5 Hot New Bars in Singapore

Singapore Hot New Bars

Feverishly sprouting up around the island are cocktails bars dotting the nightlife scene. But what’s hot and what’s not? Thanks to 28 Hong Kong Street (who have done Singapore proud) by bagging the #10 position in World’s 50 Best Bars 2013, new entry bars now have a new benchmark.

Here’s our pick of five hot new bars in Singapore that up the ante.

Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall


Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall


A cozy alcove hidden atop level two of an old shophouse, one might easily mistake the storefront board as a real cold drinks stall—the kind you find at a hawker. Traipse up to the bar on level two and you will be greeted by ‘Ah Sam’ himself. Formerly of Jigger & Pony, owner-bartender Samuel Wong helms the bar with a menu driven by classics such as Old Fashioned, Sidecar, and Old Pal (all S$20).

While we enjoy the classic ode cocktail, Wong’s creative concoctions like Milo Whiskey (Redemption Rye Whiskey infused with old school Milo nuggets; S$22) will bring back nostalgic memories while Beaded Slippers (S$22) of El Rob Prohibido rum, fragrant pandan, coconut cream and a reduction of gula melaka will push boundaries to win over one’s heart.

60A Boat Quay
Tel: +65 6535 0838
Mon to Thu: 6pm – 12am
Fri to Sat 6pm – 3am
Nearest Station: Raffles Place

House of Dandy


House of Dandy


Resurrecting the roaring twenties with spot-on art deco and killer drinks, House of Dandy exudes a Gatsby-esque feel that envelopes you the minute you waltz through the navy blue French doors emblazed with cubic designs in matt gold. Fashioned after “old gentlemen’s clubs at the turn of the century”, this 60-seater bar embodies an 1800s concept of aristocratic hedonism—temple to dandies and dandizettes.

Award-winning mixologist (and founder of Bartistry) Zac Mirza has over 20 years of experience under his belt, and it’s evident in his drinks. A cocktail that boasts his expertise, the Dandy Threesome (S$22) is a smooth blend of three main ingredients (hence its name): Artenum blanco tequila, Cointreau and kaffir lime topped with caramelized ginger and a touch of egg white for a creamier; full-bodied flavor. For those who love the classics, Mizar sure makes a mean Whiskey Sour (S$18).

74 Tras Street
Mon to Sat: 5pm – 12am
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

Jekyll & Hyde


Jekyll & Hyde


Named after the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll & Hyde showcases an apt ‘split-personality’ with second outlet of nail parlor Manicurious (in a private corner of the front half of the space) and a 30-seater mixology bar headed by Jeff Ho, formerly of Bar Stories. A honcho at bespoke tipples, Ho leaves ups the ante with concoctions like Strawberry Manhattan (S$25) with a base of Rittenhouse straight rye whiskey for that dry and earthy mouthfeel, mixed into strawberry crème de fraise, angostura bitters and a zest of orange for a bittersweet aftertaste, with hints of strawberries.

If you fancy something a little stronger, we reckon the Tequila Old Fashioned (S$25) should do the trick. Reposado tequila, chocolate bitters, angostura bitters and a pinch of orange zest makes for the perfect post-work tipple. Allow the ice to melt for more complex flavors to blossom from this smooth and oaky tequila concoction. Bespoke cocktails are also available on request and start from S$18.

49 Tras Street
Tel: +65 6222 3349
Mon to Thu: 6pm – 12am
Fri to Sat: 6pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar

The Beast


The Beast


Bourbon aficionados will rejoice at the establishment of Singapore’s first and only bourbon bar, The Beast, replete with over 30 kinds of bourbon whiskey. In addition to bourbon tapped from imported oak barrels and homemade liqueurs like their own version of Southern Comfort used in the house cocktails, this three-storey bar also boasts a barrel-aging program where classic cocktails such as the Manhatten and Negroni are barrel-aged for four to six weeks.

And if that is not reason enough to hole one up in this industrialized barn of a den, rare pre-prohibition labels also line the shelves—think Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12 Years (S$14), Old Grand-dad Bourbon (S$13) and our personal favorite, Willet Single Barrel (S$15) with a complex layering of wheat and rye with finishing notes of malted caramel. If straight up isn’t your style, opt for house cocktails like Mama June’s Sweet Tea (S$18)—a sweet and metallic cocktail of Luxardo Albicocca apricot brandy, fine sugar, mint leaves and the house-made Southern Comfort.

17 Jalan Klapa
Tel: +65 6295 0017
Mon to Thu: 5pm – 1am
Fri to Sat: 5pm – 2am
Nearest Station: Bugis

The Powder Room


The Powder Room


Drawing one into the opulent world of Gatsby’s New York is The Powder Room, brought to you by Lo & Behold Group—the same crew who gave us party spots Loof and Tanjong Beach Club amongst others. Shimmy up to the mezzanine level of The Black Swan where the intimate 70-seater bar extends and be dazzled by the array of alcohol labels available. House signature cocktails (from $19) seem to be the drink of choice, with popular favorites like the Cecil Sour (S$19)—an original house blend whiskey of Monkey Shoulder blended three times with Glenfiddich 15 Years, Balvenie and Belvenie shaken with vanilla bean and egg white; a touch of angostura bitters, maple and mandarin zest, served with a piece of sea salt chocolate. Just thinking of it is making us drool.

Opened till 1am on weekdays makes this a perfect spot for post-work libations. Going in hand with the drinks are alcohol-induced munchies from the crostini and charcuterie menu (from $S14) like baked bone marrow with chili and kombu (S$18), or order up some freshly shucked oysters (from S$36 per half dozen) from the oyster bar.

2/F The Black Swan, 19 Cecil Street
Tel: +65 8181 3305
Tue to Thu: 5pm – 1am
Fri to Sat: 5pm – 2am
Nearest Station: Raffles Place


About the writer
Mandy Lynn is a former I-S Magazine nightlife writer and current editor of Nookmag; her dining and nightlife features have been published in Appetite Asia and Catalog Magazine. For on-the-go food recommendations, follow her on Instagram and Facebook, or join her on a Gourmet Adventure.