Looking for alcoholic concoctions in the CBD, Tanjong Pagar, Keong Saik Road and yonder? We round up bars in Singapore for beer, cocktails, wine and Champagne
Where to go for a drink in Singapore, you ask? You’ve probably missed out on some of our previous guides for cocktail bars, sport bars, whisky bars, wine bars, cheap bars and hidden bars. Why don’t you take a few minutes to look through them first? Done checking them out? Cool! Then you’re ready to read on and join us in our toast to bars in Singapore that made an impact this year.
This posh open-concept rooftop bar at Park Hotel Alexandra is the perfect place to relax after a hard day’s work. Surrounded by lush greenery, you’d want to soak yourself in the 25-metre infinity swimming pool just next to the bar while pampering yourself to bespoke cocktails like Summer Chill ($18), Hot Melons ($18) and Alexandra Sunset ($18). They also offer a tantalising gourmet menu of bar nosh like Battered Cauliflower ($8), Truffle Polenta Fries ($10) and freshly shucked Seasonal Oysters ($24 for a half dozen). Just in case you’re in for some good heavy-duty bites, try the Dirty Steak ($36)!
Aqua Luna, Level 7, Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159972, p. 6828 8888. Open Sun-Thu 12pm-11pm; Fri & Sat, 12pm – 1am.
Despite its brand name, this playful drinking den presents a serious dose of ‘90s nostalgia – from its graffiti-plastered walls to the tunes of yesteryear. Fresh serves some solid cocktails like Xin Jia Po Sling, Kopi Negroni and the Fresh Sandy Sex. If beer’s your thing, you’ll have an array of craft labels to choose from, such as Tenant from Scotland, and Australian lager Moritz. Read our review on Fresh to find out more.
Fresh, #02-01 The Sultan, 101 Jalan Sultan, Singapore 199002, p. 8828 7084. Open Mon-Thu 6pm – 12 am, Fri-Sat, 6pm – 2am.
This addition to Singapore’s cocktail scene is also the first Latin-American cocktail bar in the city. This new cocktail bar uses Latin American spirits to make their cocktails, so don’t expect to find whisky or gin here. Try its signature cocktail, The Girl from Ipanema, made with cachaça (Brazilian rum made from Sugarcane), lime, passion fruit and Brazil nuts. The open-concept kitchen also rolls out delicious and sophisticated bites that are worth every penny. The real winner, however, has to be their undeniably delicious El Cubano sandwich ($22). Read our review on Vasco to find out more.
Vasco, 42 HongKong Street, Singapore 059681, p. 87997085. Open Mon-Sat, 6pm-1am.
TAP Craft Beer Bar
The amber-hued beauties at TAP Craft Beer Bar come on tap, bottled, and in the best flavours possible. Crazy for craft brews? TAP is one of the first in Singapore to have 20 brews on tap, and more than 80 different craft beers and soda labels. Beer fiends, keep it together now; on tap are familiar names like Modern Times, Lost Coast, and Strand. If you’re hungry, there’s a selection of tapas, sausages, cold cuts and cheese to pair with your beers. Read our review on TAP Craft Beer Bar for the full deets.
TAP Craft Beer Bar, #01-88/89/90 Capitol Piazza (Galleria), 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178884, p. 6224 1607.
The Powder Room
On top of slick leather seats, polished marbled surfaces, and a jazzy soundtrack, relive those hedonistic days of the 1920s at The Powder Room through awesome tipples that marry old and new techniques and recipes. Have a go at popular concoctions such as Contraband, Babe Ruth, B.B King, Playing with Fire, and Salty Sea Dog. They also have an amazing happy hour that Mr. Gatsby will totally approve. Between 6 to 7pm on weekdays, you get a glass of Champagne on the house on one lovely condition – you’ve got to be in heels. No stilettos, no bubbles! Find out more about The Powder Room here.
The Powder Room, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704, p. 8181 3305. Open Tues-Thurs, 10.30pm – 1am, Fri-Sat, 10.30pm – 2am, closed on Sun.
Sitting atop People’s Park Complex – Chinatown’s prominent yellow and green building – is Lepark, a quirky tapas bar and beer garden. Lepark is a great hangout spot with a massive outdoor sitting area of 63,000 square feet and lots of fun little shindigs to boot (think flea markets and movie screenings). Draft beers start from $6, and the ever-changing menu (it gets updated at least once a month) features stuff like deep fried otah bombs and soft shell crab sliders that come with salted egg yolk. Read our review on Lepark to find out more.
Lepark, 5/F People’s Park Complex (rooftop carpark), 1 Park Road, Singapore 059108, p. 6908 5809. Open Tue-Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. Closed Mon.
Sum Yi Tai
Housed in a multi-storey shophouse, this restaurant-bar follows an old-school 1980s Hong Kong theme. Chinese tapas – like crispy roast pork and XO carrot cake – is served on the ground floor, a dining club (there’s a private dining room as well) is located on the second floor, and you’ll find a private rooftop bar on the third – which can only be accessed if you have an invitation or a reservation. Love whisky? There’s a great range of options to choose from, such as single malts, whisky-based cocktails, and even “white dogs” (white whiskys).
Sum Yi Tai, 25 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069622, p. 6221 3665. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-1am, Sat 5pm-1am. Closed Sun.
While the gold-accented interior may insinuate upmarket, Gibson is far from those formal, stuffy bar experiences. Gibson also prides itself on its wide selection of potent tipples in its drinks menu, pleasing even the most discerning drinker. Cocktails aside, you’ll also have to enjoy its modest selection of raw seafood dishes like the scallop crudo! Read our review on Gibson to find out more.
Gibson Bar, Level 2, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089832, p. 9114 8385. Open Mon-Sat, 5pm – 12am, closed on Sun.
From the graffiti mural walls to quirky ninja cocktail glasses, this contemporary Japanese hangout screams hip. Drinks-wise, order one of its custom cocktails, such as Harajuku Girl – a mix of Fords Gin, Fee Brothers plum bitters and shisho leaf. Its bar program has been growing dramatically as well, with major bartenders like Symphony Loo (Nominated for the “World Class” bartending award) and Sam Wong, winner of World Class 2014 Singapore. So feel free to challenge the bartenders and get them to customise your poison to your liking – they whip up damn good bespoke cocktails! A tad hungry? Try its Asian-inspired sharing plates like tsukune sliders, miso roasted eggplant, and baos & bone marrows.
Neon Pigeon, #01-03, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109, p. 6222 3623. Open Mon-Sat, 6pm – 12am, closed on Sun.
1 Tyrwhitt Bistro & Bar
Located at the new hipster hangout spot (Jalan Besar!), this drinking hole provides a laid-back setting for you to relish a cup of artisanal coffee or catch up with your friends over a few glasses of Australia’s Victoria Bitter beer. 1 Tyrwhitt Bistro & Bar also offers exceptional scrumptious foodfare, mainly Italian pizza, pasta and the likes. Of course, if you’ve a bigger appetite, there’s always 1 Tyrwhitt Bistro & Bar’s burgers to fill those tummies.
1 Tyrwhitt Bistro & Bar, 1 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207522, p. 6341 5167. Open Mon & Wed-Sun, 11.30am-12pm. Closed on Tue.