Singapore Bars Worth Visiting

By | 2017-12-22T08:18:38+00:00 September 26th, 2017|
Smith Street Taps, Chinatown, Singapore

The best nighttime watering holes in Singapore

What better way to discover Singapore than through the eyes of people who are tapped into the pulse of the local lifestyle scene? This month we speak to Amy Greenburg, the Wine and Dine Editor at Expat Living magazine, about the best nightlife watering holes in The Little Red Dot.

What better way to discover Singapore than through the eyes of people who are tapped into the pulse of the local lifestyle scene? This month we speak to Amy Greenburg, the Wine and Dine Editor at Expat Living magazine, about the best nightlife watering holes in The Little Red Dot.

NOSHtrekker: Let’s start with what’s your favourite drink?

Amy Greenburg: A glass of ice-cold rosé is always my go-to, though I do love a good passion-fruit martini at Grand Hyatt’s martini bar, too!

NT: How long have you lived in Singapore, and where do you originally hail from?

AG: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I moved to Singapore five and a half years ago after working in New York City for six years.

NT: How would you describe Singapore’s nightlife to a person visiting for the first time?

AG: Singapore has a really great bar scene that has grown tremendously since I moved here in 2012. The bespoke cocktail concept, along with the speakeasy-style and “secret” bar trends, are still going strong, with spots like Employee’s Only, 28 Hong Kong Street, The Other Room and Operation Dagger all the rage, and beautiful art-deco-inspired bars like ATLAS popping up around town. Of course, rooftop bars are always popular too, since the weather allows for it year-round! Whether you want to get glammed up and grab a glass of bubbly or go super casual with a craft beer at a hawker stall (Smith Street Taps at Chinatown Complex, for instance), there’s something to suit every mood!

NT: What bar(s) / watering holes should tourists make a point to drink at?

AG: Tourists should definitely hit up the obligatory rooftop spots like 1-Altitude Gallery Rooftop and Bar (you just can’t beat the view). I personally love the outdoor lounge at Spago, which overlooks the famous Marina Bay Sands pool and the bay beyond. The cocktails and nibbles definitely don’t come cheap, but the whole experience is worth the splurge, especially if you’re visiting Singapore. If you’re looking for something more discreet, or you’re a serious whisky lover, head to D. Bespoke, a quiet and super-sophisticated bespoke cocktail bar in Tanjong Pagar (it’s almost hidden, so you may have to look for it!), known for its impressive collection of Japanese whiskies – they have plenty of other spirits, too – that can be sipped at the long teak bar stretching the entire length of the shophouse. Just be sure to ask prices before you order (they’re not listed) so you’re not shell-shocked when the bill arrives!

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NT: What to watch out for? Any tips or tricks on how to navigate Singapore’s bar scene?

AG: Drinking in Singapore definitely isn’t inexpensive, so just be prepared to pay some punchy prices for your cocktails. There are some great happy hours to be found, though. My personal favourite is the happy hour at Grand Hyatt Singapore’s mezza9 martini bar. They’ve got $14 martinis every day from 5 to 9pm, and there are tons of options to choose from. My husband and I go all the time, as it’s a great deal, and a nice spot for catching up with friends. If you’re looking for a late-night dance party, head to the basement for live music (and prime people-watching!) at Brix, after you’ve filled up on martinis!

NT: It’s a family holiday and mum and dad have an evening off from the kids. Where should they head to after 6pm?

AG: Grab drinks at D. Bespoke, then walk over to Japanese izakaya-inspired Neon Pigeon on Keong Saik Road for dinner; it’s got a great vibe and delicious food (don’t miss the “Tokyo hummus” and soft-shell crab bao!). If you’re up for post-dinner cocktails, just walk along trendy Keong Saik – there are tons of great bars worth trying. Another great date night is sunset cocktails at Smoke & Mirrors at National Gallery Singapore, followed by dinner at pretty Peranakan spot, National Kitchen by Violet Oon, just downstairs. It’s a great place to try classic Peranakan dishes for the first time, and the setting is absolutely lovely; they’ve got great cocktails, too! (I love The Collier, with spiced pear puree, Bombay Sapphire, cloves and rosemary.)

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Singapore Influencer - Amy Greenburg

Get to know Amy Greenburg

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Amy attended the University of Southern California, where she earned a degree in communications. After graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in fashion public relations, and went on to gain experience working with a range of clients from couture and accessory designers to lifestyle and entertainment brands, to fine dining restaurants and food and beverage chains.

Having a passion for travel early on, Amy jumped at the opportunity to move to Singapore with her husband, Evan, in 2012. Since then, Amy has enjoyed exploring all of Asia, and counts Seoul, Tokyo, Hoi An, Bali and Sri Lanka’s Tea Trails as some of her favourite destinations to date.

Once in Singapore, Amy decided to turn her love of writing into an editorial career, and joined the Expat Living team in January 2014, covering health and fitness, arts and leisure, and wine and dine. She loves trying out new restaurants each month, and has become a more adventurous eater as a result (gone are the days of LA-girl food fickleness!). On weekends, you’ll most likely find Amy walking her Jack Russell terriers, Gary and Lucy, along the river with her two-year-old son Oliver, or devouring dumplings at Din Tai Fung.

About the Author:

Sarah Tan
Sarah is Brand Director at NOSHtrekker. A Penang-born New Zealander, she oversees our brand and editorial direction. She is the only person in our team who doesn't cook, but she sure likes to eat.

One Comment

  1. Jennifer Ohara March 16, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Singapore is a great place for tourists, I come regularly to the city and am always happy to know new good places there. I also want to add Urban Fairways | Indoor Golf Bar & Cafe ( they have a great staff, great environment, great food and drinks and also the golf simulator, I will always be back there! Btw, Thanks for this article!

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