The 10 Best Bars In Tiong Bahru, Singapore

Photo of Elizabeth Lee
9 February 2017

With ambient coffee shops in the day, and quirky bars at night, Tiong Bahru lives up to its reputation as Singapore’s hippest district. Formerly a housing estate area, it has been rejuvenated in recent years, bringing in locals, youngsters and tourists looking for fun and affordable nightlife.

Cocktails © Patrick Tafani/ Flickr | © patrick.tafani / Flickr

Coq and Balls

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Asian, $$$
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Ikyu Interior 2014
Ikyu Interior 2014 | © Ikyu
One of the most popular bars in Tiong Bahru, this joint is sure to grab your attention with its quirky name. Coq and Balls has the fun, laid-back atmosphere that every neighborhood bar should have, with industrial-modern decor, Western comfort food, and casual drinks. They have an impressive list of craft beers, cocktails, and ciders, all of which are worth their price and are sure to make you feel right at home.

Tiong Bahru Bar

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Tiong Bahru main retail street
Tiong Bahru main retail street | © Paytun Chung/Flickr
The biggest nightlife spot in Tiong Bahru, Tiong Bahru Bar (or TBB as it is affectionately known) is a huge 4000 square foot space filled with cushy armchairs, dark decor, and a chilled-out vibe. This not-trying-too-hard philosophy extends to its drinks list and menu, which are no-nonsense and straightforward. They don’t have many cocktails, but they do have a great range of beers and shots. Hit the TBB at the start of your night of clubbing, or stay all night if you’re up for a lazy night of drinking without the bustle of the average bar.

Lee Tai Fu

Restaurant, Mexican
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Shop interior
Shop interior | Courtesy of Lee Tai Fu
This cosy joint takes inspiration in its decor from Tiong Bahru’s history as a housing estate while also using modern Western elements, creating a nostalgic and quirky ambience. Formerly known as Potbellies, Lee Tai Fu serves Western and Mexican food, mixed with local flavours and ingredients with great results. They have a fantastic selection of craft beer and ciders, some of which are difficult to find elsewhere in the city. You will love the unique ambience and the hearty food and drinks.

Breeze Beer Garden

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Colourful cocktails, delicious food, and a view over the city are what Breeze Beer Garden is all about. This rooftop bar is situated on the top of the Link Hotel at the edge of Tiong Bahru. After dining on Western and local cuisine, enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine at this al-fresco bar. The mellow jazz music creates a relaxed and classy atmosphere with a fantastic view over Tiong Bahru and Chinatown.

Tiong Bahru Club Singapura

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Asian, $$$
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Singapore Nightlife
Singapore Nightlife | © William Cho/Flickr
This open-air establishment is sure to satisfy any nostalgia with just the decor alone. The mosaic tiled floors, care-worn wooden furniture, and marble tables pay tribute to the history of tropical, multicultural Singapore. As a restaurant and bar, Tiong Bahru Club Singapura’s nostalgic vibe carries over to their food, which are variants of local classic dishes. They have both local and international beers on tap, as well as a good wine and champagne list.


Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Sake | © Christian Kaden/Flickr
This high-end Japanese restaurant, famed for the simplicity and sophistication of its elegant setting and food presentation, has opened a sake bar on the restaurant premises. This addition lives up to the reputation the restaurant enjoys, as it offers you the best and purest sake. Alternatively, you can take a regular table at the restaurant and enjoy a glass of sake along with your lunch for the complete Ikyu experience.

Roosevelt’s Diner and Bar

Bar, Diner, American
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Located on the outskirts of Tiong Bahru, Roosevelt’s Diner and Bar is styled as a cosy American-diner. They serve hearty, honest fare, including popular all day breakfast options. There is an impressive variety of drinks: international beers, imported wines, classic cocktails and all kinds of shots. Available at affordable prices, you can have a glass of wine with your dinner, or share some beers late at night in this homey café.

The Rabbit Stash

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Cocktail | © Michael Korcuska/Flickr
Located on the top floor of the Wangz Hotel, which is situated on the fringe of Tiong Bahru, The Rabbit Stash is a first-rate restaurant and bar. With an indoor dining area and a rooftop bar, The Rabbit Stash creates a sophisticated drinking experience. After enjoying a tasty seasonal meal, head out to the terrace for an innovative cocktail or a delightful wine from a European vineyard, while the vibrant lights and life of Tiong Bahru stretches out before you.

Thirsty Craft Beer Store

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Craft beers
Craft beers | Crystal Luxmore/Flickr
This craft beer store is so popular, this is their third branch in the city, right in Tiong Bahru. And it’s no wonder they are so well-loved with over 200 labels of craft beers and ciders, imported from various locations in Australia, Europe, America, and Asia; Thirsty’s is a beer lover’s heaven. As they have new products coming in all the time, you can bet on being able to try something original at Thirsty.

Opening hours: 5pm – 11pm (Tue – Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat – Sun), closed Mon

Drink Culture

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Asian, 0
Cocktail | © Gordon Flood/Flickr
This chic restaurant-cocktail bar has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, an after work chill-out with friends, or a party venue. With its colour scheme of cream and gold and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, Drink Culture radiates class and charm, making it one of the most romantic venues in Singapore. The a range of cocktails are impressive in their range, creativity and flavors.