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Singapore’s Top Bars and Pubs

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

Singapore Top Bars and Pubs

Image Courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board

Singapore’s Top Bars and Pubs

Not just about high-heeled glitz and glamour, Singapore also boasts a growing throng of chummy, casual hangouts where you can enjoy anything from a draft Guinness to some interesting bar dancing. Among Singapore’s top bars and pubs are chic little wine bars, jolly Irish pubs, boisterous microbreweries and funky blues joints.

Pubs abound in this expat mecca. First Irish pub in the city, Molly Malone’s was actually designed and built in the Emerald Isle and shipped over to its current home in Singapore, where it’s been a chummy spot for watching rugby matches since 1995. With a cool location in the Orchard Hotel shopping arcade, Muddy Murphy’s has a cozy Irish cottage vibe and a reputation for unbridled merry-making, while the Dubliner is housed in a restored colonial building and boasts pretty tiled floors, alfresco seating and a matchless selection of great beers.

For those who prefer a hint of history with their brew, Singapore’s bars and pubs have some atmospheric offerings. Swathed in the charm of Victorian London, Penny Black Bar sailed over from England to its fine riverfront location at Raffles Place and features cozy upstairs/downstairs bars. Dating back to 1896, Raffles Bar and Billiards exudes the chummy vibe of an elegant gentlemen’s club and welcomes guests to try out the historic billiards table, chill to some fine jazz or sip champagne and cognac while savoring imported chocolates and cigars.

Wine bars are finding a nice little niche in the city, offering fine boutique vintages and an eclectic vibe. Tiny Beaujolais sits snug in a little hillside shophouse with two outdoor tables, two levels of indoor seating and a nice selection of reasonably priced wines. Featuring up to 100 labels and an artsy ambience, boho Que Pasa is centrally located in Peranakan Place and also offers tapas, cigars and board games. Tucked away in the basement of the Grand Hyatt Regency, Brix is a snazzy little wine and whiskey bar notable for its great house band and intriguing guest performers.

Microreweries are growing in popularity, and Brewerkz is one of the finest, offering some of the best brews in Singapore along with outdoor riverfront seating and cool industrial chic interiors loaded with copper pipes and brewing kettles. For a bit of a wilder vibe, check out Ice Cold Beer, rowdily occupying a refurbished 1910 shophouse on Emerald Hill and boasting some 50 types of beer served from custom-made ice tanks. Classic bar amusements are offered, including darts, pool and lots of loud classic rock.

Blues, rock, indie tunes and bar dancers lure pub hoppers to the likes of whimsically furnished Home Club and hip musical hangouts The Crazy Elephant and Harry’s Bar. Actor’s Bar lets customers step up the mike to showcase their own jamming talents on a supply of congas, drums and guitars, while CU Bar channels the film Coyote Ugly with some wild bar top dancing .

Singapore Top Bars and Pubs.

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 Singapore.com, he runs and part-owns Asia.com – 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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