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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dhoby Ghaut and CBD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Chinatown and Telok Ayer
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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 5588 | comodempsey.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.
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.
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 6147 | facebook.com/Alibabar-the-Hawker-Bar-455323781210708/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 5047 | capellahotels.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.
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.
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
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