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Romantic inspiration: Your guide to the sexiest bars in Singapore

By: Amy Greenburg

L'Aiglon is one of the sexiest bars in Singapore 

L’Aiglon

Snuggle up to your sweetie over craft cocktails at this Parisian-inspired bar in Tanjong Pagar. It has plush velvet and leather seating, and a food menu that includes French nibbles like steak baguette ($21), slow-cooked beef cheek ($12) and crème brûlée ($8). Fun cocktails include All Shook Up ($18), a red wine milkshake made with Sangiovese, maraschino cherry, cocoa syrup, condensed milk and red wine-flavoured whipped cream, and Tickle Your Navel ($24) – spiced whiskey, lemon, orange and egg white.

69 Neil Road, 088899
6220 0369 | barlaiglon.com

The Horse's Mouth is one of the sexiest bars in Singapore 

The Horse’s Mouth

Hidden in the basement level of Forum The Shopping Mall, this izakaya-style bar serves up bespoke cocktails and Japanese bar bites (or, if you’re feeling really hungry, you can order from Uma Uma Ramen upstairs). Decked out in warm wood and origami-inspired light fixtures, it’s a seductively lit, speakeasy-style bar that’s the perfect haven for a tipple or two with your honey. Though the menu changes every month, you can expect mainstays like the Granny’s Kettle ($25), made with Kettle One vodka, Blanche de Normandie, lime juice, house-crafted Granny Smith syrup and peppermint. Look out for a special Chinese New Year menu for February. 5

The Forum Shopping Mall #B1-39, 83 Orchard Road, 238884
6235 1088 | horsesmouthbar.com

Singapore's speakeasy-style bar 29 Hong Kong Street is a date night favourite 

28 Hong Kong Street

Another hidden gem (it’s literally hidden, without any signage on the outside), this place has been a date-night favourite for a while now, thanks to its low lighting, atmospheric vibes and a strong list of potent cocktails: fan favourites include the Bird Machine ($22) made with Hum Botanical Spirit liqueur, Four Roses Yellow Label, pineapple oolong and mint, and Blow a Kiss, Fire a Gun ($24), made with Alipus San Juan Del Rio mezcal, chartreuse, hibiscus, Luxardo Maraschino and lime. They’ve also got delectably sinful bites like panko-crusted, three-cheese truffle mac-and-cheese balls ($14) and mini corn-bread muffins with whipped honey butter ($8).

28 Hong Kong Street, 059667
28hks.com

Art-deco glam and beautiful craft cocktails make Manhattan one of the most romantic bars in town 

Manhattan

This place is all about Golden Age glam, with Art Deco details, mirrored walls, marble tops, old-fashioned sofas and Gatsby-esque glassware – if that doesn’t scream romance, we don’t know what does! The craft cocktails here are divine, and complemented with American-inspired bar bites like mini-burgers and lobster rolls; add in some fun, vintage tunes for the perfect date night destination. Or, visit the adults-only, free-flow brunch on Sunday for a special treat ($150 for brunch, cocktails, beer and wines; $195 with the addition of champagne). 1

Regent Hotel, Level 2, 1 Cuscaden Road, 249715
6725 3377 | facebook.com/manhattansg

PS – If you’re a fan of Manhattan’s old fashioned flair, you’ll also love Studio 1939, located on the third level of Potato Head Folk (36 Keong Saik Road). 

Romantic bar Smoke and Mirrors has one of the best views in Singapore 

Smoke and Mirrors

This recently opened rooftop bar is situated at the highest point of the National Gallery Singapore and features both indoor seating and an alfresco terrace that looks across the Padang to the Theatres on the Bay and beyond. Sip beautifully presented cocktails – the Tiger Blood Daisy ($20), made with tequila, lime, sour plum grenadine and ginger beer, is a signature – and, if you’re hungry, order food from Yàn, the upscale Chinese restaurant one level below.

National Gallery Singapore, #06-01, 1 St Andrews Road, 178957
6384 5595 | smokeandmirrors.com.sg

 

This article first appeared in the February issue.

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