Out of all the things to do in Singapore, the best is arguably to relax and unwind with your favourite people, ideally in a stylish setting over good food and drinks.
There are eight newly opened or revamped bars in Singapore with romantic lighting and intimate spaces - perfect for date nights with your significant other or catch-up sessions with your BFFs.
Keep reading to check them out!
#1 Levant: Mediterranean-Inspired Rooftop Bar
Perched on a conservation shophouse in Tanjong Pagar, Levant is a stylish open-air rooftop bar with Mediterranean influences like its name implies. The bar has a mix of Greek vibes and club-type music with a quaint view of the surrounding shophouses.
On the menu are Mediterranean-inspired mezze plates for sharing like Smoked Duck & Truffle Samosas with Mango Amba Sauce ($18) and Wagyu Cholent with Pickled Chilli, Garlic Confit and Warm Pita ($24).
The region is also the inspiration behind the bar's sleek cocktails. Bring back memories (or fantasies) of Mezizim beach at Tel Aviv as you sip on the Pomona Potion ($18) - genever with hints of sour kumquat, pear vincotto and ginger. Or take a trip to Greece while having the tequila + grapefruit & mandarin cocktail, Sea of Citrus ($22), in hand.
#2 TANOKE: Edo Period-esque Bar
A portmanteau of Taberu - to Eat, Nomu - to Drink, and Saké, the dining experience at TANOKE celebrates all three aspects in an intimate setting.
The lush teal walls are embellished with warm accents of metal and wood for a contemporary yet cosy and romantic ambience. Lining the dining hall walls are paintings by local artist Joey Soh from Artists Caravan.
The restaurant serves modern Japanese gastronomic delicacies made in the culinary traditions of the Edo period.
Sake lovers will revel in the extensive selection at TANOKE. Sourced from different prefectures in Japan, over 40 premium artisanal sakes are served in carafe ($14 -$55) or bottle ($98 - $748) for sharing. They also have a range of Japanese whiskey, gin and cocktails.
During lunchtime, TANOKE serves affordable set meals ($28/$48) which includes miso soup, salad and Japanese ice cream. If you're having dinner, you can choose from two tasting menus for 2-3pax ($158++) and 3-4 pax ($288++). For those who prefer brunch-type dishes, go for their Sunday brunch which includes items like Sandos ($24 -$72) and Kaarage & Pancakes ($28), a Japanese version of the American chicken & waffles dish.
Address: 7 Purvis Street Level 2, Singapore 188586
Opening hours: Tues to Fri: lunch 11.30am - 2pm, happy hour 5 - 6.30pm, dinner 6 - 10.30pm; Sat & PH:6 - 10.30pm; Sunday: brunch 11.30am - 3pm, dinner 6 - 10.30pm; Closed on Mondays.
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#3 IKO: Modern Japanese Restaurant & Bar with neon lights
Named after the term "let's go" in Japanese, IKO would probably prompt enthusiastic "ikos" among you and your dining partners for their cool neon lighting and luxurious interior.
The same term also influenced the nine-metre wall mural of swirling ocean waves that form four cranes. Homegrown artist Tobyato took inspiration from IKO's visual semordnilap, OKI, which means ocean in in Japanese. Fun fact, he's the same artist who did the murals at the new stylish Shake Shack at Great World.
On the menu are a wide variety of sakes (from $39/carafe or $75-$258/bottle) and Japanese-inspired cocktails like Rice ($18), made with aromatised wine, sake and honey.
On the food menu are Robata-grilled bites like Grilled Japanese Corn ($10) with miso, lime and shio, and Somen ($29), ume-infused somen with bisque foam, torched botan ebi and ikura.
#4 Junior The Pocket Bar: Rotating Themes & Cosy Vibes
Previously located at Tanjong Pagar, Junior The Pocket Bar moved to a bigger located at Ann Siang Hill late last year with a brand new look. The bar now has 25 seats, up from 10, but with an upgraded look and the same cosiness its loved for.
The dim lighting imbues the space with a romantic reddish tint. The themed decor will change every few months to keep things fresh and the menu also changes along with it.
The bar's current theme is Peru, with cocktails ($25) such as Viceroy Martini, a dry gin with amontillado sherry and orange bitters, and Camu Camu, pineapple rum with citrus, peach and mint.
There's also a range of house-fermented drinks and bar snacks like Mala Hot Chicken Sando ($18) and Crispy Fish Skins ($7).
#5 Mademoiselle: Rooftop Bar With Clubbing Vibes
Another new rooftop bar in town is Mademoiselle, which just opened its doors in May. The spacious 3,000-square-feet venue is located on top of Oxley Tower which gives diners an impressive view that looks like this:
This bar may not be everyone's idea of a date night location, but it might appeal to those who like the clubbing experience. You know, the dim lighting, neon party lighting effects and EDM music blasting away. These are all present at Mademoiselle, plus some suspended blinking balls.
On the menu are a large variety of cocktails ($16 - $48), wines ($58/bottle), whiskeys ($148 - $258/bottle) and more. Food wise, the bar offers Asian-fusion dishes including Lobster Risotto ($38), Nasi Lemak Burger ($18) and GOMA GOMA Wings ($16/$25), chicken wings with Japanese sweet and spicy sauce.
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#6 Club 5: Glamorous Bar in a Hotel
After giving their restaurant, Ginger, a new gorgeous garden-themed look, PARKROYAL on Beach Road has also revamped Club 5 into a more glamorous bar.
It now has a regal blue and gold theme with dim lighting and art deco-style furnishings.
The cocktail menu brings diners through Kampong Glam. A nod to the lieutenant drew up the Raffles town plan, Jackson Plan Punch ($22) is a gin with elderflower, pomegranate and citrus.
Bar nibbles consist of classic local fare with a modern twist like Homemade Wagyu Satay ($15) and Chicken Kuih Pie Tee with Buah Keluak Dressing ($15).
Address: PARKROYAL on Beach Road, 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591 (Near Bugis MRT Station)
Opening hours: Tues to Sat: 11am - 10.30pm, closed on Mondays and Sundays.
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#7 Roxy: Hidden 1970's New York-Themed Bar
Hidden behind an unmarked door at the back of Miss Fitz Kitchen & Bar, Roxy has a glamorous yet worn in aesthetic reminiscent of 1970's rock & roll nightclubs in Lower East Side Manhattan.
Vintage posters, damask wallpaper and red-hued lighting creates a sultry, intimate ambience.
You might recognise iconic songs and nightclubs of the 70s on their menu. Signatures include You Don't Have To Put On That Red Light ($23), Widges Gin with St. George Bruto Americano, Rinomato Vermouth and Mancino Kopi Liqueur, as well as Love Is The Drug ($22), Tried & True Vodka with Rinomato Vermouth, Mathilde Framboise Cherry Liqueur, Fresh Lemon and Egg White.
The bar bites ($8) are fairly limited, with just three choices: Soho Pastrami, Lamb Gyro with Tzatziki and Triple Cheese Grilled Cheese. You could hop over to Miss Fitz Kitchen & Bar next door if you're craving something different.
#8 Set of Six: tropical-themed bar
This cocktail bar & restaurant at Tanjong Pagar has a gorgeous tropical-themed interior with pink feathered palm trees and a giant disco ball.
Check out our review of Set of Six bar here.
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