Between the historic Chinatown and the modern Telok Ayer lies an L-shaped enclave that’s known for its hip little watering holes and laid-back hangouts.
The Club Street and Ann Siang Hill district houses several cool joints worth checking out if you’re in the mood for a drink or two. Plus, since the area isn’t massive, it’s perfect to do some bar-hopping. Ready your beer goggles and wine glasses.
All venues are near the Chinatown MRT station
Photo by Marklin Ang
First up on Club Street: 1 IZY. This Japanese izakaya-inspired (Japanese gastropub) eating spot serves up excellent chicken karaage and a luxurious wagyu donburi, so tuck into these delights before heading into the secret bar at the back of the restaurant (the large mirror is actually a door), Cache, for a tightly-curated selection of drinks like a ginger martini.
For those who don’t want to blow their budget, there’s 2 Drinks and Co, which operates two outlets on Club Street (one of them has a more extensive menu as well as more seating areas). It’s wine, spirits, and beers for the taking here, and they’re all more-than-reasonably priced (you can get a good bottle of wine for as low as $30). Drop by the bottle shop if you want to pick up alcohol along the way.
If you want good food to go with good cocktails, drop by 3 Pluck. Creations by chef Brandon Teo, such as the Asian lobster roll and crispy baby squid are drool-worthy when paired with signature cocktails like the George Clooney – a mix of single malt whiskey, orange bitters and five-spice syrup.
Ann Siang Hill
Pop into modern British restaurant 4 Oxwell and Co for dinner and head down the flight of stairs to 5 Operation Dagger – the secret underground cocktail bar that serves up experimental mixes. Can’t decide on what you want? Go for their omakase (a type of meal consisting of dishes chosen by the chef) set, which features six different cocktails and some bar bites.
Vino lovers won’t be disappointed with the selection of reds and whites at 6 Beaujolais. Order some French dishes (like quiche) to go with your glass of wine.
Movie buffs, head to 7 The Screening Room for a unique combination of movies and booze. Catch classic flicks on the big screen on the third level before moving up to the fourth floor for drinks (and stunning views of the city) at the La Terraza Rooftop Bar.
If you love crowds and buzz, hit up 8 Gem Bar. You can’t miss the watering hole at the intersection of Ann Siang Hill and Club Street where hordes of people usually spill out onto the streets right outside the bar.
Now that you know where to go, you can enjoy your night out in the Club Street and Ann Siang area. Need more ideas? Check out this neighbourhood guide by Honeycombers Singapore.