Singapore’s Best Pubs and Bars
There’s always a lot going on in Singapore nightlife. With city lights as the backdrop and beautiful architecture accompanied by natural landmarks, such as the Singapore River in Boat Quay–in reality, anywhere you decide to drink in Singapore has its perks. Try Chinatown for its lively nightlife and cheap food. Get down Duxton Road and choose from an abundance of signature bars and pubs along the old-fashioned street. Even busy Orchard Road has great places for munching and boozing. A Singapore pub-crawl won’t be complete without checking out these gems so take a look at a few of Singapore’s best pubs and bars.
8. Dibs (51 Duxton Road)
Dibs is located on the lively Duxton Road. Situated between other bars and pubs, Dibs stands out because of the great staff and atmosphere. Enjoy specialty wines and liquors while indulging in some of the best desserts in town. Dibs is known for their melting chocolate sphere, so don’t leave without sampling this heavenly dish. They also recently installed a beer tap of Guinness, so for the beer-lovers out there, Dibs is now serving your taste palates too!
7. Blu Jaz (11 Bali Lane)
If you’re looking for good live jazz and soul music while sipping on your drink of choice, look no further than Blu Jaz Bar. Located on Bali Lane, Blu Jaz keeps its customers coming back with its crazy electric décor, great vibe and reasonable prices. The second and third floors of the bar frequently host dub, reggae and hip-hop parties as well. All in all, Blu Jaz is a great place to relax and unwind without having to burn a hole in your pocket.
6. Southbridge (80 Boat Quay, Level 5)
Located on the riverside, this new rooftop bar has an amazing view of Boat Quay and neighboring landmarks. Specializing in seafood and Japanese dishes that can be ordered in sets of up to six, Southbridge is a great place to pass the night with a bunch of friends. With its great ambience and killer craft beers, delicious wines and artisanal Japanese sakes, there’s absolutely nothing more one can ask for in a drinking venue.
5. Jibiru Craft Beer Bar (313 Orchard Road)
Jibiru Craft Beer Bar is the perfect place for you and your beer-loving friends. Specializing in Yakitori dishes, this is the perfect place for a night out of elegant beer tasting. Start off with the Hibiki Skewers and let the night of beer tasting (or chugging) commence. Serving specialty lagers and ales from all over the world, Jibiru Craft Beer Bar will cater to even the most demanding of palates.
4. Scoop (19 Ann Siang Road)
This list wouldn’t be complete without a bar from Chinatown and with a lot of them vying for the spot, Scoop takes the cake. Scoop is located on Ann Siang Road and is a quirky bar that prides itself with one for one drinks and special deals. That’s right, if you’re looking to get a good buzz without spending too much, get your butt over to Scoop! They have happy hour daily from 5-8pm and have even recently revamped their menu to include some Thai dishes as well as homemade pizza!
3. Essen at the Pinnacle (The Pinnacle at Duxton)
Upon entering Essen at the Pinnacle, you’ll notice the display of about a hundred different kind of beers on the wall behind their bar. Look right beside the bar and feast your eyes on hawker style stalls selling all kinds of signature Singaporean dishes. Yes, this place has it all–beers, wine, cocktails and good food that cost a fraction of what it would cost in a regular restaurant. Bring a friend or two and enjoy a night of great food with a wide selection of alcohol.
2. Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall (60A Boat Quay)
Overlooking the Singapore River on Boat Quay, Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall is a local favorite. Best known for their cocktails, this bar maintains a vibe from when Singapore was not as much of a commercial hub. If you don’t like the cocktails from the menu, fear not! Bartenders here are trained to cater to the guests taste, meaning they are experts in making bespoke cocktails. Tell them what you’re in the mood for and watch them whip up some magic. Pretty cool, eh?
1. Tiong Bahru Bar (3 Seng Poh Road)
Located in the Tiong Bahru district, Tiong Bahru Bar is a roomy bar that’s known for its different unconventional takes on the classic mojito. The ambience is similar to that of a bar in Manhattan, New York and like a traditional New York pub, they have a wide selection of whiskey as well. They specialize in Spanish dishes that fill up the menu for bar grub. Try their paella negra and beef salpicao for an explosion of flavors in the mouth that you won’t soon forget.
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