Singapore beer pubs: Where to get specialty brews in the Little Red Dot

Singapore beer pubs: Where to get specialty brews in the Little Red Dot

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Just a decade ago, the specialty brew scene here was close to desert like. Today there are many Singapore beer pubs stocking imported brews, and a number of microbreweries and beer-centric pubs scattered all over the island. Here are 10 places (in alphabetical order) to raise a mug to, besides Paulaner Brauhaus.

Little Creatures Bright Ale

1. Alchemy

A small outfit that opened in April 2010, Alchemy Bistro features over 20 craft beers from all corners of the world. They include ales, beers, Lambic fruit beers and Trappist beers. For the true beer connoisseur, they also hold MBA (Masters in Beer Appreciation) sessions. Stave off the post-work hunger pangs with a small selection of finger food, snacks and dessert and if you prefer a beer-garden atmosphere, there is a small alfresco area.

#01-02 Central Mall, 3 Magazine Road. Tel. +65 9692 0678

Archipelago Singapore

2. Archipelago Brewery

The first commercial brewery in Singapore, they're the people who brewed Anchor Beer back in 1931. Since then, it has become part of Asia Pacific Breweries and has become one of the true Singapore beer pubs producing beers with local spices and flavours -- standard pilsners and ales blended with lemongrass, tamarind, calamansi lime, pandan and even traditional Chinese medicine ingredients like wolfberries and Chinese orange peel. To learn more about their unusual concoctions, brewmaster Fal Allen has his own blog.

#01-01, 79 Circular Road.  Tel. +65 6327 2408

Brewerkz Singapore

3. Brewerkz

The only microbrewery in Singapore with external brewing premises, its award-winning beers have helped build a steady following since opening in 1997. The signature beers fall into four main categories; the malty full-bodied India Pale Ale, the Golden Ale with a subtle fruity note, the straw-colored Pilsner Lager and a hand-pumped Hopback Ale. They also offer Belgian-style beers and occasionally bring out special concoctions for occasions such as the Oktoberfest. 

Brewerkz has three outlets at Riverside Point, Indoor Stadium and Bukit Timah. Check their website for full details.

Brussel Sprouts Singapore

4. Brussels Sprouts

The moules frites (mussels and fries) with free refill of fries, may be a huge draw at this riverfront bistro, but many come here to check out their 120 tasty Belgian beers. There’s a wide range from pale blondes to fruity malted grain brews and there's talk of a second branch opening in September 2010 in the eastern part of Singapore ... watch this space. 

#01-12 The Pier@Robertson, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road. Tel. +65 6887 4344

The Foundry Singapore

5. The Foundry

Located near UE Square, this casual alley bar serving ice cold beers at almost cost prices (from S$6) is becoming quite the popular beer-cum-football watching spot. The beer bar carries brews from all over the world but it is Japan's Baird Beer that is the stand-out choice. Outside of Australia and Japan, this top craft beer is only available at The Foundry. The bar is also flanked by Indian, Italian and Mexican restaurants including Fatboys - The Burger Bar, our personal food recommendation to accompany your cold beer.

18 Mohamed Sultan Road. Tel. +65 9621 2082

Emerald Hill Group Singapore

6. Ice Cold Beer

Located in the a charming pre-war Peranakan shophouse, Ice Cold Beer is one of two popular Singapore beer pubs found in the Emerald Hill area. The spot to go to for a mid-week drinking session, choose from more than 50 kinds of beer, chilled in special ice tanks to the optimum temperatures -- varies according to the type of beer -- within five to eight minutes. Classic rock and pop rule the playlist and the generously topped pizzas and baskets of fried har cheong (prawn paste) chicken wings will help ease the next day's hangover. 

9 Emerald Hill Road. Tel: +65 6735 9929

Les Amis Singapore

7. L'estaminet Bar-Tabac

Nestled in the sleepy neighborhood of Greenwood Avenue, L’estaminet's list of beers features predominantly Belgian beers and Canadian brewskies such as Unibroue, famous for its bottle-conditioned beers. The bar is part of the Les Amis gourmet chain, and is attached to wood-fire pizza joint Peperoni. Sports fans can distract themselves with live telecasts of big games, a foosball table and a special games corner. A quaint jukebox is there for your fiddling pleasure, and there's a courtyard at the back for a cozier ambiance.

4 Greenwood Avenue. Tel. +65 6465 1911

Little Part 1 Cafe Singapore

8. Little Part 1 Cafe

Drinking on a budget? Make tracks to this "indie cafe" situated just off Upper Thomson Road. Here, you'll find Belgian (what else?) beers for almost half the price of other watering holes. Old toys and figurines, books, memorabilia, travel photos, and beer bottles are part of its eclectic decor. A candle-lit outdoor area is perfect for canoodling couples and for the students, plain water and Wi-Fi are free.

15 Jasmine Road. Tel. +65 6451 7553

Pump Room Asia Singapore

9. The Pump Room

Two branches, two different characters. The Clarke Quay outlet is packed most nights with customers indulging in their quality, preservative-free brews while rocking out to the live band, while the Great World City branch pulls in the thirsty neighborhood/movie-going crowd who are fans of its unfiltered and unpasteurized brews.

The Foundry, Clarke Quay, 3B River Valley Road. Tel. +65 6334 2628 
#01-66/67 Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade. Tel. +65 6887 3229

Red Dot Brewhouse Singapore

10. Red Dot Brewhouse at Dempsey

Set in a tranquil garden setting, this is the most urban of brewpubs and is a great place to go when you want to escape the city. Try the unusual green beer brewed with spirulina and decide for yourself if it does strengthen your immune system.

Block 25A, #01-01 Dempsey Road. Tel. +65 6475 0500

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