Fashionable industrial-style bar
Before arriving Kilo Lounge, the industrial elevator filled with artistic graffiti seems like a perfect start to a great evening. Kilo Lounge’s minimalist interior design and mood lights create a cosy and comfortable environment perfect for hangouts and chats. Kilo Lounge surely understands how important music is, as they have DJs providing beats that keep you feeling vibrant throughout the night. Bartenders are always there to treat you a cocktail, keeping the party going all night long.
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 5.30pm-late
Watch out for: East meets West in this trendy bar
66 Kampong Bugis, #08-01, Singapore 338987, +65 64673987
Hood Bar and Café
Live music and frogs legs snacks
Relaxing live music is often an indispensable part of an amazing evening. Together with live bands and local street paintings, Hood Bar and Café offers an artistic ambiance which can free your mind from stress. As a special shout out to local music enthusiasts, this bar carefully handpicks local bands and puts them on stage to showcase their music talents. The bar offers a wide variety of alcoholic drinks and snacks. A must-try snack is ‘Ma La’ deep fried frogs legs – it may sound odd at first, but after your first bite you will not regret eating it.
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 5pm-1am; Thu-Sat 5pm-3am; Sun 5pm-1am
Watch out for: the Ma La frogs legs
201 Victoria Street, #05-07 Bugis, Singapore 188067, +65 62218846
Divine Wine Extraordinaire
Impressive architecture in this wine bar
True to its name, Divine Wine Extraordinaire offers a memorable and extraordinary wine tasting experience to wine enthusiasts. The bar is dedicated to providing you with an impressive variety of premium wines from different parts of the world, which is truly a pleasure for your taste buds. Your experience is further enhanced by the extraordinary and sophisticated interior design of the bar. With a 12-meter-high wine tower and 15-meter-high central atrium, Divine Wine Extraordinaire is much more than just a place for great wines. Enjoy an evening indulging in elegance.
Price: fine dining
Opening hours: 11am-1am daily
Watch out for: the extensive wine list and the architecture
Looking for a cocktail while chatting with friends? Bar Stories may be an option for you in Bugis. Bar Stories offers an exquisite and unique cocktail bar space. Without any artificial flavours and colours, the bar serves you cocktails that are created from fresh produce. What’s more exciting is that there is no menu in Bar Stories, and you will be treated to tailor-made cocktails. This is surely a place for adventurous people who are expecting cocktails with creative concoctions.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 3pm-1am; Fri-Sat 3pm-2am; Sun 3pm-1am
Watch out for: no menu – the cocktails all stem from mixologist’s creativity
57 Haji Lane, Bugis, Singapore 189250, +65 62980838
The birthplace of the Singapore Sling
Long Bar prides itself in creating the world renowned cocktail, the Singapore Sling. The cocktail was first created in 1915, in Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, and its popularity continues and a hundred years later – it still enjoys its international success, and is widely regarded as the national drink of Singapore. Accompanying the iconic cocktail is the traditional Malayan architecture which is inspired by plantation life in the 1920s. The carefully chosen furniture offers you an Oriental flavour and takes you way back into the historic Singapore.
Price: fine dining
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11am-12.30am; Fri-Sat 11am-1.30am
Watch out for: the home of the Singapore Sling
Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673, +65 64121230
Mr Punch Public House
Rooftop bar above a toy museum
Another extraordinary rooftop bar in the Bugis area, Mr Punch Public House has a unique location at the top of the Mint Museum of Toys, where you can get a holistic view of the Raffles City. The decoration in the bar is very relevant to its location, and with vintage advertisements the bar successfully creates a nostalgic atmosphere for guests to sit down and chill out. The bar also offers a wide variety of beers. Here you can have a nice drink surrounded by the laid back ambience with friends.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat 4pm-3am
Watch out for: the fish and chips and the salmon steak
26 Seah Street, Singapore, 188382, +65 63396266
Blu Jaz Café
Bar with a Mediterranean feel and live music
Situated in a heritage building, Blu Jaz Café offers great vibes and live music to their guests, all with a pinch of Mediterranean flavour. Dedicated to creating an entertainment hub, the café has live performances that range from jazz to hip-hop, and rock to soul music, meaning there will surely be a performance that suits your tastes. Blu Jaz Café serves you an impressive variety of food and beverages at a reasonable price, and this place will surely blow you away with its ambience and friendly staff.
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11.45am-12.30am; Fri 11.45am-1.45am; Sat 4pm-1.45am
Watch out for: the dory fish, and the mango lassi
One of Singapore’s best rooftop bars
Loof has been named as one of the best rooftop bars in Singapore by CNN Travel. The bar interweaves urban garden landscaping with nostalgic decorations, which create an intriguing environment for guests to enjoy their Martinis. Loof’s menu and cocktails are both inspired by local Singaporean cuisine. For any party people who want to showcase their dance moves, you are surely going to enjoy the events taking place at this rooftop bar.
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat 5pm-3am
Watch out for: the Penang padi, and the lah wings
Rooftop bar and café
Previously Maison Ikkoku was only a ground floor café, but recent expansion to the rooftop makes it another cosy place to hang out in Bugis. Awarded the Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor, this bar offers impressive cocktails to their guests. There are cocktail menus, but if you want to freshen up your taste buds, the mixologist in the bar will treat you to a cocktail blended in with fresh ingredients, remarkable creativity and mind-blowing mixing techniques.
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat 4pm-2am
Watch out for: the fruity Martinis
20 Kandahar Street, Singapore, 198885, +65 62940078
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar
Sophisticated Italian wine bar and restaurant
“Ciao” to one of the most popular Italian restaurants on Singaporean soil. Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar offers a fantastic variety of wines and cocktails which are perfect for social gatherings and events. The beverages are in good company, with authentic Italian cuisine prepared by experienced chefs with many of the ingredients originating from Italy. Fresh oysters are surely a must try item on the menu. Further enhancing your dining experience, the interior decoration is carefully designed to create an elegant and sophisticated environment.
Price: fine dining
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12-2.30pm; 6.30pm-10.30pm
Watch out for: the fresh oysters
36 Purvis Street #01-02, Singapore 188613, +65 68371468
By Billy Lok Ming Poon