One of the oldest districts in Singapore, Lavender is a residential area with both public and private housing. It is located near two of Singapore’s ethnic quarters, exotic Little India and quirky Kampong Glam, the Malay quarters. Although not as famous as the luxury bars of Marina Bay, or as cluby as the loud, boisterous bars of Club Street, Lavender is filled with cosy, classy, and acclaimed bars.
One of Kampong Glam’s best secrets, Bar Stories is a Bohemian little place in Haji Lane, the area’s hippest and funkiest street. Operating as Café Fables during the day and Bar Stories during the night, this place has an intimate, laid-back ambiance perfect for a relaxing night out. One of the first things you might notice is that they don’t have a cocktail menu, simply tell your preferences to the incredibly friendly and approachable bartender, and he’ll whip up a cocktail for you. Like its name suggests, there’s a story behind every drink, and the bartender will gladly tell you about yours if you ask. Who knows, you might even be the inspiration behind his next mix.
Located on the top floor of 66 Kampong Bugis, this hip, down-to-earth alternate music bar opened a few months ago and has since gained a following in the nation’s underground music scene. Kilo Lounge has a minimalist, industrial vibe, giving it a loft-like appearance. It isn’t as polished as some of the more suave bars on this list, but it’s very friendly and serves fantastic, innovative cocktails, such as the East Meets West, which mixes Japanese and Scottish whiskeys, with traces of citrus, coconut and orgeat that hint at the local palette.