Zouk is located in an old warehouse on Jiak Kim. One of the new generation industrial style pub clubs, the place comes highly recommended, largely for its second storey members’ area. While the lower floor is popular with the alternative crowd, the upper features foreign DJs, a more sophisticated atmosphere and some of the most rocking cocktails in Singapore.
Address: Zouk Wine Bar, 17 Jiak Kim St, Singapore, +65 6738 2988
Club Kyo is one of those places that are considered ‘secret’.It’s located down a dramatic stairwell in the heart of the city, on Cecil Street. The place is tastefully decorated in a mix of Japanese and modern styles, and has a number of seating options for intimate couples and large groups alike. The selection of resident DJs is pretty eclectic, with special guest appearances on Saturdays. The range of Japanese whiskies and sakes is commendable and well-suited to the self-proclaimed connoisseur.
Address: Club Kyo, 133 Cecil St, Singapore, +65 8299 8735
Awarded Singapore’s best rooftop bar award, Loof is seated atop the Odeon Towers in a garden setting. The place has a hint of nostalgia, creating a relaxed atmosphere. You can sit here in the evenings and watch as the city lights come to life. The cocktail range is extensive, and the place has a regular following besides the usual tourist crowds.
Address: Loof, 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore, +65 9773 9304
Bitters and Love
Considered one of the ‘secret’ of the Singapore pub scene, Bitters and Love is a pub hidden behind the Shoebox Canteen on North Canal Road. The place boasts a menu to satisfy any serious drinking customer, and their range of gins is especially impressive. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and will cook up any cocktail you can imagine.
Address: Bitters and Love, 118 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore, +65 6438 1836
Lantern Bar and Restaurant
With a beautiful view over the Marina Bay waterfront and the Singapore skyline, this poolside bar has a setting that is matched by few. Watch the city light up as the sun sets, and enjoy an intimate and romantic vibe. Named after the historical Red Lantern Pier (Clifford Pier’s original name), the place is more suited to one-on-one occasions and small groups.
Address: Lantern, Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore, +65 6597 5299
The Pump Room
Microbreweries have become popular in Singapore, and the Pump Room is one of the most popular in town, at least, that is, going by the crowds at this watering hole on Clarke Quay. Besides making their own beer, the place has great food, a live band most nights and a dance floor. Drop by for a craft beer and a boogie on the weekend and you’re sure not to be disappointed.
Address: The Pump Room, 3B River Valley Rd, #01-09/10, Singapore, +65 6334 2628
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
A no-frills bar and pub run by Sam Wong, the Ah Sam is tucked away on the second storey of a shop house along Boat Quay on the Singapore River. Quiet and unpretentious, the name derives from Sam’s time as a bartender at the Jigger & Pony, one of Singapore’s best-known watering holes. The place has a homely feel and the staff makes all customers comfortable. The cocktails are downright top-notch too!
Address: Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, 60 Boat Quay, Singapore 049848, +65 6535 0838
The Secret Mermaid
The Secret Mermaid is considered by many to be the best bar for American spirits in Singapore. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, the place is one where there exist both options: to unwind, or to chatter the night away. There are no distractions and the main focus is on the drinks, so expect a great range of American liquors to jump out of the menu.
Kinki Rooftop Bar
This Japanese-themed bar may not be the kind of place to take a first date but its Godzilla crossing signs, Asakusa-style lanterns and Japanese graffiti will definitely catch the eye. A typical after-work type of spot, the Kinki bar offers happy hours in the evening. The bar food menu is tasty too, and there’s always a buzzing crowd of locals to get to know.
Address: Kinki Rooftop Bar, 70 Collyer Quay #03-02, Customs House, Singapore 049323, +65 6533 3471
28 Hong Kong Street
The name gives the game away with this one, otherwise you’d never be able to spot this ‘secret’ and award-winning bar, since the somewhat scruffy door is unmarked and there are no signs to direct patrons to the place. Inside, the place oozes New York-style chic and reservations are a must to get in. The place is edgy and happening, and the food as well as the cocktail list reflects this. The Hulk Smash, their signature cocktail, comes in a dented copper mug and is totally worth trying!
Address: 28 Hong Kong Street, 28 Hongkong St, Singapore, +65 6533 2001