Pools, restaurants and posh rooms aren’t they only things to look forward to when you’re on a swish staycation. Check out our list of the swankiest hotel bars in Singapore
If boozy indulgence is a regular part of your staycation shenanigans, having a killer cocktail bar right below your room is a major plus point. Whether it’s crafty beer or bespoke cocktails you’re after, here’s our list of hotel bars that are sure to quench your thirst.
Woo Bar, W Singapore
It’s no secret that we’re fans of their whimsical high tea menu (available on weekends and weekdays), but we also love sipping on the bar’s bespoke cocktails like the fruity Burlesque Lingerie and the La Vie en Rose. Come nightfall, the bar woos some of Singapore’s leading tastemakers to its snazzy lounge bar decked out with modern white furniture and cool blue lighting.
Woo Bar, W Singapore, 21 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098374, p. 6808 7288. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-1am; Sat-Sun & public holidays 9am-1am.
Long Bar, Raffles Hotel
It’s been decades since Singapore’s last tiger was allegedly slain right in this very bar, but if you’ve got deep pockets and want to bask in history while slaying your thirst, this legendary bar is a prime pick. This doyenne of the Singaporean bar scene still mixes up a prime selection of classic and contemporary cocktails you can enjoy in old-school colonial class. The bar is famed for its Singapore Sling, created by local bartending legend, Ngiam Tong Boon.
Long Bar, Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673. p. 6337 1886. Open Sun-Thu 11am-12.30am, Sun-Mon 11am-12.30am.
Armoury, The South Beach
Countrymen, lay down your weapons… unless your arsenal comprises pints of ale and bottles of craft beer! Aptly named after South Beach Quarter’s historical role as an armoury during the colonial days, this gastro-bar – launched by the Massive Collective – now distributes firepower of a different ‘calibre’. With over 15 beers on tap, affixed to rustic wood and concrete furnishings, you can gulp down on German lagers, US IPAs, Hong Kong ales, and other liquor fixtures. If you’re brave enough to pull the trigger, fire away and down a Bulleit To The Head cocktail: a triple threat of Bulleit Rye whiskey, smoked malted barley syrup and angostura bitters.
The Armoury, 36 Beach Road, Singapore 189677, p. 6385 3173. Open Mon-Tue 5pm-11pm, Wed 5pm-2am, Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am.
New Asia Bar, Swissotel
Perched 71 floors above Singapore’s CBD, New Asia Bar is a treat for anyone who loves killer cocktails and a view to match. This 180-seat, two-storey bar and dining establishment is also host to weekly themed nights and its “WOW” Party every Friday. Its Wednesday ladies night also features five complimentary drinks and a heady dose of club anthems, courtesy of resident DJ Doze. Gentleman aren’t left out either; with two free drinks included in the cover charge of $30.
New Asia Bar, Swissotel, Level 71, Equinox Complex, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
As with all Anti:dote’s recipes, the cocktails are handcrafted with premium spirits and market-fresh ingredients, including housemade bitters, liqueurs, and flavoured sodas, as well as herbs and flowers from the bar’s very own garden. There’s a story behind every drink, which is inspired by the people that bartender Tom Hogan has met. The mad scientist-bartender’s something of a riot behind the counter too; just get him to spill the beans!
Anti:dote, Level 1 Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560, p. 6431 5315
Manhattan, Regent Hotel
Regent Hotel’s swanky 89-seater bespoke cocktail spot offers up a slice of 19th-century New York. American mixologist, Ricky Paiva, helms the bar, as well as the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse – a workshop featuring over 100 American oak barrels for experimentation. Manhattan also has a collection of unusual ingredients like wildcherry bark and shisandra berries.
Manhattan Bar, Level 2 Regent Hotel, 2nd floor, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, p. 6725 337
Martini Bar, Grand Hyatt Singapore
Offering over 50 different signature martinis, this swanky bar never fails to give us a case of decidophobia whenever we’re there. For a refreshing tipple this summer, have their Botanical martini – a tantalising blend of Effen Vodka, Domaine de Canton Frence ginger liqueur, zesty lemon juice, fresh cucumber, and rosemary leaves.
Martini Bar, Mezza9, Mezzanine Level, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, p. 6732 1234
HI-SO Rooftop Bar, Hotel Sofitel So Singapore
It’s easy to pretend you’re in, at this glamorous rooftop bar in the heart of the CBD. Lounging on deck chairs or in the scattered cabanas, you’ll enjoy perfectly crafted cocktails while taking in the gleaming city lights. The bar also features a pool (and hosts swish pool parties) and a regular ladies night on Wednesday that’ll bag you a free glass of Ruinart champagne between 6pm-9pm.
Hi So, Hotel Sofitel So Singapore, 35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876. p. 6701 6800
Bar Vagabond, Hotel Vagabond
The charms of Little India extend to more than quaint vegetarian Indian joints, markets and flower shops. If you’re craving a classy cocktail after your dosa dinner, pop by Bar Vagabond. Hotel Vagabond’s eccentric saloon, conceived by Proof & Co and styled by French designer Jacques Garcia, features thick velvet curtains, an aureate baboon sculpture and plush crimson furnishings. But of course you’re not just here for the décor. Bar Vagabond’s selection of cocktails include its Katana (the bar’s own iteration of the Bloody Mary) as well as enigmatic concoctions like the Ashes & Snow cocktail which mixes up the tropical tastes of rum and pineapple with the intriguing addition of salt charcoal and chartreuse elixir.
Vagabond Bar, Hotel Vagabond, 39 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207630, p. 6291 6677