Best bars in Singapore


Chilling over a drink with friends is one of the best ways to end off a tiring day. But deciding on where to drink isn’t always easy, especially if you’re new to the bar scene. To find a watering hole that’s suitable for you, we’ve come up with a list of 21 best bars in Singapore for all you drinking newbies.

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1. Tippling Club – Original cocktail creations


If you’re bored of the usual bar offerings like a gin and tonic or screwdrivers, then have a go at Tippling Club’s cocktails. Cocktails here stray from the usual mixes and instead use interesting bases like cognac and bourbon that’s been aged in beeswax.

These original creations are the brainchild from chef and owner Ryan Clift. He’s interpreted iconic works of modern art and translated them into drinks you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else in Singapore.

tippling club - the cracked cardinalThe Cracked Cardinal.
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For first-timers to gourmet cocktails, we recommend The Cracked Cardinal ($25), which has hints of sage, citrus, and peach in this cognac-based cocktail. Another cocktail that’s easy to down is the Ad Parnassum ($22), a sweet and tangy concoction with black lime, blackcurrant, and champagne.

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Address: 38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461
Opening hours: Mon-Tue & Thu-Sat 12pm-12am (Closed on Wednesdays & Sundays)
Contact: 6475 2217 | Tippling Club website


2. Anouska’s – Designed by former Bond girl


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Take a stroll through the idyllic neighbourhood of Duxton, and you might find yourself gravitating like a moth to the flame towards the opulence of Duxton Reserve and its in-house bar – Anouska’s.

Designed by former bond girl and actress turned designer Anouska Hempel, this namesake bar embodies the glamour of the Prohibition era with its stained glass statement pieces and a gold and black colour theme. The menu takes you on a journey across Asia with shelf spirits, premium wines, local craft beers, artisanal Chinese teas and cocktails injected with nostalgic Eastern influences.

Ready yourself for a trip around the orient with cocktails such as On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ($26++), a gin-based tipple with hints of yuzu and green tea bitters and Chen Pi Collins ($26++), a combination of mandarin-infused gin, sparkling water, citrus and rock sugar.

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If you’re feeling peckish, make sure to order some food off the menu from the adjacent Yellow Pot Restaurant. You won’t go wrong with some Fried Lion’s Mane Mushrooms served with farm fresh avocado purée ($22++), Fried Prawns topped with Bonito Aioli ($26++) or pop a couple of highly addictive Szechuan Chicken Popcorn ($20++) – all paired perfectly with a selection of cocktails.

Address: 83 Duxton Road at Duxton Reserve Singapore 089540
Opening hours: 12pm-2.30pm & 5pm-10.30pm, Daily
Contact: 6914 1428 | Anouska’s website


3. Whiskey Library & Jazz Club – >1,000 whiskeys available


If there’s a heaven on earth for whiskey lovers, it’ll probably be here at Whiskey Library & Jazz Club where you have access to more than 1,000 rare, award-winning whiskeys. 

Situated in The Vagabond Club, the first and only one in Asia to feature interiors by the celebrated French designer Jacques Garcia, perfect for those who like their luxury with a generous touch of character, Whiskey Library & Jazz Club will surely elevate any casual drink sesh and and transport you to a realm of fantasy – from the colossal gold brass monkey on the back bar and the ostentatious golden tree sitting in the corner.

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Some of the world’s best whiskies on display in glass bookcases.

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If you’re not sure where to start, don’t be afraid to ask the bartenders or service staff for their winning recommendations. On top of their arsenal of whiskies, The Whiskey Library serves up a hearty dose of entertainment in the form of mini theatrical and musical performances, book readings, with the occasional screening of independent indie films.

Give their collection of cigars from all over the world a go to recreate that scene from The Godfather. Whiskey enthusiasts can sign up for their membership, which not only gives you discounts on bottles, but 10 free stays at The Vagabond Club and access to the hotel’s gym.

Not only that, you’ll even be able to get your own locker at the bar to store your personal whiskey. Each locker stores up to 15 bottles, and you’ll be able to bring in a bottle of your own with every two bottles purchased from them. To top it all off, you’ll also receive a fancy tasselled locker key as well.

Address: 39 Syed Alwi Road, at The Vagabond Club, Singapore 207630
Opening hours: Thu-Sat 5.30pm-12am | Sun-Tue 5.30am-10.30pm | Wed 5.30pm-11pm
Contact: 6291 6677 | Whiskey Library & Jazz Club website


4. Atrium Bar 317 – Weekday Happy Hour house pours from $9++


Just outside the CBD at the lobby of Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium is its eponymous watering hole – Atrium Bar 317.

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If you’re in need of a drink after work, pop by to enjoy Happy Hour, which runs from 4pm-7pm on weekdays. That’s when you’ll get house pours on beer, red, and white wines, and other liquors from $9++ a glass.

Ladies, we’ve also got a deal for you and your girlfriends. It’s Ladies Night every last Thursday of the month. Score your table a free bottle of prosecco to share when you and 3 other gal pals come in between 7pm-9pm.

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We know better than to drink on an empty stomach, but there’s no need to head anywhere else for a pre-game snack. Atrium Bar 317 serves bites like Truffle Fries ($20) and Cold Cuts ($32). And on Wednesdays, you can get 1-for-1 pizzas on margherita, Hawaiian, and vegetarian pies if you’re hankering for a fuller meal.

Address: 317 Outram Road, Lobby Level, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Singapore 169075
Opening hours: 11am-12am, Daily
Contact: 6733 0188 | atriumbar317.sinhi@ihg.com | Atrium Bar 317 website


5. Atlas – Great Gatsby-inspired decor


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If you’re looking for an extra luxurious drinking experience, check out Atlas – a bar inspired by The Great Gatsby. The interior is opulently decorated with gold-plated statues, posh sofas and an alcohol shelf stretching across 2 levels. The ceiling is another stunner as it’s intricately decorated with bronze-coloured details of antelopes galloping through trees and fields.

gin tonica - atlas barGin Tonica ($25).
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The bar has over 1,000 various of gins and tonics but if you want a personalised surprise, opt for the Bartender’s Choice G&T (from $24). These drinks use a rotating selection of gin from the Gin Tower, and might differ night-to-night, depending on who’s on bartending duty that day.

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Steak Frites.

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Pair your drink with some of the bar’s delicious red meats. We recommend the classic Steak Frites (from $48) that has been elevated to include smoked bone marrow butter to be served alongside fries, jus, and watercress salad.

Address: 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12pm-2am (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Contact: 6396 4466 | Atlas website


6. Level Up – Singapore’s first arcade-bar


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If you’re looking to take your drinking game up another level, there’s no better place to do that than at Level Up. This retro gaming bar has 10 game machines including the old-school X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Puzzle Bobble, and Metal Slug.

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If you’re the competitive sort, check out the basketball machines or go for a game of Bishi Bashi.

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Games aside, check out their beers (from $10) and cocktails (from $18). At happy hour, which happens from 5pm-8pm on weekdays and all day on Sundays, you can get 2 cocktails for $25.

Address: 3A River Valley Road, #02-04, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 5pm-1am | Fri-Sat 5pm-3am
Contact: 6266 2276 | Level Up website


7. Mr Stork – Rooftop bar with teepee huts


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Fans of glamping can now curl up in boho teepee huts while sipping on cocktails at Mr Stork.

food and drinks at mr storkPretty In Pink cocktail with Chef’s Selection platter.
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While admiring the view that overlooks Kampong Glam, try their signature cocktails like Pretty In Pink ($22), which has salted sakura petals mixed with vodka, lemongrass, lychee, and apple. This pairs well with their popular bar bites like Korean Fried Chicken ($24) and Trio Cheese Sando ($20).

If you’re torn between picking either one, the Chef’s Selection comes with both dishes, plus the Black Angus Beef Slider and Chilli Lobster Crab Bao at a heavily discounted price of just $60.

Address: Level 39, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore, 189354
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-12am | Fri 5pm-1am | Sat-Sun 3pm-1am
Contact: 6408 1234 | Mr Stork website


8. Kabuke – Traditional Japanese theatre-like decor


If you’re a fan of sake, check out Kabuke – a Japanese bar inspired by Kabuke theatres in Japan. The bold colours of the bar are characteristic of the vibrant colours used in Japanese plays.

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You can’t miss the two giant hand-painted fans that serve as dividers to host different party groups within the bar. Aside from their decor, their food and drinks here are both worth a shot.

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Food wise, we recommend giving their Pleasure Bowl ($62)  a try – it’s a dish made out of the most pleasurable ingredients including wagyu beef, foie gras and uni.

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For their drinks, it’s only fitting to sip on sake to go along with the izakaya-esque menu. You can get the house pour sake at $6 per cup.

Address: 200A Telok Ayer Street (Level 2), Singapore 068638
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm | Sat 6pm-11pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 8822 5525 | Kabuke website


9. Long Bar – Birthplace of the Singapore Sling


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We’ve tasted numerous Singapore Slings around the island, but if you’re looking for the birthplace of this drink, Long Bar at Raffles Hotel is where you should fix your eyes and palette on.

Their Singapore Sling ($37) was first created in 1915 for the sole purpose of giving women an excuse to drink alcohol in public without being judged as immodest. The drink was created with a feminine pink hue to pass off as nothing more than fruit juice when it’s actually infused with a clear base of gin.

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The bar has a unique culture of encouraging guests to sweep peanut shells off tables so when you see the floor littered with peanut remnants, don’t be surprised. We’re quite sure this is the only place in Singapore that doesn’t penalise people for “littering”.

Address: 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
Opening hours: 12pm-10.30pm, Daily
Contact: 6412 1230 | Long Bar website


10. Potato Head Folk – Rooftop bar at Keong Saik


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Potato Head Folk’s Roof Top Bar is a 2-storey bar set in the heart of Tiong Bahru. Its decor is full of vibrancy, with walls splashed with murals and potted plants hanging from the ceiling. Just one level below is 1939, a vintage-looking bar complete with antique furniture sets, rattan armchairs and a semi-circle bar counter.

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Right below both bars is
3 Buns – Potato Head Folk’s quirky cafe that’s known to serve up gourmet burgers using house-made relishes
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End the day by watching the sunset while sipping on the bar’s signature cocktails such as New Fashioned ($25), a spin on the timeless Old Fashion, that uses rum, banana liquor, orange bitters, and orgeat syrup. You can stick to the classics too, if you prefer. The French 75 ($25) is a refreshing gin cocktail topped with lemon juice, simple syrup, and prosecco.

The menus for both 1939 and The Rooftop Bar are completely identical, so you wouldn’t have to worry about having your orders mixed up.

Address: 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143
Opening hours: 12pm-12am, Daily
Contact: 6327 1939 | Potato Head Folk website


11. The Secret Mermaid – New cocktails monthly


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We finally uncovered the fishy secret behind why this bar’s called The Secret Mermaid. By day, this place sells sashimi and salad with a Japanese storefront, but by night, the restaurant transforms into a watering hole that serves up all sorts of original cocktails.

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They currently have an entire menu dedicated to tarot cards, with cheeky ones like Death ($20). It’s a pleasantly surprising blend of sweet, sour, and spicy notes that come from the pico de gallo brine and chilli syrup in the vodka and Aperol cocktail.

alberjie - the secret mermaidAlebrije ($23) for the month of November, made with tequila, cashew almond syrup, lime juice, and peychuad bitters.
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Then there are the limited-time monthly releases that see innovative cocktails made with unconventional ingredients like wine foam and even tau huay. Each month is a surprise, so tune in to The Secret Mermaid Instagram page for updates.

Address: 10 Collyer Quay, #B1-09, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-11pm (Closed on Saturdays & Sundays)
Contact: drink@thesecretmermaid.com | The Secret Mermaid website


12. No. 5 Emerald Hill – All-day 1-for-1 martinis


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Located directly opposite Orchard Central, No. 5 Emerald Hill is both a convenient and pocket-friendly spot for a couple of drinks. Peranakan-style lanterns dangle from their ceilings, giving an extra homely vibe.

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And we literally mean a couple – this bar has 1-for-1 martinis all day long. We recommend checking out their locally-inspired ones based on dessert soups like cheng tng, pulut hitam, and chendol going for 2 for $28.

Address: 5 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229289
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-2am | Fri-Sun 12pm-3am
Contact: 6732 0818 | No. 5 Emerald Hill website


13. Bar Stories – Drinks customised according to personality


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If you’ve ever wondered how creative drinks can get, well, Bar Stories raises the bar for creativity by creating drinks based on your personality. This is the only bar in Singapore that doesn’t have a cocktail menu because it believes that every drink should be made different – just like people’s characters.

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Bar Stories SG

To get started, the bartender will ask you a series of simple questions before creating your bespoke potion. The bar only has space for 12 people so be sure to grab a seat early.

Address: 55-57A Haji Lane, Singapore 189248
Opening hours: Tue-Thu, Sun 5.30pm-11.30pm | Fri-Sat 5.30pm-12am (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 6298 0838 | Bar Stories website


14. Level 33 – Microbrewery with breathtaking views


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Level 33

Beer fans looking for a new watering hole can now make their way to LeVel 33, Singapore’s highest urban microbrewery. Located on the 33rd level of Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, the bar provides a good space to catch the sunset and escape the crowds at the same time.

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Out of their huge brewing kettles comes 5 types of craft beers – The 33.1 Blond Lager, 33.15 India Pale Ale, 33.3 Stout, 33.4 House Porter and 33.9 Wheat Beer. You can get a taste of all 5 when you order the Beer Tasting Paddle ($23.90).

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If you prefer something lighter, check out the bar’s craft beer cocktails. We recommend their signature Paris Lush ($23), which consists of the 33.1 Blond Lager, elderflower syrup, champagne and gold dust. Food wise, check out their Seabass ($38), a pan-seared fillet served with risotto, sea vegetables, and gremolata.

 infused with beer malt risotto, daikon and dill oil.

Address: 8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01, Singapore 018981
Opening hours: 12pm-12am, Daily
Contact: 6834 3133 | Level 33 website


15. Timbre X S.E.A – Music bar in old parliament building


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Timbre X needs no introduction. Most of us would have hit this bar with friends at least once to catch the live bands that perform just about every night. The bar has also shifted around Singapore a number of times, but has finally settled down at The Arts House, located in Singapore’s first parliament building.

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Musical acts are still a major part of the Timbre X experience, and you’ll be able to catch mainstays like 53A and Supersonic starting from 8.15PM.

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In terms of food and drinks, Timbre X’s signature Roasted Duck Pizza ($24) is a decadent thin-crusted dish heaped with a generous amount of succulent duck breast, sauteed shiitake mushrooms, deep-fried popiah skin and hoisin sauce. A favourite we will never not recommend.

Out of their extensive drinks menu, we recommend trying out Sakura ($17) – a crowd favourite since 2008 which contains vodka, lychee liqueur and Ribena.

Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, #01-04 The Arts House, Singapore 179429
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-12am | Fri-Sat 4pm-1am (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 6338 8277 | Timbre X S.E.A website


16. Acid Bar – Live bands jamming daily


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Drinking the night away while belting it out with your friends is one way to make your friendship even more solid. If you’re down for that, Acid Bar is right up your alley.

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Known for their live bands that play from 7.30pm, the bar starts to fill in earlier due to their happy hour 1-for-1 deals on $17 draught beers and spirits.

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For lightweights, the bar has a decent selection of cocktails that won’t feel like you’re downing straight alcohol. Get drinks like Hemmingway Daiquiri and Tommy’s Margarita ($20 each) that have a fruit juice base that easily masks the taste of alcohol.

Address: 180 Orchard Road, Singapore 238846
Opening hours: 5pm-1am, Daily
Contact: 8338 6966 | Acid Bar website


17. Epiphyte – Desserts that look like terrariums


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Taking inspiration from the definition “epiphyte”, cafe Epiphyte decorates its interiors with vines and ferns that hang from its walls and ceilings. With its brick walls and contemporary art pieces, the cafe gives off a whimsical vibe.

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We recommend sitting by the corner of the cafe, also known as
The Garden section.
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Decorations aside, the desserts at this bar are also inspired by florals and ferns. We’re talking edible terrariums made out of chocolate and marble glazed desserts infused with alcohol.

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Terrarium ($15) is, well, an edible garden made out of pandan sponge, black rice paste reduction, and buttercream.

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Another Instagrammable dessert is Twilight ($12), a galaxy-inspired cake with flavours of chocolate mousse and orange liqueur.

Address: 47 Neil Road, Singapore 088827
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 6.30pm-12.30am (Closed on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: 6610 6271 | Epiphyte Facebook


18. The Spiffy Dapper – Grungy space with no GST


Did someone say no GST? Yas. At The Spiffy Dapper – an unsuspecting coffee house by day that transforms into a speakeasy bar at night. Drinks are nett so you don’t get a shock when you finally get the bill.

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The bar’s entrance is decorated with imprints of flowers and vines and its interior is lit with sepia-hued lights, which gives it a grungy feel.

Drinks wise, The Spiffy Dapper’s got an impressive range of alcohol selections, with over 150 types of gin alone.

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Out of all the drinks in their menu, we recommend giving their Shiekh On The Level ($20) a shot. The beverage contains ingredients such as Turkish black tea, gin sour, cardamom before being topped with a Turkish delight for a sweet finish.

Book a Spiffy Dappers Unicorn Tears Set.

Address: 73 Amoy St, Second Floor, Singapore 069892
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-12am | Sun 7pm-12am
Telephone: 8742 8908 | The Spiffy Dapper website


19. Chupitos Bar – > 130 shot flavours


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Those looking for extra shots to improve their drinking tolerance can have ample practice at Chupitos Bar, Singapore’s first and only bar that specialises in shots.There are over 130 flavours of shots but we’d like to highlight the Amazing Race ($38), a platter of 8 vibrantly coloured shots that’ll give you and your friends the high you’re looking for.

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The bar also offers happy hour deals where select shooters, beers, house pours and highballs go for ($6) between 6pm-9pm. If you’re a hardcore drinker who wants to set a new record, Chupitos Bar has a drinking challenge which promises winners a place in their Hall of Fame if you can down 10 shots in 60 seconds.

Address: 3B River Valley Road, #01-01, Singapore 179021
Opening hours: Tue-Thu, Sun 6.30pm-1.30pm | Fri-Sat 6.30pm-3am (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8836 0490 | info@thechupitosbar.com | Chupitos website


20. Hopscotch – Quirky cocktails with a local twist


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Hopscotch

Bars that create locally-inspired cocktails hold a special place in our hearts, and that’s why Hopscotch has made it into our list. The bar cleverly injects local flavours like milo, atap chee, and chendol into cocktails.

blood and tears - hopscotchThe Blood And Tears ($24) cocktail pays homage to the coolies who built Singapore.
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The bar also creates customised drinks through a simple game. To play, simply give bartenders 3 random words about anything related to your drink preferences and they’ll spin a cocktail mix out of it.

Address: 45 Malan Road, Singapore 109455
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 5pm-10.30pm | Fri-Sat 5pm-12am
Contact: 6339 0633 | Hopscotch website


21. Jigger & Pony – Award-winning cocktails


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If you’re fresh to the bar scene but would like to dive straight into Singapore’s best drinks, do include Jigger & Pony’s award-winning cocktails in your list. The bar has consistently been ranked on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, and even claimed a respectable no. 2 spot just in 2022.

jungle bird - jigger & ponyJungle Bird.
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The bar’s winning strategy is to take on the classics and do them really well, like in their version of the Jungle Bird ($28), which taps on the flavour profiles on lemongrass and apples to elevate the nuanced bitterness of rum in the drink.

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We also recommend giving Madame President ($28) a shot. This drink pays tribute to our first lady and is served with a lolly on top of a mix of gin, orchid and bitter lemon liqueur.

Address: 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Amara Hotel, Singapore 088539
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6am-12pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 9621 1074 | Jigger & Pony website


(Closed) Bar Canary – Poolside rooftop bar with alcoholic popsicles


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Working a 9-5 is pretty intense and for those who need to take a chill pill, pop by Bar Canary. Situated on the 4th floor of Grand Park Orchard, the bar is decked out in numerous lounge chairs and cushions, complete with a pool that you can jump into even if you’re not a guest at the hotel.

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Bar Canary has a total of 6
Boozy Pop concoctions with Day In Paradise ($22) being a favourite among visitors.
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Be sure to also try out their refreshing range of Boozy Pop ($18) cocktails, which come with popsicles. Our favourites are Acai Pomegranate, which contains rum and brandy, and Coconut Lemongrass, served with coconut ice cream and Malibu rum.

Address: 270 Orchard Road, Grand Park Orchard, Singapore 238857
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 12pm-1am | Sat-Sun 12pm-2am
Contact: 6603 8855 | Bar Canary website


(Closed) Loof – Bar with nostalgic mama shop


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Loof is a good place to head to for nostalgic vibes. If you’re wondering how the bar got its name, it’s actually a play on how Singaporeans pronounce “roof” as “loof”.

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Little Pink Dot ($19) is one of the bar’s signature cocktails that’s served in a lightbulb glass.

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Aside from celebrating the quirky side of Singlish, the bar also takes a twist to our local bubble tea flavours. Loof Bubble Tea ($21) combines the usual fruity flavours of passion fruit, lemon with yoghurt together with vodka, gin and rum.

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Aside from drinking, you’ll be able to explore The Mama Shop, a knick-knack store within the watering hole with local souvenirs.

Address: 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 5pm-1am | Fri-Sat 5pm-2am (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 6337 9416 | Loof website


(Closed) NINETEEN80 – Retro bar with games like Pacman 


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With walls plastered with pixelated murals, cut-out vintage comics splashed across their corridors and a slew of retro gaming machines that run on complimentary tokens, Nineteen80’s fun streak takes the edge off drinking for those new to the alcohol scene. Games you can find here include Metal Slug and Pacman.

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Theme aside, their cocktails are just as enticing. Donna Summer ($20) is the house’s signature cocktail, which features a fruity mixture of strawberry puree, fresh lime juice, orange liqueur and white rum, topped with a strawberry slice.

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The best part? All the drinks are inclusive of GST and there’s no service charge, so you won’t be shook when footing the bill.

Here’s a more in-depth guide to NINETEEN80.

Address: 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-05, Singapore 088444
Opening hours: Tue & Thu 5.30pm-1am | Wed & Fri 5.30pm-3am | Sat 7pm-4am (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 9183 6073 | NINETEEN80 website


(Closed) Holey Moley – Mini-golf cocktail bar with themed courses 


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Just as we thought we’ve seen it all, Holey Moley, Singapore’s first ever mini-golf bar, comes along to surprise us with their 27 wacky-themed holes split across 3 courses. The 2-storey bar is just a short 3-minute walk from Fort Canning MRT station and is vibrantly lit with witty neon signs.

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These golf courses are designed to also double up as photo props so get your camera and smiles ready.

Their eye-catching courses feature iconic themes from films and TV shows such as Game of Thrones, The Simpsons and ET.

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Fresh as a Birdie ($19), Sugar Caddy ($19) and Candy Man ($19) are the bar’s signature drinks.

To take a breather from all that swinging, head to The Caddyshack Bar and check out their cocktails. Try the eye-catching and refreshing Fresh as a Birdie ($19), which features hints of Pampero White Rum, elderflower liqueur, and lime juice before being topped with a fruit stick and watermelon slice.

Address: 3B River Valley Road, Singapore 179024
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 12pm-1am | Thu-Fri 12pm-2am | Sat 10am-2am | Sun 10am-10pm
Contact: 3129 0000 | Holey Moley website


(Closed) Don’t Tell Mama – Korean joint with beer margaritas 


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Don’t Tell Mama has a garden of Eden vibe with lush green foliage dangling down the walls, and galaxy printed umbrellas on the ceiling so you can stargaze. The bar’s cuisine is a mix between Korean and Mexican so you’re not short of international food options.

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Aside from the chill vibes, the bar also has some pretty good deals for women. Every Wednesday, ladies can enjoy unlimited mixed drinks with the purchase of any food item between 7PM-10PM. We recommend trying their Bulgolgi Pancake ($16) and Beeritas ($22), a combination of tequila, hite and fruits which range from mangoo, lychee and lime.

Address: 52 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088473
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5.30pm-2am | Fri-Sat 5.30pm-3am (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 6884 6884 | Don’t Tell Mama website


(Closed) The Apothecary – Medieval pharmacy-themed 


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The Apothecary has an intimate seating capacity for 12 individuals.
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Fans of all things vintage will appreciate the charm behind medieval pharmacy-themed bar, The Apothecary. The bar is located on the 3rd storey of Oxwell and Co and can be found through a secret door through the restaurant.

The vintage wooden furniture and statues here are sourced from all over the world and drinks are served in potion-like bottles, which further add to the bar’s enchanting vibe.

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The ‘
Croak’ and ‘Wheeze Relief’ solutions are both mixed with 12-year-old Glenfiddich whiskey with honey sage syrup, citrus, and cigar smoke.
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For something sweet, check out Bloody Bill ($19), which consists of gin, tomato, lemon and Tabasco amidst other ingredients. If you prefer something stronger, their Old-Fashioned ($19) whiskey will do the trick. The drink is infused with bourbon, bitters, sugar and orange.

Address: 5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069688
Opening hours: 12pm-12am, Daily
Telephone: 6438 7036 | The Apothecary website


(Closed) Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall – Old-school hawker vibes


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Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall may sound like any other run-off-the-mill hawker store but it is actually a bar that concocts bespoke local cocktails. Just a short walk along Boat Quay, the quaint bar is a convenient hideout for those looking for a good view and a quiet place for intimate conversations.

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From the outside, the place looks like an old provision shop, but you’re in for a surprise as you climb up the stairs.
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The bar features custom-made drinks using local ingredients. This includes Milo Dinosaur ($24) and Laksa ($24). The latter uses elements of the dish like Laksa leaves, chili padi, dried shrimp powder and mixing it with vodka for a whole new take on Laksa.

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Food wise, the bar serves up familiar favourites like Fried Hokkien Mee ($12) and Fried Carrot Cake with XO sauce ($12). But we’d go there more for the bespoke drinks as it’s not often you can find a bar in Singapore that specialises in transforming local dishes into cocktails.

Address: 60 Boat Quay, Singapore 049848
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 6pm-12am | Fri-Sat 6pm-2am (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 6535 0838 | Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall website


Drinking at the best bars in Singapore

Singapore’s drinking scene is pretty vibrant, with all sorts of bars popping around town. If anything, we hope this list gives you a more organised head start to better understand Singapore’s drinking culture through the little quirks and unique concoctions each bar offers up.


Cover image adapted from: @the.secret.mermaid, @no5emeraldhill
This article contains partial partnership content. However, all opinions are ours.
Article originally published on 19th June 2020. Last updated by Raewyn Koh on 10th November 2022.

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