Best Bars in Singapore to Pick Your Poison

Best Bars in Singapore to Pick Your Poison

Created in 1915 by Raffles Hotel, the Singapore Sling is considered the national drink that placed Singapore on the world’s cocktail radar, but looking past this refreshing gin and brandy beverage, the bar culture of Singapore is what has been making headlines today.

From the majestic Gin Tower at the Atlas Bar to the scenic views of the civic district from Smoke & Mirrors, the local bar culture is definitely worth uncovering.

1. Bar Stories

BAR StoriesBAR Stories / Image Credit: Venuerific Singapore

BAR Stories exudes a cosy cafe vibe, with a name that is derived from the backstories of each drink — stories that the bartenders are more than happy to share with you.

All you need to do is give them a few adjectives and your alcohol base of choice for them to whip up a bespoke cocktail.

BAR StoriesCad’s Alley, Fables of the East, Tiffing and Moodiques / Image Credit: Alexis Cheong

55/57A Haji Lane, Singapore, 189248 Singapore.
Nearest MRT: EW12 / DT14 Bugis.
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 3pm-1am and Fri-Sat 3pm-2am. 

2. Operation Dagger

When it comes to mystery, this bar takes the cake. You have to follow a trail of back alley wall markings before you can reach it, and the markings are so nondescript that you might still miss it. The smoky scent of burnt herbs will, however, lead you in the right direction.

Operation DaggerOperation Dagger / Image Credit: Suma Explore Asia

This year, they unsheathed a new cocktail and food menu. The Rikyu offers a twist on traditional Japanese tea with spirits from a malted rice base, while the G.O.A.T goes for gin infused with goat’s cheese, garnished with a pineapple pulp cracker.

Rikyu by Operation DaggerRikyu by Operation Dagger / Image Credit: WanderLuxeOperation Dagger - G.O.A.TG.O.A.T / Image Credit: HungryGoWhere

An interesting fact is that it might be named after a 1956 police operation to wipe out the secret societies of Chinatown.

7 Ann Siang Hill, #B1-01, 069791.
Nearest MRT: DT18 Telok Ayer
Opening hours: Tue-Sat, 6pm-12mn

3. Smoke & Mirrors

This bar is also a perfect viewing bay of the civic district, and is located at one of Singapore’s most historically and culturally significant landmarks, the National Gallery Singapore.

Smoke & MirrorsSmoke & Mirrors / Image Credit: Honeycombers

Their restaurant serves up small bites to whole meals, along with cold cuts and cheeses for wine pairings. The bar delivers an entire range of beverages that will make you dizzy with excitement.

The Duck’s Fat Hope comes with five-spiced honey and drops of actual savoury Peking Duck juice.

Duck’s Fat Hope by Smoke & MirrorsDuck’s Fat Hope / Image Credit: Honeycombers

The Glasgow’s Winterfall is for the whisky lovers, and it even comes with a tiny Scottish kilt for aesthetics.

Glasgow's Winterfall by Smoke & MirrorsGlasgow’s Winterfall / Image Credit: Honeycombers

#06-01 National Gallery Singapore. 1 St. Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957
Nearest MRT: NS25 / EW13 City Hall
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 3pm to 1am. Sat, Sun, Eve of & Day of Public Holidays: 12pm – 2am

4. The ATLAS Bar

Inside the Parkview Square a.k.a. “Gotham building” lies the world’s largest gin tower standing at 15m tall.

Parkview SquareParkview Square / Image Credit: Meinhardt

Dubbed the world’s most ambitious gin bar, ATLAS stocks the largest gin collection with over 900 labels, categorised into tiers within the Gin Tower.

ATLAS BarATLAS Bar / Image Credit: Must Share NewsThe ATLAS Martini by The ATLAS Bar

The Atlas Martini, made with London dry gin, ambrato vermouth, orange bitters and champagne vinegar / Image Credit: DRiNK Magazine

Bottles are ranked by rarity, and the top tier is dispensed “by discretion only”. Second tier range are limited to one drink per person, in what the team calls a Gin Ration. The remaining 240 labels are open for order.

ATLAS BarATLAS Bar / Image Credit: The Cool Hunter Journal

Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, 188778
Nearest MRT: DT14 Bugis
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 10am – 1am, Fri: 10am – 2am, Sat: 3pm – 2am. Sun: Closed

5. NAMI Restaurant and Bar

Located on Level 24 of the Tower Wing at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, NAMI Restaurant and Bar offers a meal with a view of the sanctuary behind shopping district Orchard Road.

NAMI Restaurant and BarImage Credit: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

The restaurant serves up exquisite Japanese cuisine with Head Chef Akiba Shigeo’s signature dashi broth. For a refreshing lunchtime accompaniment, fruit flavoured Aragoshi (Peach, Plum, and Mandarin) can be enjoyed either chilled (a lady’s favourite), on the rocks, or as a shot.

Aragoshi3 different Aragoshi flavours / Image Credit: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

For those with a penchant for wine, the wine menu at NAMI is curated by Yohann Jousselin, one of Asia’s master sommeliers. If you’re having a beef dish such as the Japanese Saga Wagyu Beef Sirloin A4, the Bordeaux Varietals and Grand Cru wines would be a good complement.

Japanese Saga Wagyu Beef Sirloin A4 Japanese Saga Wagyu Beef Sirloin A4 / Image Credit: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Japanese Saga Wagyu Beef Sirloin A4 Japanese Saga Wagyu Beef Sirloin A4 / Image Credit: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

22 Orange Grove Road, Tower Wing, 258350
Nearest MRT: NS22 Orchard 
Opening hours: Lunch (restaurant and terrace): 12pm – 2.30pm; Dinner (restaurant): 6pm – 10.30pm, Dinner (terrace): 6pm to 12mn

What would your poison be?


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