Whether you're looking to switch up your drinking routine, loosen up with your mates after work, or after a perfect date night spot, we've got the top 10 cocktail bars in Singapore right here.
Jigger & Pony
This intimate James Bond-ish bar has leapt over 30 spots to clinch the top 10 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 list, and we're not surprised. Here's what you can expect: plush velvety interiors, wooden doors, little nooks and elegant enclaves, plus pocket-friendly tipples — think French and Italian pear brandies with jasmine orris liqueur, or a seamless pairing of Kentucky bourbon and barley-based shochu.
Offering up customised cocktails and rare whiskies, D.Bespoke beckons guests with their Ginza-style bar seats lining a bar that stretches out endlessly from one end of the room to the other and comfy sepia-hued leather sofas. The impeccably-dressed bartenders are led by Daiki Kanetaka, a bartender who believes that cocktails should be as perfectly tailored to a customer as a suit–he will even insist on making on your first drink.
The first international outpost of New York’s most popular cocktail bar, Employees Only offers cocktail aficionados the same experience – from the retro décor, the white jacketed bartenders to the fortune teller at the entrance, and the bar's trademark fast-paced free pouring cocktails. Be sure to try out their Eo Gimlet cocktail while bopping along to their “International Zoo Mix” music.
Sister to famed craft cocktail bar Jigger & Pony, Gibson–named after the classier onion-pickled martini–offers a menu of inventive and well-balanced Asian-inspired concoctions such as the sugarcane daiquiri, the guava highball, and the City of Stars, a zesty combo of starfruit and gin. Or, go for the namesake Gibson, created with homemade Ginjo sake-vermouth. Either way, you won't be disappointed!
The Other Room
Prohibition-era inspired in decor, cocktails and spirit, The Other Room at Marriott Tang Plaza is helmed by multi award-winning master bartender Dario Knox who takes it upon himself to personally age and cask each liquor – rum, whisky, moonshine and more. Each drink in the extensive menu will also be accompanied by its history, ingredients, strength and flavour profile, so you'll get to pick your poison carefully.
Run by a wife-and-husband team, Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore offers modern Asian tapas and nine artisanal cocktails made with premium spirits, housemade aromatic bitters and liqueurs, and fresh herbs from the hotel's rooftop garden. The refreshing Rabbit Hole is a crowd favourite—carrot juice spiked with Hendricks’ Gin, white vermouth, and elderflower liqueur.
Martini Bar at Mezza9
Sink back on plush sofas and kick back with a fine martini at...well, the Martini Bar. This glass-encased cocktail joint at mezza9 in Grand Hyatt Singapore offers over 50 martini concoctions – and there's definitely something for everyone. The signature lychee martini is a refreshing option for weary office workers looking to unwind; those with a sweet tooth will love the gummy bear martini.