Relocating to the lion-city can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t know anyone in the country. One of the best ways to get to know new people or even strengthen new bonds is to get to know them outside of work. Catching up over some drinks is an effective way to relax, unwind and get to know someone on a more personal level. However, finding a bar that will ease you into the bar scene in Singapore can be somewhat of a challenge, especially if you have no idea where to start. Here are some places that are perfect for anyone who just moved to the country.
Best Bars for Newbies
If you have an affinity for gummy bears, then this place is for you. Noted to be the most innovative bars in Singapore, the Tippling Club allows you to sample your cocktails in the form an assortment of flavoured gummy bears. From bourbon to tequila, these gummy bears aren’t actually alcoholic, they merely present the patron with a peek into the flavours of the actual cocktail. Hence, even if you were to try all the gummy bears at once, you would be far from drunk or tipsy. One of their must-try is the aptly named Supercar. Renowned to be their wildest cocktail flavour, the Supercar is sure to take you on a ride you won’t soon forget. Alternatively, if you’re looking to just chill and unwind with a normal drink, you can always relax with a Casino cocktail in hand. The drink which consists of gin, dried cherry, bitters and citrus, is the perfect drink to unwind with after a long day.
Inspired by The Great Gatsby, the Atlas is a testament to the saying life imitates art. This place is perfect if you are in the mood to splurge and treat yourself to a luxurious night out. Steeped in decedent and opulent interiors, the upscale bar captivates patrons with its gold-plated status and a towering alcohol shelf that fills two levels of the building. Apart from that, the ceiling, intricately decorated with bronze murals of antelopes, trees and clouds will be nothing short of a feast for your eyes. But it is not all for show, the bar is home to over a 1000 gins and tonics. To start off, you can try the Gin Tonica, which pays homage to the Spanish culture. If you are looking for something a little less intense, then try the Koffie & Tonic, a blended malt served with dashes of coffee. This way you will be getting your coffee and alcohol fix. Feeling famished or looking for something extra on the side? Order up some of the bar’s sumptuous red meats. Both their pasta and beef dishes such as the Sanchoju Wagyu Beef Steak have gotten rave reviews for tantalising the tastebuds.
If you are looking to pair your drinks with addictive old-school games, then this place is for you. The arcade-bar quite literally takes your drinking game up a level! The retro gaming bar is filled with 10 game machines and refreshing affordable drinks. Challenge your friends to a game of Street Fighter, Basketball or Bishi Bashi or just soak up the lively atmosphere filled with nostalgic arcade sounds as you kick back with a drink.
For the truly unconventional, visit Mr Stork, a rooftop bar with teepee huts. This bar combines the love of glamping with delectable drinks. Patrons can curl up in their individual teepee huts while sipping on cocktails at Mr Storkꙧ—talk about getting comfy. Looking for something a little citrusy? Try the Old Pulteney Whiskey, which will refresh your senses with its zesty flavours of cherry and orange. In addition to the palate pleasing drinks, the bar also has an impressive view that’s best enjoyed with the bar’s signature drink, Rhubarb, a concoction comprised of lemon juice, rhubarb puree, strawberry, vodka, and sparkling wine.
As Singapore’s first ever mini-golf bar, the Holey Moley is an easy favourite with golfers and people looking for something a little different. The mini-golf cocktail bar comes with its very own themed courses, including its 27 wacky-themed holes that are split across three courses. Additionally, the golf courses in the bar were specifically designed to act as photo props that you can utilise for Instagram-worthy pictures. Some of their most notable courses feature iconic and famous pop culture themes from TV shows, including The Simpsons, Game of Thrones and ET. The eye-catching and captivating Fresh as a Birdie is something you can’t miss—literally and figuratively. The drink stands out with its hints of elderflower liqueur, Pampero White Rum, and refreshing lime juice. It is served with a fruit stick and a watermelon slice to balance out and enhance the overall flavour of the drink.