From places with sky-high views to invite-only watering holes, we list the coolest bars to see and be seen at.
The city’s nightlife offerings are diverse and you’ll be spoilt for choice on the places to drink in Singapore. Whether you’re looking for rooftop bars or a watering hole for you and your vino-lovin’ pals, we’ve got you covered with this list.
Clarke Quay/Boat Quay
The riverside Clarke Quay and Boat Quay districts may be known as party central but there’s plenty more to discover. The live music scene is noteworthy: start at Clarke Quay’s Crazy Elephant bar to listen to the blues and Cuba Libre Café & Bar for Latin music.
For a no-frills night, visit Melbourne-style pub Prince of Wales and restaurant-bar Draft & Craft, which specialises in craft beers. Join in the beer pong battles too, while having your fill of pub grub.
If you’re planning a romantic date over cocktails, be sure to check out chic rooftop bar Southbridge. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Singapore skyline, while pairing your cocktails with oysters.
Ann Siang/Club Street
For a change, head to the Ann Siang Hill and Club Street area. Lined with bars and restaurants, this cozy enclave is popular for after-work drinks.
Start with restaurant-bar Oxwell & Co, which offers British-style bar staples to go with delicious cocktails. Don’t miss out on its sister bar Operation Dagger, a cosy underground watering hole. Skip your usual gin and tonic and opt for the bar’s specially invented drinks, which are made with fresh produce from Oxwell & Co’s herb garden.
For a hearty meal, head to PS.Café or try Gem Bar, which is known for its chunky gourmet burgers. Craving Japanese food? IZY Dining and Bar does small plates Japanese-style and has an extensive sake menu.
There’s far more than shopping and art-viewing to be done along this glitzy stretch of malls, museums and luxury hotels. It’s a nightlife hotspot too.
Begin your bar-hopping journey at Post Bar at the Fullerton Hotel. You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurant-bars with waterfront views: popular picks include Kinki Rooftop Bar, Lantern Bar at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, as well as the 1919 Restaurant & The Rooftop Bar, Overeasy and The Pelican which are close to the Merlion Park.
For a cosier cocktail spot, check out Orgo at the Esplanade, which is located at the arts venue’s rooftop. Here, you’ll get great views, while avoiding the crowds at the waterfront.
Make your way to Marina Bay Sands for tasty Thai nosh to go with drinks at The Bar @ Long Chim, which serves streetside-style nibbles to go with your tipple. If you’re in the mood for a special treat, go for an epicurean experience at fine dining restaurants Caffe B and Spago; the latter also boasts a lounge section with stellar views from the 57th floor.
Amp up your cocktail hour by zipping to the tallest rooftop bars in the vicinity. Favourites include Cé La Vi, Flight Bar & Lounge at Marina Bay Sands, as well as 1-Altitude and LeVel 33. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world!
Filled with almost door-to-door lines of restaurants, pubs and eateries, this bustling neighbourhood continues to be a hive of activity.
First up is Wala Wala Café Bar, which has been around for over 20 years in Holland Village and is known for live music performances. Restaurant-bar PARK is another popular pick. Dine on hearty steaks and burgers, then stay on for drinks after.
Looking for international grub? Head down to Starker and Baden Restaurant & Pub for German-style beers and bites. Or check out the Cambodian and Vietnamese-cuisine at restaurant-bar Cafe Siem Reap by Indochine. We recommend having the spicy bar bites with plenty of beer.
For more drinking options, check out this list by TimeOut Singapore.