Need a place to relax over a good drink after a long day? From bars with an amazing view to those specialising in cocktails and bespoke drinks, there's bound to be something that will suit your fancy from our Singapore Bar Guide!
Set sail on a journey to 1920s Manhattan. This grand, Great Gatsby style bar is the epitome of old New York glamour, and is currently holding status as one of the top three bars in the world. What goes on here is nothing short of cocktail artistry; showcasing each New York era through a series of creative concoctions.
Gibson has been named #14 in Asia's 50 Best Bars 2017, voted by the most knowledgeable and travelled members of the bar industry, drinks media and mixology experts from across Asia.
Tough working week? Find sanctuary in this vintage-inspired bar. If the lively atmosphere isn’t enough to tempt you inside, the happy hour sure will. The bar offers here make for the perfect sip and nibble combination: craft beer, wine and freshly-shucked oysters. In the mood for something shaken or stirred? There’s plenty of signature cocktails to keep you occupied.
Employees Only Singapore has been named #17 in Asia's 50 Best Bars 2017, voted by the most knowledgeable and travelled members of the bar industry, drinks media and mixology experts from across Asia.
Speakeasies are always a good idea and this Telok Ayer haunt is no exception. Come 5pm, eager patrons spill out onto the street as they seek to savour the raucous vibes, tasty small plates and stellar selection of house pours. As for cocktails, we love the Bashful Maiden. It’s Hendrick’s gin, elderflower liqueur, pureed melon and lemon juice. Zesty!
Nutmeg & Clove has been named #30 in Asia's 50 Best Bars 2017, voted by the most knowledgeable and travelled members of the bar industry, drinks media and mixology experts from across Asia.
The mixologists at this Club Street bar shine a spotlight on Singaporean flavours and ingredients with their list of cocktails that evoke a hint of nostalgia in every sip. Try their oak barrel-aged Sling that puts a twist on the traditional, and the namesake signature cocktail that contains gula melaka and milo for a sweet and smoky drink.
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320 Orchard Road Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel Singapore (238865) Map
The Other Room has been named #35 in Asia's 50 Best Bars 2017, voted by the most knowledgeable and travelled members of the bar industry, drinks media and mixology experts from across Asia.
Looking for the piece de resistance of the Singapore bar scene? Many would point you toward The Other Room. The USP of their cocktail craftmanship is all about the deluxe, vintage spirits. Think Scotch whisky from the 1970s and swinging sixties-worthy Martini Rosso. Our favourite? The White Lady: 49-year-old gin, fresh lemon juice and Cointreau from the 1950s.
Gin connoisseurs, assemble! Let your imagination run away with you at this colonial garden hideaway that’s long since been praised as one of the island’s best gin bars. Each of the sixteen gin and tonics on the menu is elevated to new heights of flavour thanks to the addition of unique botanicals grown in their very own garden.
Mixing spirits and magic at the National Gallery Singapore
1 St. Andrew’s Road #06-01 National Gallery Singapore Singapore (178957) Map
When cocktail hour comes calling, head here: an ultra-classy bar with stellar views and signature cocktails designed to intrigue the senses. Each one has its own distinct personality. The fizzy and herbaceous Bossa Nova, for example, combines a rich and delicious vinho do porto with cachaca, lemongrass and lemon balm, all topped up with champagne.
A "top" microbrewery featuring stunning views of Marina Bay
8 Marina Boulevard #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre S(018981) Map
If you’re a fan of both the hip and the hops, this sky-high microbrewery will tick all your boxes. Take your pick from the unrivalled selection of freshly brewed craft beers – which we’d recommend sampling in the tasting paddle – or go for ales on tap, beer cocktails, wine or house pours; best enjoyed while admiring the incredible marina view.
Edgy icon for outside-the-box Japanese fare at Customs House
70 Collyer Quay #02-02 Customs House Singapore (049323) Map
Cool vibes, modern Japanese cuisine and a prime Customs House location have made this a firm favourite on the Singapore bar scene. The trendy rooftop has live DJs on the regular, a photo-worthy outlook and great list of bar offers including one-for-one on house pours from 5-8pm. The sake martinis and champagne cocktails are also well worth a sip.
Sitting proudly atop Marina Bay Sands is super chic al fresco bar Ce La Vie. The restaurant is all about gourmet Asian flavours, while the bar and lounge – with its red umbrellas and classy DJ-spun beats – serves up craft beers, house pours and amazing cocktails. The skyscraper panoramas are absolutely breath-taking, so be sure to keep your camera handy.
An oasis for bar bites and acoustic beats at Orchard
180 Orchard Road Peranakan Place Singapore (238846) Map
If you find yourself on Orchard Road and in the mood for live music, delicious comfort food and thirst-quenching sips, this shophouse bar has the answer. It’s the resident bands and wide-ranging soundtrack that keep people coming back to this Peranakan Place oasis, with everything from jazz to hip hop tempting people on to the dance floor.
270 Orchard Road Grand Park Orchard Singapore (238857) Map
For casual poolside glamour, head to the al fresco rooftop of the Grand Park Orchard. There’s different bar offers every day of the week; from bottle deals to kickstart your Monday, a seriously good Wednesday free-flow for ladies and – on the weekend – one-for-one pizza to soak up those signature cocktails. When that humidity strikes, don’t miss the boozy ice pops.
1 The Knolls Sentosa Island Singapore (098297) Map
Dreams of sipping fruity concoctions in a tropical paradise come true at this Sentosa favourite inside the Capella Singapore. It’s frequently named one of the most glamorous spots on the city’s bar scene, and for good reason, with its elegant outdoor terrace and incredible selection of both classic and innovative cocktails.
80 Mohamad Sultan Road #01-10 The Pier @ Robertson Quay Singapore (239013) Map
If whisky is your thing, this prime Robertson Quay spot should be firmly atop your must-visit list. They specialise in boutique and hard-to-find spirits from international locations like India, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Scotland and Taiwan. Bottles are available both for take-home enjoyment and crafted into signature cocktails. Prefer your whisky neat? Spring for the tasting flight.
Bespoke cocktails in a spectacular bar along Orchard Road
583 Orchard Road, #B1-39 Forum the Shopping Mall Singapore (238884) Map
There can be few better ways to indulge the palette than with a drink that’s been crafted to your taste, and that’s exactly what has put bars such as this eclectic one on Orchard Road firmly on the map. The mixologists here thrive on creating something new, meaning you’re unlikely to sample the same personalised cocktail twice.
73 Amoy Street Second Floor Singapore (069892) Map
Laidback cool and refreshingly unpretentious, this speakeasy style bar focuses all their efforts on creating amazing-tasting drinks; no nonsense allowed. Tucked away on the second floor of an Amoy Street shophouse (look for the sign that says ‘Dapper Coffee’), their menu gives drinkers the choice between classic cocktails with a twist or the chance to go bespoke.
Forget everything you think you know about cocktails. This seriously imaginative spot will keep even the most well-travelled of mixology aficionados guessing with their creative drinks list featuring little-known spirits and self-made mixers. Their pineapple flight is well worth springing for thanks to sips like the Sakura Maru: matcha pisco, pineapple, honey, yuzu and lemon juice.
In case you needed another reason to visit Kampong Glam, meet 13% Gastro. It’s a cosy wine bar that specialises in bottles from boutique, family-run vineyards from around the world. And because they know that cheese and fine wine are the perfect combination, they also serve a flavour-full selection of Mediterranean cuisine.
Contemporary European cuisine with Asian inflections in the Botanic Gardens
50 Cluny Park Road The Garage Singapore Botanic Gardens Singapore (257488) Map
There’s nothing not to love about this al fresco sip spot. Its serene botanical surrounds and contemporary European cuisine make it an extremely pleasant place to while away an afternoon; even more so once you discover their botany-inspired cocktails. We particularly love their simple but delicious martini-style mix of thyme, lemon juice and vodka.
30 Merchant Road #01-03 Riverside Point Singapore (058282) Map
When those Mexican flavour cravings come calling, make a beeline to this energetic margarita bar in Clarke Quay. Their laidback party vibes, authentic Mexican fare (hello pork belly tacos) and tequila-laden signature cocktails have landed them huge popularity with locals, expats and tourists alike. Our recommendation? Book ahead and plan to stay out late.
Boat Quay might not be the first place you think of for seriously good tapas, but this relaxed riverside haunt might just change your mind. There are bar offers aplenty on craft beers, house pours, sangria and other signature cocktails, and a tempting list of large and small plates that showcase the best of traditional Spanish flavours.
This Bugis bar and restaurant puts Indian flavours in the spotlight; not just on your plate, but in your drinks too. Their unique signature cocktails have garnered them plenty of attention, with many a cocktail-lover now fighting to get their hands on drinks like Gulaboo, made of gin, mint, fresh lemon juice and rooh afza rose syrup.
Go for the food and stay for the cocktails – that’s our mantra when it comes to Kinou. Their impeccable fusion fare caters to plant-based palettes and carnivorous diners alike, but it’s the inventiveness of the drink menu that really got people talking. Their creations are quirky but delicious, and so beautifully presented that they look almost too good to sip.
The foodies among you will already love this intimate eatery for its delectable fusion of French and Japanese cuisine, but the treats don’t end there. The signature cocktails here are a prime example of creative mixology. They blend unlikely flavours and come out shining with drinks like the surprisingly good Fatty Martini, made with vodka, vermouth, truffle and bacon.
3A River Valley Road #01-01, Merchant’s Court, Singapore (179020) Map
It’s great to don the glad rags every now and then, but sometimes the best watering holes are the ones where the vibe is casual, the food is all about comfort and the drinks are exactly what you ordered. This lively Irish bar in Clarke Quay delivers exactly that. Head there between 5pm-8pm on weekdays for bar offers on house pours.
If you find yourself in the Esplanade arts centre and in dire need of good food and thirst-quenching drinks, turn your toes toward Mischief. It’s a rock’n’roll themed bar with hearty American dishes and plenty of craft beers and brews on tap. Take advantage of the numerous bar offers including ‘beer o’clock’ where the price of pints changes with the hour.
Kaleidoscopic Cantonese cuisine combined with an artisanal cocktail program in Orchard
270 Orchard Road Grand Park Orchard Singapore (238857) Map
A cacophony of colour and flavour awaits at Mitzo. When you’re done devouring their gourmet dim sum and admiring the eclectic surrounds, turn your attention to their artisanal drinks. As much pride and perfection goes into their signature cocktails as it does the food, with fresh herbs and innovative ingredients putting their own Asian twist on the classics.
Award-winning, authentic Tuscan-Italian cuisine at the Bay’s most iconic social destination in Fullerton Bay
82 Collyer Quay The Fullerton Pavilion Singapore (049327) Map
This undeniably chic rooftop on the Marina Bay waterfront is not only architecturally impressive, but it ticks the boxes on the soundtrack and mixology fronts too. The live DJ sets the tone, and there are enough bar offers to keep you coming back, including a weekday happy hour where cocktails like the Pear Cooler and lemon juice-infused Spritzer are one-for-one.
If your palette has a penchant for Old World wines – or even if it doesn’t – you’ll love this Telok Ayer tavern where the chic, rustic interiors transport you to the intimate wine bars of Southern France. Seek out the sommeliers to advise on a bottle from the wine cellar, or select your tipple from the long list of house pours.
Venture inside the grand Hilton hotel to the handsome dining room and bar, Opus. The culinary creativity that gained this gourmet steakhouse and fine purveyor of sustainably-sourced seafood such popularity also extends to the drink selection, where the Asian-inspired signature cocktails make for the perfect pre or post-prandial sip.
Nestled inconspicuously within Singapore’s CBD is a shophouse called Sum Yi Tai. Its three storeys include a lounge and tapas bar, but for us it’s all about the rooftop. Expect skyscraper vistas, cool beats and bar offers on house pours, wine and beer. They make great cocktails too, so there’s plenty to whet your appetite for their mouth-watering Cantonese cuisine.
1 Fullerton Road #01-01 One Fullerton Singapore (049213) Map
Take an evening stroll around Marina Bay and the deck of The Pelican is guaranteed to be bustling. And it’s not just the stunning outlook that beckons patrons to their shores; their nautical-themed signature cocktails are the perfect balance of taste, texture and intoxication. Fancy a gourmet seafood dinner while you’re there? Head inside where relaxed fine dining awaits.
With an award-winning mixologist and intentionally-acclaimed chef at the helm, Tess Bar & Kitchen was always going to be a winner. It landed on the Singapore bar scene in 2014, and has become a go-to for cocktail innovation. Peruse the 18-strong libation list or take a seat at the bar to watch them shake and/or stir something just for you.
Spectacular sunsets, cocktails, and gourmet eats by the pool bar at Park Hotel Alexandra
323 Alexandra Road, Level 7 Park Hotel Alexandra Singapore (159972) Map
Seven floors above the busy streets of Alexandra is Aqua Luna; a gorgeous poolside bar with chilled-out vibes and exotic cocktails. It’s an urban oasis that boasts picture-perfect views of the lush treetops of the Southern Ridges. Time your visit just right to enjoy your drinks as the sun turns from glowing gold to vibrant orange and dips beneath the horizon.
This poolside cocktail bar on the roof of the SO Sofitel is the perfect place to relax and unwind. It’s surrounded by skyscrapers with lush foliage in abundance, giving it an urban yet tropical feel with a touch of old-world charm. The signature cocktails will be unlike any you’ve tasted elsewhere and are testament to the team’s talents behind the bar.
331 North Bridge Road, Odeon Towers Singapore (188720) Map
Escape the office and make your way to Loof for the happiest of hours that kicks off at 5pm. Their bar offers are on house pours and wines which go for a dollar amount that matches the time ($6 until 6pm, $7 until 7pm, etc.) This popular rooftop has great views and good vibes; ideal for a little night-time debauchery.