg

 

Atlas

This Great Gatsby-style bar boasts over a thousand different gins (!) most contained in a fabulous gin tower, and fine champagnes available by both glass and bottle. It also serves mocktails, Liberty coffee and fine teas, so it’s perfect for non-drinkers too.

Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road
6396 4466 | atlasbar.sg

 

Loof

With views across the rooftops of Raffles Hotel, Loof dishes out quality Southeast Asian-inspired cocktails and snacks with a local twist. Its resident DJs, themed party nights and beer pong table will guarantee you a fun night. What’s more, Loof has one of the best happy hour promos in town, with drink prices increasing by the hour: $5 from 5pm to 5.59pm, $6 from 6pm to 6.59pm, and so on.

331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop
6337 9416 | loof.com.sg

 

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The Belljar

The Belljar

This restaurant-bar occupies three floors, with a whisky lounge and cocktail bar located on the second level. Here, you’ll find an extensive array of premium whiskies and spirits, and fab cocktails too. If you’re hungry, there’s a full menu of interesting fusion-style plates, and a whisky pairing menu, too.

18 North Canal Road
9488 9549 | facebook.com/thebelljar.sg/

 

Aria Roofbar

Tucked atop The Scarlet Hotel, this discreet spot serves authentic Sicilian street food that pairs perfectly with its house wines (starting from $14) and signature cocktails like the Nicoletta (white rum, lime juice, pistachio and rosemary syrups, and orange bitters).

33 Erskine Road, The Scarlet Hotel Rooftop
6836 4647ariaroofbar.com

 

LeVeL33

Known as the world’s highest urban-craft brewery, LeVeL33 serves up freshly brewed craft beers made from authentic European recipes – signatures include Blond Lager, India Pale Ale, Stout, House Porter and Wheat Beer, as well as modern beer dining with items including beer-infused dishes and suggested beer pairings. If beer’s not your thing, LeVeL33 offers an exclusive selection of wine, too.

8 Marina Boulevard #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1
6834 3133level33.com.sg

 

Smoke and Mirrors

Located atop the National Gallery, Smoke and Mirrors looks across the Padang and Marina Bay, and serves up a great range of cocktails, spirits and wines. Keen to munch on something? The rooftop bar serves small bites such as salted egg yolk chicken wings ($16) to mains like the grilled wagyu beef burger with fries ($24).

#06-01 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road
9234 8122smokeandmirrors.com.sg

 

Kallang

 

The 1925 Brewing Co, Bars
The 1925 Brewing Co

The 1925 Brewing Co

If you’re up for something interesting and unique, The 1925 Brewing Co serves handcrafted beers – its range includes a Small Monster IPA, and dark ale called Blk 662 – as well as beer-inspired dishes such as pasta that’s handmade using the same type of grains used in the brewing process.

369 Jalan Besar
6294 9215the1925.com.sg

 

Boat Quay and Clarke Quay

Braci The Rooftop Bar

This one-Michelin-starred Italian resto’s rooftop bar gives you swell views of the city skyline and features classic, original and signature cocktails such as Tiramisu – an orange and vanilla-infused vodka – and G & Tea – a curation of three gins with lemon ginger tea.

52 Boat Quay, Level 5 and 6
6866 1933braci.sg

 

Chupitos Shots Bar

This Clarke Quay spot offers over 130 unique power-packed shots, with varieties including Milo Godzilla, Pandan Cake and Black Forest Cake, and alcoholic infusions with a local twist – try the Haws Flakes or the Teh Tarik. They’re super affordable, too, with a pair of shots starting from $12.

#01-05, 3B River Valley Road, Clarke Quay
thechupitosbar.com

 

Rooftop, The Mad Men Attic Bar, Bars
The Mad Men Attic Bar

The Mad Men Attic Bar

This is a great spot for a post-work sip, and it includes live music, an extensive drinks menu featuring everything from sake to shooters, cocktails and more, and a reasonable list of food options, from snacks like Luncheon Meat Fries to mains like Angus Steak.

#03-02 11 North Canal Road
6222 3529 | madmenatticbar.com

 

Kings & Barrels

Located by the Singapore River, Kings & Barrels offers both indoor and outdoor seating – perfect if you want to admire the view while sipping on your drink and hanging out with friends. This bar is reasonably priced, with some tipples not even tipping the $10 mark. There’s live music too.

#01-15 Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street
9237 6198facebook.com/kingsandbarrels/

 

28 Hong Kong Street

This speakeasy American craft cocktail bar is a must for anyone who appreciates a good cocktail. Don’t expect the standard beverage here: these are super-unique pours, with great food to boot. Reservations are highly recommended.

28 Hong Kong Street
6533 200128hks.com

 

Chinatown and Telok Ayer

 

Bartender, Employees Only Singapore, Bars
Employees Only Singapore

Employees Only Singapore

The team at Employees Only Singapore wants to ensure that guests have a similar experience to its flagship bar in New York City, so you can expect the feature drinks such as the EO Gimlet and Manhattan Cocktail. There’s even the same closing tradition as practised in NYC: complimentary chicken soup for those who stick it out until last drinks.

112 Amoy Street
6221 7357 | employeesonlysg.com

 

Operation Dagger

This basement bar is a tough find but once you’re in you’ll be introduced to a list of creative cocktails, some of which have taken two to three years to develop, along with a menu of Asian-inspired bar bites.

#B1-01 7 Ann Siang Hill
6438 4057 | facebook.com/operationdagger/

 

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Phat Cat Laundry

Phat Cat Laundry

This is surely Singapore’s only laundromat-inspired bar! It serves Asian-inspired food such as Mushroom & Bone Marrow Fried Rice, and drinks including the Meow (Monkey Shoulder whisky with calamansi puree, fresh lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, ginger syrup, egg white and ruby port) and a classic Teh Botol cocktail (red tea rum with jasmine flowers).

4 Jiak Chuan Road
6221 8262 | phatcatlaundry.com

 

Freehouse

Head over to Freehouse if you’re feeling in the mood for craft beers and ciders; there’s a rotating menu of 16 rotational craft beers on tap and an extensive list of bottled beers and other drinks. The Asian-inspired pub grub is a perfect complement to the drinks.

21A Boon Tat Street
8362 6740 | freehouse.com.sg

 

Bourbon Street

As its name suggests, you can expect a wide selection of bourbon at this New Orleans-inspired bar, though of course other drinks are available, too. If you’re peckish, there’s a pleasing menu of authentic Southern dishes such as the Cajun Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Cajun Chicken Wings. Read our full review!

46 Club Street
6221 4772bourbonstreet.com.sg

 

Bukit Merah

 

Drinks, Highball, Bars
Highball

Highball

In case you didn’t guess, the speciality here is the highball – a simple cocktail made with a spirit and carbonated mixer and served in an ice-filled highball glass. A popular option is the Kyoho Fizz – or, if you prefer other beverages, there’s a list of beers and wines too.

#01-01 79 Kampong Bahru
6222 0179highball.com.sg

 

Dempsey

 

The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar

Opened by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this restaurant-and-bar, which is usually packed full so reservation is essential, serves up Asian-fusion dishes accompanied with a massive list of alcoholic drinks featuring cocktails such as Pina Colada, champagne, bottled and draught beers, and wine.

17D Dempsey Road
1800 304 5588comodempsey.sg/restaurant/the-dempsey-cookhouse-and-bar

 

The Rabbit Hole

With a menu that comprises specially crafted gins garnished with herbs from Rabbit Hole’s own garden mixed with house-made tonic, as well as an extensive wine list, spirits, ciders, beers and non-alcoholic drinks, there’s bound to be something for everyone at this garden bar in Dempsey.

39C Harding Road
6473 9965thewhiterabbit.com.sg

 

East Coast

 

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The Trenchard Arms

The Trenchard Arms

This small but popular bar specialises in craft ales as well as bottled beers and ciders. Pair your drink with proper British bites like Fish & Chips.

47 East Coast Road
6348 8568 | rabbit-carrot-gun.com/trenchard-arms-2/

 

Alibabar The Hawker Bar

This dual-shift restaurant serves traditional local food in a coffee-shop setting by day and changes into a bar bistro at night, offering different types of ciders and craft beers, and grub food from food stalls like The Burger Bar and Tish Tash Tosh.

125 East Coast Road
6440 6147facebook.com/Alibabar-the-Hawker-Bar-455323781210708/

 

Bar ROOM

A chill neighbourhood bar that promises some of the best drinks deals in town, Bar ROOM offers a drinks menu that features spirits, wine and beer, and a bunch of bites including pizzas, a cheese platter and truffle fries.

889 East Coast Road
9878 4746facebook.com/899barRoom/

 

Mooloolabar

Hit up Mooloolabar if you’re looking for a cosy and reasonably priced place to chill in the East (it’s just down from 112 Katong). There’s both indoor and outdoor seating, and a range of beers, wines and spirits on offer.

20 East Coast Road
6440 0388facebook.com/mooloolabar/

 

The Cider Pit

Cider is naturally the star of the show here, but there are great imported beers available too, both tap and bottled, as well as wines, spirits and pub grub if you need a snack.

#01-03 328 Joo Chiat Road
6440 0504facebook.com/The-Cider-Pit-112127812203927/

 

Two Fat Men

This casual bar located in the East Coast serves craft beers and whiskies, as well as bar bites including fries, nachos and chicken, and mains such as burgers, sandwiches and Thai food.

376 East Coast Road
6348 0241facebook.com/twofatmen.food.bar/

 

Sentosa

 

Alfresco of Bob's Bar, Bob's Bar, Bars
Bob’s Bar

Bob’s Bar

Located in the Capella Hotel, this Cuban-inspired bar on Sentosa boasts an extensive list of alcoholic drinks, from handcrafted cocktails to premium champagnes and wines, which you can enjoy while lounging in one of its daybeds and enjoying live Cuban music.

1 The Knolls, Capella Singapore
6591 5047capellahotels.com/singapore/dining/singapore-bars/

 

Tanjong Beach Club

If drinks by the beach at sunset sounds as ideal to you as it does to us, restaurant-and-bar Tanjong Beach Club is perfect for a short and dreamy escape. Lay on one of the daybeds and choose your choice of drink from the list of alcoholic beers, cocktails, champagnes and wines, while you admire the ocean view.

120 Tanjong Beach Walk
6270 1355tanjongbeachclub.com

 

WOOBAR

One of the leading lounge bars in Sentosa, WOOBAR features bespoke cocktails, champagnes, and premium spirits and wines. Try the “Bacon, New and Fashionable” – bak-kwa-infused bourbon, maple syrup and bitters for a local twist.

21 Ocean Way Sentosa, W Hotel
6808 7258woobar.wsingaporesentosacove.com

 

Others

 

Bojangles Pub & Diner

This casual neighbourhood pub has two outlets – one in the north and the other more central – and it offers affordable beers and cocktails, and easy eats like pizzas and burgers.

Located in Woodlands and Bukit Timah
bojangles.com.sg

 

Timbre and Timbre+

With branches at Armenian Street, Old Parliament Lane, Gillman Barracks and One-North, live music restaurant and bar Timbre offers a wide range of food, from pastas to salads and pizzas, at pretty reasonable prices. It’s currently got a happy-hour promotion that includes beer combos, and wine and cocktail promos.

Four outlets islandwide  
timbregroup.asia

 

Check out more bars, including those with a view, to add to your list. 

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