Singapore often has an undeserved reputation for being boring, especially its nightlife. In reality, the cosmopolitan city-state has plenty of bars to woo travellers and locals alike.
When it comes to choosing the perfect watering hole to kick back and relax in after a long day of sightseeing, Singapore’s bars offer plenty of variety. From rooftop bars with a sumptuous views of the cityscape, to glitzy cocktail spots where you can chat away with friendly locals, here are the 10 best bars that Singapore has to offer.
Spanning three levels, this multi-concept bar lays the stunning Singapore cityscape at your feet. Situated on the 63rd floor of One Raffles Place, the alfresco rooftop area is enclosed by a glass pane that allows you to enjoy a 360-degree view of the glimmering vista below. Top that with a glass of wine or a refreshing cocktail in hand, and an unforgettable experience is yours.
Another rooftop bar that gives you an unmatchable view of Singapore’s Marina Bay, CE LA VI is perched atop the world-famous Marina Bay Sands Skypark. The bar oozes luxury and class, whether it’s in the carefully crafted cocktails or the details that go into the cosy sofa seating, sleek modern bar and glitzy dance floor.
The Tippling Club is the quintessential ‘cream of the crop’ bar, being a regular on Asia’s 50 Best Bars List – a regional event organised by The World’s 50 Best Bars brand. Its secret? An experimental list of top-notch cocktails that changes every month. Its inventiveness is showcased in delicious creations like ‘Indulgence’ and ‘Revenge’.
Hidden in an obscure corner of Telok Ayer Street, you might actually miss this place if you weren’t deliberately looking for it. However, once in, chances are that you will be purposefully seeking out this fun and casual bar every week, like its long-devoted regulars. Try the bar’s signature Singapore-style cocktails, with a Singaporean favourite breakfast treat mixed into it – the coconut egg jam kaya.
Another one of those ‘once you know me, you’ll love me’ cool kids on the block, 28 Hong Kong Street is literally where its name says it is. The bar has a laid-back, effortlessly cool vibe, its casual charms setting up the the perfect ambience for a Friday night out.
Once a typical hole-in-the-wall kind of bar, The Spiffy Dapper has since evolved into a more grown-up establishment, all spiffed up and dapper as its name suggests. The nostalgic atmosphere permeating the bar – which is housed in a beautiful old shophouse on Amoy street – transports you back to the 1920s, complete with a tantalising selection of inventive cocktails which will have you marveling at the wonders of modern Singaporean mixology.
LeVeL 33 is the more unassuming cousin of 1-Altitude, but no less cool. Also known as the highest microbrewery in the world, the bar presents you with a lovely view of the Singapore skyline, with an endless list of craft beers that might empty your wallet if you aren’t careful.
Emerald Hill on Orchard Road is famous for its row of old, colourful Peranakan-style houses, and this bar is housed inside one of them. The charming terrace makes it the perfect place to chill out after a long day of shopping on Orchard Road. Sit back and forget your blues with a refreshing cocktail in the balmy tropical breeze.
ATLAS evokes opulence and poshness – and rightly so. Its huge Art deco-style space is a glorious sight, and with a notable list of gin varieties that you can pick and choose from, this is the place to go to indulge. Go on, treat yourself.
Another grand dame that oozes style, Manhattan Bar entices patrons with its old-world charm: a Golden Age luxe-dramatic decor, luxurious dark furnishing, and melancholic blues playing in the background. This is a place for fine drinking among some of Singapore’s movers and shakers.