Because nothing beats a good time with a drink in your hand and the breeze in your hair.
If you’re looking for a change of scenery to introduce your drinking buddies to a swell time sans air-conditioning, perhaps hop on over to an alfresco bar or two. Open-air restaurants and rooftop drinking spots aside, these are the casual, laid-back joints that offer a fab time any day of the week. From hidden watering holes to cool hangouts with a view, the city’s outdoor watering holes are all about breezy good times.
Situated inside The Riverhouse at Clarke Quay, along with nightclub Yang and modern Chinese restaurant Mimi, Yin invites bar-hoppers to kick back by the river. In between drinks, you’ll be entertained by live band gigs and sports screenings. Keen to try one of the signature cocktails? Pick from a selection that includes Popcorn Colada (bourbon, popcorn syrup, pineapple juice), Rendezvous (floral gin, yuzu sake and melon liqueur) and The ‘High’ Tea (gold rum, homemade red dates, oolong tea).
Yin, The Riverhouse, #01-02, Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020
Timbre X @ The Substation
For an escape from the crowds, head to this cosy hideaway at the back of The Substation. Under the gleam of fairy lights, surrounded by lush greens, you’ll be dancing the night away to catchy tunes by resident bands 53A and SuperSonic. Just like any other Timbre joint, this alfresco bar doles out the brand’s famous thin-crust pizzas; but those making a beeline for booze can order a round of beers for the table (or classic cocktails, if that’s more your scene).
Timbre X @ The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
Gillman Barracks isn’t just home to a medley of art galleries; it’s also where you’ll find cool kid Hopscotch, a bar that’s unabashedly in love with its Singapore roots. The outdoor tables are ideal for hosting boisterous group gatherings, and every visit here is different, as the menu refreshes regularly. The folks behind the bar are innovative and always up for experimenting, so expect the unexpected in their cocktails. Unusual ingredients in the mix include wasabi mint syrup, ginger flower, chicken miso, hawthorn syrup and black sesame miso paste. We’re intrigued already! Psst: If you’re happy to be surprised, just throw out three words to describe your favourite flavours and let the bartenders do their thing.
Hopscotch, 45 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109455
Wine Connection Tapas Bar & Bistro
Always bustling with vino lovers, Wine Connection’s Robertson Walk outlet is an easy option when you’re in the mood for the grape stuff. The wine list is endless, it’s got cheese platters galore and the alfresco tables are perfect for a catch-up with friends or family.
Wine Connection Tapas Bar & Bistro, #01-19/20, Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995
Evenings got you excited for after-work drinks? Gather your thirstiest teammates to drown your work sorrows in beers, wines, spirits and, of course, frozen margaritas. Housed in a shipping container in the CBD, with outdoor seats overlooking the Marina Bay waters, this alfresco bar is all about street food, bar bites and good vibes.
Chimi’s, #01-01, Ntuc Centre, 1 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
From the same folks that brought you East-side sports hangout Tipsy Penguin comes a modern Asian rooftop bar with sparkling views of the city from its Boat Quay perch. Its concept takes inspiration from China’s Tang Dynasty, while its no-frills outdoor area looks out on the surrounding CBD buildings. Fancy a sip from the liquor cabinet? Go for beers, shooters, wines, sakes or cocktails.
Lady Wu, Attic Level, The Offshore Building, 11 North Canal Road, Singapore 048824
We’re in love with Boat Quay’s newest dual concept bar (especially its opulent second level ballroom), but when it comes to drinks without the embellishments, we think Deadfall. More gritty and rustic than its upstairs sister, the chillax haunt has a tiny open-air seating area by the bar for post-work cocktails or weekend lounging. Best of all, beers and cocktails here are pocket-friendly.
Barbary Coast, Level 1, 16 North Canal Road, Singapore 048828
With two prime waterfront locations and live bands to set the tone of groovy nights, it’s no surprise crowds flock to Le Noir for high-spirited merriment. The buzzy, original Clarke Quay spot faces the Singapore River, while its Marina Bay Sands venue opens out to the waters, with sunset DJ gigs and spectacular views of the nightly Spectra light show.
Le Noir, two locations include Clarke Quay and Marina Bay Sands.
Not all who wander to this hidden gem are lost, especially if you’re on the hunt for a great mocktail. A concept by The Halal Mixologist, the eclectic space is decorated with all sorts of knick-knacks and green pockets, but what we really love about it is the alfresco space lit with fairy lights and neon words. Clearly, no alcohol is served on the premises, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a smashing time clinking glasses to concoctions cheekily named after popular books like Harry Potter, The Little Prince, Alice in Wonderland and Hamlet.
Wanderlost Lounge, #12-01, Realty Centre, 15 Enggor Road, Singapore 079716
Tanjong Beach Club
Sprawled out on the sandy shores of Tanjong Beach, this tropical oasis houses a restaurant, bar and swimming pool, so you can pretty much spend the entire day lounging by the waters, taking a dip or partying it up at one of the hip disco raves. Sit back, relax and feel the sun on your face while you knock back cocktails like flamingo margarita (with strawberries and jalapeno syrup) or Malayan mai tai (made of house-infused rum, pandan and fresh lime).
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098942
Monti’s Italian restaurant may be indoors, but you can head up the stairs for unobstructed sights of Marina Bay (best seen during sunset!). With tapas and tipples to fuel you up, the rooftop hangout takes casual elegance to the next level.
Monti, Rooftop of Monti at 1-Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327
Wala Wala Cafe Bar
One of the OGs in the live music scene, Wala Wala has been a mainstay in Holland Village for as long as we can remember. The decades-old neighbourhood haunt does away with decorative trimmings, ‘cause what you see is truly what you get. It’s a welcoming, relaxed spot to catch sports broadcasts and live band performances with a beer in hand. Or you can do like the locals and simply sit for a bout of people-watching.
Wala Wala Cafe Bar, 31 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, Singapore