By Lance Teo
One of the most relaxing ways to unwind after a day of work is having a drink with friends at some of the best bars in Singapore. Sometimes, one drink is enough to drain out all the stress that you receive from working all day.
More than this, drinking at the best bars in Singapore is also a way of meeting new friends and widening your network. If you manage to visit a bar with a great crowd, cool ambiance, and a wide variety of drinks, then you’ve definitely hit the jackpot.
So, if you’re on the lookout for some of the best bars in Singapore, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re making a list of the ones worth checking out.
|BEST FOR||Luxury Drinks|
|MENU||Cream Soda Caddy, Journey of Limun, French Cook, Sugarloaf, and Passage to Havana|
|ADDRESS||Lobby Level, 80, Middle Rd, Singapore 188966|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6825 1045|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Saturday, 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM|
It’s no secret that Idlewild is among the most in-demand bars in Singapore, frequently visited by young millennials to unwind and have a drink with their friends.
It’s also one of the few bars on the island that serve high-end drinks, which makes us consider it one of the best bars in Singapore.
Among its attractive features are the pleasant and quiet atmosphere, mid-century modern interiors, live band, and world-class drinks. If you don’t want to stay away from a rowdy crowd, then make sure to drop by Idlewild, and you will surely not be disappointed with how calm and intimate its overall vibe is.
- Quiet crowd
- Modern interiors
- World class drinks
- Live band
Here’s what customers have to say about the services of Idlewild in Singapore:
“Enter an era of hot jazz, cool drinks and a smooth vibe. This hidden gem reinvigorates the old Victoria bar at the Intercontinental into a modern speakeasy. If you can’t find it you’re looking in the wrong place. Professional staff, luxurious atmosphere and a transatlantic cocktail menu. My drink – The last crusade”
“A really chill jazz bar with really good drinks! Usually in Singapore you only get good cocktails or good music.. Here you get both! Was lucky enough to get an amazing seat up close to the band who were fantastic, the crowd here clearly appreciated the music as much as we did. Service was top notch, and prices are what you would expect from a hotel bar. I only removed a star as half the drinks we had were much better than the other half… But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the fantastic ambience here.”
2. Manhattan Bar
|BEST FOR||Gourmet Bites and Cocktails|
|MENU||Cocktails, Food Spirits, and Sunday Cocktail Brunch|
|ADDRESS||1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 2 Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6725 3377 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Saturday, 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM|
If you’re looking for a bar that not only serves quality cocktails but delectable food as well, then look no further than Manhattan Bar. Located on the 2nd floor of Regent Hotel, it’s become a hangout for women in dresses and men in suits after a long day at work.
While it might be a bit expensive for some, you will definitely fall in love with everything it has to offer: from food and cocktails down to interiors and ambience. It’s no surprise that it’s considered one of the best bars in Singapore and among the top 50 bars in Asia.
What’s more, it also offers different food and drinks per hour, which makes their menu rich in flavor and in characters.
- American cuisine
- Intimate vibe
- Experienced bartender
Take a look at some of the reviews posted by its patrons on Google Reviews:
“Well, first off -the place isn’t cheap. The price aside, the food and drinks are stellar. They keep the table supplied with memorably tasty popcorn. The drink selection is worth a return. I went with two other colleagues for a send off and we weren’t disappointed. The food was on point. The service is on point. And the ambiance is on point. All in all, the price point is well deserved.”
“This is a great bar. Not only is there a diverse and amazing selection of cocktails, the staff is very friendly and makes you feel good about being there. The bartenders are helpful with advice about the cocktails, and it’s fun taking a trip through New York City’s history. Definitely recommend a visit here if you’re able. Worth going out of your way to go here.”
3. Smoke & Mirrors
|BEST FOR||Rooftop View|
|MENU||Cocktails, Wines, and Bar Bites|
|ADDRESS||1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 9380 6313|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Saturday, 3:00 PM to 1:00 AM|
Smoke & Mirrors is perfect for people who want a view of Singapore’s skyline while sipping drinks and talking to friends. It’s nestled on the rooftop of the National Gallery Singapore, one of the most famous landmarks on the island.
Besides the beautiful view, it boasts an innovative and modern menu that caters to everyone’s taste. It offers various cocktails, a wide variety of wine, and delectable bar bites that can satisfy anyone’s taste buds.
All drinks are mixed by Jorge Conda, one of the most renowned Spanish bartenders in Singapore. He can come up with the most unique drinks that you will never get to taste in other bars, which is why we’ve added Smoke & Mirrors to our list of the best bars in Singapore.
- Pleasant crowd
- Distinctive cocktails
- Private events
Here are some of the reviews on Google Reviews left by satisfied customer:
“Great service, very friendly and attentive staff. Views are amazing and seats are pretty comfy. Choice of drinks is good, although I would maybe welcome a bit more extensive cocktail menu. It serves only the home created ones, which is good, but maybe 2/3 classics should be added. But that’s a minor thing. Overall, very good.”
“Yes, yes, a million times YES. This is the place to go for drinks, bites, and a gorgeous view of Singapore’s MBS, cricket field, and a plethora of other sites. Reserve a table outside, ask for comfy chairs! The cocktail menu is off the charts in creative, exotic drinks and worth every penny. Put your phone down and be in the moment. It is an extraordinary experience and one I hope to recreate again soon.”
4. The Horse’s Mouth
|BEST FOR||Japanese Food|
|MENU||Cocktails, Spirits, Sake, Barfood, and Uma Uma Ramen|
|ADDRESS||583 Orchard Road, Forum the Shopping Mall, #B1-39, Singapore 238884|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65-8188-0900 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Saturday, 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM|
If you’re in the mood to snack on Japanese food while drinking cocktails, then consider dropping by The Horse’s Mouth after work. It has a total seating capacity of 50 persons and standing capacity of 100 persons.
Despite its large capacity, it doesn’t feel overcrowded even during the end of the week. It has a calm, quiet, and pleasant crowd that allows you to unwind and destress after a tiring and long day at work.
Another reason we call it one of the best bars in Singapore is its food — mouthwatering bar bites and umo umo ramen. It’s one of the few bars in Singapore that offer Japanese food on top of a great variety of alcoholic drinks.
- Appetizing menu
- Pleasant ambience
- Great crowd
- Approachable staff
The Horse’s Mouth is a famous speakeasy in Singapore, and it has received a lot of praise from customers who have accidently stumbled into its premises. Here are some feedbacks from them:
“This is a hidden restaurant/secret kitchen not easy to find in forum shopping malls on Orchard Road. They offer fantastic bar food, super summy Ramans, the most important is they don’t charge corkage and there is a wine shop, 75cl in this mall. The deco of this restaurant is like a night club, very relaxing and a very good spot for the weekend night with friends to hang out.”
“Stumbled upon this place, no sign at the door, opened the door and found people eating and walked in. They share the same menu for food as the Uma Uma Ramen above it. Had a few cocktails and they were great, the bar staff were engaging and willing to talk about the drinks they like to make and to try others they have not done.”
|BEST FOR||Brunch and Dinner|
|MENU||Click Here for their Complete Menu|
|ADDRESS||200A Telok Ayer Street Level 2 Singapore 068638|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 8822 5525 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Saturday, 11:30 PM to 12:00 AM|
If you’re in the mood to drink for hours and don’t intend to stay too long, then Kabuke would be the perfect option for you! It starts operating at 11:30 in the morning to serve brunch and closes exactly at 12 midnight, just in time for you to get enough sleep and prepare for tomorrow’s work.
Unlike other bars, Kabuke both focuses on food and cocktails. If other bars only offer bar bites, consider Kabuke different as it provides meals that will keep you full for the rest of the day, which is why we deem it one of the best bars in Singapore.
More than these, it also has a wide variety of alcoholic drinks to choose from that can drain all your stress from the day. Kabuke’s indeed the ideal bar to destress after being stressed at work the entire day!
- Full meals
- Wide variety of drink
- Experienced chefs and bartenders
Check out these comments posted by customers on Google Reviews:
“My colleague recommended this place for a Friday night hangout and we were blown away at the ambience and food quality. We were also fortunate enough to have the chef to explain the food we had and made us enjoy the cuisine on another level. I highly recommend it if you are looking for high quality Japanese food at an original cozy setting.”
“If not for being turned away at another restaurant due to over an hour of wait time, we would not stumble across this discreet restaurant located on the second floor along the streets of telok ayer. The place is full house too but the server told us if we waited for 5-10 minutes he could secure us a table as someone was leaving. Service here is top notch and the staff is very accommodating and willing to explain the menu. We ordered several dishes to share and all were flavorbombs. Did not realize this was on an entertainer app. Will return again to order the donburi!”
6. Tipple and Dram
|BEST FOR||Fine wine and whiskey selection|
|ADDRESS||24 Ann Siang Road, Singapore – 069704|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 64230353 | [email protected]|
The relaxing and chill vibe of Tipple and Dram and their fine selection of wines and whiskey make a perfect combination to cap off the night after a tedious day at work.
Whether you choose to drink by yourself or share a bottle of premium whiskey with your friends, Tipple and Dram sure is a great choice within Singapore.
What sets Tipple and Dram apart is its extensive range of single malt whiskies, not available anywhere else in Singapore and possibly in the world and most importantly their collection of wines exclusively curated by no other than the owner himself.
- Wide selection of wine and whiskey
- Perfectly chill bar ambiance
- Curated wines
“Great location ! Classy bar !
My personal favourite is Dram. A great collection of rare exclusive whiskeys for connoisseurs and for those with a new found interest. The friendly and knowledgeable staff make the experience one of a kind.
Perfect place for enjoy everything perfect make by this place owner.
Staff also very good helpful. Great team”
7. 1927 Rooftop Bar
|BEST FOR||Pool Parties|
|ADDRESS||SO Sofitel Singapore
35 Robinson Road
068876 Singapore, Singapore
|CONTACT DETAILS||Tel: +65 6701 6800
Fax: +65 6822 8375
Level up your rooftop party and enjoy a wet and wild night at 1927 Rooftop Bar. This bar features a fun filled pool party experience on top of one of the most renowned hotels in Singapore.
Their infinity edged rooftop pool gives a summertime vibe all year round plus a DJ’s deck that fills up the whole area with entertaining and upbeat music. They also pair this up with some delectable cocktails and chef’s selection of small and large bites.
- Summertime pool party vibe
- Delectable food and drinks selection
“Awesome little rooftop bar with downtown views- feels secluded and cozy. Drinks are pricey, but expected for the view ($20-30 / drink). Specialize in rum and Caribbean drinks. Pool there too that looks fun during the day.”
8. IB HQ
|BEST FOR||Brunch and Dinner|
|MENU||Click Here for Menu|
|ADDRESS||76a Duxton Road|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 9152 4550|
|OPERATING HOURS||Tuesdays to Saturdays, 5pm till midnight|
It’s no secret that IB HQ is one of the most populated bars in Singapore during nighttime, as most workers flock to it after working hours. It’s also been featured multiple times in review websites all over the world, proving that it’s a bar worth checking out.
More than this, IB HQ offers a wide selection of cocktails made by its expert bartenders. In terms of dishes, it doesn’t disappoint as well because there’s a variety of mouthwatering food to choose from. The food at IB HQ is prepared by Chef Jeremy Gillon from restaurant JAG and is inspired by seasonal produce.
If you’re planning to host a party or a corporate event, you may use HB IQ’s space as well! Celebrating an event inside their space makes it even more memorable.
- Signature cocktails
- Expert bartenders
Here’s what clients have to say about IB HQ:
“I tried the Maharaja, High Roller and Old Qisher. The staffs are very friendly in explaining the types and the characteristic of the drinks . The owner even offered to custom made drink for my Friend that couldn’t tolerate strong liquor. A very cozy place to catch up and chat over a drink or two. The staff also let us try some shots. They made us feel like we are regulars when this was our very first time visiting this bar. Highly recommended and will definitely visit again!”
“My favourite cocktail bar in Singapore! The cocktails are creative and interesting and really wows your tastebuds. There are always new drinks on their menu, so you must go back once in a couple of months to check out what they concoted. The peach and wasabi fizz is a must try! Just tried their version of Singapore Sling created for their National Day menu, and I dare say it’s the best version I have had, better than the version at the grand old dame.”
9. Blu Jaz
|BEST FOR||Live music and private events|
|ADDRESS||11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam
Are you in the mood for some jamming sessions while sipping your favorite cocktail? Go ahead and let yourself enjoy the multi-leveled bar of Blujaz Cafe. They take pride in their wide selection of food and beverages that perfectly match the total ambiance and music in the area.
Everyday, different groups and bands perform in Bluejaz Cafe and they are free of charge. This plus a bunch of affordable snacks and drinks will definitely make your night a blast.
Should you need to place to have your own party settled, the bar also accommodates such.
- Live music and bands
- Affordable snacks and drinks
- Lively bar ambiance
“Lovely bar located close to Arab street. Fan of jazz music do visit this place. It is always crowded so please do reservation before, you can walk in as well but you might have to wait to get a seat. The food is good too, a variety of food options! The drinks menu offers some nice Cocktails.”
10. La Maison Du Whisky
|BEST FOR||Intimate and cozy bar|
|ADDRESS||80 Mohamed Sultan Road
#01-10 The Pier
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 69 77 71 63 ||
|OPERATING HOURS||3 PM – late|
From the name itself, La Maison Du Whisky is truly a home filled with a luxurious and
premium collection of spirits. Their selection of whisky, rum, gin, vodka,
tequila, etc. plus the bar’s friendly, unpretentious ambiance makes a perfect
combination for those who want to spend their night in a rather cozy place outside of their
Aside from it being a go-to place for a casual drink, La Maison du Whisky also serves as a
venue for corporate events and tasting seminars or other intimate parties.
Their place can accommodate up to 60 persons (inside and out). However, if you have a
much smaller party, say 10 to 30 people, you may choose between their indoor or outdoor
- Vast range of drinks from different parts of the world
- Cozy and intimate bar setup
- Accommodates events and private parties
Their customers were very much delighted by the total ambiance of the bar especially their large selection of premium whiskey and other alcohols.
“Came here on a late Monday evening, it was pretty quiet but service was good, non intrusive and gave us privacy. The pricing like mentioned by others are quite steep, averaging at $28 per drink. Atmosphere is lovely, dimly lit and cozy. If you’re looking for somewhere sexy and fancy bring your date in the area, this might be it!”
11. La Terre
|BEST FOR||Japanese wine and whisky bar|
|ADDRESS||11 Upper Circular Rd Singapore 058409|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6532 1031 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Sunday
Opens From 18:00
Last Order At 23:00
If you are looking to experience an intimate wine and whisky experience within Singapore, La Terre is definitely the place to go. This bar showcases a huge inventory of premium wine, whiskey, and other alcoholic drinks perfect to cap off the night.
They also hold related events such as wine tasting and parties that require a private and cozy ambiance.
- Intimate and cozy bar ambiance
- Superior quality drinks
Here are some of the reviews by their customers are posted on Google.
“Amazing bar with amazing drinks! You will not regret coming here if you’re a fan of Japanese whiskey. Even if you’re not, you should still go.”
“One of the best wine experience in town. Daisuke-san is a very pleasant host. The wine selection is superb. And you can get a night cap with a dram of fine whisky.”
12. ZIGGY’S Karaoke & Cocktail Bar
|BEST FOR||Karaoke experience|
|ADDRESS||#01-27 Robertson Walk
11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995
|CONTACT DETAILS||+65 6235 5400 | [email protected]|
Do you want a different bar experience? Something that does not involve a dance floor or a DJ booth but still has lively music and, better yet, music of your own choice? Take our advice and visit ZIGGY’S Karaoke & Cocktail Bar for the best karaoke experience one can have in Singapore.
ZIGGY’S features a full-fledged cocktail bar as well as various luxuriously appointed karaoke rooms discreetly hidden away from plain sight. Relax in the comfort of one of the many private rooms available and enjoy a drink from their extensive list of premium liquors and craft cocktails while you sing your favorite songs in the company of your friends.
What sets this karaoke bar apart from the rest, besides the high-quality sound system and extensive song selection, are the impeccable service standards of the staff. Besides going out of their way to attend to any requests from customers, they also provide costumes, fancy dress and props so that guests can just let loose and have an amazingly fun night out. A night at ZIGGY’S is a unique experience – best described as karaoke re-invented for grown-ups.
- Full range snacks and cocktail options
- Luxurious karaoke rooms that suit any occasion, some rooms can fit up to 40 guests
- Extensive range of snacks, liquors and cocktail available
- Perfect venue to celebrate special occasions or to hold corporate events
The bar has a 4.4-rating on Google and the common words their customers used to describe them are comfortable, sophisticated, and enjoyable.
“Clean, classy karaoke bar with best drinks selection I’ve ever seen in a karaoke. Not expensive either, 10 of us had 3 bottles of whisky between us and it only came to $80 each. Busy on weekends, best to book online in advance.”
13. The Exciseman Whisky Bar
|BEST FOR||Non-Partisan Whisky Bar|
|ADDRESS||8 Raffles Avenue Esplanade Mall #02-27, Singapore 039802|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (65)-69631192
Email: [email protected]
The Exciseman is a Whisky Bar created for the whisky-lovers who aren’t afraid to try new things. Offering various brands, this bar is sure to have something in store that will surely fit your tastes.
From the alcohol’s rarity to it’s age, The Exciseman is proud to have a wide selection of not only of Whisky, but also other beverages– Gin, Vodka, Tequila, Grappa, Vermouth, Rum, and more.
Each bottle holds a different feel. Start your Whisky journey with the expertise and help of The ExciseMan.
- Ample Parking Space
- Excellent Customer Service
- Unique Selection of Drinks
Dropping by the best bars in Singapore is surely an effective way of getting rid of the stress of the day. We hope that you were able to pick at least one to visit the next time you and your friends are in the mood to hang out after work!
If you know other bars in Singapore worth checking out, don’t hesitate to share their names with us as we’d also love to try out their services!
If you’re in the mood to listen to a live band while drinking cocktails, then you’d definitely love our list of bars with the best live music in Singapore.There’s no better combination than good music and delicious cocktails!