Sometimes, the best accessory is a cocktail.
They’re one-of-a-kind, whether that means one with a rubber ducky bath aesthetic or Asian-inspired flavours.
Here are 10 fun, funky drinking dens for every taste and occasion.
Lots of kopitiam inspiration makes Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall’s SG infusions a hit.
Try the Milo Whiskey ($22) – a mix of Redemption Rye whiskey and crunchy Milo nuggets (tastier than it sounds) or the Bearded Slippers ($22), which blends El Rob Prohibido rum, coconut cream and a gula melaka (palm sugar) reduction.
Pair your cocktail with yummy local fare like the ngoh hiang ($10), Chinese five-spice pork roll.
60 Boat Quay, Singapore 049848
NEXT: The Library →
At a glance, The Library seems like a harmless bibliotheque chockfull of books about art and photography.
However, if you reveal the weekly password (find it on the Facebook page), you’ll be led into a secret chamber, where you can imbibe quirky concoctions like the smoky Duck Bath Fever ($28) or the Anti-Sip- King ($24) – a deliciously strong blend of Sip Smith VJOP Gin, Antica Formula, Maraschino, Boker’s Bitters and grapefruit zest.
Or, go with a simple glass of sherry (from $23) or share a bottle of wine (from $90).
49 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089153
NEXT: Bincho →
The so-called Japeritifs – Japanese-inspired aperitifs – are the highlight of any drinking session at Bincho.
Each Japeritif is concocted with sake or shochu and amped up with tequila, gin or other ingredients such as elderflower, lemon, mint and raspberry. Musttries: Yuzu Be Alright ($23), with hints of mint and yuzu underneath a smooth Nigori sake, gin and Gran Classico mix, and Paper Crane ($23), made with saffron shochu, Aperol, lemon, raspberry and a splash of Amaro Nonino.
Note: The place is popular and small, so it’s best to make a reservation.
#01-19, 78 Moh Guan Terrace, Singapore 162078
NEXT: Smoke And Mirrors →
The elegant Smoke and Mirrors rooftop bar overlooks the Padang and MBS.
The 15 signature cocktails are based on three themes: Provenance ($21 and up) draws on the flavours, drinking traditions and cultures of Singapore and Southeast Asia; Collections ($22 and up) is inspired by pieces exhibited at the National Gallery (see page 20) while Classics ($21 and up) features traditional cocktails with a unique twist.
#06-01 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
NEXT: Fu Lin Bar And Kitchen →
Looking for a relaxing after-work hang? Fu Lin Bar and Kitchen serves fried Yong Tau Fu by day, but transforms into a fusion Asian tapas bar by night.
Match mouth-watering chargrills like the Bacon Ba Kwa sweet barbecued pork ($12) with, say, the Buah Long Long cocktail, which has hints of the tropical ambarella fruit and a sour plum and lime garnish ($15).
127 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068596
NEXT: Bar Stories →
You’ve heard the spiel before about “bespoke” cocktail bars, but Bar Stories is the real deal.
Don’t bother with the menu, because there isn’t one. Instead, ask the bartenders for something creamy or refreshing, chocolate-y or spicy – whatever you’re in the mood for.
At $20 to $25 per cocktail, the prices aren’t that bad (for Singapore).
Second floor, 55-57 Haji Lane, Singapore 189248
NEXT: Chupitos Bar →
Chupito’s Bar has 130 one-of-a-kind shots ($12 and up) that pack a mean punch.
Specialty shooters include the positively illicit-sounding Torture Bong ($289): You’ll lick whipped cream off a phallicor breast-shaped bong while blindfolded before downing a vodka, Midori and pineapple juice combo through the bong. Hey, YOLO, right?
#01-05 Clarke Quay, 3B River Valley Rd, Singapore 179021
NEXT: Bojangles →
By most accounts, the classic dive bar (i.e., filthy/ awesome) is as elusive in Singapore as the original Merlion. But you can get close with Bojangles Grill Pub in Woodgrove Plaza, Woodlands.
No frills and no fuss, this bar has basic cocktails (Wednesday nights, they’re just $9.80 a drink!). Play a round of pool, and enjoy roadtrip music and football matches.
#01-22 The Woodgrove, 30 Woodlands Ave 1, Singapore 739065
NEXT: The Secret Mermaid →
The Secret Mermaid serves never-before-seen labels in SG. Go for the Sangria Sour ($20) – its bestselling libation, or try tasting flights that let you sample three spirits at a time (15 ml. each, from $15 a set).
#B1-08 Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315
NEXT: Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall →
By Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul, The Finder, August 2016