There’s a huge selection of cool bars in Singapore from beach clubs on Sentosa and rooftop bars with amazing views, to glam wine bars with live music and chic shophouse bars in Chinatown. Whether you’re a fan of ice-cold beer, a nice glass of wine or a bespoke cocktail, here are some buzzy (and sometimes hidden!) drinking holes to find them in.
The best bars in Singapore, from beach clubs and wine bars with live music, to glam bars in the CBD and rooftop bars with a view!
Writers Bar, Raffles Hotel Singapore
Take a seat in the corner of the Grand Lobby, where iconic architecture blends with a shimmering chandelier, solid brass bar counter and walls adorned with mementos and books, and wave goodbye to writer’s block with a classy cocktail in hand.
Serving up some of the finest cocktails in town, the updated menu showcases five handcrafted cocktails inspired by a book of poems called How to Build a Lux Hotel penned by Raffles Hotel Singapore’s first ever Singaporean writer-in-residence, Madeleine Lee.
You’ll also find a selection of handcrafted beverages that pay homage to celebrated novelists who have passed through the landmark hotel’s doors over the past century. These include the likes of Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and Joseph Conrad. From refreshing effervescent tipples and elegant twists of wine cocktails, to a colourful series of negronis and polished post-dinner cocktails, Writers Bar is a glamorous spot for intimate conversations and whiling away an afternoon or evening.
Don’t leave this hotel haunt without trying the signature Million Dollar Cocktail ($32), a classic created in the early 19th century at Raffles by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, who also created the Singapore Sling.
The Whiskey Library and Jazz Club for rare and unique whiskies
If you’re into whiskies, you need to check out this cool bar in Singapore. Housed in luxury boutique hotel The Vagabond Club, The Whiskey Library has a grand and opulent setting, with plush red banquettes and gold accents. Touted as one of the best whiskey bars in the world, the bar offers a curated selection of a thousand rare and unique whiskies sourced from fine distilleries across the world, including Scotland, Ireland and Japan.
Whiskey lovers should check out the membership programmes. For $3888 per year, you get access to perks like discounts on all bottles, a personal whiskey locker, complimentary suite nights in the Vagabond Club Suite, and preferential seating at events.
Las Palmas for Palm Springs vibes
It’s been less than a year since this rooftop bar opened its doors and yet it’s already one of the trendiest destinations in Singapore for a sundowner session. Located on level 33 of Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, the glamorous bar combines 270-degree skyline views with classic Americana-inspired dishes and innovatively crafted cocktails.
Hang out poolside in a pastel pink cabana and catch the sunset while sipping on a bespoke concoctions by head bartender Ron Aransay. Inspired by the iconic locations of Palm Springs, the cocktail menu of spritzes, highballs and seasonal spiked slushies will have you California dreamin’ in no time!
Tuck into the menu of hearty and delicious sharing plates from Executive Chef John Chye. From tacos and tasty rack ribs, to beef brisket and hot wings, the Californian classics have been given a fun and fresh twist with a subtle hint of Asian flavour.
99 Irrawaddy Road, Level 33, Courtyard Marriott Singapore
PLUME – an all-new cocktail bar in Marina Bay
For a lush tropical experience, new destination cocktail bar PLUME takes the cake (or, in this case, cocktail). Set within Pan Pacific Singapore’s grand atrium, the contemporary Art Deco interior is a celebration of the island’s colourful native vibrant indigenous birds, while the meticulously crafted cocktails and light bites add another feather in the bar’s cap.
Head mixologist Ong Jun Han has concocted signature tipples that draw inspiration from the vibrant plumage and characteristics of 12 iconic native birds of Singapore. The pièce de résistance is the Banded Woodpecker made with Green Ant Gin, with other fruity cocktails including the Pink Necked Green Pigeon, Asian Koel, Blue-tailed Bee-eater and the Chestnut Winged Cuckoo.
Feeling peckish at this cocktail bar? Nicholas Shadbolt, executive chef at Pan Pacific Singapore, has created a sophisticated menu of appetisers with elevated versions of popular local dishes. Tuck into Bird Food (delicious lotus root chips topped with salmon floss), Perched Together (chicken rendang croquettes) or Pink Flamingos (crispy fried dough ball stuffed with tiger prawn tartare).
PLUME’s separate bar, The Nest, is available for stylish and intimate functions. With monstera leaf walls and rich shades of maroon and emerald with gold accents, it provides a stunning backdrop for those special occasions.
7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square | 9459 7165
Kinki Rooftop Bar
With fabulous waterfront views, graffiti-clad décor, bold cuisine and an East-meets-West drinks list, this open-air rooftop bar is a standout spot. And it’s recently been given a daring geisha-inspired revamp!
Perched above Customs House, a heritage building built in the 1960s for the Singapore Customs Police, the breezy setting has been Kinki’s home since 2010. On the second floor is a modern teahouse, while the punk-chic bar on the third floor (and renowned for its rooftop parties and DJs) is proof that this is no ordinary Japanese joint.
Slide into a leather banquette or sit at the bar and sip on sake, umeshu, shochu or a cocktail from Kinki’s Rockstar line-up. The latter includes the Gin Assam Boi, Naughty Kopi and Geisha-Rita, an edgy take on a margarita. You can also tuck into popular reimagined Japanese comfort foods, including Kinki’s signature ‘Rock and Roll’ Maki, AC/DC Dynamite Mentaiko Sea Prawn and Unagi Claypot (so well-loved as a chef’s special that it’s now got a permanent spot on the menu).
Good to know: Elevate your Mondays with Kinki’s “Super Happy Hour” promotion from 5pm to 8pm. Take in the views with $10 cocktails, house wines and Asahi beer and graze on a Super Burrito (also $10).
Komyuniti rooftop bar and restaurant
YOTEL Singapore offers way more than just great accommodation in the heart of Orchard Road. On the 10th floor is a fabulous restaurant and bar with an alfresco rooftop terrace, providing a central hub to connect, work, socialise and relax with locally-inspired drinks and bites.
Helmed by multi-award-winning mixologist As’ad Isnin (better known as Utt) and Executive Chef Benny Lim, the stylish restro-bar serves up innovative cocktails and a menu that blends Asian, Western and fusion flavours – from healthy meals and quick bites, to vegetarian and vegan options.
Komyuniti is designed to be a convivial space and the events calendar certainly lives up to its name. There are live band performances every Wednesday and Friday, monthly specials and daily promotions such as Monday Margaritas, Tap Takeover Tuesday, Thirsty Thursday and more.
366 Orchard Road Level 10, YOTEL Orchard Road
6866 8000 | komyunitisingapore.com
Crossroads Cafe Cocktail Bar and Restaurant
This drinking destination and long-time favourite is set at one of the busiest crossroads of Orchard Road (hence its name). It’s the perfect spot to eat, drink and people watch – and this buzzing alfresco cafe has some great cocktail specials and happy hour deals!
Alongside East-meets-West cuisine and indulgent sharing plates, wind down with a stunning collection of sun-kissed Tropical Summer Cocktails ($24 each) featuring a playful mix of infused spirits, botanicals, citrus fruits and spices. Sip on refreshing concoctions like Tiki Delight, Picante Maracuyá, Feels Like Hawaii and more.
Fond of gin and martini cocktails? Until 31 March, chill out with “Gin-Tini Botanicals”, eight exclusive new highball cocktails including “Spring Time”, a beautiful blend of elderflower-infused gin and lemon juice.
While you’re at it, take advantage of the longest happy hour along Orchard Road (from Monday to Thursday, 11am to 8pm). Listen to catchy beats and grab a house red or white wine, prosecco, house spirit or selected draught beer (Tiger, Heineken, Kirin) for $13. There’s also complimentary popcorn with any alcoholic drink!
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
320 Orchard Road
Mr. Stork Rooftop Bar
Way up on the 39th floor of the Andaz Hotel is a destination rooftop bar with unobstructed 360-degree views of the city and heartlands below. Inspired by the long-legged wading bird that builds its nest in treetops, churches and buildings (and symbolises good luck in some cultures), Mr. Stork is well known for its trendy teepee huts set in lush tropical landscaping.
With cobbled paving, a freestanding bronze pavilion, cosy seating and an observatory corner to best take in the sunset and breath-taking skyline, it’s a fabulous setting for sipping on fruity and floral cocktails ($27 each). The “Barong” is a must-try, a wind-down tipple crafted with spiced rum, Campari, pineapple, banana and Tiki Bitters. However, it’s the “Aliya” that’ll get the most likes on your Insta feed – the citrusy drink is served in an adorable elephant mug and made with spiced pear, coconut, lemon mist, aromatic bitters, London Essence roasted pineapple soda and Ceylon Arrack, a traditional Sri Lankan spirit distilled from the sap of the coconut flower and aged in oak casks.
Beyond the cocktail list, tuck into the Mr. Stork Sharing Platter ($68) with wagyu sliders, falafel pockets, K-Pop chicken and smoky truffle fries while sipping on exclusive craft beers, Andaz Summer Ale and Andaz Pilsner, brewed in collaboration with local microbrewery Trouble Brewing.
Good to know: Don’t miss the “Golden Hour” promotion, with one-for-one on Veuve Clicquot Champagne from 5pm to 7pm every Monday to Wednesday.
Reserve your table here.
Level 39, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street
Manhattan hotel bar near Orchard Road
This swanky New York-style wine bar in Singapore is world-class, ranking No. 21 in Asia’s Best Bars 2023 and No. 63 in The World’s Best Bars 2023. It’s perfect for those who appreciate the dapper Mad Men era, with a bold new menu concept that draws inspiration from Broadway and celebrates the theatre of bartending.
Choose from 34 craft cocktails on the “Broadway Spirited” menu that allude to the glamorous theatre experience, with categories including “The Play”, “The Orchestra”, “The Backstage”, “The Curtain Call” and “Off Broadway”. Expect artisanal tipples that harken back to Golden Age glam and pay homage to classic and forgotten cocktails that leap from the pages of history.
Manhattan at Conrad Singapore Orchard is also the first bar in the world to have an in-hotel rickhouse, where American oak barrels are used to store fine spirits, as well as aged bitters and single-cask cocktails.
For a date to remember, try the signature adults-only Sunday brunch (12pm to 3pm) at this grand hotel bar, with DIY cocktail stations, succulent seafood and carving stations.
Conrad Singapore Orchard, 1 Cuscaden Road, 249715
MO BAR for unique cocktails with a view
Boasting picturesque views of the Marina Bay skyline, this spot is almost as good as a rooftop bar. And it’s a hot destination for tourists especially! The award-winning bar at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore offers an innovative and nomadic-inspired experience that takes you on a journey through the Pacific Ocean. Paired with its beautiful décor of hand-carved wooden sculptures, woven tapestries and travel artefacts, MO BAR is a top spot for unwinding with a bevereage at any time of the day or night.
Regularly recognised as one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, MO BAR has 16 unique cocktails on offer. Start with something light; the Silk Market is an alcohol-free cocktail with Mandarin cordial, fermented honey and corn. From there, the highlights include Harvest Queen – a fruity drink made of apple, guava and Agricole Rhum from South of Hanoi; and the Chiang Mai-inspired Expedition, a concoction of green coffee, grapefruit and vermouth. Pad your stomach with hearty Asian-themed bites like the Gyu-Katsu Sando, featuring breaded wagyu beef and bulldog sauce or butter chicken. Don’t miss the weekend brunch, too!
Note: Mandarin Orienal is closed for a makeover and expected to open again in the second half of 2023. Check the website for updates.
Exit Stage Left
If you’re a fan of Singapore’s locally grown botanicals and burgeoning spirit scene, you’ll want to hotfoot it to this trendy new bar in Little India. It’s the first to use only spirits distilled on the island, including Brass Lion Singapore Dry Gin, Compendium Dark Rum and Singapore Distillery Hornbill Vodka. The Haw House Sour ($22) is just one of the must-try tipples on the menu and made using Tanglin Singapore Gin and hawthorne berries, an ingredient popular in local desserts and candies.
A destination in itself for hyper-local cocktails, there’s another reason that folks are flocking to this hip watering-hole. Exit Stage Left is also the final stop of “New World’s End”, an immersive audio experience that proves there’s way more to history than museums.
The storytelling adventure will take you back to the 1960’s, an enchanting decade in Singapore’s history. Pop on a pair of headphones and listen to the love story on an MP3 player as you’re guided on a night walk through back alleys and hidden fantasy rooms. Find out more about the haunts you’ll discover here.
Get in touch on Instagram to book a table at Exit Stage Left. Keen to join the audio tour? Tickets for New World’s End cost $35 per person and the experience runs from Wednesday to Saturday, every half hour from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Book your tickets here.
85 Desker Road
More great bars with a view, plus the best rooftop bars in Singapore!
We enjoy alfresco weather year-round here, so make the most of it by hanging out at the best rooftop bars in Singapore – some are restaurants too. You’ve just got to decide how high you want to be during Happy Hour, and what kinds of views you’d like to accompany your cocktail and canapés. To help you in your quest, we’ve rounded up these great bars with a view in Singapore.
1-Altitude Coast Rooftop bar and pool
Escape to Sentosa for a day-to-night beachfront hotspot on the roof of The Outpost Hotel. Overlooking Palawan beach and the Singapore Straits, 1-Altitude Coast has a Day Club and a contemporary bistro that’s perfect for soaking up the sun or watching it set.
Relax on a daybed beside the infinity pool with a resort-style cocktail in hand at this rooftop bar, dig into pool deck bites or indulge in the Archipelago platter for two, a classic that serves up a selection of diverse Southeast Asian dishes. If you’re up for something more hearty, try all-day dining experience Sol & Ora for Latin-Mediterranean cuisine.
Coast Level 7, The Outpost Hotel, 10 Artillery Avenue, Sentosa
The Cooling Tower Rooftop Bar
Twenty nine stories up in the air is this see-and-be-seen rooftop bar at the Carlton City Hotel. With quaffable cocktails that’ll make you want to sample the whole list and a panoramic view of Singapore’s harbour, this hidden gem in the city is the ideal perch from which to soak up the sunset.
Signature and artisanal cocktails include Moscow Mule, Whisky Sour, Aperol Spritz and Lychee Martini. The “Cooling Tower Chill” is a must-try, with white rum, pineapple juice, prosecco and grenadine syrup.
If you’re feeling peckish, graze on classic bar snacks, such as crispy pork belly, super nachos, mini wagyu sliders and a crudites platter. There’s a daily Happy Hour from 4pm to 8pm, too!
Rooftop Level 29, Carlton City Hotel, 1 Gopeng Street
6632 8929 | carltoncity.sg/dining/cooling-tower-rooftop-bar
1-ATICO Rooftop bar
Next time you’re heading into ION Orchard, look up! Right at the very top of the skyscraper (218 metres above you) is lush dining destination 1-ATICO. This penthouse rooftop bar wraps up Argentinian restaurant FIRE and Singapore’s first Nikkei restaurant FLNT, along with the sleek ATICO Lounge serving afternoon high tea, platters and bar snacks. The High Tea menu includes lobster bisque shooters, blinis with salmon caviar and madeleines – pinkies up!
Level 55 and 56, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
Art di Daniele Sperindio cocktail bar with a view
The National Gallery Singapore is home to the world’s largest public display of modern Southeast Asian art – along with an incredible Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant and bar with panoramic views of Marina Bay!
Art di Daniele Sperindio is a contemporary dining destination and the brainchild of chef-owner Daniele Sperindio, whose passion for Italian cuisine shines through in every dish on the menu.
The Dessert & Cocktail Bar is a destination in its own right for classic and contemporary Italian-inspired craft cocktails, elevated bar snacks and magnificent desserts. Nonna’s Apple Tart is legendary (and worth every second of the 20-minute wait time while it’s prepared), as is the fruity “Clover 2.0” cocktail with Bombay Sapphire gin, passionfruit, lemon juice and raspberry sour. Cin cin!
#06-02 National Gallery, 1 St Andrews Road
Braci rootop bar
Perched on the top two floors of a heritage shophouse in Boat Quay, this exclusive modern Italian hideaway overlooks the Singapore River and has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 2017! The Italian restaurant and rooftop kitchen and bar is helmed by Beppe De Vito and Chef De Cuisine Matteo Ponti. With a name that means “embers” in Italian, BRACI’s menu is inspired by wood, with the wood-fired Josper oven and Japanese shichirin grill redefining the classic Italian cuisine on offer. The cocktail list has been equally elevated, with signature cocktails including a Banoffee Negroni, Pisco Passion and a vodka-based Tiramisu.
52 Boat Quay, Level 5/6
6866 1933 | braci.sg
Artemis Grill & Sky Bar with a view
Catch the golden hour at this contemporary Mediterranean-inspired outdoor rooftop restaurant and sky bar on the 40th floor of the CapitaGreen building. This breezy terrace in the CBD has a unique design detail, with a 100-year-old olive tree encircled by the bar. Inspired by the culinary heritage of the Mediterranean, the snacks and sharing platters focus on clean, flavourful and fresh ingredients. Gluten-free and keto-friendly options are on the menu, too. The cocktail list features classics along with some creative spinoffs, such as Social Credit, a jasmine tea-infused whiskey cocktail.
#40-01 CapitaGreen, 138 Market Street
1-Arden Rooftop bar
Sip on a signature cocktail 51 floors up at 1-Arden SkyBar. Surrounded by a lush farm-to-table food forest, and with a stunning view of Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline, it’s the perfect intimate venue for watching the sun go down. Gin lovers should try the Arden Fling, a gin-based drink with fresh dragonfruit and elderflower liqueur. The satay platter from the bar menu is a hit, too.
Level 51, CapitaSpring, 88 Market Street
Lantern rootfop bar
Take the lift to the sixth floor of The Fullerton Bay Hotel and you’ll be met with to-die-for views of the Marina Bay Waterfront. With an infinity lap pool and lush greenery, this romantic rooftop bar serves up gourmet snacks, champagne, wines and signature cocktails. Lantern takes its name from Red Lantern Pier (Clifford Pier’s historic Chinese name). The pier was the key landing point for Singapore’s early immigrants and seafarers and was lit by red lanterns to help guide the way shoreward along Marina Bay. Admire the cityscape and ponder the island’s history while enjoying a classic Singapore Sling cocktail and a cheese and charcuterie sharing platter to nibble on!
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay
Spago by Wolfgang Puck rootop bar
For spectacular views of the famous Marina Bay infinity pool and Gardens by the Bay, head to Spago. Reminiscent of a colonial-style country garden home, the restaurant offers two distinct spaces – a fine-dining restaurant with premium whisky bar and a laid-back terrace lounge for handcrafted cocktails and indulgent bar bites (the laksa spring rolls are a must-try). Hang out in little cabanas with plush cushions and low tables at Spago Bar & Lounge and feast on Californian cuisine with global accents at Spago Dining Room by Wolfgang Puck helmed by Executive Chef Greg Bess.
10 Bayfront Avenue, Hotel Tower 2, Level 57 Sands SkyPark
LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar
This celebrity hangout has an enviable location on Level 57 of Marina Bay Sands. The city views are the real drawcard, with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides of the restaurant for maximum impact. The sprawling wraparound outdoor terrace and rooftop bar (complete with gelato cart!) is a design lover’s dream come true – with a curved tiled bar, round leather booths, original reclaimed subway tiles and antique mirrors. Order an Aperol spritz and feast on classic Italian American cuisine created by Tao Group Hospitality partner and chef Ralph Scamardella, with greatest hits including penne à la vodka, linguini with clam sauce, large meatballs and chicken parmesan.
10 Bayfront Avenue, Hotel Tower 1, Level 57 Sands SkyPark
LeVeL 33 gastro bar for sky-high views
Impress guests or a date with sky-high Marina Bay views. Top that with a refreshing pint (or three!) and delicious grub at this rooftop gastrobar in Singapore, the world’s highest urban microbrewery. Sample all five craft brews – Blond Lager, India Pale Ale, Wheat Beer, Stout, and a seasonal brew – with the tasting paddle; all beers are freshly made on-site. There are plenty of vintage and boutique wines at this bar at Marina Bay Sands, too, plus a menu of contemporary European cuisine, complete with suggested beer pairings.
Smoke and Mirrors rooftop bar at the National Gallery Singapore
Sitting atop the National Gallery Singapore, this rooftop bar in Singapore has both indoor seating and an alfresco terrace that looks across the Padang to the bay. It’s not just a bar with a view though, Head Bartender Jorge Conde’s concoctions combine artistry, magic and chemistry and include the gin-based Peel and See, with a combo of banana, miso and olive oil.
Southbridge rooftop bar for killer views
This chic rooftop bar in Singapore offers a killer view of riverside landmarks. To complement their craft cocktails, beers, champagnes and artisanal Japanese sakes, its innovative small plates menu focuses on fresh seafood and oysters. Served in sets of six, the oysters come in tastebud-tickling varieties like the Umami – served cold and dressed in refreshing yuzu and ponzu.
80 Boat Quay, Level 5
6877 6965 | southbridge.sg
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Anouska’s Bar in Chinatown
A nod to Anouska Hempel, the famed designer of the chic and exclusive Duxton Reserve Hotel, this bar in Bugis showcases top-shelf spirits, fine wines, local craft beers, artisanal Chinese teas and crafty cocktails with Eastern influences. Set in a restored shophouse in Chinatown, the bar has a mix of yellow, black and gold furnishings, coupled with oriental detailing.
Feeling peckish? Indulge in delicious bites from modern Chinese restaurant The Yellow Pot, helmed by Chef Sebastian Goh. The kitchen follows a clean-eating philosophy, so you won’t find any additives, artificial flavourings or MSG in your food.
88 Duxton Road
6914 1428 | duxtonreserve.com
The Secret Mermaid Hideaway for a discreet bar in Singapore
Hidden behind casual Japanese takeaway Shinkansen, which shuts at 5pm, this discreet bar in Singapore is only detectable if you recognise its heavy metal sliding door. Squeeze into the tight space to find an exciting collection of small-batch American spirits, each infused with curious flavours (smoked salmon vodka, anyone?). The knowledgeable bartenders will be more than happy to recommend you a pour and tell you all about its creation. Aside from tasting flights, where you can sample three types of spirits at a go, Secret Mermaid also has a neat list of classic cocktails with a surprising twist from the unique booze used. To line your stomach, reach for bites like truffle oil-splashed tater tots.
Overeasy bar at the waterfront
Perched right next to the waterfront, this chilled-out bar in Singapore has a lovely al fresco area overlooking the river. Aside from the breezy locale, it boasts a decent drinks list, including specialty cocktails, and deviously delish American diner-style fare.
#01-06 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road
6684 1453 | overeasy.com.sg
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FOC for cocktails and tapas
Pronounced as it’s spelt, FOC is a buzzing cocktail bar in Singapore serving Spanish and Asian-inspired tapas as well as affordable and expertly-shaken cocktails. Award-winning mixologist Dario Knox takes the craft of cocktails to the next level with a solera system to age a range of spirits and make FOC’s own syrups, infusions and bitters. The cool shophouse space has pretty zany décor too, like giant heads hanging from the ceiling.
40 Hong Kong Street
6100 4040 | focrestaurant.com
Bitters & Love cocktail bar in Chinatown
Bespoke cocktails are the main game at this hip bar in Singapore behind Shoebox Canteen. They have some serious liquor on hand to play with, too, including an impressive collection of gin. Test their knowledgeable bartenders with any ingredient and liquor you fancy, or have a go at their tried-and-tested list of favourites, such as a kaya toast-inspired cocktail. To line your stomach, their artful bar snack menu includes Rangers Valley wagyu beef cubes and satisfying deboned chicken wings.
118 Telok Ayer Street
6438 1836 | bittersandlove.com
Coq & Balls bar in Tiong Bahru
Not one to take things too seriously (as its spunky name suggests!), this friendly neighbourhood bar in Singapore is a perfect chill-out spot for its tidy list of ciders and craft beers. Want to pre-game before partying up a storm? Their infamously potent cocktails will sort you out in a jiffy. Try the intimidating Chuck Norris, a triple shot of green, blue and red absinthe set ablaze.
6 Kim Tian Road
6276 6609 | coqnballs.com
Hopscotch cocktail and wine bar at Gillman Village
Sporting all the hallmarks of DIY industrial chic, this cosy bar specialises in creative cocktails with playful nods to Singapore’s culture. Hopscotch changes its beverage menu regularly; the most recent edition focuses on delivering a multi-sensory experience. Need a pick-me-up? Sip on the refreshing Light of the South: Gordon’s gin, wasabi mint syrup, cucumber puree, lemon juice, yuzu juice, pink salt.
45 Malan Road
6339 0633 | hopscotch.sg
Jekyll & Hyde cocktail bar
Gin aficionados will feel right at home at this bespoke cocktail bar in Singapore, which takes pride in its collection of rare and delicately flavoured gins. The Asian-inspired menu changes quarterly to keep things fresh. And of course, they whip up excellent personalised drinks. Good news – its new location is pet-friendly, too!
74 Neil Road
6222 3349 | facebook.com/JekyllAndHyde.SG
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Nutmeg & Clove cocktail bar
Housed on the ground floor of a Cantonese clan association, this bespoke wine bar in Singapore pays tribute to its surroundings with décor reminiscent of an olden Chinese medicine hall and cocktails inspired by Singapore’s colonial era. Traditional herbs and ingredients like Chinese hawthorne and red dates are commonplace here, and bring an unexpected depth to each drink at this wine bar. To complement the cocktails, order locally inspired nibbles like prawn paste buffalo wings and nutmeg and clove-flavoured pancakes with bak kwa, maple syrup and spiced cream cheese.
10a Ann Siang Road
9389 9301 | nutmegclove.com
Jigger & Pony wine bar in Tanjong Pagar
Drawing both well-dressed corporates and creative sorts, Jigger & Pony’s all about classic cocktails shaken up with the meticulous Japanese method of bartending. The menu is divided into Old Fashioned, Forgotten Classics and Modern twists, urging guests to try familiar tipples in lesser-seen forms. The nosh at this wine bar in Singapore is simple yet elegant, with rice boxes inspired by local flavours such as beef rendang and the vegetarian and keto-friendly biryani with cauliflower rice and kachumber raita.
165 Tanjong Pagar Road
9621 1074 | jiggerandpony.com
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The Beast bar specialising in bourbon
If Bourbon is your poison of choice, this restaurant and wine bar in Singapore is sure to spoil you. The owners stock over 30 types of bourbon, including rare bottles, and even barrel-age them for their unique cocktails and shots. For a refreshing option, try Sweet Carolina: Jim Beam, grapefruit bitters, gomme, fresh watermelon, fresh strawberries, fresh lemon juice. Tuck into hearty nibbles at this wine bar, such as juicy Southern fried chicken and pulled pork tacos.
17 Jalan Klapa
6295 0017 | thebeast.sg
Blu Jaz for live music
An oldie but a goodie, this wine bar with live music keeps a steady crowd that returns for its eclectic décor, affordable prices and funky music. Live bands keep things upbeat on the first floor, while the second and third floors frequently host dub, bass, reggae and hip hop parties on weekends. To stoke your spirits, they have a reliable list of beers, wines and liquor, as well as Western and Asian comfort food.
11 Bali Lane
9821 6961 | blujazcafe.net
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The Pit for fun quiz nights
This casual, airy bar in Singapore serves up excellent beers from Archipelago Brewery and addictive American nosh like buffalo wings (choose from four different flavours) and jalapeno poppers. Look out for their lively quiz nights, too.
21 Lorong Liput
6468 3468 | facebook.com/thepitrestaurantandbar
2am: Dessert Bar in Holland Village
There’s plenty of fantastical surprises the moment you step into this slick looking bar in Singapore, such as chocolate-painted booth tables and coral-shaped gummy candies glowing along the walls. Best known for its artistic desserts, the late-night spot has also branched out into cool Japanese-inspired cocktails and elegant savoury bites. It also boasts a well-curated list of beers, champagnes, wines and spirits that are meant to complement the desserts.
21A Lorong Liput
6291 9727 | 2amdessertbar.com
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Alibabar hawker bar
Housed in an old coffee shop, this semi-alfresco bar in Singapore retains much of its retro feel, even selling traditional kopi and local snacks by day. At night, it offers over 65 different types of ice-cold craft beers and a sinful spread of grub from food stalls like The Burger Bar (gourmet burgers) and Tish Tash Tosh (pizzas, subs and pastas).
125 East Coast Road
6440 6147 | Facebook: Alibabar-the-Hawker-Bar
Best beach bars and beach clubs in Singapore
Make the most of Singapore’s beaches and head to one of these cool beach clubs and beach bars. There’s nothing quite like having an ice cold beer or a cocktail with a view of the sea and these beach clubs get the nod from us. Read on to discover the closest thing to Bali’s famous Potato Head Beach Club right here in Singapore!
Rumours Beach Club for signature cocktails and sun loungers
When you can’t make it to Bali, Bali comes to you at this beach club on Sentosa! With three swimming pools, beachfront access and Jimbaran-style seafood on the grill, it’s a no-brainer for a weekend “getaway”.
Pack light, because you’re not going to need much more than sunscreen at this beach club. Towels are provided and you can take your pick from the multiple day beds, sun loungers, beachside beanbags or shaded cabanas. Our favourite spot at this beach club? The padded loungers in the pool; perch here for the afternoon with a towering margarita or one of their signature cocktails,
Siloso Beach, Sentosa
6970 0625 | rumours.com.sg
Coastes bar, an idyllic beach club on Sentosa
Part of C Side’s collective of beach club destinations along Siloso Beach, the idyllic Coastes has plenty of front-row sunbeds and beachside seating for your day in the sun. Enjoy a premium range of beverages (we recommend the frozen cocktails at this beach club), non-alcoholic drinks from the laid-back, breezy bar, plus comforting popular beach classics like hearty pastas, pizzas, spicy wings, and fish & chips.
Bikini Bar at Siloso beach
Another C Side outlet, Bikini Bar on Sentosa is modelled after the lively beach bars in Bali, with sports screenings, a pool table and upbeat tunes curated by C Side’s resident DJ. Serving up a range of ice-cold beers the bar also makes mean margaritas and shooters. If you feel peckish, their tasty bites feature all the usual beach bar favourites like nachos, tacos and satay.
50 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-01, Sentosa
Georges Beach Club on the East Coast
Georges was founded in Pasir Ris in 1999 as a small sea sports centre with a beverage kiosk, and slowly evolved to a beach bar serving Western grill classics. In 2004, it made the move to the East Coast Parkway. You’ll find it there still, serving up pastas, platters, burgers, Indian fare and more, with a happy hour from 4pm to 8pm. There are other Georges outlets in Singapore, too, including Georges @ The Cove, back in the original Pasir Ris spot at 133 Pasir Ris Road (Carpark E at Pasir Ris Park).
1010 East Coast Parkway
6449 0019 | georges.com.sg
Ohana Beach Club at Pasir Ris Beach
Ohana Beach Club is a low-key coastal beach house at Pasir Ris Park with a “getaway” vibe, and a menu offering salads, sandwiches, wings and beers. It’s run by water sports operator Adventure Paddlers. So, you can hire a kayak, outrigger or SUP to begin with, then laze at the club for some post-activity snacks and drinks.
131 Pasir Ris Road
6384 9280 | adventurepaddlers.com.sg/ohana-beach-house
The best romantic bars in Singapore
Origin Bar at Shangri-La Singapore
This dark, sexy, and romantic bar in Singapore is buzzing with guests and music, but still quiet enough that you can have a conversation. The namesake cocktail is Origin, a gin-based drink made with a concoction of spiced pineapple, sugar cane and lime husk wine. The food menu is vast, but the thing to order here without question is the wagyu beef and gruyere cheeseburger.
22 Orange Grove Road
28 HKS for a date-night favourite
Another hidden haunt (it’s literally hidden, without any signage, in an unassuming 1960s shophouse), this romantic bar in Singapore has been a date-night favourite for years, thanks to its low lighting, atmospheric vibes and a strong list of potent craft cocktails: fan favourites include the Dillmatic, made with Fords gin, snap peas, Mancino Secco vermouth, lemon and dill, and the 6 Foot 7 Foot with rum, cognac, rye, absinthe and torched bananas. You’ll also find delectably sinful American comfort food like panko-crusted, three cheese truffle mac-and-cheese balls and a shrimp po’ boy.
28 Hong Kong Street
Atlas for jaw-dropping interiors
Also reminiscent of Gatsby-style, old-fashioned glam, this massive Art Deco-inspired bar in Singapore oozes opulence and is truly something to see – gold gilded balconies, lush velvet furnishings, intricately painted high ceilings and a gin tower featuring over 1,000 varieties of the spirit (some dating back to the early 1900s!). The jaw-dropping interiors coupled with the enormous drinks menu make for some great conversation with your date.
Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road
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