Having trouble picking a bar for your first date? Here are our favourite romantic cocktail spots for you to wine and dine with that very special someone.
So you’ve finally plucked up the courage to ask the person of your dreams on a date. Once the butterflies in your stomach subside, you find yourself facing the next challenge with no small amount of trepidation: “Where do I take my date for a top-notch meal?!” Stop. Breathe. Don’t panic, and get that confidence flowing with some liquid courage. We’ve lined up the best romantic bars in Singapore for your date night – spots with slick vibes and intimate ambience that will nudge both of you in the right direction. Good luck!
Best romantic bars in Singapore
Gibson: For craft cocktail connoisseurs
If your date is a maximalist at heart, just above Live Twice you’ll find an award-winning hidden gem: Gibson. The bar’s warm furnishings and plush booth seats provide lots of corners to canoodle in. Plus, you can easily set the mood with playful cocktails like City of Stars and Honey PX, which feature ingredients like honey mead and starfruit.
Gibson, Level 2, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089832
Smoke & Mirrors: For the ‘chi chi’ couple
This romantic bar atop National Gallery oozes sophistication with its skyline view overlooking The Padang, Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands. And just as impressive is its modern decor with warm wood and metal accents. Grab a seat by the balcony and take in the view while sipping classic cocktails like mai tais, margaritas and martinis. Mesmerised by the lush landscape of Singapore? Take your pick from the Conscious Cocktails collection, which spotlights creative concoctions that are eco-friendly.
Smoke & Mirrors, #06-01, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Level33: For corporate high-fliers
Perched high above the city in the penthouse of Marina Bay Financial Centre, this high-tech brewery, restaurant and lounge is an impressive venue for a first date, especially if your partner is a fan of craft beers. You’ll be well rewarded with sweeping views of the surrounding skyline and glittering waters as you toast to your love life.
Level33, #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018981
Oriental Elixir: For adventure seekers
This Haji Lane watering hole has all the makings of a speakeasy. Think dim lights, shelves of non-descript liquor bottles and jars, and a hodgepodge of antiques and experimental cocktails. Just tell the bartender your choice of poison and he’ll whip up something as intriguing as the bar’s ambience.
Oriental Elixir, 10 Haji Lane, Singapore 189203
Intermission Bar: For cinephiles
Where do movie-goers head to after catching a good film? The Projector, our go-to cinema for indie films, is also home to the Intermission Bar. Known for attracting fans of cult titles such as George Miller’s Mad Max series, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the place exudes total coolness. Just like the films screened here, the drinks are not mainstream, so crack open a cold one from the wide array of craft beers and get ready to discuss your favourite films.
Intermission Bar, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589
Live Twice: For laid-back whisky lovers
While we miss Flagship’s rock and roll backdrop, its replacement, Live Twice, is a new-style Japanese bar that exudes intimacy with dim lighting, wooden interiors and an eclectic playlist of tunes in the background. The minimalistic aesthetic extends to the cocktails as well, with no more than four ingredients in the mix. Treat your date to a glass of mizuwari, then huddle in one of the cosy nooks and be transported to the cinematic world of Wong Kar-wai.
Live Twice, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089834
Going Om: For peace-loving hippies
More than anything, Going Om is a peaceful sanctuary tucked away in Haji Lane. The bar, inspired by the founders’ trip to the Himalayas, is done up charmingly with wooden furniture, candle-lit lanterns and a smattering of greenery. Want something intimate? The space sprawls out all the way across the street, so grab one of the low tables and get cosy.
Going Om, 63 Haji Lane, Singapore 189256
The Powder Room: For jazz heads
There’s something romantic about the Roaring Twenties. Maybe it’s the music, the style or the idea of Leonardo DiCaprio surrounded by decadence in The Great Gatsby. If you’re into all that, go back in time with your special someone at this 1920s-inspired bar. The decor is replete with glitter, gold, slick leather seats and polished marble surfaces, plus a plethora of snazzy cocktails to sip on while you take in the romance from live jazz bands.
The Powder Room, The Black Swan, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704
Mo Bar: For wanderlust souls
Travel vicariously through Mo Bar’s cocktail menu which spotlights flavours from the Asia-Pacific region. Explore the gritty city of New Delhi with Soma (gin, yoghurt, chutney and spices), take a stroll down the electrifying streets of Gangnam with White Rabbit (tequila, kimchi, tomato and black garlic) or soak in Kyoto’s rich culture with Oragami (whiskey, miso and hojicha). But no matter what drink you choose, you’ll end up marvelling at the breathtaking views of Marina Bay. It never gets old.
Mo Bar, Marina Square, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797
Freehouse: For amorous alehounds
If your date is savvy with saisons, you’ll want to impress with a trip to Freehouse. With beers on draft and dozens more in the fridge, beer connoisseurs will be right at home here. But the brews aren’t the only thing that’ll make your heart flutter. The space is illuminated with warm lighting and above its bar is a pink neon sign that declares “no strangers here” – an apt statement for a first date. Go further in and you’ll find a cosier seating area perfect for conversations.
Freehouse, 10 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069251
The Other Room: For the intimate duo
This hidden hotel spot is the perfect spot to snuggle up on plush furniture under dim lights with a cocktail in hand. The Prohibition-inspired bar specialises in bespoke cocktails and cask-finished spirits that’ll cater to pretty much any palate. We also really dig its mix of jazzy tunes and modern swing music that’ll get you in the mood for romance.
The Other Room, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel (ground floor, behind the black curtain), 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Now, who’s ready for date night at these romantic bars?