Singapore nightlife has something for everyone. Some neighbourhoods and areas of the city have their own distinct characteristics or personalities with regards to entertainment, but you can literally find bars, clubs and pubs all over the island, sometimes in the most surprising locations. Just as you will find entire streets that are lined with bars, you will also come across hole-in-the-wall joints reminiscent of prohibition speak-easies, where there is no signage or you have to enter by giving a password.
As you would expect, there are areas with a heavy concentration of venues, such as around Orchard Road, Clarke and Robertson Quays, Marina Bay, Mohammed Sultan Road and the financial district, but you are now increasingly likely to find a high quality bar with great food and an array of boutique beers or high-end whiskies in a more offbeat locale—the great thing about the nightlife in Singapore is that it evolves very quickly and dramatically, and everyone is always looking for a new, original concept or an untapped area of the city.
Singapore is now home to some of the most chic and trendy bars, clubs and restaurants in Asia, and so sometimes the neighbourhood or locale in itself is not as important as the actual space—an old warehouse with stripped floorboards and the potential for a roof garden is far more important for many of Singapore’s club and bar owners than the address being a fashionable one. Their thinking is that if their place is successful enough, the address will become fashionable.
At the same time, proprieters in Singapore take their business very seriously, and so you will find wine bars with simply stunning wine lists, specialist bars where you can sup unique and rare whiskies, and craft breweries that produce high quality real ales that any connoisseur would be delighted to sample. As with most other areas of Singapore life, diversity combined with a coming together of ideas is key to Singapore’s nightlife. Whatever it is you’re looking for, whether it be a quiet, sophisticated evening with friends sipping classy cocktails or dancing till dawn in a heaving, raucous club listening to leading international DJs—and just about everything else in between—you will find it in Singapore.
Verre Wine Bar
Verre has a wonderful walk-in cellar with over 750 labels on show, including a range of internationally renowned vintages as well as the offerings of smaller, boutique vineyards from around the world. There is a fine by-the-glass list too, and so you can relax and sample the fare while enjoying a range of snacks by way of accompaniment. To top it all, you can enjoy your glass al fresco on Robertson Quay.
Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am, Sun 4-11pm
#01-05/06 8 Rodyk Street
Caveau Wines & Bar
A beautifully turned out locale with smart wooden floors and comfortable furnishings that serves as an upmarket cafe during the day and a fine wine bar by night. Sixteen different wines are available by the glass (dispensed via Enomatic machine), from both the Old World and the New, accompanied by a good range of bar meals, and these draw a smart and sophisticated crowd. There is also a retail store with over 400 labels to choose from
Mon-Thu 9am-12 midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-1am, Sun 5pm-midnight
#02-10 Shaw Centre
1 Scotts Road
Fandango Tapas and Wine Bar
Located in CHIJMES, there is around 50 wines on offer at any one time, may of which are available by the glass. Naturally, wines from Spain are high on the agenda but you can also expect to find the produce of a range of boutique vineyards from the New World too. The tapas selection to accompany your imbibing is excellent, and features modern interpretations of classic dishes, making this an excellent way to explore these high class cellars.
Sun-Thu 3pm-12 midnight, Fri-Sat 3pm-1am
30 Victoria Street
Magma German Wine Bistro
The list of German wines here is unmatched anywhere in the city, and with over 250 on offer there is a chance to enjoy both old favorites and new discoveries. The retail store also sells wine and other delicacies, or while you’re there you can dine on their classic German fare in the bistro. Located in Chinatown, anyone who appreciates German wine will soon feel right at home in the friendly atmosphere.
Mon-Thu 12 noon-3pm, 6.30- 10.30pm, Fri 12 noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-12 midnight, Sat 12 noon-12 midnight, Sun 11am-11pm
2-4 Bukit Pasoh Road
Vintry at Royal Selangor
An extremely large venue with a huge array of over 1,000 wines to choose from, 32 of which are available by the glass via their Enomatic machines in three different sizes—tasting, half or full glass. This makes tasting and sampling a good deal easier and is a fine idea considering how wide the choice is here from all over the world.
Sun-Thu 12 noon-1am, Fri-Sat 12 noon-2am
#01-01 Clarke Quay
3A River Valley Road
Wine Connection Cheese Bar
Smart, contemporary decor, 40 different kinds of matured farm cheeses from Europe, and a wine list of over 250 labels all combine to make this one of the most popular wine bars in the city. The fact that there is both indoor and al fresco seating for 190 diners, and that a decent quality bottle of wine can start at as little as $30, also go some way to explaining why it is such a favourite.
Mon-Thu 11.30-2am, Fri-Sat 11.30-3am, Sun 11.30am-12 midnight
#01-05 Robertson Walk
11 Unity Street
With an interior reminiscent of Shanghai’s heyday, Jiu Zhuang doesn’t stint on the luxury in its decor, food or fine range of wines. You can find Old World classics, Chinese wines and a host of champagnes here, as well as some top class sakes and whiskies. Complement your time in the Middle Kingdom with some engaging bar food, such as xiao long bao infused with whisky or drunken chicken roulade. A sophisticated experience to be savoured and enjoyed.
Mon-Sat 5pm-1am, Sun 5-11pm
6C & 6D Dempsey Road
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
A beautifully fitted-out bar in on the second floor of a converted shophouse, the retro name and decor is entirely in keeping with Sam Wong’s cocktails, which he delights in serving up in all manner of vessels. The old-fashioned atmosphere, however, creates a completely contemporary vibe and the coming together of old and new works wonderfully well in this bold and refreshing concept.
Mon-Thu 6pm-12 midnight, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am
60A Boat Quay
28 Hongkong Street
Old-fashioned speakeasy decadence is the name of the game at 28 Hongkong Street which, in keeping with the theme, has no signage and so you have to know what you’re looking for to find it. This all adds to the appeal of course, as does the sense of mystery created by the minimal lighting, but for cocktail aficionados, there are some real treats on offer here. There is an arty, hipster crowd who come often to enjoy cocktails like the Whore’s Bath and the fine range of bar snacks too.
Mon-Wed 5.30pm-1am, Thu 5.30pm-2am, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-3am
28 HongKong Street
Found just off Orchard Road, this favourite with expats and hipster out-of-towners is a wonderful space that opens out onto a small alleyway. Famed for its opulent high ceilings and stylish bar, there is a great range of cocktails and food to enjoy in a relaxed but funky atmosphere. The strawberry margarita is the signature drink, but you can also sup martinis and mojitos while snacking on dim sum-style snacks.
Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat 5pm-3am
G/F Peranakan Place
180 Orchard Road
Customised cocktails and a quiet, sophisticated vibe make Néktar a great choice for a relaxing drink and sharing with friends. Throw into the mix the green surroundings and a heritage building and you have all the ingredients for one of the most laid back, grown up cocktail bars in town. Mojitos and martinis are the specialities of the house.
Mon-Fri 5pm-1am, Sat 5pm-2am
31 Scotts Road
An off-beat cocktail bar located above a furniture store in happening Haji Lane, Bar Stories is tucked away out of sight but is worth taking your time to find. The bar staff are friendly and knowledgeable and are able to fill you in on the history of the the cocktails they serve, while their house specialities—caipirinhas, mojitos, martinis and old fashioneds—are especially well done. A unique vibe and space and should be high on the cocktail lover’s list.
Sun-Thu 3pm-1am, Fri-Sat 3pm-2am
55/57A Haji Lane
Bitters & Love
Bitters & Love specialises in bespoke cocktails, so no drinks menu here—you can order whatever it is you want. Like many smaller bars in Singapore, it is tucked away and hard to find, adding to an air of exclusivity. The decor is bare and stripped down, but no less welcoming for that, and there is a good range of bar food available to complement your individually concocted cocktails.
Mon-Thu 6pm-12 midnight, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am
36 North Canal Road
The Cufflink Club
A smart set up, located in a shophouse in Chinatown, The Cufflink Club does a good line in contemporary classic cocktails, as well as number of its own unique creations. There’s a good mix of people in most nights, including a business crowd and pre- and post-dinner diners, so it’s a good place to test the social temperature of the town. Cheese and charcuterie are on the menu for snacks, and these seem just right for the cool but relaxed atmosphere.
Mon–Fri 5pm-late, Sat 6pm-late
6 Jiak Chuan Road
Jigger & Pony
Doing things well is what they pride themselves on at Jigger & Pony, so the cocktail menu isn’t huge, but what is there is done to perfection. The decor is light and colourful, and the friendly atmosphere is accentuated by the large communal table that is the centrepiece. The drinks menu is intentionally and splendidly old-school, although a few classics get a modern twist, and there is an eclectic but tasty bar food menu. The vibe is relaxed but never dull, and the joint is popular with a lot of food industry professionals.
Mon-Thu 6pm-1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am
101 Amoy Street
This is a password-only bar, so you need to get the good oil from the Facebook page or from staff at Keong Saik Snacks next door. Exclusivity and an ultra-cool atmosphere keeps people coming back, as do the splendid cocktail concoctions of experienced bartender Stefan Ravalli.
47 Keong Saik Road
Located in Singapore’s old General Post Office, this is a popular hang out for CBD professionals, and it also provides a great view out over Singapore River. The bar is luxurious and chic, with smart and comfortable furnishings, while the cocktails are high quality. In the Cocktail Bar you can sip Dom Perignon and enjoy a plate of oysters, while in the Music Room you can tune into jazz and swing.
G/F The Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
Now relocated from Dempsey to Tanjong Pagar Road, Tippling Club is constantly ranked in the world’s top 50 bars, and their range of innovative and creative cocktails that nevertheless have the classics at their heart is one of the reasons why. The food too is top notch, with a Classic Menu (six courses for $160++) or Gourmand Menu (12 courses for $265++) providing the perfect accompaniment. The drinks menu changes often, as befits the leaders in the Singapore cocktail world.
Mon-Fri 12 noon-3pm, Mon-Sat 6-11pm
38 Tanjong Pagar Road
Hidden away underground, this is an enormous, ultra-modern space in a contemporary Japanese style that is a treat for the eye as well as the ears. There are sofas and alcoves aplenty for when you need a break from the dance floor or want to enjoy one of the unusual Japanese whiskies or sakes they have on offer. There are resident DJs and frequent guests, and each night of the week has its own theme and style of music.
Wed-Thu 6pm-3am, Fri 6pm-4am, Sat 8pm-4am
#B1-02 Keck Seng Tower
133 Cecil Street
Singapore’s biggest club, it’s stunningly located in one of the Crystal Pavilions at Marina Bay Sands, and attracts a smart crowd who revel in its glamorous atmosphere. A place where celebrities are seen when they’re in town and top international DJs ply their trade, the overall feel is one of sleek exclusivity and overwhelming style.
South Crystal Pavilion
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
The Butter Factory
Specialising in hip hop, R&B and other urban grooves, the newly revamped Art Bar is a place to relax and enjoy cocktails by leading mixologists, while the Fash Room is a great place to mix with the beautiful people. A stable of local DJs make sure the dance floor in the Bump Room is always pumping.
Wed 11pm-4am, Fri-Sat 11pm-6am
#02-02/03/04 One Fullerton
1 Fullerton Road
The Forbidden City
This long-time presence on the scene has been completely refurbished and has three new rooms for your enjoyment: enjoy a meal in the über-contemporary surrounds of the Bianca Supper Club, enjoy cocktails in the Anastasia Lounge, or kick back with a fine Cuban and glass of imported scotch in the Oscar Whisky & Cigar Bar. A great place for all tastes and catering for any type of night out you want to have.
12 noon-12 midnight
#01-02 Block A Clarke Quay
3 River Valley Road
In contrast to some of Singapore’s mega-venues, Home Club is intimate and cozy, and a place where you can dance till you drop, have a quiet drink, or even catch up on sports on the big screens. An indie place with a hipster crowd, the music is usually laid back making it the ideal place just to hang out.
Tue 6pm-2am, Wed-Fri 6pm-3am, Sat 6pm-4am
#B1-01/06, 20 Upper Circular Road
Mink is a great place to start the evening if you’re planning on clubbing hard, or you can while away the evening here grooving to the mix of R&B and hip hop classics. Beautiful, lush interiors in this club/lounge mix, along with a range of quality wines and cocktails, mean Mink attracts a smart and sophisticated set.
Wed 10.30pm-4am, Fri-Sat 10.30pm-6am
G/F Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard
This is undoubtedly one of Singapore’s most upmarket club/lounges, and so they are pretty strict on the dress code—make sure you’re looking at your best or you won’t get in. Make sure, too, that you’re cashed up—a table has a minimum spend of $1,500, or if that’s not enough, you can blow a small fortune on the Jewel of Pangaea, the city’s most expensive cocktail. If you want a night out that’s all about the big end of town, Pangaea doesn’t disappoint.
South Crystal Pavilion
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
St James Power Station
A multi-concept venue with different rooms that each have their own sound and look, you can dance it up, bop away to top 40 pop, hit the mic with karaoke, or chill out in the sports bar. A big space getting big crowds, there’s something for everyone here.
3 Sentosa Gateway
A genuine living legend, Zouk has been at the heart of Singapore nightlife for twenty years and its enthusiasm and influence shows no sign of letting up. The world’s leading DJs make Zouk their first port of call in Singapore, and the renovated block of warehouses jump to the beat of different tunes in different rooms all throughout the year. Zouk is the main dance floor, but you can also go more avant-garde in Phuture, or kick back a bit more in the lounge atmosphere of Velvet Underground. Even if clubbing isn’t your thing, everyone should hit Zouk at least once in their lives.
Tue-Thu 6pm-4am, Fri-Sat 9pm-4am
17 Jiak Kim Street
Cé La Vi (formerly Ku Dé Ta)
Visiting Cé La Vi is an extraordinary experience. At 200 metres above the ground atop Marina Bay Sands, the views are unmissable, while the luxurious surrounds mean that once you’re there, you may never want to leave. There is a restaurant, a lounge and a poolside terrace, as well as the now famous infinity pool. Being there at sunset is unforgettable; hang around for a while and you can enjoy the laser show too.
Marina Bay Sands
1 Bayfront Avenue
The world’s highest al fresco bar, 1-Altitude is an all-in-one venue that also includes a sports bar (282) and restaurant (Stellar). At 282 metres above street level, the 360° view of the Singapore skyline and beyond is breathtaking, and while this is reason enough to pay a visit, the quality of the food and cocktails on offer is also top notch. A truly unique experience that can’t be missed.
Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am, Sun 6pm-1am
61-63/F One Raffles Place
1 Raffles Place
Not strictly a rooftop bar, being more of a terrace, the view at Fabrika is nevertheless splendid. Located at boutique hotel The Klapsons, this is a comfortable lounge with Moroccan-style interiors, including daybeds and delightful mosaic tables. The range of cocktails includes plenty of classics, while the bar food range includes, perhaps incongruously, a deep-fried Snickers. A smart, business-type crowd likes to gather here to enjoy a cocktail after work and take in the view.
Mon-Tue 5pm-12 midnight, Wed-Fri 5pm-1am
15 Hoe Chiang Road
The view from Lantern allows you to look out over Marina Bay from this poolside bar atop the Fullerton Bay Hotel. This is a stylish, chic hang out that has sofa beds on which you can draw the curtains, a mosaic pool, and even whirlpools for a late-night dip. House DJs provide the music, and you can kick back and enjoy the tunes with a glass of champagne or a signature cocktail. An ultra-cool place in which to soak up the best of all Singapore has to offer.
Sun-Thu 8am-1am, Fri-Sat 8am-2am
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
80 Collyer Quay
With an artsy crowd, a laidback vibe and a mightily impressive list of cocktails to choose from, it’s no wonder Loof is one of the bright young things’ favourite hang outs. The views of Raffles Hotel and the Civic District make a nice counterpoint, and when combined with first-class bar food, it’s easy to see why this place is almost always heaving. Lounge decorously on a sofa, enjoy the tunes or just gaze wistfully out over the Singapore night—Loof is the sort of bar that showcases Singapore nightlife at its best.
Mon-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri–Sat 5pm-3am
#03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop
331 North Bridge Road
On the roof of the boutique hotel The Club, smack bang in the centre of Chinatown, the atmosphere is cool, the view great, the service first class and the cocktails extravagant. Lush sofas, elaborate murals, and resort-style umbrella coves are the look, and when you throw in some great views of the city, you have all you need in a swish, upmarket Singapore bar.
The Club Hotel
28 Ann Siang Road
Having been up an running for 17 years now, there is no dimming of Brewekz’s star, as it continues to produce some of Singapore’s best ale. The standard of its beer is unfailingly high, and it’s always innovative in its approach, producing interesting seasonal ranges and special editions. Great happy hours and a range of top-notch burgers at the bar are also part of the reason they’ve been a success for so long.
Mon-Thu, Sun 12 noon-12 midnight, Fri-Sat 12 noon-1am
#01-05/06 Riverside Point
30 Merchant Raod
Authentic German beer brewed on the premises is why Paulaner Bräuhaus has been so successful for the last ten years, and there is nothing to suggest that this is going to change any time soon. Munich Lagers and Munich Dark are the house specialities, and these are complemented perfectly by fine platefuls of sausages and sauerkraut. The place goes off during Oktoberfest, but you can be assured of a relaxed and friendly atmosphere the whole year round.
Sun-Thu 12 noon-1am, Fri-Sat noon-2am
#01-01 Millenia Walk
9 Raffles Boulevard
Although originating in Thailand, this microbrewery produces authentic German dunkel, weisen and lager beers from ingredients imported directly from Germany. The food on offer is always good too; they do a mean tom yam goong, while the deep fried pork knuckle is considered something of a house speciality. It can get extremely busy here at times, but the quality of the in-house brews will more than compensate.
Sun-Thu 11.30am-12 midnight, Fri-Sat 11.30am-1am
#01-01, 26 Dempsey Road
The Trenchard Arms
An upscale gastropub, there is a great range of craft beers, including wheat beers like Blonde Bombshell and ales such as house favourite Buckshot, all washed down with a range of retro gourmet bar bites such as Scotch eggs, potted shrimp and pies made by chef Jane Glascow. A great relaxed atmosphere means a good time is had by all.
Tue-Thu 4pm-12 midnight, Fri 4pm-1am, Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-midnight
47 East Coast Road
JiBiru Japanese Craft Beer Bar
Highlighting the quality of Japanese brewing, JiBuru stocks top-notch names such as Shiga Kogen, Kinshachi, Yona Yona and Hitachino Nest, known by beer devotees but perhaps not to the general public, although they are attracting a diverse and enthusiastic clientele. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with lots of wooden furniture, and there are a range of Japanese bites available, but it’s the beer most people are there for, and on this front they do not disappoint.
Sun-Thu 11.30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-1am
313 Orchard Road
With a concept new to Singapore, Beer Market takes the New York brokers bar theme to new heights. This means that prices fluctuate during the course of the night—the more popular a drink, the higher the price rises, and vice-versa. It pays to keep an eye out on the Crash Px sign, which means a drink is not being ordered and the price is dropping quickly. To avoid a total crash, there is a range of western and Asian food on offer, bar stools and sofas are scattered throughout, while multiple screens around the place show not only the ‘market price’ but international sports as well.
Sun-Thu 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am
#01-17 The Foundry
3B River Valley Road
Fern & Kiwi
Singapore’s only all-Kiwi establishment, this two-storey bar/lounge and restaurant is as laid back as New Zealand itself. The bar downstairs serves high-end beers like Steinlager Pure, Little Creatures and Mac’s Great White, while upstairs in the restaurant you can dine on good, hearty fare such as beef and venison sliders, accompanied by New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs. A mixed crowd of expats and locals, and the atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly.
Sun-Mon 5pm-midnight, Tue, Thu 5pm-2am, Wed 5pm-3am, Fri-Sat 5pm-5am
3C River Valley Road
sQue Rotisserie & Alehouse
Pronounced ‘Skew’, there are over 200 different varieties of beer on offer from Belgium, Germany, Britain, America and Australia. A casual bar/bistro set-up that offers substantial bar food such as oxtail stew or pork belly to go with your ale, serious beer drinkers are in heaven here, having to choose between such top-notch international brews as Moa Methode, Hitachino Nest Extra High or Double Bastard Ale. The atmosphere is casual, but the approach to beer is anything but.
Sun-Thu 11.30am-12 midnight. Fri-Sat 11.30am-1am
#01-70 The Central
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
La Maison du Whisky
With more than 600 different whiskies from around the world, including collectors’ items and rare vintages, coupled with a range of gins, vodkas, cognacs and any other spirit you can care to name, this is undoubtedly one of Singapore’s leading specialist bars.
#01-10 The Pier
80 Mohamed Sultan Road
KUMO Sake & Whiskey Bar
Both familiar and more obscure Japanese sakes, shochu, whiskies and beers, accompanied by a good selection of Japanese bites are on offer here, and an air of exclusivity is created by the fact that there is only room for about 10 people inside, and maybe another twenty or so outside. The sake range is one of the best in town, with around 100 or so labels including Yonetsuru and Mikotsuru, and the place is popular with Japanese expats and PMEBs.
Mon-Fri 12 noon-2.30pm, 5pm-12 midnight, Fri 12 noon-2.30pm, 5pm-1am, Sat 5pm-1am
#01-47 Icon Village
12 Gopeng Street
If tequila is your drop, then there’s no need to look any further than the 80 or so labels available here, that include blanco, reposado, anejo and extra anejo. Located in CHIJMES, they have created a classic Mexican cantina look with lots of raw wood, benches and high ceilings, while you can soak up the booze with homemade tortillas, salsas and tacos. Plenty of Latin-style music rounds out the atmosphere perfectly.
30 Victoria Street
Timbre @ The Substation
A relaxed alfresco bar decked out in wood where quality local musicians perform every night.
Sun-Thu 6pm-1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am
45 Armenian Street
House bands play a range of styles—jazz to pop to rock to indie—in a dark, intimate space that also has an alfresco bar area for chilling out.
Sun-Thu 4pm-2am, Fri-Sat 4pm-3am
180 Orchard Road
Barber Shop by Timbre
Blues is the focus here, with local bands playing every weekend, with the occasional smattering of jazz, funk and soul. A classy drinks and bar food menu is on offer to round out the casual atmosphere.
#01-03 The Arts House
1 Old Parliament Lane
Casual and cool, the place is packed on weekends for local jazz and funk combos, as well as open mic comedy and DJs dropping tunes in the upstairs bar.
Mon-Thu noon-1am, Fri noon-2am, Sat 4pm-2am
11 Bali Lane
Hood Bar & Café
Live music in wide range of style, including jazz and bossa nova, from local bands and sole artists.
Mon-Tue 5pm-1am, Wed-Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 12 noon-1am
201 Victoria St