Top 10 bars in Singapore
Avante garde cocktails, outstretched views of the Marina Bay area and 'ice cubes' are what set Orgo apart from the rest of Singapore’s bar scene. Owner and resident mixologist Tomoyuki Kitazoe will cook up Grey Goose Vodka and fresh fruit martinis, or try the soursop and calamansi -- the best use of the tropical sour fruit indigenous to Southeast Asia. There's a limited dinner menu, but the range of tapas has our savory palates fully gratified.
Orgo offers two options for seating: the expansive outdoor deck or the indoor lounge which is thankfully air-conditioned to get some respite from the tropical heat. Ask to sit at one of the 'ice cubes' within, which offer semi-private seating encased in glass.
1 Esplanade Drive, Esplanade Roof Terrace, Singapore; tel. +65 6264 0925; Open daily from 5pm to 2am; www.orgo.sg.
2. Paulaner Bräuhaus
Singapore’s first German microbrewery gets better with age. Open for over a decade now, Paulaner Bräuhaus’ casual, friendly atmosphere and month-long Oktoberfest celebrations are probably key ingredients to its success.
The three-story brasserie tucked away in a corner of Millenia houses a Maibaum (Maypole) -- a 16th century Bavarian architectural feature in the middle. Authentic Bavarian meats like pork knuckle and sausage are best washed down with freshly brewed beers like the Munich Lager, Munich Dark, or a seasonal variety like Oktoberfest.
9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-01, #02-01, #03-01, Time² @ Millenia Walk, Singapore; tel. +65 6883 2572; Open daily from 11:30am to 1am; www.paulaner.com.sg
3. Timbre @ the Substation
Everyone forgets about the humidity when they visit the outdoor Timbre @ Substation. Groupies hover around their favorite local bands and singers such as Goodfellas and Reverie and Rene. The live music along with great food and beer selection make for for some genuine nighttime entertainment. It’s proved to be so successful that the owners have opened 2 other establishments -- one at The Arts House and the other in Old School at Mt Emily.
45 Armenian St, Singapore; tel. +65 6338 8277; Open Monday-Thursday & Sunday from 6pm to 1am, Friday-Saturday from 6pm to 2:30am; www.timbre.com.sg
4. New Asia Bar
Beautiful views and beautiful people are what define New Asia Bar on the 71st floor of Swissôtel the Stamford. At 226 meters high, the bar on Singapore's tallest hotel offers a 360-degree panoramic view worth the S$25 entrance fee (the price includes one drink). On clear nights, you might even see as far as Indonesia. Dressed to impress, young professionals and business class tourists sip on champagne while the resident DJs spin house, classic, new age, funk and top-40 tunes.
Swissôtel The Stamford, Level 71, Equinox Complex, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore; Open Sunday-Tuesday from 3pm to 1am, Wednesday-Thursday from 3pm to 2am, Friday-Saturday from 3pm to 3am; tel. +65 6837 3322; www.equinoxcomplex.com
5. The Straits Bar
The Straits Bar, located high upon Tower Club, offers an exquisite range of cocktails and liquors served amid awesome views of the Singapore harbor. During the day, it also offers an international lunch buffet.
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Tower Club, 9 Raffles Place Penthouse (64th Floor), Republic Plaza Tower 1 Singapore; tel +65 6737 3388; www.tower-club.com.sg
6. Axis Bar
From coffee to cocktails, you could probably spend a whole day at Axis Bar. Beef remoulade, homemade scones and lemon meringue reel foodies in for an early afternoon tea start. But it’s the Michelin-quality tapas and nighttime views of Marina Bay that keep people lingering over a few extra drinks.
6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore; tel. +65 6338 0066; Open Sunday from 10am to 12am, Monday–Thursday from 10am to 1am, Friday–Saturday from 10am to 2am; Afternoon tea: Monday–Sunday from 3 to 5pm www.mandarinoriental.com
7. Long Bar
While some may complain that it’s overpriced, Long Bar continues to attract flocks of tourists wanting a taste of the Singapore Sling (S$23) where it was pioneered. It’s not simply a tourist trap though. Unlike many hotel bars that follow strict dress codes, the classic colonial bar in Raffles Hotel is far from stuck up. Shorts and t-shirts are permissible and pretty much the norm as you munch on pub snacks and unlimited peanuts. Walk up to the third floor for an exhibit on the history of Raffles Hotel Singapore.
Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673; tel. +65 6337 1886; Open Sunday-Thursday from 12pm to 12:30am, Friday-Saturday from 12pm to 1:30am; www.raffles.com
8. Bar CoCoon
Located in Indochine's Forbidden City, Bar CoCoon was dubbed 'the Ice Palace,' drawing reference to the wing in China's imperial palace where emperors once banished out of favor concubines. The bar is something like a bank vault -- inside a 16x12-foot icy box reinforced with triple-glazed safety glass for extreme conditions. The mercury hits -15 Celsius making it impossible to serve beer or wine -- only vodka. And that's the point.
The Forbidden City, #01-02, Clarke Quay, River Valley Road, Singapore; tel. +65 6557 6268; Open Monday-Thursday from 5pm to 2am, Friday-Saturday from 5pm to 5am; www.indochine.com.sg
A compulsory S$14 premium vodka shot pays for your passage through the air-locked doorway.
9. Eski Bar
Singapore’s answer to Stockholm’s Ice Bar, the two Eskibars in town are zoned into the ice-cold ‘freezer’ bar and the warmer ‘igloo’ chiller. The mercury can dip as low as -16 degree Celsius at these locales, but there are plenty of “Eski Angels” (you know them as bartenders) trolling around pouring booze to keep you warm. Click here for more freezing watering holes in Singapore.
Holland Village, 26 Lorong Mambong and 46 Circular Road; tel. +65 6536 3757; Open Sunday-Thursday from 4pm to 1am, Friday-Saturday from 3pm to 2am
A must-go on the Singapore night-out circuit, rooftop bar Loof is perched at the top of the Odeon Tower and is reliably packed with expat and local pretty young things come nightfall. It’s the perfect place to get a breath of fresh air and the night view is amazing. Raffles Hotel is just opposite and it’s surrounded by lit-up skyscrapers.
31 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers; tel. +65 6338 8305; Open Sunday-Thursday from 5pm to 1am, Friday-Saturday from 5pm to 3am; www.loof.com.sg