Scotch, whisky or bourbon – call it what you want. If you're a discerning drinker of dark spirits, head straight to these bars in Singapore.
Sure, our city has a damn good cocktail bar scene. But if single malts, bourbon and Japanese whiskies whet your palate and nothing comforts you more than intense peatiness, we’ve got our fair share of whisky specialists. So you’re a novice who wants to develop an appreciation for whisky regions and flavour profiles? We’re here for you. Read on for the finest whisky bars in Singapore to sip on a dram…
Best whisky bars in Singapore
1. The Whiskey Library
Set within The Vagabond Club Hotel’s plush and eccentric space, this bar is kitted out with gold statuary, lashings of velvet and maximalist art. The Whiskey Library is a fittingly decadent den home to more than 1,000 rare bottles from around the world. Once ensconced, you can order from the voluptuous menu or take a tour through one of several whisky flights. The bar offers annual memberships comprising room nights and whisky lockers, or you can just saunter in when the need for a dram or three presents.
The Whiskey Library, The Vagabond Club Hotel, 39 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207630
2. The Single Cask
A cosy space nestled in a corner of Caldwell House at Chijmes, The Single Cask specialises in independent bottlers and not-so-mainstream distilleries. Step in and you’ll find more than 400 single malts, boutique blended malts and single cask rums. Whether you’re up for a whisky flight or an excellent cocktail, you’ll be well taken care of.
The Single Cask, #01-25, Caldwell House, Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
3. The Auld Alliance
This bar definitely earns an A+ for its massive selection of whisky brands in Singapore. The place offers exemplary bottles from every whisky region in Scotland. Located on the second floor of Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, the charming spot is a popular haunt for connoisseurs.
The Auld Alliance, #02-02A, Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189559
4. The Swan Song
So you’re a fan of vintage and rare whiskies? You need to swing by The Swan Song. These folks are passionate about their craft, going out of their way to welcome those new to the drink and seasoned enthusiasts. From tasting sets to customised group sessions, there’s something for every type of drinker. We’re eyeing the superb selection of whiskies, but you can also get cocktails, wines and beers at the bar.
The Swan Song, 41A Boat Quay, Singapore 049830
5. The Macallan Boutique @ 1855
Multi-concept space The Spot offers a brilliant menu, but we’re spotlighting another unique experience. Whisky lovers, what you need in your life is The Macallan Boutique: a retail concept dedicated to this award-winning single-malt scotch whisky house. Its offering? An in-house bar, limited editions and all the accoutrements you want. After something exceptional? Take a look at the Edrington selection. Oh, and the adjoining Cigar Lounge is just the place to linger afterwards, just sayin’. Psst: for an experience that’s just as elegant and exquisite, head to The Macallan at Raffles Arcade to indulge in a dram or two.
The Macallan Boutique @ 1855, #01-26/27, Marina One, 5 Straits View, Singapore 018935
We’re big fans of Manhattan, with its gorgeous decor, intimate ambience and amazing drinks. As one of the best bars in Singapore, it houses a magnificent selection of whisky. We’re talking about Westward American Single Malt Whiskey and Blanton’s Gold. Everyone from seasoned whisky drinkers to curious explorers is welcome here. Leave your car keys at home for this one!
Manhattan, Level 2, Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
7. La Maison du Whisky
Another popular hangout for whisky enthusiasts, La Maison Du Whisky stocks a stellar selection, including cult labels like Ichiro and Balblair. While the bar features over a hundred whiskies, its retail selection has over 700 offerings, so you’re bound to find something that’ll pique your interest.
La Maison du Whisky, #01-10, The Pier, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239013
8. Quaich Bar
A labour of love, Quaich Bar is a cosy spot that welcomes anyone keen to try this beloved beverage. With over 500 labels to choose from, it’s a great place to embark on your whisky journey. If you’re completely flummoxed by the offerings, opt for one of the curated whisky flights to help you explore the complexities and subtleties of each whisky region.
Quaich Bar, multiple locations including Waterfront Plaza and South Beach
Bookmark these classy bars in Singapore for your whisky fix!