Lovers of fine wine, rejoice! Singapore is home to dozens of bars devoted to vino the world over, from French varietals to South American labels to New World bottles. You can get an affordable glass of Chardonnay just as easily as a princely bottle of Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux—if you know where to look. Here are six bars to clink your glasses at.
More than 250 labels, mostly from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone, are on offer at this handsome space that’s decked with wooden furniture and concrete accents. While its bestselling bottles all come from established châteaux, Caveau Bar also carves out sections in its menu for wines from the US, Australia, Spain and New Zealand. For a sound red, try the 2012 Clos Saint Jean S$20/glass). But if you’re looking for something slightly different, the 2010 Bodegas Lan (S$14/glass) from the Rioja region of Spain stands out for being full-bodied and for its minerality.
Shaw Centre. 1 Scotts Rd #01-12, Singapore 238868. +65 6737 2622.
Mon-Thu 10.30am-11pm; Fri-Sat 10.30am-1am; Sun 10.30am-11pm.
Praelum Wine Bistro
This red-splashed bar is perfect for the novice drinker. You can order tasting portions (from S$4/25 millilitres) or half-portions (from S$9/75 millilitres) of any of the 350 labels in its walk-in cellar—ideal if you’re looking to sample a variety of Praelum Wine Bistro's reds, whites, rosés, desserts and sparkling wines. There’s also the “Learn-a-Drink” option (S$13/75 millilitres); every week, the sommeliers provide tasting notes for a chosen beverage. Praelum is also passionate about its grower sparkling wines (S$23/glass), stocking the likes of NV De Stafani Prosecco Brut Zero, which is known for its fresh, vibrant notes.
Praelum. 4 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089590. +65 6238 5287.
Verre Modern Bistro and Wine Bar
A glass cube housing more than 700 labels of wine dominates the casual, neutral-toned space of Verre Modern Bistro and Wine Bar—and for good reason. The bar is dead serious when it comes to vino, curating a wine list with terroir as its main consideration. Almost all its bottles (S$75-S$5,350) hail from France, with the menu broken down into the country’s many winemaking regions. You’ll find wines from lesser-known regions such as Barsac and Loire Valley alongside the more common ones from Burgundy and Bourdeaux. However, only a few varietals, such as a Marcel Deiss Muscat (S$19) and a Pauillac de Latour Cabernet blend (S$49), are available by the glass.
Verre Modern. 8 Rodyk Street Singapore 238216. +65 6509 1917.
Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri 5pm-1am; Sat 3pm-1am; Sun 3-11pm.
Resembling a breezy Parisian bistro, Ô Batignolles has plenty of substance and style. Co-owners Antoine Rouland and Marie-Charlotte Ley handpick bottles from independent winemakers during their regular excursions to France. The concise menu skirts around vineyards in the country, with Côtes de Provence AOC 2015 Vermentino from Château Riotor (S$56/bottle) and Macon AOC 2014 Gamay from Domaine Dupre (S$58/bottle) among the standout bottles. A modest selection of rosé, Champagne and Cognacs round up the other grape-based beverages available here.
Ô Batignolles. 2 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069247. +65 6438 3913.
Mon-Fri noon-midnight; Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-9pm.
Wood-clad and understated, La Terre offers a well-curated selection of mostly Old World wines. For the connoisseurs, the bar carries many rare vintages, like a 1999 Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux, which is a savoury Pinot Noir from Burgundy (S$27,373). But don’t worry, casual drinkers—La Terre also offers wine by the glass (from SGD 18). There is also a substantial collection of Champagnes (S$82-SGD 2,764/bottle) from labels such as Armand de Brignac and Larmandier-Bernier available here.
La Terre. 11 Upper Circular Road, Singapore 058409. +65 6532 1031.
Wine Connection Bar & Bistro
“Affordability” is the name of the game for this chain of casual bistros. Bottles at its popular Wine Connection Cheese Bar outlet start at just S$30 and peak at S$130. You’ll find solid Chardonnays such as a Château Grenouilles Chablis Grand Cru (S$130/bottle) alongside assertive Merlot blends like a 2009 Château Pique Segue (S$33/bottle). Wines from the US, South America, New Zealand and Australia, among others, are also on the menu here. For a drink rich in complexity and dark fruit notes, we recommend ordering the 2011 Castle Rock Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (S$50/bottle) from Napa Valley.
Wine Connection Cheese Bar. 11 Unity Street #01-05, Singapore 237995. +65 6238 1279.
Mon-Thu 11-2am; Fri-Sat 11-3am; Sun 11am-11pm.
Wine Connection Tapas Bar & Bistro. 11 Unity Street #01-19/20, Singapore 237995. +65 6235 5466.
Mon-Thu 11.30-2am; Fri-Sat 11.30-3am; Sun 11.30am-11pm.