Let's Go Paktor: 10 Whimsical Bars In Singapore For The Perfect First Date

Neon Drew & Diane Lam
·6-min read
PHOTOS: SOUTHBRIDGE, DRUNKEN FARMER
PHOTOS: SOUTHBRIDGE, DRUNKEN FARMER
PHOTOS: SOUTHBRIDGE, DRUNKEN FARMER

Location is hardly the be all and end all when it comes to dictating how a date would go but a well-picked venue can set you off on the right foot to spark earnest conversations, sparks and dare we say, a love connection?

Choosing the perfect locale that pivots on aesthetic charm and dreamy atmosphere can be anxiety-inducing, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’re 9 whimsical bars in Singapore so idyllic it could’ve even automatically scored you a second date.

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1. Atlas Bar

Named one of the greatest places in the world by Time magazine, Atlas bar is as close as we can get to relive the unapologetic opulence synonymous with the golden age of Hollywood. Pulling out all stops to provide patrons with the full Great Gatsby experience, guests are known to reserve a month in advance to secure the best seats in the house.

The centrepiece - a gold-gilded three-storey display showcasing 1,011 gin varieties- is a sight to marvel, but this gin bar also serves up a lengthy assemblage of wines. So don’t sweat it if you didn’t manage to figure his poison of choice when you were stalking researching his IG.

600 North Bridge Rd, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778
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2. Mr Stork

Getting its namesake from the luck often associated with storks, leave the bustling city behind as you elevate to level 39 of Andaz Singapore, where Mr Stork peacefully resides. For the power couple, wind down after work as you take in the unadulterated views of the skylines during sunset or seek refuge in the teepee huts for some first date HTHT.

Need some liquid courage to break the ice? Mr Stork’s cocktail menu reads well, taking inspiration from the garden theme the bar adopts. The Rhubarb($20) for instance shakes rhubarb strawberry, lemon with a potent splash of bubbly and vodka.

5 Fraser Street Level 39, Andaz, 189354
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3. Drunken Farmer

Drunken Farmer, a pop-up natural wine bar owned by Spa Esprit Group, has opened its first brick-and-mortar bistro and bar on Stanley Street. With over 80 labels of natural wines available for retail, and a menu centered around naturally leavened sourdough, a night here will take you straight to the vineyards of western Europe.

11 Stanley Street, Singapore 068730
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4. Open Farm Community

Ardent foodies with a penchant for food good for the soul yet doesn’t compromise on taste, Open Farm Community echoes that sentiment through its farm-to-table dining concept.

The menu resonates the resto’s creative innovations, the kitchen helmed by French chef Benjamin Darnaud, whose credentials include being the protégé of Michel Bras - a three-starred Michelin chef for the uninitiated.

The Kaffir Colada($18) is one of their inventive creations, modifying the festive pina colada with kaffir lime leaf and champagne to create an aromatic spiced liqueur.

130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819
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6. Studio 1939 @ Potato Head Folk

Hidden in plain sight on Potato Head Folk’s third level is Studio 1939, a swanky bar that oozes eccentric glamour. Antique chesterfields, vintage rattan armchairs and a half-moon marble bar make up the interior of the cocktail lounge, with ambient lighting to give this space a sense of cosy intimacy.

The bar offers a wide variety of liquor but the real pull is inherently the bespoke cocktails. Consider Chendol #36($21) from the Local Treasures menu as an ode to the true blue Singaporean - pandan infused bourbon and coconut milk mixed with aromatic bitters, finished with a splash of gula melaka for good measure.

Potato Head Folk, 36 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089143
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7. Piedra Negra

You’ll need to tear away all preconceived notions of what whimsicality might entail to fully indulge in the fantastical ethos Piedra Negra radiates. Located along Beach Road’s hippy enclave, it’s hard to miss the joint’s colourful Cinco de Mayo-meets-Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel facade.

The decidedly Mexican menu goes easy on the wallet, boasting an array of tapas ideal for not-so-accidental accidental skinship when reaching for another chip for dip.

241 Beach Rd, Singapore 189753
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8. Oxwell & Co

Nestled on top of Ann Siang Hill, Oxwell and Co is the place to be for a quintessentially British tipple. With rustic furniture to accentuate the laid back ambience, the Anglo-inspired rooftop bar comes complete with a classic telephone booth for those who need an extra umph of posh.

The British are known for their bottomless thirst for tea and the folks at Oxwell and Co haven’t forgotten their roots. Served in a teapot, Brew on the Roof($85, serves 4) pays homage to teatime culture with earl grey-infused gin amalgamated with citrus bitters and herbs.

But unlike real tea, you can do away the 5-minute steep and serve right away.

5 Ann Siang Road, 069688
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9. The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar

Dining at any Michelin-starred restaurant isn’t gonna be a cheap affair-not least to mention but this one has THREE- but you already know that. Grubbing at The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar comes with a heftier price tag, the bar however, is perfect for post-dinner soiree without breaking bank.

Equipped with a steady arsenal of alcohol from cocktails to wines of all shades, we suggest you practice pronouncing the most complex-sounding item on the menu like sweet wine Château Roumieu Haut-Placey Sémillon Sauv. Blanc 2015, Sauternes($18) and let it roll off your tongue when ordering to knock your date’s socks off. That’s a #protip.

17D Dempsey Road, 249676
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10. Southbridge

Talk about a picture-perfect view. Located on the rooftop of a heritage shophouse in Boat Quay, this gin and oyster bar packs major feels (and tipple!). From now until 12 June, Southbridge will feature a curated "Gin Around The World" series, starting with Australia's Four Pillars Navy Strength cocktails, mixed by bartender Peter Chua from Junior the Pocket Bar. Don't forget to ask for an oyster pairing for you and your date!

80 Boat Quay, Level 5, Rooftop 049868
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