As Singapore takes up 11 spots in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023, you know that the city has much to offer in its nightlife scene. Whether you’re a connoisseur seeking the perfect Old Fashioned, a Negroni or an Espresso Martini, an adventurous foodie out for the most unique cocktails, or you could just be looking for a romantic night out with your date. Either way, we’ve got a bar on this for every ocassion.

From sleek rooftop lounges with panoramic views to hidden speakeasy gems, here are the 17 best bars in Singapore for a night to remember.

1. PLUME

Photo: Pan Pacific Singapore

Nestled in the expansive atrium of Pan Pacific Singapore, PLUME draws inspiration from Singapore’s vibrant avian inhabitants.

Embark on a journey with meticulously crafted cocktails — each inspired by an individual species. For instance, The Crimson Sunbird ($26) features a delightful blend of vodka, honeysuckle, and champagne, while the Asian Koel ($24) offers a more complex and herbaceous flavour.

PLUME

Location: Level 1, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595

2. Mixology Salon

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Discover Mixology Salon, a distinguished Japanese craft cocktail bar celebrated for seamlessly blending mixology with the essence of Japanese tea.

Renowned for their artful fusion, Mixology Salon takes pride in creating twist in crafting tea cocktails. Dive into the unique experience of the Japanese Tea Espresso Martini ($25), where you experience an exclusive gyokuro-infused Grey Goose vodka mingles with matcha, sencha, and vanilla syrup. For an exquisite tasting journey, indulge in the Gyokuro Cocktails Course ($65), featuring distinct infusions of gyokuro, as their signature ingredient.

Mixology Salon

Location: 1 Nanson Road, #02-07B InterContinental Robertson Quay, Singapore 238909

3. Nothing Fancy

Photo: Nothing Fancy / Facebook

This one’s for all the fermented grape enthusiasts — A bar situated at a nameless back-alley with Google Maps screaming: “ENTER FROM THE BACK!!”.

Distinguished for its devotion to natural wines, Nothing Fancy celebrates the art of fermentation through an authentic and unpretentious approach. Stripping away the trappings of conventional wine-making, this extraordinary bar embraces traditional methods, eschewing pesticides and artificial additives. The result? An exquisite collection of natural wines, boasting lighter, more acidic profiles and an enticing range of flavours that titillate the palate.

Here at Nothing Fancy, the wine list harmonises effortlessly with the seasonal food menu. Each dish, meticulously crafted and specially curated, acts as a muse, inspiring the selection of complementary wines that grace the list. The ever changing and evolving menu ensures that each visit promises a new and tantalising culinary adventure. Make sure to stay connected to their Instagram page, where whispers of the latest menu will be posted.

Nothing Fancy

Location: 11 Hamilton Rd, #01-00, Singapore 209182

4. Cat Bite Club

Beyond a speakeasy bar, Cat Bite Club offers a cultural and culinary fusion.

Helmed by Jesse Vida, the. ex-head bartender of Atlas, and Gabriel Lowe, the ex-bar manager of Paradise Lost in Bangkok, this fun-loving bar shakes up agave and rice spirit-based drinks with a Southeast Asian twist. From the playful atmosphere to the meticulously crafted Cat Bite Margarita ($26) and refreshing Soju Sprint ($24), this spot promises a unique experience that seamlessly blends diverse influences in every sip.

The bar also offers immersive 45-minutes masterclasses for you to delve in the intricate taste of agave and rice.

Cat Bite Club

Location: 75 Duxton Road, Singapore 089534

5. Origin Bar

The essence of Origin Bar lies in its commitment to storytelling, mirroring the interior design’s of a train travel. The beverage concept unfurls as a voyage of discovery, with each of the 18 thoughtfully curated cocktails narrating stories around specific inventions or dreams from different eras.

Standouts like Too Cool for School ($25) and Mile High Club ($26) transcend being mere drinks; they are chapters of an endless adventure. Origin Bar offers a one-way ticket to a journey, where each cocktail serves as a passport to an adventure that perpetually unfolds.

Origin Bar

Location: Tower Wing, Lobby Level, 22 Orange Grove Road

6. Offtrack 

Photo: Offtrack / Facebook

Offtrack is a music-centric bar that sports a retro 1980s interior.

This unique bar aspires to provide a comfortable and intimate listening experience through its carefully designed sound system and rotation of soundtracks.

While appreciating its music, indulge in the enchantment of Offtrack’s cocktail menu, where one standout creation beckons — the Grasshopper ($24), featuring a rare concoction of mint liqueur, cacao liquor, and branca menta.

As you sip your libation, accompany it with an array of delectable small plates showcasing the diversity of Pan Asian cuisine, including the crispy Okra Fries ($12), the refreshing Rice Paper Salad ($16), and the palatable Thai Beef Tartare ($22). For heartier appetites, delve into the larger plates, such as the mouthwatering Babi Bakar ($36), and let your taste buds revel in a symphony of culinary delights.

Offtrack

Location: 34 N Canal Rd, #01-01, Singapore 059290

7. 28 HongKong Street

Behind an inconspicuous facade, 28 HongKong Street embraces an air of secrecy, with its discreet allure devoid of flashy signboards.

This establishment seamlessly blends urban swag with American-inspired libations, relying on its mystique to attract a diverse crowd seeking the allure of the unknown.

With soundtrack of 90s US hip-hop not only sets the evening’s ambience but also lends its influence to the names of the expertly crafted drinks on the menu. Among these concoctions, the Guava Spicy Margarita ($25) stands out — an experience in itself, with refreshing, muscular, and spicy notes, appealing to aficionados of bold flavours.

28 HongKong Street

Location: 28 Hongkong St, Singapore 059667
Opening hours:
Mon-Wed: 6pm-1am
Thu-Sat: 6pm-2am
Sunday: 6pm-1am

8. Lofty Peaks

Lofty Peaks stands out as a distinctive Indian bar, presenting imaginative cocktails and dishes inspired by Indian flavors. Its opulent setting, adorned with luxurious gold furnishings, plush seats, and vibrant decor, adds a touch of whimsy to the Little India nightlife scene. Each cocktail is meticulously crafted, promising a unique experience, try on their Heavens Bird ($21), drawing inspiration from India’s national bird, the peacock. This captivating concoction combines gin with white peach liqueur, basil, and prosecco syrup, promising a delightful and harmonious blend of flavours.

Lofty Peaks

Location: 48 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 217959

9. Jigger & Pony

Photo: Jigger & Pony

Embodying the spirit of Singapore’s cocktail culture, Jigger & Pony stands as the OG in the scene, currently securing its spot as the second-best bar in Asia.

Named after the bartending tools used to pour precision, Jigger & Pony pays homage to the classics, with a new menu presenting 24 cocktails that reinterpret time-honoured recipes. Their signature cocktail is the Old Fashioned ($28) with Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky as the main star ingredient.

Jigger & Pony

Location: 165 Tg Pagar Rd, Amara Hotel, Singapore 088539

10. Live Twice

Live Twice, the latest gem from the Jigger & Pony Group, transports guests to post-war Ginza in the 60s, embracing Japanese mid-century modern aesthetics.

With vintage fittings and an intimate atmosphere, this bar offers a minimalist menu of 14 carefully crafted cocktails that celebrate the true essence of spirits. A standouts from the menu is Mizuwari ($28) a combination of Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky, Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky, and Hokkaido soft water steeped in an earthen pot for a minimum of three days.

Live Twice

Location: 20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089834

11. White Shades

White Shades presents as a 4four storey playground, each represent a different stories filled with booze.

Start on the first floor with sweet section of dessert bar with gelatos, then ascend to the second-floor restaurant bar for bespoke craft cocktails. Providing a cosy and intimate ambience, the bar features private lounges and booths, offering exceptional cocktails such as the Bomber J ($25) and modern fusion cuisines. On the third level, discover a customisable event space for intimate gatherings, while the fourth level boasts a relaxed rooftop, ideal for enjoying a laid-back city view.

White Shades

Location: 25 Boon Tat St, Singapore 069622

12. Atlas 

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Renowned for holding the prestigious title of housing the largest gin collection in Asia, this grand lobby and bar graces the ground floor of Singapore’s iconic Parkview Square. As you step inside, you are transported to an era of 1920s decadence, where the rich culinary and beverage traditions of the time come alive.

With an unparalleled collection of gin, spirits, and champagnes sourced from around the world, Atlas promises a drink to suit every discerning palate. The Chatter Club ($23) entices with the flavours of delicate candied fruit and hints of vanilla, while the ATLAS Gimlet ($25) refreshes with its delightful tartness and a subtle dash of saline.

Immerse yourself further in the indulgence of Atlas by treating yourself to an exquisite selection of main courses. Delight in the succulent Pork Collar ($40), or savour the comforting flavours of the Pumpkin Risotto ($32).

For those seeking an alternative to alcoholic libations, Atlas offers an equally captivating experience with their Atlas Afternoon Tea ($64). Allow yourself to bask in the grandeur of the bar’s interior as you indulge in a delightful assortment of savoury and sweet treats, perfectly paired with your choice of tea.

Atlas

Location: Ground floor, 600 North Bridge Rd, Parkview Square, 188778

13. Manhattan

Stepping into Manhattan is a journey back to the golden age of cocktails, where sophistication meets a modern allure with a touch of old New York glamour.

The menu, from The Play to Off Broadway, unveils a rich tapestry of cocktails, each narrating a unique story. Among the stars of the show is The Manhattan ($32), a signature drink that undergoes an 8-week maturation process in an American oak barrel, adding depth and character to every sip. For those drawn to the allure of classic plays, the Hamilton ($28) cocktail stands as a tribute, offering a taste experience that’s nothing short of theatrical brilliance.

For private events, the bar provides The Rockefeller space and a secret passage to its hidden sophisticated ‘library’ for larger groups.

Manhattan
Location: 1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 2, Singapore 249715

14. The Secret Mermaid

Located in the heart of CBD, The Secret Mermaid stands as cocktail haven and tasting room, offering tranquility amidst the city’s hustle. Renowned for serving crafted American spirits, this establishment invites patrons to escape into a serene space.

The Secret Mermaid

Location: 10 Collyer Quay, B1-09 Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315

15. Platform. 

If you’re looking for a quiet escape from the bustling streets of Telok Ayer, Platform. might just be the perfect place for you. A modern minimal sensory concept bar that invites you to unwind and revel in the comforts of a serene atmosphere. Step into this oasis, where every sip feels like a moment in the comfort of your own living room.

Awarded Top 7 New Bar of 2019, Platform. embraces a philosophy of innovation and exploration, experimenting with the delicate and nuanced profiles of naturally sourced ingredients such as florals and herbs.

The Oolong 02 ($22) is a low-alcoholic that features the earthy flavours of tea, while the Saffron ($23) and Lavender ($23) capture the essence of flowers.

Platform. also offers an array of non-alcoholic wines and spirits. For a refreshing choice, I recommend the Yuzu ($17), a citrusy and fizzy delight with a hint of cinnamon.

Not only does the bar have an delectable choice of drinks, they also have some indulgent sharing plates to enhance your experience. Treat your palate to the Whipped Goat’s Cheese ($14), crowned with ikura, spring onion, and potato crisps, delivering a delightful blend of flavours and textures. Alternatively, savour the Grilled Squid ($26), a perfect drinking snack that delights the senses with its smoky allure.

Platform.

Location: 19 Amoy St, #01-01, Singapore 069854

16.  Taylor Adam

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Channelling the stylish ambience reminiscent of the movie Kingsmen, Taylor Adam is a speakeasy bar that’s nestled discreetly behind a tailor shop at Raffles Place. Adding to its allure, this bar boasts an even more distinctive feature by offering a bespoke experience akin to the art of suit-making.

At Taylor Adam, you can ask for a Bespoke Cocktail ($25), specially tailored (pun-intended) to suit your individual tastes and preferences. Meanwhile, the standard menu at Taylor Adam draws from the rich trade and travel history among countries within the Commonwealth. Try out one of their signature creations, each a masterpiece in its own right. The Wind & Cloud ($25) is a ginseng-infused rum cocktail inspired by the beloved comic character “Feng Yuan”, who captivates audiences across China and Hong Kong. Alternatively, savour the uniquely reimagined Party in Surrey ($25), a delightful twist on the classic martini pornstar, showcasing Taylor Adam’s ingenuity and innovation.

Complement your drinks with a curated selection of food offerings. Delight in the succulent flavours of the Mongolian Lamb Skewers ($18.8), delighting your palate with every bite. Or, indulge in the Spicy Octopus Tteokbokki ($20.8), a fusion of spicy and savoury notes that transport you to the vibrant streets of Korea.

Taylor Adam

Location: 1 Raffles Pl, #01-03, Singapore 048616

17. Level33

Photo: Level33

Perched at 33rd floor of Marina Bay Financial Centre, Level33 proudly claims the title of the world’s highest urban microbrewery. With a mesmerising view overlooking Marina Bay Sands, the bar is adorned with copper kettle, exposed pipes, steel girders, and concrete walls, embracing a modern industrial style.

While you can order a cold pint or two, don’t miss out to try the curated local and international cuisine. With an open kitchen adds a touch of theatre, allowing guests to witness their dishes come to life under the skilled hands of the chefs.

Level33

Location: 8 Marina Boulevard #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981

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