In search of the most exceptional cocktail bars in Singapore? We invite you to embark on a journey through the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD), specifically Raffles Quay, a bustling enclave where the city’s most outstanding bars beckon. While it may seem surprising that the epicenter of Singapore’s business world hosts such remarkable drinking establishments, it is what it is.

Here are the seven best bars in Singapore’s CBD area, promising a memorable night out.

1. The Secret Mermaid

Photo: The Secret Mermaid

Located in the heart of Raffles Place, The Secret Mermaid is a renowned bar that offers a cocktail bar and tasting room. Serving imported crafted American spirits, it boasts an exceptional space for a tranquil escape from the bustling city. 

Spoilt for choice? We recommend The Tower ($23), inspired by the tarot card, with an underlying taste of vodka infused with banana. Meanwhile, the crowd favourite, Dracola ($20), is a delightful concoction that blends spiced rum, zesty orange and cola. To complement your experience, explore their delectable light bites, such as the Sushi Donut ($22).

Secret Mermaid

Location: 10 Collyer Quay, B1-09 Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 5pm-11pm
Sat-Sun: Closed

2. Taylor Adam

Kingsman-inspired storefront. Photo: Taylor Adam

Ever wondered what the life of a secret agent is like?

Taylor Adam is a real-life Kingsman cocktail bar. Don’t tell anyone, but this speakeasy bar is hidden behind the storefront of a tailor. You won’t find any garments for sale there. Instead, you’ll find yourself enjoying a classy night out with an intimate ambience.

Selections of their drinks include their signature cocktail inspired by the Kingsman movie — a Vesper Martini ($23.8), shaken not stirred. Another one of their popular drink is the Carpe Diem ($23.8)  a cocktail with a hint of lemon and cinnamon. 

So, are you ready to experience your night at this Kingsman inspired bar?

Taylor Adam

Location: 1 Raffles Pl, #01-03, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: 
Mon-Wed: 5pm-12am
Thu-Fri: 5pm-1am
Saturday: 5pm-12am
Sunday: Closed

3. Ameising Bar & Dining

Photo: Ameising Dining & Bar

Nestled in Hong Leong Building, Ameising Bar & Dining offers selections of Japanese dishes, ranging from tapas and rice bowls to sashimi, making it a perfect place for not just post-work drinks, but dinner after with your colleagues after a long day at work.

Their selections of drinks include their signature Ameising Cocktail ($19.8), complemented with a dash of Redbull. If you’re looking for house pours, Ameising also a curated selection of wines.

Ameising Bar & Dining Reservation

Location: 16 Raffles Quay, #01-02A Hong Leong Building, Singapore 048581
Tel: +65 6803 9541
Opening hours: 
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 4:30pm-10:30pm
Sat-Sun: Closed

4. Kinki Restaurant + Bar

Photo: Kinki Restaurant + Bar

Kinki Restaurant + Bar offers you an artsy modern Japanese cuisine and an array of east-meets-west alcoholic beverages. Located on the rooftop of Customs House, the bar offers an enchanting view, complete with a sensual low-light atmosphere.

Of their collections of Kinki Rockstars, there is Mr. Blue Sky ($19), a Kyro gin with a hint of apple mint syrup. Meanwhile, for a taste of Japanese Sake, you may choose their Seikyo Maboroshi Junmai Ginjo ($40).

Kinki Restaurant + Bar

Location: 70, #02-02 Collyer Quay, Customs House, Singapore 049323
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat: 12-3pm, 6-10:30pm
Sunday: Closed

5. Lantern

Photo: Lantern by Fullerton

Looking to have an ultimate Singapore bar experience with a perfect Marina Bay Sands view? Look no further–Lantern by Fullerton is your best spot in town. Complemented by their modern and sleek look exterior, Lantern offers a memorable night out experience. 

With their Fullerton Sling ($32), the drink presented a Singapore sling cocktail with harmonious asian fruits. One of their signature drinks is called Merlion ($26), a tequila gold mix with a hint of pomegranate. Pairing your drinks with their sharing options, you may choose the chef’s recommendation of Philly Steak Sandwich ($48) to satiate your palate. 


Location: 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 5pm-12am
Fri-Sat: Closed
Sunday: 5pm-12am

6. Straits Bar, Tower Club

Photo: International Associate Club

Straits Bar is located on the 64th floor of Tower Club, the bar offers a mesmerising night city view. The bar offers selections of liquor such as Laurent-Perrie Brut champagne ($15.5 per flute), Jim Beam bourbon (from $9), and Pina Colada cocktails (from $9) to accompany your night out. 

Aside from that they offer snacks and hearty food selections, some of them are Hummus and Toasted Pita Bread ($12) served with garlic chickpea puree. Indulge in a fulfilling delight with their Signature Fish Sauce Marinated Chicken Wings ($18), a flavorful option for those craving a more substantial and satisfying dish.

Straits Bar

Location: Raffles Place, #64th floor 9, Singapore 048619
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 2-11pm
Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: Closed

7. Skinny’s Lounge

Photo: Skinny’s Lounge

This artsy bar will take you on an American inspired night out experience like never before. With their colourful interior and vibrant walls complimenting the whole fun ambience night out, the Skinny’s Lounge is a perfect bar to hang out with your friends. 

The highlights from their drinks are Skinny’s Coffee tequila (from $12), offering you a mix of bourbon and red wine; they have New York Sour ($22). Looking for some light bites? Try their Chips and Dip ($8)  to share or 9” American Hotdog ($12) for a more fulfilling choice.

Skinny’s Lounge

Location: 82, #01-02 Boat Quay, Singapore 049870
Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tue-Fri: 6pm-3am
Saturday: 7pm-4am
Sunday: 7pm-3am

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