Here, we’ve gathered a list of the best bars in Singapore that feature prime views of the city, the home of the original Singapore Sling, wacky cocktails, free drink specials, live music, and more. Don’t have enough time to try them all? No worries, Singapore is one of the best stopover locations on flights flying from Australia and beyond.
Bar Stories is a cosy, low-key bar tucked away on Haji Lane, where serving customized, delicious cocktails is their top priority.
Every drink is tailor made to your taste and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a sweet buzz or just a hint of bitters, the bartenders know just the perfect blend for you. Though the cocktails take a little longer to make than at typical watering holes, they’re certainly worth the wait.
Sit by the bar to watch all the action and mingle with other patrons as their order is made. It’s a bar where nobody is pressed for time and most are keen to relax. Weeknights tend to be less crowded which means that the drinks will be made more quickly than on a weekend.
What to order: Bar Stories is one bar that doesn’t offer an official drinks menu. Your best bet is to walk up to the bartender, name your spirit, and ask them to surprise you. You can also request a new take on an old classic.
Bar Stories 55-57A Haji Lane Singapore 189248
On the 45th floor of the Singapore Land Tower, Empire offers incredible 360-degree views of the Singapore skyline, including a new perspective of the harbour and Marina Bay Sands. This lounge has live DJs and an expansive list of champagnes and hard liquors to create virtually any cocktail.
The ambiance is upscale, lively, and the lounge is covered with interesting geometric designs.
This bar is especially perfect for female travelers. On Wednesdays, ladies get up to five free drinks and often a welcome gift at the door.
What to order: You can’t go wrong with their classic rum and coke with Kraken spiced rum.
Empire Lounge Singapore Land Tower – Level 45 50 Raffles Place Singapore 048623
Lantern Rooftop Bar
Lantern, above the bay and offering prime views of the Marina Bay Sands, is an upscale bar with gourmet food and drink pairings. The décor, service, and overall atmosphere allows you to relax even amidst the chaos of the city.
It’s best to visit during sunset, when the bay turns to a pink hue and the nearby buildings look like they’re on fire.
What to order: All fruit cocktails are made with fresh ingredients. The English Summer is especially delicious, made with rum, strawberries, raspberries, and mint leaves.
Lantern 80 Collyer Quay Singapore 049326
28 Hong Kong Street
If not for the address as a name, 28 Hong Kong Street would be nearly impossible to find. The entrance to this speakeasy is disguised as a simple garage door. Once inside, you walk through a labyrinth of curtains until you reach a relaxed lounge bar area where drinks are served.
Despite its elusive location, the bar books out quickly so it’s best to make a reservation ahead of time.
What to order: Bold and delicious, their Hard to Port cocktail blends High West Double Rye Porter Reduction with egg white, lemon, and all spice – embellished with the number 28 on top.
28 Hong Kong Street 28 Hong Kong Street Singapore 069667
Long Bar, in the stunning Raffles Hotel, holds the title of being the exact location where the Singapore Sling was created by one of the bartenders, Ngiam Tong Boon, in the early 1900s.
Interestingly, there is a little controversy surrounding the recipe of the Singapore Sling, as even the Raffles Hotel has not held onto a consistent recipe throughout the years. However, most alcohol researchers believe that today’s version closely resembles the cocktail Ngiam Tong Boon made himself.
The original Singapore Sling at Long Bar
Long Bar often hosts live bands and it’s likely to be crowded on any given night with patrons embracing the novelty and shelling piles of free peanuts. The running joke is that Long Bar is the only place in Singapore where you can litter without being fined.
What to order: The Singapore Sling, of course! This iconic drink is a concoction of gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine, and a dash of bitters. The cocktails are made in advance, so there’s little incentive to sit at the bar to watch the bartender make drinks.
Long Bar Raffles Hotel 1 Beach Road Singapore 189673
Atop a skyscraper 282 meters high, 1-Altitude is not the right bar for those with a fear of heights – after all, it claims to be the highest rooftop bar in the world.
Though your entrance fare to 1-Altiude includes a drink, it’s the view from the top that makes the bar worth going to. Expect 360-degree panorama that might even span out to Malaysia on a clear day. The top also offers a unique perspective of the Singapore Harbour.
The bar often features live musicians, who’s songs seem to carry beyond the bar and out into the city.
What to order: 1-Altitude’s lychee martini is a refreshing hit of sweetness after a long elevator ride.
The view of the Marina Bay Sands from 1-Altitude
1-Altitude 1 Raffles Place Singapore 048616
CE LA VI
For an energetic evening, you can’t go wrong with CE LA VI, one of the most popular bars atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands. No matter where you stand in the bar, you’re guaranteed a great view of the Singapore skyline or busy shipping port. There is often a live DJ playing all types of house and pop music to dance to.
Arrive just after sunset for the chance to watch the Gardens by the Bay performance from an interesting angle. Then, face the opposite way to see a spectacle of city lights over the water.
Locals often grab guests and make CE LA VI the first stop they make together in Singapore, as the views and vibe are guaranteed to woo even the toughest crowd.
What to order: The rose lemonade will be a respite from the Singapore humidity with lemonade, Belvedere vodka, rose water, sugar, and freshly squeezed lemon.
CE LA VI 1 Bayfront Ave SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3 Singapore 018971
To get into The Library, you must know the password. Thankfully, the bouncers and hosts tend to have loose lips, often giving away enough hints for visitors to guess correctly. Once inside, The Library is decorated in a retro-funky theme with old posters lining the walls. It’s a kitschy, fun, venue modeled after the speakeasys in the US Prohibition era that’s perfect for trying out something different to Singapore’s usual swanky bars.
When it comes to cocktails, The Library takes pride in the presentation. For example, try the Grand Theft Nacho, a drink with Doritos-infused tequila and spiced cherry. Or, taste the adventurers-only drink called In the Study with the Lead Pipe, a mix of Cachaca, cynar, celery, and yellow chartreuse that is tipped back right after chomping on a wasabi peanut. Here, you’ll truly be drinking something found nowhere else.
What to order: Shrub-A-Dub-Dub, a drink served in a miniature bathtub (complete with rubber ducky) that includes Ford’s gin, peach juice, lemon, ginger, Moroccan bitters, Amaro Montenegro, and Moscato D’Asti. Apparently, this cocktail is a direct nod to the prohibitionists, who created gin in their very own bathtubs — but let’s hope it tastes better than bathwater.
The Library 47 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089153
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