Is it wine o’clock yet? Bar-hop your way through these spots for a buzzy night out!
Forget cocktails or craft beers. Whether you’re all about dry reds, sweet whites or natural goodness, it’s always a good time for wine. And if you’re not in the mood to stay in, these top-notch wine bars in the city offer some of the best bottles. From casual hangouts to intimate bistros to fine wine havens, there’s something here for any kind of drinker.
Edgy in all the right places, this funky watering hole tears down the fancy facade of wines with its unpretentious atmosphere and chill vibes. Fret not if you’re new to the world of wine — the good folks here will point you in the right direction. Or, more specifically, to the wall stacked with all types of bottles, which they’ll happily tell you all about. Just keep an open mind with each mouthful and line your stomach with the kitchen’s impeccable small plates before you start sipping.
Wine RVLT, L1, 38 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059917
A homely shophouse bistro on the hip Keong Saik Road stretch, Gaston takes the classic French fare of Burgundy to its kitchen in Singapore, pairing plates of comfort food with 350 wine labels from France and beyond. Prefer to sample grape varieties by the glass? The selection features up to 15 wines, plus an ever-changing wine flight of the week to get that vino flowing through your veins.
Gaston, 25 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089132
13% Gastro Wine
The cosy feels are strong at 13% Gastro Wine, where bottles are mostly brought in from family-owned vineyards, giving every pour that personal touch. The menu changes every so often, with new winemakers taking their turn in the limelight, so you’ll never tire of the selection here. For the full experience, order a cheese and charcuterie board or get plates of grilled meats and sweets to share with the table.
13% Gastro Wine, multiple outlets, including Aliwal Street, Killiney Road and Telok Ayer Street.
Touted as the country’s first and largest rosé wine garden, the alfresco nook sits pretty in pink on a rooftop of Ann Siang House. Twinkling with fairy lights, it makes a great relaxed hideaway for after-work drinks or weekend gatherings. Besides a collection of craft beers, sangrias and Aperol/Campari spritzes, the menu regularly switches up its rosé wine choices to keep things interesting. Time to stop and smell the rosé, we say!
Pandora’s Garden, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708
Wine & Chef
Also located in the Keong Saik area, this joint’s outdoor high tables make for a great people-watching perch. But if you’d rather have a quiet dinner, head indoors to unwind in peace. The wines here shine a spotlight on Italy and pair nicely with the Asian-inspired dishes that the kitchen whips up.
Wine & Chef, 7 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089115
Once the sun goes down, Regent’s tea lounge transforms into a wine bar. Taking you on a journey from Old World to New World, Park90 looks to the highly-rated bottles by Robert Parker Wine Advocate to curate its list of about 1,000 varieties. Bottles come in from across the globe, including the likes of France, New Zealand, Chile, Australia and Spain, and price tags can range from semi wallet-friendly to all-out splurge. To get the red carpet experience, sign up for any of the membership tiers to get exclusive event invites, access to limited releases and more.
Park90, Lobby, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
Le Bon Funk
Pop by Club Street, even on a weekday night, and you’ll find Le Bon Funk bustling with wine aficionados, date-night couples and lively groups of friends playing catch up. Each visit is a pleasant surprise, thanks to the rotating list of natural wines and a daily menu of grub made with the freshest produce.
Le Bon Funk, 29 Club Street, Singapore 069414
Praelum Wine Bistro
A quaint spot in a shophouse unit on Duxton Hill, Praelum welcomes one and all for evenings of vino relaxation complemented by what it calls “French-inspired European cuisine.” If you’re having a major bout of indecision choosing from the extensive wine collection, seek advice from the in-house sommeliers on what suits your palate best.
Praelum Wine Bistro, 4 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089590
The Wine & Gourmet Friends
Toss aside your beer goggles and pick up your wine glasses at this Keong Saik hotspot, which houses a walk-in cellar stocked with 300 varieties from 20 countries. While you’re sniffing and swirling, peruse the fusion-style menu for dishes combining the flavours of Asian and Western cuisines.
The Wine & Gourmet Friends, 48 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089859
The sleek, high-ceilinged wine bar resting on the ground floor of Hotel G Singapore takes a French approach to its menu of charcoal-grilled meats, cold cuts and cheese — all of which go beautifully with the lovely French wines. They’re pretty pocket-friendly too, starting from $6 per glass.
Ginett, Hotel G Singapore, 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980
Here’s a name familiar to any wine enthusiast. With numerous outlets scattered across the island, Wine Connection dishes out everything from cheese platters to tapas plates. But what it really excels in is its medley of affordable vino. To get up close and personal with the grape stuff, walk through the retail area within the restaurant to get your hands on the labels that call out to you. While you’re at it, take full advantage of the store’s perpetual promos and get a couple of extra bottles to wine down at home.
Wine Connection, multiple locations including Cuppage Road, Robertson Walk and VivoCity.
“A day without wine is a day without sunshine,” says the restaurant, and we totally agree. This charming Shaw Centre gem takes its tapas and vino seriously, with bottles brought in mostly from Spain and France. Suss out its assortment of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir, or browse through the sherries, champagnes and sweet late-harvest offerings.
La Taperia, #02-18, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
The cuisine is modern European and the wines are gentle on the wallet — so much so that you could easily take home a few bottles without feeling the pinch. In between nibbles of chorizo, Jamon Iberico and brie, take a swig of the house whites or reds, which start from $6 per glass. Alternatively, for something on the premium end, have a look at the Bordeaux or Burgundy range.
Winestone, #01-01, Novotel Singapore on Stevens, 28 Stevens Road, Singapore 257878
Looks like good old Keong Saik’s a hoppin’ place when it comes to wine! But what makes this laid-back haunt a cool go-to is its affordable prices, especially during weekday lunches. The bistro is also known for its regular drink promos, so keep tabs on this space for your next wine-fuelled night out.
Wine Mansion, 26 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089133