Singapore is a thriving cultural melting pot with a vibrant, dynamic bar scene that perfectly reflects the mix of colonial, Chinese, Malay and Tamil influences that have shaped this city-state. It’s also one of the most technologically advanced cities on earth, with soaring skyscrapers and sleek modern architecture sitting beside ancient temples and relics of Singapore’s past. The bars in Singapore perfectly reflect the city’s contradictions, with gleaming rooftop bars, traditional drinking dens, and craft cocktail hotspots all contributing to one of Asia’s most diverse and dynamic drinking scenes.
If you’re looking for Art Deco opulence that instantly transports you back to the roaring 20s, then both the Divine Wine Bar and Atlas should be high on your list of Singapore bars, with each boasting shimmering interiors that will quite literally take your breath away. Then, fast forward to the present by ascending one of Singapore’s multitude of skyscrapers for stunning views across the city and a cool, refreshing, drink; Level 33 (which overlooks the pristine Marina Bay) has a cocktails list to match the view, as well as the world’s highest microbrewery. To truly experience cocktail history, head to the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel, the birthplace of the now-iconic Singapore sling. Venues like Native will give you a crash course in South East Asian spirits, while the unassuming exterior of Operation Dagger hides a hotbed of craft cocktail creativity.
Finally, there’s Junior, a unique Singapore bar which changes its theme every six months to keep delighting its army of fans and which always offers an effortlessly evocative cocktail experience.