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.
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
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
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
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).
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.
This article first appeared in the February issue.