I’ve been going out in Singapore for the past ten years, which means I’ve pretty much covered the entire drinking scene from the dingiest watering hole to the most upscale drinking establishments in town. It also means I can get a bit bored by the large chain bars or the thousand cocktail bars in the CBD.
If you’re like me, I sometimes like to travel a bit outside the city and see what else is out there. Here are a few bars I think might be interesting for you to consider. They are not necessarily in a far-off place but are slightly off the beaten path.
Little India represent! Home to 23 different types of craft beers as well as a delicious cheese and chilli crab garlic bread, this small establishment is walking distance from Farrer Park MRT and a local favourite. It’s renowned for great local cuisine with a twist, as well as being a beer-lover’s best friend. Only thing to note, which is a personal issue, they don’t serve many ciders and if you’re like me, cider is basically alcoholic apple juice. Address: 119 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207547
Geylang is also known for other things apparently. Who knew? Nestled along Guillemard road, you find The Tuckshop, the eastside’s best-kept secret. Cocktails to beers to delicious bites, this is a perfect spot for friends to catch up and drink. The owners see it as a contemporary space for people to congregate, collaborate and nurture local talent. I can’t attest to this, but I think it’s a cool place to hang out, so I highly recommend it.
Address: 403 Guillemard Road, Singapore 399795.Let’s switch gears and go all fancy with
This tiny little speakeasy is as easy to miss as that person asking donations outside the MRT. By this I mean, you see them, but you’re probably not going to stop nor recognize any attempts to entice you inside. That’s because it’s nestled inside the underground connecting to Raffles Place’s MRT. If you find the bar, you’ll see only a few chairs, so getting there early is a must. The cocktails are well made, and the food is slightly fancier bar bites made by extremely good chefs, so they taste awesome. Be warned, this isn’t light on your wallet, so go there prepared to spend a few dollars. Address: 10 Collyer Quay, B1-08 Ocean Financial Centre.
We can’t forget the West, so here’s a craft beer place along Upper Bukit Timah Road. Apparently, they are the first craft beer bar in the West and they have eight different craft beers on tap, as well as 40 more in bottles. Add craft ciders (yay) and organic ciders to the list, making this a pretty versatile bar. Its perfect for a night out if you live out West, or if you’re out there, it might be a nice place to grab that daily beer. The good news is that it is only a 5-minute walk from Hillview MRT. Address: 398 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore.
There you have it, four awesome bars that you can try out this weekend, or weekday if you like a midweek pick-me-up. Drop us a comment or suggestion below if you know other great bars we should try or feel we missed out on your favourite bar. You can also read about more bars and nightlife here.