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Singapore’s Best Cocktail Bars

  1. Michael Filippone
  2. Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Singapore Best Cocktail

Credit: Photo courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board

Singapore’s Best Cocktail Bars

Sizzling Singapore sets a high bar for clever cocktail dens, from lavish roof top oases to tiny atmospheric outposts and hip chill-out lounges. The city’s magnificent mixologists whip up some amazing concoctions from the ubiquitous Singapore Sling to vastly varied martinis and intriguing absinthe creations.

If you’re seeking jaw-dropping views along with your cool cocktails, Singapore offers a wealth of glittery hangouts high among the stars. New Asia Bar tops the Swissotel Stamford, offering tantalizing tipples, sultry tunes and views stretching to Indonesia for a dressy crowd of young professionals and tourists. Check out amazing views of Singapore harbor from the Straits Bar, perched atop the Tower Club, or sip fresh fruit martinis while enjoying Marina Bay vistas from inside your own glass encased “ice cube” at ultra-cool Orgo. Sprawling across the SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Ku Dé Ta boasts a stunning glass-enclosed rooftop bar surrounded by lots of glitter and sprawling sunset panoramas.

Savor a classic libation in one of sultry Singapore’s many historic cocktail haunts. European-style No. 5 Bar is nestled in a 1910 Peranakan shophouse in peaceful Emerald Hill, offering a dark and dreamy taste of old-world Singapore and a host of fantastic frozen margaritas. Regal Post Bar holds court in the former General Post Office, and offers bountiful classic martinis and fruity cocktails sipped to jazzy notes from its trendy Music Room. Those seeking the elegance of days gone by will enjoy a classic Singapore Sling at the iconic cocktail’s birthplace, the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, where lush plantation-style surroundings make you feel like colonial royalty.

Specialty cocktail bars abound, whether your tastes run to martinis, absinthe or fanciful tropical concoctions. Martini-lovers will ascend to cocktail heaven at the Grand Hyatt Martini Bar, where the menu overflows with over 30 selections of this popular libation from around the globe. Absinthe Artisan offers up a an astounding selection of the green fairy spirit, while the mixologists of La Maison du Whiskey offer brilliant twists on classic whiskey mixes. Beach-lovers, sip something tall and fruity, wiggle your toes in the sand or pop into the pool at Café del Mar, sister to Ibiza’s party paradise.

For just plain chilling out with an icy libation and some tantalizing tunes, check out hip hotspots from bohemian Loof to atmospheric Alley Bar. Tucked down in the basement of the Singapore Marriott Hotel, Bar None is beloved by locals, expats and tourists alike for its laid-back vibe, great drinks, friendly crowd and super live bands. Breezy, chill and known for lively music shows and attentive staff, two-storey Wala Wala Bar serves beer, wine and Singapore Slings in Holland Village.

Looking for over-the top chic? Head to Introbar at Raffles Plaza complex or the Swissotel Stamford, where superb selections of whiskey, martinis and creative cocktails are served in sumptuous surroundings. Leathers, silks and trendy timber furnishings adorn stylish Balaclava, while sultry Lantern is flanked by a stunning mosaic pool.

Singapore Best Cocktail.

Michael Filippone

About the Author: Michael Filippone

Michael Filippone has traveled throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. Each year he travels several hundred thousand miles. He regularly visits Singapore for business and has a great love of the Orient.

His favorite things are morning runs in big cities and getting lost. He has a great passion for all things that are water-sport related: paddle surfing, surfing, free diving, fishing, rowing… Here you will find his musings on everything from where to go get lost on a jungle adventure to a road-trip in Thailand to a romantic cruise weaving through the Indonesian archipelago. Here too are hand-selected articles penned for him by writers he likes on the best places to go from Singapore. As well as being one of the key drivers behind setting up, he runs and part-owns – a travel site on all things happening in the wider region. Michael is known to be fond of skipping rope and other than the odd beer, his preferred beverage is coconut water. He loves to fish and play volleyball with his children. He trained as an Olympic rower and loves to see his children find their way in sports and life.

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