Few cities in the world brandish a nightlife quite like Singapore’s. Our metropolis is home to some of the World’s 50 Best Bar. Come socialise in laidback environments while partaking in a plethora of experiences that have transformed the global mixology scene.
Travel back in time to old New York
Ranked seventh in the world and number one in Asia, Manhattan immerses you in New Yorker’s culture, design and history. This breath-taking institution pays homage to New York through the ages, with throwbacks to the Prohibition and the Roaring 20s, spawning inventive cocktails inspired by each era. Drink like the early American settlers did‑sip on historic spirits like earthenware-aged vermouth and forge new friendships with fellow patrons in this bar reminiscent of New York’s glitziest speakeasies. Drink like the early American settlers did—sip on historic spirits like earthenware-aged vermouth and forge new friendships with fellow patrons over this shared experience.
Manhattan, Regent Hotel. 1 Cuscaden Road Level 2, Regent, Singapore 249715. +65 6725 3377.
Mon-Thu & Sat 5pm-1am; Fri 5pm-2am; Sun noon-3pm, 5pm-1am.
Party like Gatsby at Atlas
Rub shoulders with the well-heeled patrons of Atlas, an art deco-inspired bar in Bras Basah.Bugis that happens to house the largest collection of gins in the world. Become a more discerning imbiber as you sip on the resident mixologists’ flawless concoctions, while admiring its 15-foot-tall gin tower and lavish décor. More than just an opulently embellished watering hole, Atlas and its assortment of rare gins let you taste how F. Scott Fitzgerald imagined Jay Gatsby’s life to be like.
Atlas, Parkview Square. 600 North Bridge Rd, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778. +65 6396 4466.
Mon-Thu 10am-1am; Fri 10am-2am; Sat 3pm-2am.
Become part of Singapore's underground bar scene
Asia’s sixth best bar takes you into the underground of the Ann Siang party district. Descend the stairs of a century-old shophouse to discover pharmacy-like bar Operation Dagger, where owner and The Bar Awards Singapore 2016's ‘Most Creative Cocktail’ winner Luke Wheaty invites you to enjoy his omakase service while getting to know fellow cocktail lovers, in this nondescript establishment.
Operation Dagger. 7 Ann Siang Hill #B1-01, Singapore 069791. +65 6438 4057
Enter another secret world
Asia’s fourth best bar proffers a sensual atmosphere, hidden behind an unmarked shopfront. One of Singapore’s first and most acclaimed speakeasies, 28 HongKong Street’s intimate space encourages patrons to get to know one another. Head to Southbridge nearby afterward to enjoy more great food and drinks, as well as a panoramic view of the Singapore River.
28 HongKong Street. 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059667. +65 8318 0328.
Mon noon-2pm, 6pm-2am; Tue-Wed 6pm-2am; Thu-Sat 6pm-3am.
Southbridge. 80 Boat Quay, rooftop, Singapore 049868. +65 6877 6965.
Step into a whimsical candy-shop at Tippling Club
Tippling Club’s ‘edible cocktail menu’ invites you to savour 12 uncanny gummy bears, from which you can choose a cocktail that you fancy. Get to know chatty head bartender Joe Schofield and discover the gastronomical creations of celebrity chef-owner Ryan Clift.
Tippling Club. 38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461. +65 6475 2217.
Mon-Fri noon-midnight; Sat 6pm-midnight.
Be one with nature in Native
Decorated barkeep Vijay Mudaliar’s sustainability-oriented bar employs peculiar ingredients. Besides using spirits that he distils himself in the attic of Native, Vijay’s cocktails also use ingredients indigenous to Southeast Asia-unlikely parts of fruits and vegetables, and one even uses a particular species of ants. Challenge your friends to trying a round of the Antz cocktail.
Native. 52a Amoy Street, Singapore 069878. +65 8869 6520.
Mingle with mavericks in Gibson
A laidback and sophisticated establishment housed within a 20th century Chinese Clan building, Gibson is Asia’s 14th best bar and also where you can mix with the connoisseurs of the Singapore’s speakeasy circuit, while savouring the bar’s namesake classic cocktail.
Gibson. 20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, second floor, Singapore 089834. +65 9114 8385.
Mon-Thu 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat 6pm-2am.
Hobnob with heroes of the global speakeasy movement
Helmed by Igor Hadzismajlovic, one of the founders of Employees Only in New York, Employees Only is where you can meet some of Singapore’s most talented mixologists. Order Employees Only’s acclaimed Manhattan and Ready Fire Aim cocktails, then enjoy complimentary chicken soup, served at 2am to nourish its last customers.
Employees Only. 112 Amoy Street, Singapore 069932. +65 6221 7357.
Mon-Fri 5pm-1am; Sat 5pm-2am; Sun 6pm-1am.
Party in a pioneering cocktail bar
Jigger & Pony’s name implies its dedication to serving impeccable classic cocktails, which were classified as ‘jiggers’ or ‘ponies’ in the old days. Order an Old- Fashioned or Negroni here, and the bartender will gladly impart to you the finer points how he prepares iconic potions like these.
Jigger & Pony. 101 Amoy Street, Singapore 069921. +65 6223 9101.
Mon-Thu 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat 6pm-3am.
Live like royalty in D.Bespoke
Get to know D.Bespoke’s friendly owner Daiki Kanetaka, as he indulges you in an array of rare whiskies and creative cocktails. Always up for a chat, the consummate host of this Ginza-style gentleman’s bar seats his guests in plush leather sofas and even plies them with a hot towel and Japanese tea, before commencing the elaborate flair and ceremony of mixing your bespoke cocktail.
D.Bespoke. 2 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089816. +65 8141 5741.
Taste Asia in unforgettable cocktails
Named after the spices that used to be grown on Ann Siang Hill, Nutmeg & Clove transformed the global cocktail scene by thrusting Asian flavours to the forefront. Make friends with the creatives and entrepreneurs who frequent Nutmeg & Clove, while sipping on floral and even Singapore-themed cocktails, such as durian and mangosteen-flavoured King & Queen.
Nutmeg & Clove. 10 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069789. +65 9389 9301.
Mon-Thu & Sat 6pm-1am; Fri 6pm-2am.
Jive to reggae in Sugarhall
Stuart Danker’s gregarious Sugarhall is pervaded by reggae beats and good vibes. Sugarhall champions sumptuous steaks and a bevy of Jamaican rums, over which new friendships are forged and old friendships are celebrated.
Sugarhall. 102 Amoy Street, Singapore 069922. +65 9732 5607.
Mon-Thu 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat 6pm-2am.