If you’re in the gorgeous island-city of Singapore and you’d like to watch the sun go down with a drink for company, there are plenty of scintillating options you can head to for a night in the town. Whether you like your poison amidst exquisite ambience and panoramic views or in dimly lit mysterious speakeasies where you’ll run into a colourful lot or be served a drink by robotic bartenders, Singapore has it all!
Raise a toast to the night and drink it up at these chic bars that you must visit!
1. Smoke & Mirrors
Set atop the National Art Gallery is an aesthetic marvel, a rooftop bar offering stunning panoramic views. A visit here promises you a drink with glimmering views stretching from Esplanade Park to Marina Bay!
Get yourself a drink from their aptly named menu, ‘Illusion of Flavours’ which offers classic cocktails with edgy twists. Accompanying your drink are a wide range of flavourful bar bites, especially the tuna tataki and parmesan fries which are highly recommended by patrons.
Where: 06-01 National Gallery 1 St., St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957
2. Level 33
If all this talk of sleek bars is making you crave a chilled one, then look no further than Level 33. Perched roughly 156 metres above the ground, the bar and restaurant is home to one of the finest microbreweries. You can get yourself a chilled stout if you like a strong brew while folks with a sweeter inkling will relish the Indian pale ale. However, if you wish to be spoiled for choice, call for the sample set which comes with five of their superbly crafted ales for your taste buds to explore.
Where: 8 Marina Boulevard #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre 018981
3. The Dragon Chamber
If hunger pangs have you looking for The Dragon Chamber on Google Maps, then prepare to be confused when you arrive because you'll be standing in front of a kopitan, an ordinary food stall. Spot a fridge door and crack it open, no, not for a drink but to enter another realm! A narrow street will bring you to another door and that's when you arrive at this hole in the wall wonder. With dishes such as Dragon's Claw and Crocodile Foot, you’d better bring your penchant for daring cuisine. Cocktail aficionados can wash these dishes down with unique concoctions, a regular favourite being the drink, the Land of the Rising Sun.
Where: 2 Circular Road 049358
4. Taylor Adam
If speakeasies pique your curiosity, you can't possibly skip Taylor Adam. A tailor shop acts as its outer front, and once you proceed inside for a fitting, part the velvet curtains and call out, "Open, sesame" to watch glass walls come ajar to reveal an intimate area. The menu represents different eras from various Commonwealth nations. Singapore has its very own signature cocktail, a tropical delight named the Singapore Sling invented back in 1915. Round up your trip by tasting the bar's delicious Pulau Sentosa infused with Roku gin, Aperol, sparkling wine and coconut syrup.
Where: #01-03 1 Raffles Pl Singapore 048616
5. Ratio Cafe & Gastrobar
Indulge in the country's futuristic persona with a night at Ratio. Neon colours, bright hues, thumping music and a menu that features the imagination of expert chefs will welcome you. Here your drink will be prepared by the most unique bartenders you've ever come across. Can you guess who? Robots! Sip on cocktails which are also a visual treat such as the It Takes Two To Mango and Once Upon A Time I(on) Orchard to get on the wild ride that Ratio promises!
Where: 2 Orchard Turn, #B1-12 Singapore 238801
6. Mama Diam
A night at Mama Diam will take you back to Singapore in the 80s and 90s! The name Mama Diam belonged to popular convenience stores that were prevalent in the country at the time. Today, the name has been borrowed for this speakeasy bar with a familiar and nostalgic storefront. It truly allows you to embrace Singaporean flavours with a spread of dishes such as Butter Boxing Chicken and Drunken Chicken Roulade which are local favourites. Cocktails like Halia, Coco Pandan and Rosie will leave you feeling happy high.
Where: 38 Prinsep Street #01-01 Singapore 188665
7. Corduroy Palace
It's time to shock your senses in every way! This time you'll find yourself in a tiny little pizza joint. But I'm sure you know the drill by now, so keep moving ahead until you find yourself in a luxurious set-up teeming with glass and lighting to set the mood for a relaxed evening ahead. The dimly done restaurant is replete with antique rugs and glossy wooden tables. With generous dollops of caviar on dishes served up, you’ll know you've plunged into a plush affair. Pick your poison from hundreds of varieties of wine or get your favourite cocktail made by expert mixologists on a whim. The bar has no set cocktail list, allowing you to pick whatever you fancy!
Where: 110 Amoy Street, Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069930
Drop by these intriguing bars for a tipple and some conversation. After all, most interesting stories start at a bar, maybe you’ll be part of one too to make for a memorable night!
In collaboration with Singapore Tourism Board.
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