15 best cocktail bars in Singapore that will shake up your day

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We all love a good tipple, so what better way to spend your money than to go to a cocktail bar that delivers?

So, I went on a little adventure to round up the top cocktail bars in Singapore that will definitely satisfy your alcoholic soul and ensure you have a great evening.

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jiggerandpony

Pricey? Maybe a tad bit more expensive than your usual happy hour pours, but these are enticing cocktails that are made with love and liquor that’s out to impress. And by that I mean strictly no overly-coloured cocktails where you practically can’t taste the liquor and are convinced that you’re just drinking artificially flavoured syrup.

Here are 15 best cocktail bars in Singapore that will shake up your day!

1. Sugarhall

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After an almost four-year hiatus, Jigger & Pony Group’s cult favourite, Sugarhall, makes a return as a rum-focused cocktail pub in Raffles Places (hidden on the second floor of a 1920s heritage building). If you’re a lover of rum and old-school decor, this one’s for you. 

Although labelled as an English-style pub neighbourhood, the interior surely reminded me of a Cuban-esque bar. I mean, it’s rum-focused anyway, right? A gin-focused English-style pub I’d understand but… *shrugs shoulders*. 

Sugarhall - dark & stormy

Rediscover classics, defined by rums and spirits like the returning crowd favourite Dark & Stormy (S$24), which is my personal favourite! The highball-style classic is based on Hampden 8-year-aged overproof Jamaican rum that poses an intense estery fruitiness, finished with fresh lime and Sugarhall’s brand new “I Shot the Ginger” ginger beer. It also comes in a Mega Stormy (S$50) size— fit for my fellow rum-lovin’ pirates out there. 

Do try other cocktails like the Daiquiri (S$22)— in dedication to the sugarcane spirit, it uses two types of rums: Bacardi Superior 1909 and Veritas, and produces an aromatic palate. Other highlights include the PornStar Martini (S$22)— where pandan adds depth of flavour to the vodka and passionfruit classic. 

Sugarhall - punch bowl

They also have punch bowls, served with all the bells and whistles! For instance, the One Punch Rum (S$280), presented with a whole bottle of Havana Club 7 years, drinkers can pour as they want into a mix of Mount Gay Ecplise, Gosling’s 151 proof rum, passionfruit, coconut water, cinnamon, and lime. 

Cecil Street, Level 2 19, Singapore 049704
+65 9815 0246
Wed to Sun: 4pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Mon & Tue
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2. 3 of Cups

Image of entrance
Image of entrance

A tarot-themed cocktail bar with tarot-inspired cocktails in Singapore? Yes, please. 3 of Cups is the place for a mystical night out! The whimsical double-storied, 40-seater bar, also helms a kitchen where the staff churns out magical food. 

Image of cocktail
Image of cocktail

Over here, there are two ways to get your tarot-inspired cocktails: by ordering off the menu (to play safe) or by picking a random (tarot) card (to let fate decide your desired alcoholic beverage). If you’re an adventurous imbiber, go for the latter. Trust me, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss. 

Image of tarot table
Image of tarot table

I got three theme-fitting cocktails, each cost S$22. And get this, for every three cocktails per table, you also receive a free tarot reading! 

Image of chocolate cake in flames
Image of chocolate cake in flames

What’s a night out to a magical place without a flamin‘ dessert, right? Enter the Black Magic (S$16).

Not only do 3 Of Cups deliver in their cocktails, but they also excel in their theatrics. Their signature chocolate will be lit up in (blue) flames before you’re able to consume it.

53 Haji Lane, Singapore 189246
+65 9246 0138
Tue to Sun: 5pm – 12am
Closed on Mon
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3. PILCROW

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Credit – PILCROW

PILCROW is a progressive dessert bar that embodies bold and sophisticated plated desserts paired with matching cocktails. If you’ve a sweet tooth, this bar is certainly for you! 

Situated at the heart of the Singapore River, PILCROW promises an experience unlike any other. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, they also have savoury dishes on the menu, like their doughy sourdough pizza. 

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Credit – PILCROW

Go for their Butterfly Tonic— a reimagined version of the classic G&T with dry gin (of course), butterfly pea, lavender, and tonic. Then indulge in the Exotique, a refreshing dessert with yuzu curd, coconut mousse, fresh mangoes, and lime sorbet. And finally wash it down with the Pit of the Plum cocktail to balance the tartness of the citrus flavours. 

60 Boat Quay, Singapore 049848
Mon to Sat: 5pm – 12am
Closed on Sun
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4. The House Bar

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Credit – The House Bar

Sister bar of Taiga Dining is The House Bar. Nestled in a discreet corner on the ground floor of Regent Singapore, its entrance is subtly concealed. Once you enter the boutique lounge, you’ll be greeted with a contemporary space designed for intimate gatherings and quiet solitude alike. 

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Indulge in their Rum Daisy (S$24)— a refreshing rum-based cocktail with raspberries, lime, and sugar or if you’re looking for something stronger, get the Bronx (S$24)— a cocktail with Tanqueray Ten, Kumquats, Cocchi dry, and Cocchi Classico. 

Besides, they have a wide range of craft cocktails, ranging from the usuals to a premium selection. Trust me when I say there’s something for everyone. 

The House Bar - Food dish
The House Bar - Food dish

However, don’t leave without getting a bite! Prepared in the establishment’s very own kitchen, sink your teeth into a sophisticated assembly of shatteringly crisp Monaka (S$28) to get a taste of the ocean. If you’re hungrier than usual, get my personal favourite, the Miyazaki Wagyu Claypot Rice (S$98)— a dish that might just bring you back to those après-ski dinners in

Japan with buttery melt-in-your-mouth beef mixed with subtly peppery rice. A dish to die for. 

1 Cuscaden Road, Regent Singapore, #01-02, Singapore 249715
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm – 11pm
Closed on Sun
+65 8031 2697
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5. Nemesis

Nemesis Entrance
Nemesis Entrance

Take a walk on the wild side with Nemesis. Located at Duxton Hill, this quaint gem is surrounded by commissioned artworks by Feral Sg and is definitely something to talk about. Especially if you’re a lover of all things quirky. 

Nemesis Manly Glass
Nemesis Manly Glass

Start off with cocktails from the Nolo Aperitivo portion of the menu, and you’ll also notice that the majority of stuff on the menu has a little bit of Spanish influence and is created in a versatile manner where one can have their vegetables and fruits the way nature intended— in cocktails. 

Go for the Sunset Drip (S$19), a cocktail best-suited for gin and sunset lovers. Alternatively, the Laso (S$19) is a drink that hits the spot (for me, that is); named after the Greek goddess of recuperation from illness, the concoction of gentiane, fennel, apple, orange, and honey with gin totally encapsulates the earthy mustiness of root herbs and the sweetness of the fruits making it taste like a refreshing medicinal remedy. 

Nemesis Lasagna 2
Nemesis Lasagna 2

Not forgetting their food! You have to try their Lasagna (S$14)— my go-to order with every visit. I mean, quite literally, if it could speak, it would’ve charmed the socks off the whole room. The dish consists of house-made bolognese sauce layered between sheets of lasagna which is then crumbed and fried. Fried lasagna? I’m sold! 

37 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089615
Mon to Sat: 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Sun
+65 8028 3697
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6. Mallow Bar

Another bar that’s worthy to mention is Mallow Bar— a conscious, plant-forward pocket bar. Named after an edible plant that sprouts in abundance across Denmark, Mallow is touted as a fun reimagination of Janice Wong’s pocket bar, 50Fifty. Brace yourself for a series of curious cocktails with fleshed out flavours and contemporary plant-focused small plates— best enjoyed together as a pairing degustation menu, housed in an intimate 35-seater horseshoe bar. 

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Mallow - cocktail

I got “The Taste of Mallow” menu which consists of four snacks and two desserts, paired with four cocktails at S$135 per pax

Cocktails like the King Mushroom— yes, a king mushroom-infused cocktail— and Off to the Races— a feta rum and watermelon flavoured cocktail— stole the show for me. Alternatively, all cocktails are priced at S$25 (à la carte)

Mallow - food
Mallow - food

A conscious effort was made to avoid all meat, seafood, and dairy in designing the menu. Hence, the food here is completely vegan. Have the Sourdough and Pesto (S$14)— custom mini sourdough buns commissioned from homegrown bakery, Mother Dough, accompanied with an incredibly tasty portion of creamy pesto made of toasted pine nuts and pumpkin seeds, seasoned with shio koji and garlic. The creamy pesto is unlike any other I’ve tried before, and hits all the right spots. 

Mallow - ice cream
Mallow - ice cream

Special mention goes out to the innovative Kinda like a Magnum (S$10)— essentially an ice cream made of coconut cream that folds freshly juiced lemongrass and fennel before churning into the individual moulds— made with a whole thin coat of miso caramel and a snip of herbs grown in their own terrace garden. A refreshing dessert that can’t be missed! 

1 Nanson Road, InterContinental Singapore, Robertson Quay, #02-07B, Singapore 238909
Wed to Sun: 4pm – 10.30pm
Closed on Mon & Tue
+65 8399 0679
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7. The Store

The Store - interior
Cocktail – The Store

The Store is touted as “your friendly neighbourhood hangout” which, granted, you may have passed several times considering its unassuming location. Tailored to give a Baader-Meinhof experience, enter the teal door and be greeted with a lounge that’s furnished almost like a living room, coupled with little tables and cushioned chairs. Step into the main dining area where high tables and stools surround the bar. 

The Store - cocktail
Cocktail – The Store

Have a go at the Coffee Kombucha Espresso Martini (S$22), the intense Notanegroni (S$24), Bloody Mary-style Timotini (S$22), and more! It’s safe to say that The Store’s rendition of the classic Negroni, Notanegroni, is high on the list of best Negronis in town. 

Special shoutout to the bartenders here who make every visit (I’ve been here twice) one to remember. They not only put on a show while creating your cocktails, but also take you through the ingredients that go into your drink. It’s all about interaction, if you ask me!

11 Neil Road, Singapore 088809
Tue to Sat: 4pm – 12am
Closed on Sun & Mon
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8. Smoke & Mirrors

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best cocktail bar singapore smokeandmirrors-interior

Located on the sixth floor of the National Art Gallery, the multi-award winner, Smoke & Mirrors, overlooks Marina Bay Sands. It is largely al fresco, with an indoor seating area that is perfect for lounging on their couches.

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cocktails-smokeandmirrors-tigerdaisy

The Tiger Blood Daisy (S$20) is an El Diablo with absinthe, and of course tiger daisy with passionfruit and ginger ale. There is tequila, and no, there’s no bad memories attached to this one— I’m definitely onto it. The Papaya Daiquiri (S$20) is a must-try as well, you’ll never look at papaya the same way again.

Smoke & Mirrors will be the perfect bar to lounge over pre-lunch, tea time or anytime. Boasting a strikingly beautiful view, artisanal cocktails, and early opening hours of 12noon, what’s stopping you?

1 Saint Andrew’s Road, National Gallery, #06-01, Singapore 178957
Mon to Wed: 6pm – 12am
Thu to Sat: 6pm – 1am
Sun: 5pm – 11pm
Closed on Sun & Mon
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9. The Gibson

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best cocktail bar singapore cocktails-gibson-interior

Another love child from the good people at Jigger and Pony is The Gibson. A vintage-style cocktail bar that is eclectic yet rustic all at once.

Located above The Flagship, a traditional American dive bar, The Gibson boasts a mixture of stained glass windows backing rows of magnificent fine spirits, including the likes of Yamazaki, and many more.

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cocktails-gibson-ramos

The Gibson continuously surprises with their cocktail pairing with fresh seafood, and their bartenders aren’t shy in concocting creative cocktails. 

The signature Gibson (S$23++) cocktail, reinvents the classic martini and elevates it to the next level by combining two gins and serving it with unconventional condiments. Intriguing and exciting, Gibson is a bar to hop to if your friends and you are in for something enthralling.

20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Second Level, Singapore 089834
Mon, Wed to Sun: 6pm – 12am
Closed on Tue
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10. Sol Singapore

Sol - cocktail
Sol - cocktail

Located in the heart of Tanjong Pagar is Sol Singapore, a vibrant dining destination inspired by the tastes of Asia. Think good drinks and good vibes. 

Sol - cocktail
Sol - cocktail

Over here, expect to find specially curated cocktails infused with Asian herbs and fruits. Truly encapsulating the Western-Asian influence of the bar. One can see how much thought was put into their cocktails whether it’s served in an oriental teapot or metallic mug with the sheen of rainbows— the flavours are well-balanced and authentic. 

However, food-wise, they were sub-par at most. With too much going on with a couple of their dishes, I’d recommend you to head over with a full tummy and indulge in their quirky, IG-worthy cocktails. 

78 Neil Road, Singapore 088841
Mon & Tue: 5pm – 11pm
Wed to Sat: 5pm – 12am
Closed on Sun
+65 8764 7765
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11. Jigger & Pony

Jigger & Pony - cocktail

Oh hello there, Jigger & Pony. With great names like Sugarhall, Humpback, The Gibson and The Flagship as family members, we know for sure that they will deliver.

What to expect? Classic 19th-century cocktails made with artisanal craftsmanship and precision will have you coming back for more. Try out its comprehensive list of unique cocktails like the Airmail; or go for the punch bowl named Pony Sangria, because, ponies.

Dapper is what the bar is all about, complete with a stellar team!

165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Amara Hotel, Singapore 088539
Tue to Sun: 6pm – 12am
Closed on Mon
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12. Spiffy Dapper

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cocktails-spiffy-dapper-interior2

Spiffy Dapper is definitely one inconspicuous bar, hiding amid shophouses and labelled as ‘Dapper Coffee’, which sounds more like a cafe. A neat looking and almost pharmaceutical-like bar with in-house infused liquor resting on wooden shelves in clear beakers.

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cocktails-spiffy-dapper-beetroot-gin-sour

The Beetroot Gin Sour is much earthier and offers more complexity in flavours. It looked just as aesthetically pleasing as it tasted. The warm red colour of the drink is contrasted by the foam from shaking, topped with beautiful rose petals that adds an extra aroma to the drink.

If you think that this drink is too lady-like, there are stronger drinks like the Negroni that is made with Mezcal, and many more choices that will make it such a hard process to choose.

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cocktails-spiffy-dapper-interior

Spiffy Dapper is open all year round, so grab your team and head on over for a smashing good time. Cocktails range from S$22 to S$26 and I’m pretty sure the folks there will take good care of you like how they have with me, godspeed.

73A Amoy Street, Second Floor, Singapore 069892
Daily: 5pm – 12am
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13. Tippling Club

One of the first few restaurants that offer up molecular gastronomy in Singapore is the immaculate Tippling Club. Once situated at Dempsey, it has now relocated to Duxton, a hip and chic belt that showcases a myriad of crazy good restaurants.

The thing is, don’t just brush Tippling Club off as just a restaurant. Sure their food is amazing since we are talking about Ryan Clift here, but have you tried their bar? Because it is as kick-ass as their food.

Choose from a wide range of cocktails that have different taste profiles such as the Lust (S$24++), which was fruity and faintly aromatic. There’s something for everyone!

38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461
Mon & Tue, Thu to Sat: 12pm – 12am
Closed on Wed & Sun
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14. Revival

Revival - interior
Credit – Revival

Elevated artsy cocktails in the heart of Robertson Quay? Yes, please! Founded by The Compound Collective, Revival is a cocktail bar that pays homage to different art movements through art-inspired cocktails. Think Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Frescoes.

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Credit – Revival

Their artistic cocktails menu also features 16 house drinks with each concoction centred around an iconic artwork of its time.

Keep a lookout for cocktails like the Pathway in Monet’s Garden— a harmonious medley of Beefeater and Hendricks gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, honeysuckle, jasmine, lemon, and egg white. Or the Portrait of Pablo Picasso—a blend of Beefeater Gin, Campari, fernet, Suze liqueur, sweet vermouth, neroli & cassia.

205 River Valley Road, #01-76, Singapore 238274
Tue to Sat: 5pm – 12am
Sun: 4pm – 10.30pm

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15. Anti:Dote

Antidote interior
Antidote interior

Oh Anti:Dote, do we even need to further explain how amazing this bar is? Anti:Dote continuously inspires and concocts cocktails that are so detailed in flavour. 

The interior of Anti:dote is modern, chic and comfortable. There are several different seating areas to choose from depending on your mood — you can sink into a plush velvet sofa after a hard day at work, or prop up a high table if you’re feeling slightly more energetic.

best cocktail bars singapore antidote
best cocktail bars singapore antidote

Definitely not your run of the mill hotel bar, Anti:Dote serves up old classics and reinventions that will definitely blow you away. I still am not sure why I am elaborating on Anti:Dote when it’s clearly evident that this bar is phenomenal and will continue to excite your palates. So head on down, spend some money and get transported to another world.

80 Bras Basah Rd, Fairmont, Level 1, Singapore 189560
Daily: 12pm to 12am
+65 6431 5315
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