Host your next birthday party, Christmas bash, office function, baby shower, and even your wedding at these awesome places in Singapore
Parties are fun, but planning one? Not so much. We understand your pain; as the journalists-in-the-know among our friends, we’re always tasked with throwing birthday bashes, hen dos, and Christmas get-togethers. So if you’ve been assigned to organise a shindig and not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a huge guide to the swankiest, slickest, and coolest venues in Singapore — where your booze, grub, and activities will be taken care of — for your next big event.
For a party with tipples
Oxwell & Co.
Expect unique and exclusive beverages at this British gastropub, such as house-made spirits distilled with botanicals sourced from the Ann Siang area, as well as a house-designed beer containing a fusion of local citrus and spices; Oxhorn Lager. It’s also the first bar here to keg craft cocktails – Gin & Chronic, Sin Sling, Pina Colada and rotating seasonal cocktails. Herbs used in cocktails are even sourced entirely from their own rooftop garden.
Oxwell & Co., 5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069688, p. 6438 3984.
Behold: the biggest bar-restaurant has opened in Singapore! Helmed by Stanley Yeo, proprietor of the exuberant Holland Village institution, Wala Wala, this new venture aims to make guests feel at home in a casual and convivial setting. Hive boasts a stunning 400-seat capacity shared between an indoor seating area and a large alfresco area. And what does Hive do with all that space? Four unique concept sections; a wine retail shop, bakery, cigar room and the bar restaurant itself. A hub for shopping, chilling like a gent, and boozing up with bites – what’s not to love?
Hive, 407 Havelock Road, Singapore 169634. p. 8876 1109.
If there’s one thing we love about Japanese culture, it’s their brazen love for drinking after an arduous workday at an izakaya. Jinzakaya, the Les Amis Group’s latest venture aims to elevate the izakaya experience from a sleazy salaryman haunt to a legitimate dining alternative, with meat skewers that start from $2.50, as well as more unconventional choices like foie gras and wagyu beef. Unless all you want is to get shamelessly inebriated, then shove aside your inhibitions as you down a couple of sakes from the bar. Don’t mind if we do…
Jinzakaya, #01-08/10 Owen Link, 1 Farrer Park Station Road. p. 6443 1173. Open daily 12pm-3pm, 7pm-2am.
It’s always fun to appreciate art with a tipple in hand, so it’s a natural progression to have this swiggin’ haunt sprout from the cultured crannies of Kult Gallery. Once you’re done taking in some street art, help yourself to bespoke cocktails mixed by ex-Tapow bartender, Zac Mirza – the Kult Julep featuring rum, lime and gula melaka is a must-try! Not to mention, Kult Kafe is now the new home for the popular party series, Sunday At The Training Shed.
Kult Kafe, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120, p. 9190 1481. Open Wed-Fri 5pm-12am, Sat-Sun 12pm-12am.
This glamorous bar doesn’t allow children for its Sunday brunch (peace!), and you get free-flowing cocktails together with a scrumptious buffet spread. Have a nasty hangover? Well, Manhattan Bar’s cocktail brunch has an impressive Bloody Mary cart that has a vast selection of hot sauces including Sriracha chilli and Ghost Pepper.
Manhattan Bar, 1 Cuscaden Road, Regent Singapore 2F, Singapore 249715, p. 6725 3377.
For a party that dishes out exclusive vibes
Tanjong Beach Club
Hit the shores for a balmy beach party worthy of the most devout sun worshippers. Named one of the world’s top 50 best beach bars, the plush daybeds, great grub, and sweet pool makes it a perfect spot to watch the sun sink and rise into tomorrow. Their wicked carnivalesque parties with a slew of international DJs means we get our fix of weekend beach parties before ZoukOut rolls around again. Come for the food, stay for play in the pool, and dance in the sand to the island tunes.
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098942, p. 6270 1355.
Faber Peak Singapore
Formerly known as The Jewel Box, Faber Peak Singapore is a picture-perfect wedding venue. Let your vows soar into eternity atop Mount Faber (it’s as high as natural Singers gets, after all). With three wedding venues (with unbeatable views) to leave your guests in awe, you’d be spoiled for choice. For a lavish wedding banquet, The Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling glass windows for you to dance to new heights above the Sentosa-Harbourfront precinct. Spuds & Aprons allows you to relax with indoor and alfresco options, while the Private Dining Room is deliciously exclusive with a panoramic sea view.
Faber Peak Singapore, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203, p. 6377 9616.
The Coastal Settlement
Situated in an ex-army barracks, the Coastal Settlement is great with high ceilings indoor and patio seating outside. Old souls will love the vintage charm and the quirky playground next to the patio.
The Coastal Settlement, 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529, p. 6475 0200.
The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit is a restaurant under the towering beams of a deconsecrated Church. The brunch features a selection of fine bubbly as well as refreshing cocktails. The menu contains indulgent treats including fresh oysters shucked on demand and classic Dover Sole Meunière. Every good event needs a cool photo station and White Rabbit’s charming garden is picture perfect – put your photobooth here!
The White Rabbit, 39C Harding Road, Singapore, 249541, p. 9721 0536.
This café exudes that laidback, unperturbed coolness that only East-enders seem to possess. Located in the one and only Goodman Arts Centre, Café Melba delivers quality, unpretentious nosh made with the freshest ingredients possible. Hey, these guys even cure their own bacon! While their food is top-notch, what we really adore is their alfresco area – the space is so cleverly designed that it manages to be cozy and intimate, yet breezy and private all at once.
Café Melba, 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053, p. 6440 6068.
Spanish restaurant UNA is a lush haven for city dwellers. Situated in the colonial bungalow brilliance of the One Rochester enclave, the restaurant serves up sizzling Spanish flavours, including tapas, paellas and grills. The stunning space is also furnished with two dining concepts – an alfresco garden space on the ground floor and a swanky tapas bar upstairs.
UNA, One Rochester, 1 Rochester Park, Singapore 139212, p. 6773 0070.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Riders Café, which is, in our opinion, the best thing you can get if you’re thinking of a short “country”-style escape. Tucked away in the lush greenery of Bukit Timah Saddle Club (yes, there are adorable horses all around), this tranquil spot is great for an intimate birthday celebration or wedding venue.
Riders Café , 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965, p. 6466 9819.
For a party endorsed by hipsters
Tin Hill Social
Surrounded by Bukit Timah’s lush greenery, Tin Hill Social is a multi-concept space that consists of five different areas that span across two adjacent stables. Industrial chic’s the main idea when it comes to décor and the menu’s a wonderful mish-mash of Western favourites. From a seafood platter and a beef T-bone (both great for sharing) to hay smoked pork ribs and baked gypsy eggs, you’re bound to find something to satisfy those cravings.
Tin Hill Social, 100 Turf Club Road, Horse City, Singapore 287992, p. 6466 0966.
Decked out in kitschy illustrations of local campaign mascots like Sharity Elephant, Teamy the productivity bee, and Singa the courtesy lion, this painfully hip restaurant pays homage to the best of Singapore’s dynamic culture. The hip bar has four live draft beers on tap and 80 different types of craft beers for sale. Ask for the private room located at the back of the 63,000 square feet restaurant; it’s equipped with a projector and a modest stage.
Lepark, People’s Park Complex, Level 6 Rooftop Carpark,1 Park Road, Singapore 059108
Hands up if you’ve taken a photo in front of that signature rustic blue wall (guilty…) Wheeler’s Yard’s spacious (can we emphasise the word “spacious” again?) industrial warehouse setting and unique bicycle covered walls are painfully hip. We picture charming DIY crafts and photo booths for an utterly Instagram-worthy party.
Wheeler’s Yard, 28 Lorong Ampas, Singapore 328781, p. 6254 9128.
Vintage automobiles, retro curios, and three-generations old Thai-Chinese recipes (Kombi Rocks was formerly Koon Kee Restaurant) make for a neighbourhood jewel. It’s many things at once: a diner, a museum, a quirky vintage shop, and a vehicle rental company with a fleet of restored Kombi and bugs available for bookings at events and weddings.
Kombi Rocks, 66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545568, p. 9008 6918.
Little Island Brewing Co
Located off-the-beaten track in serene Changi Village is Singapore’s newest craft beer brewery, Little Island Brewing. There’s an extremely neat self-dispensing draft wall where you get to pour your own beer at the bar. The one-of-a-kind DIY DrinkCommand system lets you pay for your beer with a single tap of your card (similar to the EZ link) – so you don’t have to worry about splitting the bill.
Little Island Brewing Co, #01-01/02, 6 Changi Village, Singapore 509907, p. 6543 9100.
For a party that can feed your huge squad
On the menu, you’ll find Asian-inspired sharing plates like tsukune sliders, miso roasted eggplant, and even seafood like dashi poached squid. Drink-wise, feel free to challenge the bartenders and get them to customise your poison to your liking. On the other hand, you could order one of their cocktails, such as Harajuku Girl – a mix of Fords Gin, Fee Brothers plum bitters and shisho leaf.
Neon Pigeon, #01-03, 1 Keong Saik Street, Singapore 089109, p. 6222 3623.
Artichoke Cafe & Bar
At one of Singapore’s best Middle Eastern-influenced restaurants, chef-owner Bjorn Shen puts out innovative creations that are great for sharing, from beetroot tzatziki to a falafel salad and a slow-roasted lamb shoulder. Don’t be surprised if you pop by and see something new on the menu, these guys are known for their spontaneity.
Artichoke Cafe & Bar, 161 Middle Road, Sculpture Square, Singapore 188978, p. 6336 6949.
Crab in da Bag
This seafood boil operates on a simple concept that works marvellously. Toss shellfish, sides, and sauces into a transparent bag and voila! Tasty shellfish that you can eat with your hands. Yup, no cutlery needed. Great, messy fun for your posse of famished foodies.
Crab in da Bag, #01-25 Big Splash, 902 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449874, p. 6440 0083.
Got a massive party in the works? Go Caribbean and book Lime House’s private dining space on the second floor. If it’s a sit-down dinner, they can accommodate up to 50 pax. Their standing capacity is 80 pax. There’s no extra charge to rent the space, so let them know how you want to customise the package and they’ll make it happen.
Lime House, 2 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089260, p. 6222 3130.
This small 13-seater restaurant, whose basement space is great for up to 22 gourmands (book ahead), is all about amazing food and fab produce. Restaurant highlights include the sea urchin pudding, made with squid ink custard and sea urchin (yes, yes, yes), and the tuna belly “chutoro” tartare. The doughnuts with lemon curd are pleasantly surprising and a must-order to finish off a great meal.
Lolla, 22 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069702, p. 6423 1228.
Potato Head Folk
If you and your posse are hankering for some gut-busting burgers, sate those mighty appetites in the whimsical confines of Potato Head Folk. Call in early to book a table if you’re in a large group, or if you’ve got bigger plans still, the restaurant offers its space for private events. Dining here is completely unpretentious, so dress down and get messy with specialities like the classic baby Huey cheeseburger. If you’re after a little heat, try the spicy burning man beef burger instead.
Potato Head Folk, 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143, p. 6327 1939. Open Tue-Sun 11am – 12am.
Tippling Club’s 12-seater private dining room Bin 38 comes equipped with its very own R&D kitchen (how cool is that?!) Your gang can choose to have a small menu or large menu, and if everyone likes, chef-owner Ryan Clift will personally cook up a storm for the party upon request.
Tippling Club, 38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461, p. 6475 2217.
For a party worth splurging on
Dinner with stunning views of the city can only get better with the use of a private dining room. ME@OUE’s fancy little spot has a sitting capacity of 12, and a standing capacity of up to 35 pax.
ME@OUE, Rooftop Level, OUE Bayfront, 50 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049321, p. 6634 4555.
Long Chim’s undeniably our favourite place for elevated Thai food. Relax and unwind in the resto’s private dining room which seats up to 22 guests. If you like, order the special set menu ($99 per pax), which consists of five starters, seven main dishes, and two desserts (don’t worry, portions are pretty small).
Long Chim, #L2-02 Atrium 2, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, p. 6688 7299.
The Black Swan
The private dining room at The Black Swan is as sexy as its other spots (we’re talking about the main brass-heavy, Great Gatsby-inspired dining hall, The Powder Room on the mezzanine level), and it’s hidden from plain sight if you crave privacy.
The Black Swan, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704, p. 8181 3305.
NOX – Dine in the Dark
For something totally unique to wow your pals, and your tastebuds, book the private room at NOX. The three-course set menu is reasonably priced ($88++ per person) and, as you’re dining in the dark, you won’t know what you’re eating until all is revealed after the meal. Expect a lively debate as you try to guess what the hell is actually on your plate.
NOX – Dine in the Dark, 269 Beach Rd, Singapore, 199546, p. 6298 0708.
For a party with smashin’ music
This mega clubbing institution has been around for a whopping 25 years, making it a staple of Singapore’s nightlife scene. With sprawling multi-level dance floors, and three dazzling club spaces, this is THE destination to see international DJs – think house and techno elites like Paul Van Dyk or EDM crowd pleasers like Dyro.
Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street, Singapore 169420.
CÉ LA VI
Taking the meaning of living the high life to a whole new level – 57 stories up, in fact! – is CÉ LA VI. Perched atop the boat-shaped structure of Marina Bay Sands, you not only get a picturesque view of the SG skyline, but also a luxe clubbing experience that combines swank with swagger. Swing by for DYSKO Mondays for some disco inferno, This Is House Tuesdays for classic 4/4 grooves, and Radiostar Saturdays for popular chart-topping earworms.
CÉ LA VI, SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971, p. 6688 7688.
Hidden at the basement of a tower in the bustling CBD is kyō – an underground playground where utter decadence and music revelry awaits. If you’re a fan of Japanese drinks, the bar is stocked with varieties of Japanese whisky, sake and spirits. This play den and former bank is ultra-sleek and minimalist – be surrounded by dark earthy tones and bronze wall panels as you jam out to edgy tunes by regulars like Zig Zach or international acts like Tessela and Bicep.
kyō, Keck Seng Tower, 133 Cecil Road, #B1-02, Singapore 069535, p. 8299 8735.
After the closing of hipster haven Home Club, we were left craving for something to fill the alternative club void. Thank goodness for Canvas – a quirky art-meets-music club of top-tier indie floorshakers and underground vibes. Resident DJs (like Mr Boo and LeNERD) spin everything from indie anthems to hip-hop classics.
Canvas, The Riverwalk,#B1-01/06, 20 Upper Circular Road, Singapore 058416, p. 9169 3815.
Blu Jaz Cafe
Three-stories of decent local music awaits in this quaint shophouse situated along Bali Lane. Besides being a host to good vibes, BluJaz caters to any music taste, any night. Whether it’s jazz, reggaeton or even trippy psychedelic trance, this unconventional space plays it all. We recommend booking the entire second floor – it comes with a rustic outdoor balcony.
Blu Jaz Cafe, 11 Bali Lane, Singapore 189848, p.6292 3800.
For a party that will get your adrenaline pumping
Hire a yacht
Boat parties are a hit in Singapore, thanks to constant sunshine, the sea on our doorstep and plenty of celebrations every weekend. It’s a good job, then, that they are oh-so-easy to organise. Hiring a boat in Singapore is just a case of chatting to a few companies, working out the overall size, deciding upon a route (from day trips to weekends away) and adding extras like food, booze and activities. Read our guide to renting a yacht in Singapore.
If you and your friends are urbanite craving the great outdoors, or adrenaline junkies looking for a thrill fix, try roughing it up at Forest Adventure Singapore together – definitely an alternative birthday or bachelorette bash! The city’s first and only treetop obstacle course, it’ll send your pulse racing as you manoeuvre through 35 death-defying obstacles.
Forest Adventure, Bedok Reservoir Park, p. 8100 7420.