Between historic Chinatown and modern Telok Ayer lies an L-shaped enclave that’s known for its hip little watering holes and laid-back hangouts.
The Ann Siang Hill and Club Street district houses a wealth of cool joints in close proximity to each other, making it the perfect neighbourhood for bar-hopping.
Ready your beer goggles and wine glasses, and get in the mood for drinks.
All venues are near the Chinatown and Telok Ayer MRT stations
Ann Siang Hill
Pop into modern British restaurant 1 Oxwell and Co for dinner and head down the flight of stairs to 2 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 accompanying bar bites.
Vino lovers won’t be disappointed with the selection of reds and whites at 3 Beaujolais. Order some French dishes (like quiche) to go with your glass of wine.
Movie buffs, head to 4 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 5 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.
First up on Club Street: 6 IZY This izakaya-inspired (Japanese gastropub) eating spot serves up excellent chicken karaage (fried chicken) and a luxurious wagyu donburi (rice bowl).
Tuck into these delights before indulging in a range of sake (Japanese rice wine)—sourced from various prefectures across Japan—and beer from brands like Suntory and Hitachino.
For those who don’t want to blow their budget, there’s 7 Drinks and Co, which operates two outlets on Club Street (one of them has a more extensive menu as well as more seating areas).
Its 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 S$35). Drop by the bottle shop if you want to pick up alcohol along the way.
If you fancy a satisfying French dinner, drop by 8 Les Buchons. Big eaters can opt for this acclaimed establishment’s 250gm ribeye steak, which is seared to perfection, while sharing plates here include a gigantic côte de bœuf platter. Les Bouchons’ seafood dishes, such as jumbo prawns and salmon fillet, are very popular too.