These watering holes are not your average drinking joints. Conceptual, unconventional, and just a little bit quirky, they promise a memorable experience every time you drop by. What’s more, these bars serve up surprisingly delicious (and creatively presented) cocktails and beers as well. It’s time to rally your best friends, and hit up these five alternative bars in town.
This urban Japanese Izakaya restaurant has a secret bar, Cache, only accessible through a mirrored doorway at the back of the venue. (You might not see it at first because the door is meant to be camouflaged!) Giving off an exclusive, underground vibe, the private high-concept speakeasy-inspired bar offers an equally unique variety of artisanal wines, cocktails, sake, and craft beers. All you need to do is crack the code to enter the bar.
Recently crowned #8 in the 2016 Asia's 50 Best Bars rankings, Jigger & Pony is a well-established cocktail joint that spear-headed the revival of classic cocktails as well as elevating familiar classics with contemporary and signature twists. While you're there, be sure to try their popular ‘Old Fashioned’ - a classic cocktail done right with Bulleit Bourbon whiskey, Angostura bitters and sugar. Another must-try, the ‘Corpse Reviver 101’ is an innovative tipple which uses Babicka Vodka, St Germain elderflower liqueur, jasmine sweet vermouth, lemon, served with a side of Absinthe jelly.
|Address||19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704
|Phone Number||+65 6438 3757
|Opening Hours||Mondays: 11:30am to 11:00pm
Tuesdays to Thursdays: 11:30am to Midnight
Fridays: 11:30am to 1:00am
Saturdays: 5:00pm to 1:00am
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Sitting at the heart of Singapore’s CBD is The Black Swan, an art deco-style bar and bistro. Named after Nassim Taleb’s novel, the menu features Classic American favourites, as well as spirits such as the B. B. King, Cecil Sour served with pieces of dark chocolate, and Golden Parachute. On the mezzanine floor, there’s also The Powder Room, a bar inspired by the Roaring Twenties. They also often host themed-nights, so if you’re a huge fan of dressing up, look out for those!
Situated within a restored, old-fashioned shophouse is Tantric Bar, where you’ll find decently priced double-shot housepours priced at SGD12. It attracts its largest crowd on Friday and Saturday evenings, turning the pub into a dance floor. For those who need a break from the uproarious atmosphere inside, the bar also has an outdoor courtyard.
|Address|| 60A Boat Quay, Singapore 049848
|Phone Number||+65 6535 0838
||Mondays to Thursdays: 6:00pm to Midnight
Fridays and Saturdays: 6:00pm to 2:00am
Closed on Sundays
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall sports a tongue-in-cheek name, parodying those of local hawker stalls. It is a fitting title, considering that the watering hole takes inspiration from this little red dot. Among the more unique tipples are the ‘Ginseng Negroni’ and a ‘Milo-infused Old Fashioned’. In the background, you can even spot a few unmistakably Singaporean items like the old-school Khong Guan cookie tins.