The 10 Best Bars in Bugis, Singapore

The exquisite interiors of Atlas Bar
The exquisite interiors of Atlas Bar | © EK Yap

It’s no surprise Bugis is renowned for its nightlife. The scene goes as far back as the 50’s when foreign sailors and troops would hang around its alleys. Over the last couple of decades, this entire neighbourhood has gotten a facelift and modernised itself to suit the rapid pace of Singapore.

Hood Bar Cafe

Bar, Fusion

Known for its music that features live bands both local and international, this is a quintessential bar where you get to hang out, play darts, and just groove with whoever is playing. There is a whole bunch of different beers on offer and with the variety of promos they give out daily, it’s always a fun time at this place. On top of it all, check out their interesting fusion menu like the ginseng slow-cooked lamb shank or the different levels of spiciness you get to pick with the deep-fried frog legs!

Mr Punch Public House

Bar, Fusion

A cosy little watering hole with a rooftop spot that offers a beautiful view of Raffles City, they consider themselves a gastropub with some nifty little food offerings that are every bit as scrumptious as they look. The overall uncluttered, laid-back look packed with vintage posters on the wall makes this a great spot to just enjoy a comfortable time while sipping on a whole host of beers straight out of the tap.

Atlas Bar

Bar, European

Atlas Bar
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Prepare to be dazzled as you walk into this bar or even be mistaken that you are in some kind of recreated Gotham art deco-inspired dive spot because this place is an interior architectural marvel worth visiting for this reason alone. They serve a diverse range of alcoholic beverages from fine wine and champagne to the classic gin and tonic or the exotic cocktails they have on offer. If alcohol is not your thing, you can grab some delectable tea or coffee.

Long Bar

Cocktail Bar, European, Asian

Currently located outside the hotel as it is undergoing renovation, Long Bar has a storied history and is famed worldwide for being the birth of the infamous Singapore Sling, now informally considered Singapore’s national drink. With a old-school wooden flooring that took inspiration from the plantations that were ubiquitous in the Malayan countryside during colonial rule, the vintage vibe and the chance to sip the original Singapore Sling makes this an important spot to visit.

Blu Jaz Cafe

Bar, Cafe, European

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This jack-of-all-trades establishment becomes a particularly chic spot to hang out after work or a day about town. During the day, this is a fine cafe to relax in while dining and is also known for being rather affordable when considering the area. But at night, expect a live band performing some funky tunes while having a beer in what is one of the most historical spots in Singapore. You might want to go outdoors to view the Kampong Glam area while having a drink for a low-key and serene vibe at night.


Bar, Fusion

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Ranked as one of the best rooftop bars by CNN Travel, this one is located right in the heart of Bugis. This is quintessential Singapore where you will find a mama shop, a style of local convenience store that once seated you’ll be treated to a stunning view of the city centre skyline. Amid the neon and intriguing greenery is also a great cocktail selection that is heavily inspired by Singaporean flavours.

Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Italian

This sophisticated Italian wine bar is known to be one of the best places to go for an authentic Italian experience. The wine list boasts some of the more exquisite bottles you will find anywhere in Singapore and is definitely perfect for a date or a romantic evening. The refined surroundings and the sublime Italian offerings made with the freshest ingredients offer a complete and unique experience, allowing the restaurant to snatch one Michelin Star just back in 2017.

Joo Bar

Bar, Korean

A bar known for its great food besides its drinks, Joo Bar is known to be Singapore’s first makgeolli bar. For those who don’t know, makgeolli is a Korean alcoholic drink that is a variation of rice wine and famous for its milky texture. You can have your drink paired with your meals. There’s a wide choice of drinks and with such a cool interior, this is not a place to be bored.

Maison Ikkoku

Bar, Asian, Fusion

Ask for a cocktail here and the experienced mixologist will quickly serve up your drink, albeit reinterpreted in a sensational way to offer you a brand new experience with your preferred libation. Hang out right at the counter and enjoy the skilled experimentation right in front of you. The breathtaking rooftop experience lets you gape in awe at the historical Kampong Glam area and its glamorous architecture.

Bar Stories

Bar, Fusion

If you like surprises in your beverages with an eye towards impressing your company for the night, the clean and minimalist Bar Stories will have you covered and more. They don’t have a menu but let them know what you want or crave for and they will dish out a splendid drink ready to impress. With a specific focus on cocktails, this place takes its tailor-made tipples seriously, with a skilled mixologist on hand that’s got the craft down to T.

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