Trouble picking a bar for your first date? Here are 10 of our favourite romantic cocktail spots for you to wine and dine that very special someone.
So you’ve finally plucked up the courage to ask that absolutely dreamy girl or dashing gentleman out. 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 10 romantic bars in Singapore for that date night you’ve anticipated for weeks – spots with slick vibes and intimate ambience that will nudge the both of you in the right direction. Good luck!
Smoke & Mirrors: For the ‘chi chi’
This 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 creative concoctions like The Japanese Gang is Still Alive, an Asian twist to the classic whiskey sour with black rice and rice vinegar, or The Farm is Burnt, a smoky take on the popular Bloody Mary using chipotle and citric ash basil oil.
Smoke & Mirrors, #06-01, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Level33: For the corporate high-fliers
Perched high above the city in the penthouse of Marina Bay Financial Centre, this recently-revamped 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
The Other Room: For the intimate duo
Making the annual “Asia’s 50 Best Bars” list in 2019, this hidden hotel bar 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
Live Twice: For the laid-back whisky lover
While we miss Flagship’s rock and roll backdrop, its new 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
Gibson: For the 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
Going Om: For the peace-loving hippies
More than anything, Going Om is a peaceful sanctuary tucked away in Kampong Glam. 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. If you’re on a high-energy date, hit up this bar when there’s a live band playing (Fridays are its most lively days) and make a romantic request. Rather have something more 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 the 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 oozing from the live jazz bands that play here.
The Powder Room, The Black Swan, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704
Cook & Tras Social Library: For the literary lover
A date at an indie bookstore might be nice, but take it up a notch at this swanky restaurant-bar that doubles up as a library. Housed in the chic Six Senses Maxwell hotel, the space houses over 3,000 titles. But before you get sucked into the pages, order a cocktail ’cause because no good story ever started with, “well, I was drinking water.” And if you’re booked for a staycation at the hotel, you can even check out books – they’ve got that old school card system for it too!
Cook & Tras Social Library, Six Senses Maxwell, 2 Cook Street, Singapore 078857
Intermission Bar: For the cinephiles
Where do movie-goers head to after catching a good film? Well, 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 oozes 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
Freehouse: For the amorous alehounds
If your date is down with dunkers and savvy with saisons, you’ll want to impress with a trip to Freehouse. With 16 beers on draft and dozens more in the fridge, beer connoisseurs will be right at home here. That beer selection isn’t the only thing that’ll make your heart flutter, ’cause the space is softly lit with fairy lights 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. The bar also offers fusion tacos with Taco Mantra taking up residence in the kitchen, such as chicken tikka and Kerala beef.
Freehouse, 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620