Tapped or bottled, there are plenty of good bars in town that stocks a wide selection of craft beer
One thing’s for sure: Singapore’s craft beer scene is bigger than ever, thanks to the ever-growing obsession with cult independent breweries from around the world. Be adventurous and hop on the beerwagon; switch your standard pint or brew with an ice-cold craft beer. Yes we drank our way around the island’s bars and pubs for you.
This hotel has just opened its doors and there’s already buzz about the house Andaz Pale Ale – a collaboration of the hotel with the local Red Dot Microbrewery. Enjoy a pint on the rooftop bar, Mr Stork, which overlooks the city and is full of cosy corners, thanks to the homey teepees scattered around the lush grounds.
Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354, p. 6408 1234
If you prefer to take your time reading labels and making selections, Booze Pharma-C might be the perfect spot. It’s basically a convenience store that specialises in booze – and their selection for craft beers are pretty extensive. Find craft beers from UK, Japan, Germany and more, as well as all sorts of liquor, cider and whatever your poison is.
Booze Pharma-C, 50 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-03 Link Hotel, Singapore 168733 , p. 9191 0677
Craft beer may be its specialty but even the food and recipes at this joint are beer inspired. From the handmade pastas using the same grains they brew the beer with, to beer reduction glazes for grilled meats, these folks are as serious about the food as they are about their beers.
The 1925 Brewing Co., 369 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208997, p. 6294 9215
Most come for the coffee but change it up a bit – go on, order up some of their beers. Having forged a partnership with British brewery Moor from Somerset and Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, you’ll find a solid selection of ales on tap here.
Necessary Provisions, 21 Eng Kong Terrace, Singapore 598993, p. 9231 7920
Good Luck Beerhouse
A suitable fit to the super hip Haji Lane is this craft beerhouse. Enjoy a selection of international and local brews, including stuff on tap from local brewers Innocence Brewing and Crossroads Brewing. Bottled selections include some good stuff from Yeastie Boys, 8 Wired Brewing and more.
Good Luck Beerhouse, 9 Haji Lane, Singapore 189202, p. 8742 4809
Hear ye, craft beer fiends! Nickeldime offers up to 15 seasonal (some limited edition) craft beers on tap, all of which complement its grub like the salami and chilli pizza, as well as fun, alcohol-infused creations, such as ale snapper fish and chips and stout braised beef ragout.
Nickeldime Drafthouse, #01-06, 273 Thomson Road, Singapore 307644, p. 6256 0261.
We were pleased as punch when Freehouse opened a stone’s throw away from Honeycombers HQ on Telok Ayer. Lagers and IPAs are available from tap, lodged impressively within this shophouse’s clean white tiles. Bevvies include the likes of New Zealand’s Zeffer Cider and Munich’s Hofbrau Lager, and for the peckish, can you say no to bacon tempura and kimchi bulgogi dogs? Check out our Freehouse review for the full deets.
Freehouse, 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620. Open daily 5pm-12am.
Of course burgers and beer are a meant to be together. This diner-style restaurant has 18 craft beers on tap! From easygoing lagers like the Adnams Dry Hopped Lager to smoky porters and hoppy American IPAs, there’s a beer here that’ll cater to even the most particular of tastes. While you’re here, we suggest you try out some of their burgers as well. Here’s our full review of Burger Joint.
Burger Joint, #03-01, 115 Amoy Street. p. 6221 8648. Open daily 11am-12am. Enter through the back door on Gemmill Lane.
The Alchemist Beer Lab
Looking to elevate the beer tower experience, this bar at The South Beach is being pumped out by the team behind Little Island Brewing Co. at Changi Village. Lined along the marble-coated bar is a row of 16, three-litre beer infusion towers, that we hear have come to fruition thanks to mixology science. In each specialised tower, ingredients are placed in a fusion chamber, and compressed gas is released before beer is injected into the tower. While eight of the towers will contain signature beer from Little Island Brewing Co., the remaining eight will feature flavours exclusive to The Alchemist – highlights will include lager with grilled pineapple and star anise, stout with dark chocolate and chilli, and craft beers that incorporate ingredients such as spices, nuts, and even coffee.
The Alchemist Beer Lab, #B1-16 The South Beach, 26 Beach Road, Singapore 189768, p. 6543 9100
Mikkeller Bar Singapore
“What’s the fuss over Mikeller Bar in Singapore?” you might ask, only to receive gasps and looks of disapproval from beer geeks. We’ll save you the embarrassment and get you savvy with these Danish gypsy brewers right now: Instead of operating its own brewery, Mikeller collaborates with other breweries and uses their facilities to produce unique one-off brews. The bar’s house brews include Singapore specific brews like the Prinsep Pilsner, Waterloo Wit and the Bugis Brown. With a total of 20 craft beers on tap, here’s a pretty good spot to get a fix on the craft beer movement
Mikeller Bar Singapore, 120 Prinsep Street, Singapore 187937. Open Tue-Sun 4pm-12am. Closed on Mon.
Probably the coolest things about this beer garden are the Pegas growler stations. They allow guzzlers to bring home fresh, frothy beers, which can be stored up to seven days. Capped in 1.89-litre (approximately four pints) amber-tinted glass bottles (to keep out harmful UV rays); the bottle is pressurised with carbon dioxide to prevent oxidisation and loss of fizz. These growlers are perfect for house parties, and you can fill them up with German draft beers including Drunken Sailor, Hofbrӓu Original, and Hofbrӓu Dunkel, a smoked beer that is brewed in small batches. Amber Nectar also serves 20 unique-styled beers and lip-smacking bites such as the crisp Schweinshaxe pork knuckle.
Amber Nectar, Robertson Walk Courtyard, #01-10/11, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995, p. 6737 3774
This unpretentious bar is a secret we wish we didn’t have to share. This bistro serves over 50 craft hops, including a range of very limited edition Mikkeller beers. Food isn’t on the menu, but you can just holler to a waiter and they will help you order from any of the inexpensive restaurants nearby. Neat!
Alchemy Bistro, #01-03 Central Mall, 3 Magazine Road, Singapore 059570, p. 9692 0678
Little Island Brewing Co.
Located off-the-beaten track in serene Changi Village is one of Singapore’s more prolific craft beer breweries. There’s an extremely neat self-dispensing draft wall where you get to pour your own beer at the bar, and trust us when we say you can find lots of rare brews here. This team is also behind The Alchemist Beer Lab (see above).
Little Island Brewing Co., #01-01/02, 6 Changi Village, Singapore 509907, p. 6543 9100
Thirsty for more than supermarket macro brews? Pay a visit to this craft beer store and bar to browse its immense collection of esoteric ales and beers. The store’s inventory ranges from perennial favourites like Sierra Nevada and Lost Coast Brewery, to more obscure offerings like 21st Amendment and Anderson Valley. Thirsty also offers home delivery service for beers, along with taster packs aimed at craft beer dilettantes and those up for trying a selection of new brews.
Thirsty, various locations.
Smith Street Taps
In a bid to make craft beer affordable to the masses, Daniel Goh of The Good Beer Company and Meng Chao of Brewer’s Craft (retail space at Clementi Ave 2) have joined forces to start Smith Street Taps, an all-taps beer hawker stall at Chinatown Complex which offers one of the largest number of draft beers in Singapore, up to eight at any one time. Here’s your chance to sample unique and uncommon brews, paired with good ol’ hawker fare nearby.
Smith Street Taps, #02-062, Chinatown Complex, 335 Smith Street Singapore 050335, p. 9430 2750
The Great Beer Experiment
Pasarbella at Turf City is a veritable playground for gourmet foodies, but the craft beer aficionados are certainly not left out! The Great Beer Experiment promises to “tickle, test and tempt” beer geeks with its selection of craft beers and ciders both bottled and on tap. Its beer selections changes regularly, so keep track of new arrivals via its Facebook page.
The Great Beer Experiment, Stall 46, PasarBella, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road. Open daily 10am-10pm.
TAP Craft Beer Bar
Craft beer enthusiasts, rejoice! TAP Craft Beer Bar boasts 20 craft beers on tap, in addition to over 80 different craft beer and soda labels. The open-concept bar is located within the beautifully revamped Capitol Piazza, which is great for people-watching while you knock back a few beers. Non-beer drinkers, try the Lost Coast Watermelon Wheat; the fruity ale tastes so much like watermelon lolly, that we couldn’t help but polish three pints straight!
TAP Craft Beer Bar, #01-88/89/90 Capitol Piazza (Galleria), 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178884, p. 6224 1607
Step back in time at Druggists, a cool little joint that shares the building space with the Singapore Chinese Druggists Association. The place is shamelessly retro, with a kopitiam-style interior and décor (think marble table tops, wooden chairs, and old-school tiles). Help yourself to locally-inspired bites like coffee pork ribs and paper-wrapped chicken, and wash it all down with a drink of your choice. With over 20 types of brew on tap, we think you might be a little spoilt for choice.
Druggists, 119 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207547, p. 93851752
Arguably Asia’s beer brewing gem (we’d like to believe Singapore comes in a close second), Japan boasts a veritable arsenal of artisanal beers which have won over a discerning international audience. JiBiru, housed in centrally-located 313 Somerset, stocks a strong selection of renowned Japanese craft beers, like our personal faves: Hitachino Nest, Shiga Kogen, and award-winning Kinshachi. Don’t forget to pair your beers with a side of yakitori (grilled skewers), the true-blue Japanese beer grub.
JiBiru, #01-26, [email protected], 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895, p. 6732 6884
Next Door Café
The cosy tavern stocks over 100 different beers, ales, and ciders, with the cheapest starting from $8.80. Don’t believe us? Check out their extensive beer list online! Those who prefer a not-so-fizzy swig, this beer paradise also serves vino, special cocktails, and whisky.
Next Door Café, 699 East Coast road Singapore, Singapore 459061, p. 6291 1351
Bizarre as it sounds, authentic Thai cuisine with German brews does wonders for our palates — beer does go well with anything, so it seems! This innovative East-meets-West concept has won over Thai natives and expat folks in Bangkok, earning the green light for expansion into cosmopolitan cities like Singapore. In their Dempsey Hill space, Tawandang serves up three types of German beers – lagers, weizens (made of malted barley or fruit), and dunkel (black beers) alongside a spread of Thai classics and Thai-German fusion dishes.
Tawandang Microbrewery, 26 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249686, p. 6476 6742
If you have a thirst for good craft beer in Singapore, you’ll have to get high first. High in the sky that is, at LeVel33 – the first ever ever microbrewery in the penthouse of a skyscraper. On tap are their five signature craft beers – 33.1 Blond Lager, 33.2 Pale Ale, 33.3 Stout, 33.4 House Porter and 33.9 Wheat Beer. Sample all five and get LeVel33’s beer paddle flight!
LeVeL33, 8 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 #33-01, Singapore 018981, p. 6834 3133