No matter your boozy beverage of choice, there’s no shortage of bars to get your drink on in Singapore. From classy cocktail bars to cosy craft beer joints, check out the gallery below for four standouts to hit up this weekend.
Tucked behind a velvet curtain at the back of the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Marcello is probably the classiest place to enjoy a tipple at Rob Quay. Think Art Deco-inspired decor, soothing mood lighting, and a dashing marble-topped long bar where you can watch dapper mixologists work their magic. But the main attraction is Marcello’s real-deal Italian cocktails.
All of the drinks are made with craft spirits imported from Italy, and highlights include Smoked Black Olive Negroni (gin, vermouth, bitters and smoked black olives), $22 – a spicier rendition of the classic Italian favourite – and the refreshing Milano Fizz (homemade lemon sherbet, bitters and prosecco), $19. They also serve a selection of small plates using seasonal ingredients from Italy if you’re feeling peckish. Our fave is the Truffle Arancini, $12, fried risotto balls filled with mushrooms and truffle oil. Pro-tip: Stop by for Aperitivo Hour from 7pm to 9pm on weekdays to enjoy a glass of Rosata Spritzes for just $8.
Marcello is at 1 Nanson Road.
If beer’s more your thing, head over to Nickeldime, a gastropub along Mohamed Sultan Road with an edgy, industrial feel, complete with raw concrete floors, naked light bulbs and graffiti-strewn brick walls. Whether you’ve a taste for crisp lagers or full-bodied IPAs, Nickeldime has got you covered with 16(!) craft beers on tap from all over the world, including the light and fruity Lervig Orange Velvet from Norway, and the bold and complex Black Butte Porter from USA.
Nickeldime takes its food – an international menu of atas pub grub – just as seriously. All of the dishes are prepared in-house from scratch using fresh, seasonal produce, and range from small bites to go with your beer to full-on hearty meals. We recommend the sweet-and-savoury Confit Duck Waffle – cheddar and thyme waffle served with confit duck, candied bacon and thyme maple syrup – and the super-filling Croque Madame, which comprises house-made brioche, ham slices, spiced béchamel and a fried egg.
Nickeldime is at 8 Mohamed Sultan Road.
Zui Hong Lou
Zui Long Lou is a diner and bar nestled along Club Street. The name means “Drunken Red House”, and going by its extensive drinks menu, we think it’s pretty apt. Joining the long list of beers, wines and premium spirits is a playful range of locally-inflected cocktails, including Breakfast Club (Mount Gay Eclipse, Averna-infused coffee, kaya oat milk, evaporated milk and egg yolk), $16; Kopi Gin Tonic (Bankes Gin, Espresso Cold Brew and Tonic), $15, and Nanyang Negroni (Chinese Goldthread-infused Bankes Gin, Lillet Blanc and Cinzano Bianco), $16.
Zui Hong Lou
Equally impressive is the food, comprising large and small plates of mod-Chinese fare. Highlights include the Baos, $9, stuffed with braised pork belly, deep fried shrimp paste chicken, beef rendang, deep fried dory or organic japanese yam. Pan-toasted to perfection, the baos are served in a pair with lotus chips drizzled with a house-made seasoning powder. We also dig the Grilled Kung Pao Octopus, $8, and Ma Po Tofu with Sichuan Ma Po Glaze, $7, both of which go especially well with the Yang Zhou Fried Rice, $5.
Zui Hong Lou is at 90 Club St.
When Wolfgang’s Steakhouse set up shop last October, it quickly became one of the major players in the local steak scene. And now, the upscale steakhouse has its sights on being a legit cocktail destination as well. The new drinks menu includes a slew of delicious signature cocktails, including the Wolfgang’s Sling (Bombay Sapphire, Kirschwasser, Dom Benedict, Lemon Juice and Sparkling water), $22, and Orchard Road (Bombay Sapphire, Honey, Lemon Juice), $22.
While the cocktails are priced pretty reasonably, we suggest heading down during happy hour from 3pm to 6pm, when you can get classic cocktails such as Negroni and Mojito (along with some of the signature cocktails) for just $15, and house pour spirits and beer for just a tenner. The bar food menu is diverse, but it being a steakhouse, we suggest going for the beef dishes, such as the USDA prime sirloin steak crostinis, $20, and the Classic Wolfgang Burger $22, USDA Prime Black Angus Ground Beef Patty served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, steak fries and onion rings.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is at 1 Nanson Road.