Singapore currently boasts 6 bars on the highly coveted annual list of the World’s 50 Best Bars, compiled by Drinks International.
#3 – Manhattan Bar: Located on the second level of Regent Singapore sits a portal to 19th-century New York City. Inspired by the Golden Age of cocktails and fine drinking, Manhattan is reminiscent of a grand hotel bar, modern yet with a touch of old New York glamour and sophistication.
#8 – ATLAS: A grand lobby and bar, ATLAS graces the ground floor of Singapore’s iconic building, Parkview Square, in the historic Bugis neighbourhood. The distinctive architecture of Parkview Square is inspired by the glamourous Art Deco skyscrapers of Europe and New York.
#13 – NATIVE Cocktail Bar: NATIVE keeps things strictly regional, working with Asian distillers, committed to using local and regional produce and supporting local and regional craftsmen for its wares, scents, music and more. Cocktails are developed in a second-floor lab, and they all represent a time, location, story or tradition. Sustainability influences everything at the solar-powered NATIVE.
#23 – Operation Dagger: Located in the buzzing streets of Singapore’s Chinatown, the clean lines and simple, uncluttered nature of the decor give way to impressive drinks, using a multitude of homemade tinctures, aromatic smoke, microherbs, vinegars and south east Asian spices. The presentation follows the décor – simple and elegant.
#34 – 28 Hong Kong Street: With no postings or signs outside, you will have to hunt this hidden treasure down by word of mouth. Exquisitely made classics sit neatly alongside a list of innovative drinks which still turn up the liquid wow factor, all backdropped by a perfectly evolving night-time soundtrack and staff who understand that perfection lies in a combination of delicious, unpretentious drinks and a generously warm and friendly attitude.
#31 in 2017 – Tippling Club: An award-winning restaurant with an award-winning bar. Contemporary, artful spot offering an inventive, gourmet tasting menu and ambitious cocktails.
Rooftop Bars and Restaurants
1-Altitude Gallery & Bar: The highest alfresco bar in the world and one of Singapore’s best rooftop bars with a spectacular 360-degree view of the city, stunning sunsets, nightlife vibes, top local bands, renowned DJs and great cocktails.
CÉ LA VI Club Lounge: Iconic rooftop locations that command breathtaking 360-degree views. Modern Asian culinary adventures in a spectacular setting. Innovative cocktails perfectly matched to Asian climates, laced with exotic regional ingredients and flavours.
Lantern: Rooftop bar located at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore. Framed by an infinity lap pool and green landscaping, the stylish rooftop bar offers dazzling panoramic views of Marina Bay waterfront and Singapore’s skyscraper skyline.
LeVel33: The World’s Highest Urban Craft-brewery representing an unparalleled dining experience complete with one of the best views of Singapore’s Marina Bay and city skyline. Residing in the penthouse of Asia’s best business address™, the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) Tower 1, LeVeL33 is the epitome of urban penthouse dining.
Loof: serves up whimsy, nostalgia and unbridled playfulness in an urban garden atop Odeon Towers in downtown CBD. Punctuated with strong local flavours, enjoy bespoke Southeast Asian cocktails alongside gratifying bar snacks by one of Singapore’s most notorious culinary geniuses – Bjorn Shen.
Southbridge Oyster Bar: Indulge in an amazing selection of the best oysters from all over the world, enjoyed with an extensive list of champagne and craft cocktails.
Mr Punch Public House: The gastropub offers a selection of drinks to suit any occasion, all while overlooking the historic City Hall landscape. Mr Punch also introduces his MODERN VINTAGE COCKTAILS, a list of international classics with a modern twist to tickle your fancy. Think a jalapeño-infused Bloody Mary, or a Jungle Bird with homemade jackfruit syrup.
Also worth a visit
Long Bar – Raffles Singapore: Home of the Singapore Sling and a must-do for anyone visiting Singapore. The bar itself is also like stepping back in time – with a polished teakwood bar, wicker chairs, and the room cooled by traditional reed fans.
Employees Only: Conceived in downtown New York City by five bar industry friends, Employees Only has become the industry standard for a hospitality-inclined cocktail bar since its opening. Throughout the years, the restaurant and bar has been critically lauded and honoured with awards by the global bar community, offering flawlessly executed cocktails and delicious, elevated food, served in a beautiful space without any pretence.
Aura: Spanning across two floors of national gallery Singapore, Aura is an elegant and modern multi-concept dining destination by Michelin star chef-restaurateur Beppe de Vito.
Artemis: A modern Mediterranean rooftop restaurant and bar with panoramic views of the iconic Singapore skyline from the CBD.
Maison Ikkoku Restaurant & Cocktail Bar: With two locations to choose from. The Gallery, a contemporary Art Gallery in A chic Restaurant combines art, culture, and lifestyle to deliver a unique experience. The Gallery will serve friends, families, tourists, and executives in the area with its full-fledged menu featuring all-day breakfasts, weekend brunches, a Silky Lunch set menu and a high tea. The Art of Mixology located on the second floor of 20 Kandahar Street, Singapore, serves up to 100% custom bespoke cocktail with no drink’s menu, every drink crafted from the fresh ingredients, that’s what makes this bar difference from others.