Be prepared to do a bit of searching to find the city’s most intriguing bars.
Singapore is in the midst of a golden age of cocktails. Mixologists in the Southeast Asian city-state have been busy in the past few years refining old-school favorites and inventing new ones. In the process, they’ve elevated the nation’s bars, making them destinations unto themselves—that’s if you can find them. In a throwback to the prohibition era, many of Singapore’s most intriguing bars are hidden. Some you can find in plain sight if you know where to look, some are tucked inside other restaurants, and others require some serious sleuthing. All of them offer a unique setting meant to celebrate the drinks created within.
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28 HongKong Street
Don’t be fooled by the fact that the name of this bar is its address—it can still be easy to miss. Opened in 2011, 28 HongKong Street was one of the early pioneers of Singapore’s speakeasy cocktail scene. Inside the cozy space, you’ll find American-style craft cocktails. Order the Five Foot Assassin or the Stone Fence for a feel of what this bar is all about.
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
This tiny bar in the Boat Quay neighborhood is proof the best things come in small packages. Head to the bar on the second floor of a shophouse, early (it gets crowded) and order one of the old-school cocktails Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall is known for, such as a Negroni.
It takes some luck to find this charming rooftop bar, but it’s oh, so worth it. Find the entrance tucked into an alley in Singapore’s Holland Village neighborhood and climb up the stairs to a rooftop oasis with indoor and outdoor spaces. For a post-dinner sipper, order the Dragon’s Breath, a mellow concoction of Scotch whisky, Goji and Winter melon syrup, hand-pressed citrus, and mezcal. For something floral, try the smooth Golden Swallow, made with St. Germain Elderflower, Shiso Umeshu, white wine syrup, peach tincture, and boozy Prosecco.