As Southeast Asia’s ultra-modern metropolitan destination, there’s no shortage of chic, happening bars to hit up for an exciting nightlife. From uber-trendy to low-key to super intimate, we’ve chosen five of our favorite bars in the city to match every type of mood and vibe you’re looking for. No matter which one you choose to visit, you can rest assured that every bar on the list will have striking design and a crafty cocktail list.
Perfect for: Bumpin’ parties day and night. Views to die for. Place to be seen.
You obviously can’t beat a rooftop restaurant club at the top of Singapore’s most sought-after destination. Cé La Vi, located on the 56th floor of Tower 3 at Marina Bay Sands, is a restaurant, bar and club that’s always popping at any given time of day. Whether you’re looking to play at a day party, see a world-class DJ or grab a drink with unforgettable views, Cé La Vi is open day and night for a good time. For non-guests of the hotel there’s a $20 entry fee during the day which can be used as a food and drink credit at the bar or restaurant. Cé La Vi is where you need to be to truly feel like you’ve arrived in Singapore.
Perfect for: Catching up with friends. Casual business drinks. Mellow and low-key ambiance.
The Warehouse Hotel is one of Singapore’s newest sleek, artsy boutique hotels, making its lobby bar an ideal, stylish location for casual meetings. The lobby inside the restored warehouse is adorned with the building’s original beams and metal pieces that’ve been refurbished as well. The cocktail menu was inspired by the local area throughout distinct eras of Singaporean history, such as the time it was a port in the Spice Trade and then its time as a seedy hub for gambling and prostitution. The beautifully furnished lobby is bright and modern during the day and moody with sexy downtempo music playing at night.
Perfect for: Stunning art deco interior. Splurging on high-end spirits and cocktails.
Atlas is the perfect place to go to get a taste of Singapore’s over-the-top extravagance. Atlas, already one of the most famous bars in the world, is a stunning, opulent art deco bar reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties. Everything from the plush, velvety furnishings, classic Victrola music and world-class mixology is a treat for the senses. The bar specializes in gin with the largest collection of high-end gin displayed in the floor-to-ceiling case in the center of the bar. The cocktail menu is just as exciting with pages of uniquely crafted martinis, champagne drinks and other spirits inspired by the days of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Oscar Wilde. If you’re willing to splurge on the hefty price tag, you can’t go wrong with spending an evening at one of the most luxurious, magical bars in the world.
Perfect for: Quiet nightcaps, intimate date nights, getting away from city center.
Library Bar is a VERY quiet and intimate venue on the second floor of quaint Villa Samadhi out in Labrador Park. It’s the perfect place to escape to for times when you want to get away from everything modern and hectic in the city. Set inside an old colonial villa, the bar retains old-world décor and ambiance. Have the bartender whip up a classic cocktail like an Old Fashioned and tuck in for a nightcap on a comfy armchair. The perfect date night would be dining at elegant Tamarind Springs, a high-class Thai restaurant, in the same hotel then come to Library Bar to continue a romantic evening. Library Bar in Villa Samadhi is all the way out in Labrador Park, so you know where you go whenever you feel like getting away from it all.
*Library Bar is only open to guests of Villa Samadhi but the gorgeous bar at Tamarind Hill is open to the general public as well.
Perfect for: Lively hangout spot with friends. Rooftop views of Marina Bay Sands. Dope house music.
As far as cool rooftop bars go, Kinki has to be the dopest one in Singapore. The music is excellent, the views of Marina Bay Sands are unbeatable and it gives off a fun, laidback vibe. The bar is Japanese themed with colorful murals and creative cocktails made with sake, umeshu, Midori and more. It’s the perfect place to go to have a good time with friends that’s not at all stuffy or pretentious. And the DJ bumping eclectic and dance-y house music is impressive in itself. Don’t miss out on this cool gem of a bar right next to Merlion Park on the river!
Photos: Nadia Cho
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