5 Best Watering Holes in Bugis

A Guide to the Best Bars in the Vicinity

Looking for southern American comfort food? Craving for spicier Mexican plates? Fancy some live music to pump up the atmosphere? PARKROYAL Picks, your personal travel insider, has done the heavy lifting for you, and curated a diverse list of the top bars in town, catering to varied tastes and preferences. What’s more, you don’t have to venture far from PARKROYAL on Beach Road to get to these six joints, all of which are located conveniently around the Bugis district.

1. The Beast

Address 17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329 
Phone Number +65 6295 0017
Opening Hours

Monday to Wednesday, Saturday: 5:00pm to 12:00am                                                                             
Thursday and Friday: 5:00pm to 1:00am
Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Founded in 2013 by Jamie Koh (who also owns Chupitos, a shots bar in Clarke Quay), The Beast is a young establishment that has already made a name for itself. It serves southern American classics such as burgers, steaks, chicken wings, and cornbread in a homely, rustic setting, which includes a bourbon bar with American craft beer and rye cocktail offerings. You can’t go wrong with a plate of crispy waffle with buttermilk fried chicken, and a sprinkle of alcohol-infused maple syrup.

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2. Maison Ikkoku

Address 20 Kandahar Street, Level 2, Singapore 198885                                                                                   
Phone Number +65 6294 0078
Opening Hours
Sunday to Thursday: 4:00pm to 1:00am
Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm to 2:00am

A bespoke cocktail bar and café located along Kandahar Street, Maison Ikkoku is one of Singapore’s best kept secrets. Owner and senior master mixologist Ethan Leslie Leong swears by the freshest of ingredients, and puts together recipes, like the earl grey and blue cheese cocktail, that will have you coming back for more.

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3. Blu Jaz Café

 Address 11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam, Singapore 189848                                                                
Phone Number +65 6292 3800
Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday: 12:00pm to 1:00am
Friday: 12:00pm to 2:00am
Saturday: 3:00pm to 2:00am
Closed on Sundays

With a bright blue façade and live music constantly emanating from the graffiti-covered shophouse, there’s no way you can miss Blu Jaz Café. It is easy to see why it’s one of the most frequented spots in the neighbourhood. Besides mouthwatering dishes and drinks, it also hosts regular musical performances and comedy shows.

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4. Piedra Negra

Address 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753
Phone Number +65 6291 1297 
Opening Hours Monday to Saturday: 12:00pm to 1:00am                                                                                      

Nestled within Haji Lane is Piedra Negra, a colourful and energetic Mexican joint with an inviting ambience that entices all who stroll pass it. With a Mexican chef, Leo Munoz, at its helm, you know you’ll be in for a truly authentic treat. Don’t miss out on the Blueberry Cheese Blintz, and the Mango Madness Ceviche.

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5. Joo Bar

Address 5 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188094
Phone Number +65 8138 1628 
Opening Hours Daily, 12:00pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 12:00am                                                                           

Housed within an unassuming three-floor shophouse is Joo Bar, a casual Korean-style venue offering such delights as kimchi shrimp pasta, and hand-chopped Korean minced rib steak. The best way to wash these bites down? How about a glass of makgeolli (Korean rice wine), brewed in-house?

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