The Best Bars on Orchard Road, Singapore

Though elegantly designed, Alley Bar still feels rather cosy
Though elegantly designed, Alley Bar still feels rather cosy | © Alley Bar
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22 November 2018

Singapore has an excellent bar scene, and one of the best places to hang out is the upscale Orchard Road. From cute and cozy to pure glamour, here are the 10 best bars in the Lion City’s glittering shopping district.

Astor Bar

Cocktail Bar, Bar, Fusion
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Astor Bar's exquisite interiors | © Astor Bar

A ritzy bar with classic mid-century decor, Astor Bar prides itself on offering some of the finest drinks in Singapore – from champagnes and wines to its favourite, whiskeys. Another infamous offering is the Chilli Padi Mary, a Singaporean variant of the popular Bloody Mary cocktail (except it’s infused with the fiery spice instead). Their whiskey offerings also come paired with chocolate, carefully picked to taste perfection by their staff.

Cuscaden Patio Cafe and Pub

Bar, Cafe, Pub, American
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A no-nonsense bar that serves some of the most affordable drinks you can find in Orchard Road, Cuscaden Patio Cafe and Bar is a great place to simply enjoy good drinks and good food. Much of their menu is finger food, but the chicken wings are especially famous with the regulars. There’a a whole host of beer options on tap and you can even get a jug to share if you have company.

No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Fusion, American, $$$
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Split into levels, the space gives off an old world charm | © 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar

The fusion of Eastern and Western design makes No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar one of the more intriguing bars you can step into in Singapore. There’s a number of different drinks on offer, but Culture Trip recommends the delicious artisanal martinis and gin and tonics. The best part is that this is a place made for you to hangout, with a free-flow of peanuts to accompany your session. Just don’t be surprised to find the floor littered with empty peanut shells.

The Drunken Poet

Bar, Irish, Fusion, $$$
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The Drunken Poet is a mysterious bar that can be only be accessed through a side street, but despite its hidden location, it is well-known for revelry (especially during sports matches). This old-fashioned Irish pub makes for an interesting sight among more modern peers in the Orchard Road area. Make sure to try the food with your pint of Guinness as they have a reputation for some of the best burgers and ribs in town. This one closes late so it’s perfect for the night crawler who needs one more for the road.

Bar on 5

Bar, Asian, $$$
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Enjoy a glass of some barrel-aged whiskey while feasting your eyes on a majestic view of Orchard Road. Bar on 5 offers a well-rounded experience for even the most intrepid bar hopper. Reputed to be one of the best whiskey joints in Singapore, Bar on 5 takes its liquor seriously – and depending on the day you go, you get a chance to take advantage of special deals with different brands of whiskey.

BRIX

Bar, European
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Sleek and mysterious interiors sets the mood at BRIX | © BRIX

As a great bar known for its upbeat atmosphere with live bands and wide selection of wine and whiskeys, BRIX attracts the most discerning clients who enjoy their bar experience with a bit more life and noise. This is one of those bars that encourages you to be merry and have a great time. With the atmosphere they have, it’s hard not to.

JiBiru Craft Beer Bar

Bar, Gastropub, Asian, Japanese, $$$
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With an emphasis on rare Japanese hand-crafted beer, JiBiru Craft Beer Bar is a one-of-a-kind spot that offers a rare chance to sample some of the most artisanal brews you can find anywhere. Many of these beers are produced under an ingenious brewing process and mainly use ingredients found in sake and shochu.

The Other Room

Bar, European
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Helmed by a master distiller, The Other Room is a charming sanctuary which takes great pride in its mixes – all done in-house by renegade mixologists who have skills that live up to their names. Considering that it is inspired by the Prohibition era in the USA, The Other Room is a great place if you are a cocktail aficionado. It would be remiss to miss out this opportunity to savour some of the finest mixes on the island. Just so you know, each time you enter, you’ll be treated to a complimentary shot of espresso martini to kickstart the night.

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Alley Bar

Bar, American, $$$
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Alley Bar in Orchard Road, Singapore
Though elegantly designed, Alley Bar still feels rather cosy | © Alley Bar

As its name implies, this watering hole is located in a nondescript alley tucked away from the crowds, perfect for those wanting some peace and quiet. The bar exudes a warm sense of nostalgia that comes right out of an old movie set. The dark, dusky atmosphere perfectly complements their delicious cocktail menu.

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