25 C
Mumbai
Saturday, January 28, 2023

Singapore’s 9 best nightlife, drinks culture coming back fast due to Formula One

Singapore's 9 best nightlife, drinks culture coming back fast due to Formula One

Formula One, with an extra-special night race, is coming to Singapore in late September and early October. Tickets have been selling out minutes after they become available, conferences are being planned around the event and the city-state is in peak anticipation mode.

Singapore is truly emerging from pandemic times now. Tourism is roaring back, and in late August, the city-state pulled back on mask mandates as it seeks to position itself as Asia’s leisure and business destination, with a slew of high-profile events lined up for the coming months.

Formula One, with an extra-special night race, is coming in late September and early October. It’s the first Singapore Grand Prix since 2019, and it promises to be huge. Tickets have been selling out minutes after they become available, conferences are being planned around the event, and the city-state is in peak anticipation mode. Raffles Hotel Singapore is fully booked during the F1 period with suite rates from $2,399 ++ per night.

- Advertisement -

Well-represented on best-bar and best-restaurant lists both in Asia and globally, local hotspots will be even more packed. Here are the 14 best bars in Singapore, picked by Bloomberg and presented in no particular order, for indulging in your new—or old—favorite drink.

Appetite

This bar, just upstairs from chef-owner Ivan Brehm’s Michelin-starred restaurant Nouri, feeds multiple senses at the same time. Not only does it offer cocktails with spirits from unique places such as Goriška Brda, Slovenia, and Jalisco, Mexico, it has art exhibitions that lend energy and excitement to the space and a listening room with hundreds of records mostly from the 1970s and ’80s. “The next few months will see Appetite grow its music program, with a residency platform aimed at lovers of all styles of music,” says Brehm. The bar even did an offsite crypto exhibition last year with displays of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and other digital artwork.

Night Markets of Singapore

Shopping is a quintessential part of any trip to Singapore and there is no better way to experience it at the peak night hours, with the bustling night markets, that not only cater to one’s shopping needs but also are easy on the pockets. Chinatown Street Market, Bugis Street Market, Tekka Centre, China Square Central Flea Market, Little India Arcade, Telok Ayer Market, Bazar Karat, 409 AMK Market and Food Centre, The Shoppe at Marina Bay Sands and Katong Square Lifestyle and Vintage Market are some popular night shopping destinations in Singapore.

From apparel to home decor, these markets are the ideal place to hunt them down. Bargaining skills can come in handy at these markets and a lot of great food also can be devoured at a whole lot of dining spots in each of these markets.

Opening hours - 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM

What to order: A plum Negroni riffs on its traditional counterpart by using a plum kernel-based distillate, for S$26 ($18.51), while the Not a Bloody Mary upends the classic restorative with Widges gin, bittersweet tamarillo, and spicy yuzu kosho for S$28.

MO Bar

Singapore's 9 best nightlife, drinks culture coming back fast due to Formula One

The Mandarin Oriental’s MO got a huge upgrade on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for 2022, winning the Highest Climber award for its surge from No. 45 to No. 8—and it’s deserved. Service is warm and impeccable. Bar manager Adrian Besa and crew make you feel at home right from the start, and the drink choices have only gotten better. The goal: Have guests “experience the rich culture and history of the Southeast Asia region through cocktails,” says Besa. The menu’s inspirations include the Pacific Ocean, Asia’s ports, and travelers moving around the region, making for a fun story as well as variety in the cocktail choices.

What to order: The Full Moon (S$26) is a crowd-pleaser featuring three-year aged rum, wheatgrass juice, and pear—and a “full moon” with a rabbit design (evocative of the moon rabbit of some cultural myths) floating on top, with multicolored hues made from edible ink around the rim. It’s a trip. For S$25, gin lovers should try the Daintree, with lemon myrtle and “paint” (a by-product of the redistillation of absinthe using MO’s Rotavap), or the Annona, with soursop and pandan.

Writers Bar

As tourists return, so are the lines at the renovated Raffles Hotel’s iconic Long Bar, home of the Singapore Sling. But if you’re in the mood for something less busy, head to the Writers Bar instead: Its classic, intimate feel is a perfect way to finish off an evening. “Guests can expect to be welcomed with luxurious appointed furnishings, lovingly curated mementos, and books, referencing the literary legacy of Raffles,” says Nicholas Alexander, the beverage manager. A large part of the menu was inspired by The Raffles Affair, a crime novel set inside the hotel, from author Vicki Virtue of the Raffles Writers Residency Programme.

What to order: The Million Dollar Cocktail—with Raffles 1915 gin, pineapple, and sweet vermouth—is thankfully only S$30. (The 1915 gin was created for the 100th anniversary of the Sling.) There’s also the Femme Fatale, with Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV Champagne, edible flowers, apple brandy, and Cocchi Rosa, and or the Cold Case, with Chalong Bay Sweet Basil Rum, apricot, orgeat, and coconut, each S$28.

Smoke & Mirrors

It’s hard to beat the view from Smoke & Mirrors, which is housed in Singapore’s National Gallery. The bar looks out on Marina Bay Sands in the distance, and with the historic Padang field in the foreground, it’s a great place to watch the MBS light show that takes place twice a night Sunday through Thursday and three times on Friday and Saturday; it’s also a prime spot for fireworks at festive events. The bar menu is a riot, unfolding like an accordion in a continuous loop from cover to cover. “It’s always fun to see our guests engage with the menu for the first time,” says assistant bar manager Mel John Chavez.

The drinks themselves include interactive and theatrical elements, too.

What to order: The Monochrome (S$25), with Naked Malt whisky, Amaro Montenegro, burnt bread cream, and egg. The Man From Manila cocktail (S$27), with Michter’s bourbon, pineapple rum, yam liqueur, jackfruit, and Lillet Blanc, is poured from a container with an image of a painting of bar supervisor Eduardo Zamora. The Magic Queen, which is served with a theatrical magic-trick performance, combines Remy Martin 1738 Cognac, Campari, Martini Vermouth Rosso, pandan, coconut oil, and saline, for S$29.

Night Markets of Singapore

Singapore's 9 best nightlife, drinks culture coming back fast due to Formula One

Shopping is a quintessential part of any trip to Singapore and there is no better way to experience it at the peak night hours, with the bustling night markets, that not only cater to one’s shopping needs but also are easy on the pockets. Chinatown Street Market, Bugis Street Market, Tekka Centre, China Square Central Flea Market, Little India Arcade, Telok Ayer Market, Bazar Karat, 409 AMK Market and Food Centre, The Shoppe at Marina Bay Sands and Katong Square Lifestyle and Vintage Market are some popular night shopping destinations in Singapore.

From apparel to home decor, these markets are the ideal place to hunt them down. Bargaining skills can come in handy at these markets and a lot of great food also can be devoured at a whole lot of dining spots in each of these markets.

Opening hours - 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Bob’s Bar

There’s a whole slew of beach resorts along the western side of Sentosa Island, Singapore’s tropical resort playground. Lo & Behold Group’s Tanjong Beach Club may be notable for family fun by day and the party crowd by night, but if you’re simply looking for great cocktails—and perhaps even a cigar or two—there’s no place better than Bob’s Bar at the Capella Hotel.

According to Executive Assistant Manager Linda Hemels, the sights, sounds, and colors of the tropical forest inform the menu, as does a pledge to sustainability. “Ingredients grown locally are the major showcase, alongside some of the world’s leading craft spirits,” she says.

What to order: Try the Keppel Cobbler, with Tried & True vodka, Chartreuse, lemon, jasmine, and cucumber, for S$22; or the S$26 Palawan Fizz with Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva and coconut rums, lime, coconut water, soda, pandan, and saline.

Smoke & Mirrors

It’s hard to beat the view from Smoke & Mirrors, which is housed in Singapore’s National Gallery. The bar looks out on Marina Bay Sands in the distance, and with the historic Padang field in the foreground, it’s a great place to watch the MBS light show that takes place twice a night Sunday through Thursday and three times on Friday and Saturday; it’s also a prime spot for fireworks at festive events. The bar menu is a riot, unfolding like an accordion in a continuous loop from cover to cover. “It’s always fun to see our guests engage with the menu for the first time,” says assistant bar manager Mel John Chavez.

The drinks themselves include interactive and theatrical elements, too.

What to order: The Monochrome (S$25), with Naked Malt whisky, Amaro Montenegro, burnt bread cream, and egg. The Man From Manila cocktail (S$27), with Michter’s bourbon, pineapple rum, yam liqueur, jackfruit, and Lillet Blanc, is poured from a container with an image of a painting of bar supervisor Eduardo Zamora. The Magic Queen, which is served with a theatrical magic-trick performance, combines Remy Martin 1738 Cognac, Campari, Martini Vermouth Rosso, pandan, coconut oil, and saline, for S$29.

Sentosa Beach Bars

Beach and bars are two things that a man admires. Both put together, is simply a heavenly combination. Sentosa, a resort island of Singapore, has a number of beach bars, perfect to let go and just enjoy the nightlife of Singapore. Tanjong Beach Club is one of the most famous and lively beach bars on the island. Most of the nightlife in Sentosa Island is obviously centred around the beach with imported white sand and tropical palm trees. Partygoers can also look out for monthly parties held at Tanjong Beach and Siloso Beach.

Best Nightlife Spots at Sentosa Island-
Tanjong Beach Club
Wings of Time
Hardrock Cafe
Prive Keppel
Woobar at W Singapore
Sentosa Crane Dance
Bikini Bar

Latest news
- Advertisement -
Related news

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here