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The 10 Best Bars In Chinatown, Singapore

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Updated: 9 February 2017
One of the best and most varied nightlife areas in Singapore, Chinatown has something for everyone. Whether you want to listen to live jazz music with whiskey, sample award-winning cocktails, or visit a secret speakeasy, Chinatown’s wonderful bar scene will have a place where you’ll be happy to spend your evening. Here are 10 of the best establishments in the area.

Cufflink Club

From its name, you might think that Cufflink Club sounds like the kind of bar where office workers gather at the end of the week, and you wouldn’t be wrong – but there is much more to this bar than simply that. Headed by the mixologist who hails from the Tippling Club, Cufflink Club has uniquely- named drinks, like the Walking Dead -made from 13 different kinds of rum, some fruit pulp for a refreshing taste, and a fake zombie eyeball just for fun. Try just one of the many quirky cocktails at the Cufflink Club – you won’t be disappointed.

Address: 6 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089262, +65 9694-9623

Chinatown: Singapore  | © Michael Gwyther-Jones /Flickr

Chinatown: Singapore | © Michael Gwyther-Jones /Flickr



An ambient underground jazz bar, B28 specializes in whiskey, and has a proud collection of single malt Scotch whiskies on offer. They are also stocked with Bourbons, rums and a humbler selection of craft beers. This lucrative establishment is the stage for some of Singapore’s musical talents to show off their smoky jazz voices, and even international artists have performed here. Go for the music, for the drinks, or for the excellent company – either way you will have a great evening.

Address: Basement No. 28, Ann Siang Road, The Club Hotel, Singapore 069708, +65 92988863


The Library

A library may seem the furthest thing away from a bar, and this particular, oxymoronic Library happens to be Singapore’s most well-known mystery. This speakeasy, hidden in a mundane shop, is only accessible by a password that changes weekly. Head to a restaurant named The Study, then visit the store next to it, which has seemingly nothing to do with a bar. Tell the owners the password – which you can find out from The Study or their Facebook page – and they will show you through a secret door into a small, intimate bar, not much different from the speakeasies of the Prohibition era, which serves brilliant cocktails and an assortment of beers, wine and shots.

Address: 47 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089153, +65 62218338 (The Study)



Gem Bar & Lounge

If you like your music loud and pumping, your drinks exciting, and your crowd hip and lively, then Gem Bar & Lounge is a must-visit place. One of the biggest, flashiest, and coolest nightlife places in Chinatown, this bar features an impressive drinks list that includes over fifty cocktails alone, and even more shots and wine.

Address: 8-10 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069789, +65 9646 6160

Cocktails | Pixabay

Cocktails | Pixabay


Urban Fairways

Singapore certainly has no shortage of places to play golf, but if you want to do it outside, you must brave the tropical weather, which means either sweltering heat or relentless thunderstorms. At Urban Fairways, however, you can enjoy over 50 golf courses in their golf simulators, all in the comfort of the indoors. Open from breakfast till late, Urban Fairways has a respectable list of reasonably priced drinks and snacks.

Address: 01-07, 168 Robinson Road, Singapore 068912, +65 6327 8045


Cow & Coolies Karaoke Pub

A local hole-in-the-wall karaoke pub, Cow & Coolies may be grungy, but it just might win you over with its local charm. The pub has a karaoke floor that is open to anyone willing to take up the mic. Don’t worry if your singing leaves a lot to be desired, most of the patrons who sing aren’t particularly good, but the important thing is to have a good time – which you definitely will have at Cow & Coolies.

Address: 30 Mosque Street, Chinatown, Singapore 059508, +65 6221-1239


Tippling Club

One of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Tippling Club owes a large part of its success to their innovative award-winning cocktails. The drinks are labelled on an info-graphic with three axes, ranging from sweet to bitter, sour to smoky, and fruity to dry respectively. If you have a sweet tooth try the Pablo, made from cachaca, grape, Lillet and passionfruit, for a fruity, glacé drink. For those with a stronger taste, the Sartorial, a mixture of blended whisky, Earl Grey honey, clove and black peppercorn comes highly recommended. The drinks menu, as does the food menu, changes every so often, keeping the culinary experience fresh and exciting.

Address: 38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461 | +65 6475 2217

Dropje Daiquiri -Tippling Club| © Charles Haynes/Flickr

Dropje Daiquiri – Tippling Club | © Charles Haynes/Flickr



The Screening Room

Getting a little bored with your regular, run-of-the-mill bar scene? Try The Screening Room. Made up of a cinema, restaurant, and a rooftop bar, you can literally spend your whole evening at this establishment. Watch a movie before dining on wonderful Mediterranean and Western food, then head up to the rooftop bar for cocktails and an amazing view of the vibrant nightlife on Club Street and Chinatown below you. With its elegant yet unpretentious decor, The Screening Room is one of the best places to hang out in Chinatown.

Address: 12 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069692, +65 6532 3357


28 Hongkong Street

Beneath a nondescript exterior and no signage lies 28 Hongkong Street, one of Singapore’s most prestigious and elusive clubs. Highly reminiscent of a Manhattan lounge, 28 serves American-styled drinks, from larger-sized shots, to classic American cocktails hard to find elsewhere in Singapore, including the notorious Old Fashioned. There’s also a list of original cocktails, which have earned 28 Hongkong Street a place on the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars.

Address: 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059667, +65 6533-2001


The Spiffy Dapper

If you have a penchant for adventure and a desire for strong, experimental drinks, and company from all walks of life, The Spiffy Dapper is your kind of bar. With a mission to become a meeting place for a mix of people to bond over drinks and carefree banter, this joint has a wonderfully casual ambiance that will make you feel at home. More often than not, choosing among their drinks is an adventure in and itself; the bar has no menu, and the bartender fixes up an exotic cocktail for you based on your tastes.

Address: 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892, +65 8722 4953

Cocktails | © Didriks /Flickr

Cocktails | © Didriks /Flickr