5 Unusual Bars in Town

Drink Easy With These Speakeasies

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.

1. IZY Dining and Bar

Address 27B Club Street, Singapore 069413                                                                                                                                   
Phone Number +65 9678 0027 
Opening Hours Mondays to Saturdays: 12:30pm to 2:30pm, 5:00pm to 1:00am
Closed on Sundays

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.

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2. Jigger & Pony

Address Amara Singapore, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, 088539                                                                                                                                                  
Phone Number
+65 9621 9074 
Opening Hours Mondays to Saturdays: 5:00pm to late
Closed on Sundays

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.

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3. Black Swan

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!

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4. Tantric Bar

Address 78 Neil Road, Singapore 088841                                                                                                                                    
Phone Number  +65 6423 9232 
Opening Hours Sundays to Fridays: 8:00pm to 3:00am
Saturdays: 8:00pm to 4:00am

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.

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5. Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall

Address  60A Boat Quay, Singapore 049848                                                                                                                                    
Phone Number +65 6535 0838
Opening Hours
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.

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