Ajay Junaid
March 29, 2019
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Socialising is a must when it comes to going out in the Lion City. Here’s a list of award-winning bars where you can fulfil that urge for human connection. All of these bars made the cut at Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018.


Manhattan

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Location: Regent Hotel

Listed as the number one bar in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018!

A must-visit for those who like to drink in a sophisticated environment and a must for cocktail connoisseurs. Playing a mix of old-school tunes and indie hip-hop. Manhattan is most certainly a bar that’s so picture-perfect that it’s instagrammable. They also have top-notch service and your cocktails are prepared by Singapore’s best bartenders.

Recommendation: Coal - Bowmore 12 Years, Dark Chocolate Liqueur and Dry Curaçao.

Atlas

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Location: Parkview Square

The Great Gatsby-style lavishness done right. The hype with Atlas is a whole other level and it’s virtually impossible to do walk-ins on a Friday night - so be sure to reserve a table in advance.

Fun fact: Atlas has a Gin tower that consists of over 1,000 labels to choose from which has seen Atlas earn the title ‘world’s largest gin collection’. INSANE.

Recommendation: Atlas Martini - London Dry Gin, Ambrato Vermouth, Orange Bitters and Champagne Vinegar.

Native

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Location: 52 Amoy Street

NATIVE is true to its name. Focusing on creating cocktails made with local ingredients (often infusing grasshoppers and ants) and products sourced from the region. A passion project of award-winning bartender Vijay Mudaliar.

It’s not just a bar, they also pride themselves on hosting live music events and inviting Singaporean DJs and musicians.

Recommendation: Grasshopper - Chalong Bay, Wheatgrass, Lemongrass, Grasshoppers, Thai Basil and Coconut Ice Cream.

Tippling Club

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Location: 8 Tanjong Pagar Road

Offering experimental cuisine along with sensational cocktails. The chef-owner and head bartender have taken experimentation and innovation to the limit. Bring fun modern gastronomy to the table and creating a sensory-esque menu, made up of gummy bears that allow customers to select the flavours that best suits their taste buds.

Get ready to sample cocktail-infused gummy bears before ordering at the Tippling Club.

Sample Cocktail-Infused Gummy Bears Before Ordering At This Bar In Tanjong Pagar

Recommendation: Cream of Sandalwood - Sandalwood, Sesame, Vodka, Citrus and Soda.

Operation Dagger

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Location: 7 Ann Siang Hill

Operation Dagger is by no means a hidden bar, it’s just a little out of sight - a basement bar on the corner of Ann Siang Hill. Keep an eye out for a small cross and rectangle logo.

A laidback venue where conversing with the person next to you is as easy as ordering a cocktail. Operation Dagger promises all its customers that they will get to explore the selection of drinks which consist of house-made meads and special fermented concoctions making this trip as unique and interactive as they come!

Recommendation: Menu changes every three months.

Employees Only

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Location: 112 Amoy Street

The first of its kind on this list. Why? Well, they have there very own tarot card reader on hand to tell your fortune, very mysterious! A speakeasy that plays international electronic music and upbeat tunes on a daily basis and is all curated by DJ Blazes Boylan.

It was first established in downtown New York City 15 years ago and ever since has continuously been given countless awards by the global bar community and won the fourth spot on the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars. So, it was only a matter of ‘when’ they would expand on their success.

Recommendation: READY FIRE AIM - Del Maguey VIDA Mezcal, Fresh Lime Juice & House-made Honey-Pineapple Syrup with dashes of Bittermens Hellfire Bitters. Served straight up.