Ahhh… the festive season is nearly upon us. Just another week of slogging it out before we’re released into the streets of Singapore. Okay, I kid. But you get the point – it’s time to wine & dine to your heart’s content.
From chic hole-in-the-wall bars to classy and elegant set-ups, here are 10 themed bars with chill vibes across every budget that you should visit this Christmas season!
Friendly PSA: Remember to drink responsibly. Don’t Drink & Drive.
TL;DR: Best Bars With Unique Themes To Visit This Christmas Season
|Bar||Best For||Average Price Per Pax|
|White Label Records And Bar||Music lovers, Minimalist||From $20|
|Almost Famous Craft Beer Bar||Minimalist, Local Flavour Cocktails.||From $15|
|Native Bar||Unique Cocktails||From $22|
|Idlewild||Unique Cocktails||From $22|
|Atlas||Elegant and Classy||From $30|
|The Horse’s Mouth||Japanese Bites, Classy Vibes||From $25|
|The Other Room||Elegant and Classy||From $22|
|Level Up||Interactive Games||From $14|
|HopHeads||Interactive Games||From $20|
|Holey Moley||Interactive Games||From $20|
Best Bars For The Hipster Minimalist
1. White Label Records And Bar
A record store that changes into a bar when night falls, White Label Records And Bar is perfect for music lovers, and those who love old-school vinyl records. Spinning a mix of indie, rock, and disco all night long, this bar also hosts gigs by local guest bands as well as other events.
Drinks-wise, White Label Records & Bar is known for their floral cocktails. For a refreshing kick, try their Vodka Fresh Fruit Mojito, or a Chrysanthemum Martini for a milder twist.
Address: 28 Ann Siang Road, #01-01, Ann Siang House, Singapore 069708
Opening hours: 11am to 11.59pm (Tuesdays to Thursdays) | 11am to 1am (Fridays and Saturdays) | 12pm to 5pm (Sundays) | Closed on Mondays
Average Cost Per Pax: ~$20/pax
2. Almost Famous Craft Beer Bar
Minimalist in its design, its been dubbed the “Apple Bar” among the beer aficionados, Almost Famous is located in Chijmes, just alongside The Glasshouse. For beer lovers, their beer offerings range from regional to international craft flavours, guaranteeing you a hypothetical alcoholic round trip around the world.
As a homage to Asian cultures, you’d be pleasantly treated to a wide range of craft beers with proud origins from Asian breweries around the region. Notable ones include the Young Master Brewery from Hong kong and Pasteur Street Brewing Company from Vietnam.
Also, you’d be a fool to miss out on some of their exclusive bar bites. Their Crispy Kai Lan & Onion Churros were some of our personal favourites!
For the Instagram enthusiasts out there, Almost Famous boasts an adjustable lighting feature, aimed at dimming or raising the surrounding ambience.
Address: Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, #01-06
Opening hours: Daily, 3pm to 12am
Average Cost Per Pax: ~$15/pax
Best Bars For Those Who Love A Unique Cocktail
3. Native Bar
A bar that centres around self-sustainability, Native bar uses recycled parts of fruits to make your drinks, as well as specially sourced ingredients around Asia.
Enjoy unique, adventurous cocktail concoctions such as the Antz, a Thai Rhum that is mixed with aged sugarcane, coconut yogurt, soursop, salt-baked tapioca, and topped with a basil leaf filled with ants and meringue.
As a side note, Native prides itself as a pure cocktail bar. As such, a drinks menu is only available.
Address: 52a Amoy St, Singapore 069878
Opening hours: Daily, 6pm to 12am | Closed on Sundays
Average Cost Per Pax: ~$22/pax
A unique bar with the interior that resembles a vintage aircraft, Idlewild is both vintage and chic, a perfect location to bring your date this Christmas.
The bar also boasts unique drinks such as The French Cook, a gin, sparkling wine and absinthe concoction topped with a herbal wormwood jelly. For those who’d like to take things a little lighter, try their Journey of Limun, where you get prosecco, lemon, strawberry sherbet and vermouth all mixed in a delightful, fruity cocktail.
Address: 80 Middle Road, lobby level, InterContinental Singapore, Singapore 188966
Opening hours: 5pm to 1am (Tuesdays to Thursdays) | 5pm to 2am (Fridays and Saturdays) | 5pm to 1am (Sundays) | Closed on Mondays
Average Cost Per Pax: ~$22 onwards
Best Bars For Those Who Love A Little Extravagance
Personally, Atlas remains one of my top recommendations. Exclusively termed as the “Wayne Towers” of Singapore for those in-the-know, this is a must-visit locale if you haven’t already.
I recommend beginning your night with The Artist’s Special – a concoction of malt whisky, oloroso sherry, lemon and plum liqueur. A beginner’s refreshment if you will.
Do note that the bar practices a smart casual dress code from 5pm onwards and refrains from accepted guests in shorts or slippers.
Address: Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 10am to 1am. Friday, 10am to 2am. Saturday, 3pm to 2am.
Average Cost Per Pax: ~$30 onwards
6. The Horse’s Mouth
Famous for being one of the hidden speakeasies, locating this particular bar is no easy feat. A warm, smoothly finished wood bar, The Horse’s Mouth boasts Japanese bites to pair with your bespoke cocktails. For a more substantial meal, you can try their Bushi Tonkotsu Ramen, which boasts a robust, umami-filled broth. This is best paired with their bespoke cocktails such as Nonkotsu, or Eihire.
Hint: To find this bar, the entrance is located within a ramen store!
Address: Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road
Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 12am. Friday to Saturday, from 6pm to 1am.
Average Cost Per Pax: ~$25 onwards
7. The Other Room
For our final recommendation, one need only look for an unmarked door in Marriott Hotel to find this bar. Boasting a comprehensive cocktail list, it’s no wonder The Other Room remains one of the most highly recommend speakeasy bars in Singapore.
But don’t just take our word for it, take a trip downtown and find out for yourself! Of course, you’ve got to first get past its hidden entrance. Good luck!
Address: Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road #01-05
Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 3am. Friday to Sunday, from 6pm to 4am.
Average Cost Per Pax: ~$22 onwards
Best Bars For Those Who Love Interactive Games
8. Level Up
Yearning for the arcade games of yester-year? Then look no further. Level Up’s the perfect place for you to relive those childhood memories!
Plus, no meddling kids to ruin your perfect high-score. In short, it’s the perfect adult playroom for you and your friends to reconnect with your “lost” childhood.
Address: 3A River Valley Rd, #02-04 Block A, Singapore 179020
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday, from 5pm to 2am. Saturday 5pm to 3am, Sunday from 4pm to 1am.
Average Cost Per Pax: ~$14 onwards
Strictly speaking, I wouldn’t classify Hopheads as a bar. Rather, it’s the perfect mix between a club and a bar offering patrons an all-in-one party venue. From private rooms to darts to beer pong, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone.
Did I mention? They regularly host themed parties! So do keep a lookout and join one of their cool parties this festive season!
Address: : Hwa Par Glass Tower B1, 178 Clemenceau Avenue
Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11.30am to 11.45pm. Friday, 11.30am to 1.45am. Saturday, 5pm to 1.45am.
Average Cost Per Pax: ~$20 onwards
10. Holey Moley
For those looking for a fun day out this Christmas season, you will be sure to have loads of fun at Holey Moley Golf Club. This cocktail bar cum mini-golf establishment has a total of 27 holes split across two floors, boasting pop-culture inspired TV themes such as The Simpsons, Monopoly, and Game of Thrones.
If you are looking for a place to have fun, instead of just kicking back with a cocktail or two, here’s the place for you! Weekend rates are at $20++ for 18 holes, and beers and cocktails are going at $8++ and $10++ respectively.
Address: 3B River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
Operating Hours: Monday 12pm-10pm | Tuesday 12pm-2am | Wednesday-Thursday 12pm- 1am | Friday 12pm-2am | Saturday 10am-2am
Average Cost Per Pax: ~$20 onwards
Bars To Visit This Festive Season
Singapore has a great drinking scene, with unique bars that will guarantee you a fun night out. If you’re home and alone this Christmas season, maybe grab a friend or two, and head down to try check out these unique vibes that each bar has to offer!
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