CLEO List: 8 Bars To Hit Up For Your Next Date Night
You’ve just had the most amazing dinner date in town, and maybe you’re not ready to go home just yet. Luckily for you, there are plenty of swanky bars in town where you can grab another round of drinks before calling it a night. We picked our favourite bars – with sexy lighting, exciting cocktails and shareable treats that are perfect for meeting yourTinder match for that first date or a night out with your childhood sweetheart.
No matter your choice of poison, these bars will get you in the right mood for some hooch and a little romance. Scroll through the gallery below for the full list!
Text: Michelle Ng
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Oxwell & Co.
What makes for a more unforgettable night than a city sunset view and gin cocktails? If it tickles your fancy, the botanical cocktails here are served by the teapot (yep, you read that right), with matching teacups. Completing the English teatime vibes is a refurbished London telephone booth and rustic furniture in discreet nooks. Best known for their gin cocktails, the Hendrick’s Iced Tea, $85 (yes the price tag is hefty but it serves 4!), is Oxwell & Co’s take on the classic Long Island Tea, but with breakfast tea-infused Hendrick’s Gin. Or go for a Singaporean-inspired T.G.B. (The Garden Brew), $85, a refreshing mix of Hendrick’s Gin, pandan, mint, ginger and lemon. Bites in the form of Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chips and Blueberry Eccles Cake will chase away the munchies.
5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069688
Who says bars are only for Friday nights? Amongst the Keong Saik enclave of bars lies Butcher Boy, where you can get a good ol’ hearty Sunday Roast, $40, for brunch before retiring to the casual bar at the back for chic cocktails. Try the Asian-inspired Sake Cooler, a sake cocktail mixed with cucumber juice, and Welcome To The Bay, a spicy rum concoction with tom yum, citrus, and lemongrass. It can get a little noisy at full house with upbeat music constantly streaming from the speakers, but that also means that you can
get more intimate, I mean, scoot in closer to your date to hear each other better.
31 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089138
Craving some Korean? Get your makgeolli fix at Joo Bar, the very first bar in Singapore to serve makgeolli straight from the tap. Or share a Sojurita, $28, with your oppa – a huge glass of frozen yucha, soju, Cointreau, lemon juice, and upended with an overturned bottle of Hite beer that’s guaranteed to quench your thirst. The ambitious food options are a fusion of Korean and Western flavours, with twists on classic Korean dishes like Kimchi Mac & Cheese, $16, Tofu Chips with Guacamole and Kimchi Salsa, $14, and Honey Butter Chicken, $18. Sit right up by the bar and the bartender might just teach you some Korean bar games, with soju shots for the losing team (or the real winners, as we like to say). Oh, and you won’t be subjected to hours of teenybopper K-pop tunes here – the music is all Korean R&B to the likes of G-Dragon and Zion T.
5 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188094
The Japanese-inspired watering hole is a sake heaven that dredges up memories of the neon-lined streets of Tokyo’s bars. Sake enthusiasts can look forward to a carefully-curated collection of sake from all around Japan, including obscure bottles from far-flung regions. The bar retains the busy charm of a Japanese izakaya, with a boisterous yet lively vibe that perks you right up for that after-work dinner-and-drinks date. To keep things spicy, share a Wasabi Drop, $19, a wasabi-infused vodka and sake cocktail that’s sure to turn the heat up.
1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109
Go underground, literally, with this bunker bar. Bottles of distilled spirits and infused brews line the bare concrete walls, lending a hip, industrial-chic vibe that’ll make your date feel more clandestine than it actually is. Whether you’re dropping by with your long-term partner or a Bumble match, every trip to Operation Dagger is always an adventure. Free up your expectations with a selection of “Dangerous Drinking Water”, $25, where the only info you can glean from the menu is the cocktail’ ingredients but not the type of alcohol. You’d be surprised at how far your imagination can run with a description like ‘So It Wasn’t Coffee’. Don’t worry, the bartenders will be more than happy to explain your choice of drink. Or better yet, turn it into a fun game by taking guesses at the alcohol in your drink!
7 Ann Siang Hill, #B1-01, Singapore 069791
Classy and beer are two words not usually found in the same sentence, but LeVel33 takes the boozy beverage to new heights with the world’s highest urban microbrewery on the 33rd level of the Marina Bay Financial Centre. Savour a pint with your date at the Terrace for an unbridled view of Singapore’s iconic skyline, or treat yourselves to a gourmet meal inspired by the wheaty drink at the LeVel33 Dining Room. Even the sourdough loaves and mantous all have that rich, nutty flavor reminiscent of beer. Speaking of beer, don’t leave without trying the Brut Beer, $17.33 – an easy-breezy mellow beer that is perfect to counter Singapore’s sweltering heat.
8, #33-01 Marina Blvd, Tower 1 Marina Bay Financial Centre, 018981
Most think of Mediterranean cuisine and coastal drinks when Miss Fitz is mentioned, but only a lucky few make it into Roxy, a retro Latin American bar at the back dedicated to agave spirits and rum. Making friends with the bartender is a sure way to score entry to one of CBD’s best-kept speakeasies for a tipsy rendezvous. After all, nothing creates bonds faster than sharing secrets. It also helps that most tables in Roxy are set up for two, allowing you to devote all your attention to your partner!
6 Marina Blvd, #01-17 The Sail @ Marina Bay, Singapore 018985
The quintessential rooftop bar in Raffles Place, Loof is instantly recognizable from the neon chinese characters lighting up the bar that is drilled into the head of every Singaporean kid who went through a local primary school. The entire bar screams nostalgic whimsy, from The Mama Shop entrance, to the Southeast Asian-inspired cocktails and bar bites, and even down to the name Loof, a tongue-in-cheek reference to local diction. Get drunk on milo and kaya cocktails, $20, as you reminisce about the good and the bad childhood times together.
331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720