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Things we love:

Chilli crab is epic, but black pepper crab is even better.
There’s always a festival on somewhere with awesome local food, bonfires and wicked décor.
Newton Circus, Maxwell or Serangoon Gardens: hit any of these for local food. You’ll thank us later.
The city empties when there’s a downpour. Singaporeans hate the rain.

Things we wish we’d known:

Taxis are cheap, but beware of the night charges.
Legally, you can get caned for pretty much anything (not flushing the toilet, for example), but $500+ fines for not throwing your cigarette butt in the bin are the most common.
Expect hours of queuing outside new shops alongside tons of unhappy locals. They love to queue and they love to complain.
Walking through Chinatown any time after 10am is a nightmare.
The MRT is a whole different experience than the underground: no one keeps to the left and train etiquette is null and void. However they do run on time.

 

Best bars in Singapore
Best bars in Singapore
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28 Hongkong Street
28 Hongkong Street

Don’t get the wrong idea about why you can’t find any information on 28. It’s not one of these too-cool-for-Facebook/phones/websites/or you style speakeasy. It’s just old fashioned; a new bar harking back to the time when you did the dirty Read More

Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall

It’s easy to walk straight past the entrance to this recent addition to Boat Quay. Tucked away amongst all the seafood restaurants, this treasure trove of a bar is on the second floor of a riverside shop house and marked Read More

Bacchanalia
Bacchanalia

The Bacchanalia was so debauched that it was eventually outlawed by the Romans. We’re not sure this bar is quite reaching that degree of excess, but it’s certainly making a good go at it. What began as a series of Read More

Bar Stories
Bar Stories

A pioneer of the Singapore cocktail scene, Bar Stories is known for local style, friendly faces and damn fine beverages. Tucked away on the second story of a Haji Lane shop since 2012, they’ve just been improving with time. The small Read More

Bitters and Love
Bitters and Love

This ‘no menu’ cocktail bar has yet to let us down. First things first, you need to find it – it’s out the back of Shoebox Café, a 30+ seat restaurant famous for its slick as f*ck hamburger. Chow down Read More

Cache
Cache

Tucked out the back of Izy, a Japanese restaurant on Club Street, this tiny little cocktail bar takes the speakeasy style a step further. Dark and exclusive, not only is the door hard to find, it’s also hard to prise Read More

Catalunya
Catalunya

With chef Alain Devahive Tolosa at the helm along with a few other ex El Bulli staff, you know Catalunya is going to be the bizz. Obviously the Spanish food is epic, but baby, this place is all about views… Read More

Club Street Social
Club Street Social

The bar takes up about half the venue at this bangin’ café/restaurant, and if it’s size that matters, it should give an indication of just how good the cocktails are. The bar programme was originally implemented by John de Bary Read More

Coffee Bar K
Coffee Bar K

It may be a little dated, but with no sentimental reason for attachment, BarChick keeps finding herself back here time and time again. Coffee Bar K, or CBK as it’s more often referred too, is a Japanese bar tucked beneath Read More

Cut by Wolfgang Puck
Cut by Wolfgang Puck

It’s a shame it has to be in the gargantuan Marina Bay Sands shopping centre, but hey, that’s where international imports set up shop. Anyway we didn’t care where we were once we’d plonked ourselves down in the Mario Bellini-crafted Read More

Ding Dong
Ding Dong

A quirky little Asian fusion restaurant on Ann Siang, this three-storey shop house is the perfect place for dinner and drinks. The first floor is home to the open kitchen, with a couple of outside tables for people watching, the Read More

Fordham and Grand
Fordham and Grand

As much as you should hit this bistro for its dinner offerings as well (BarChick is a huge fan of the miso eggplant), it’s after dark when Fordham and Grand really kicks off. An intimate gathering of some of hospitality’s Read More

Fry Bistro
Fry Bistro

Forget about white tablecloths and arsy waiters – this ain’t your average bistro. Inside an unassuming doorway, four flights of stairs bring you out onto this small roof terrace restaurant/bar. A wave of sweet relief hits when you realise a) Read More

House of Dandy
House of Dandy

All the gentleman’s fittings without the pretentiousness, House of Dandy suits the type of hedonist who wants a little old-world style and class with their bad behaviour. Leather couches, slick paintings, Tom Dixon light fittings and Oscar Wilde quotes on Read More

Jekyll and Hyde
Jekyll and Hyde

Part cocktail bar, part nail parlour – we’re not the manicure type, but if you put a drink in our hand at the same time, well, alright then. Don’t let the manicures put you off though – all sleek Scandi Read More

Jigger and Pony
Jigger and Pony

“There’s no place like home.” Hate to break it to you Dorothy: we like it better here. It’s the attention to the little things: from the nice chat as they walk you to your seat, to the seemingly endless supply Read More

Ku Dé Ta
Ku Dé Ta

Any newcomer to Singapore instantly recognises one of the world’s newest landmarks in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The surreal sight of a washed up ship on three columns will bring out your inner Dalí, with Ku Dé Ta sitting high Read More

L'Aiglon
L'Aiglon

We rejoiced when this sexy 76-seater bar rocked up on Neil Road. With an opulent Paris meets the East vibe, the interiors are luxurious thanks to fashion photographer turned bar owner Pierre-Emmanuel Plassart’s bang on sense of style. Colourful seats, Read More

Level 33
Level 33

March past the suits at the Marina Bay Financial Centre, take the lift up to the 33rd floor and you’ve found Asia’s take on a Bavarian beer hall. They may import hops from Germany, but don’t go thinking this is Read More

Lolla
Lolla

Hot on the Ann Siang Hill restaurant scene, chance a walk in and you’ll be ushered downstairs to mingle with transient Genevan traders and local regulars on the one communal table. We say: hit up one of the street-level bar Read More

Maison du Whisky
Maison du Whisky

Situated just off the river, Maison du Whisky has it all, well the best of it all. It started its life in the sixties as a whisky retailer in France, which explains their awesome range, but they also have a Read More

Maison Ikkoku
Maison Ikkoku

Café by day, bar by night, this hot hipster hangout is run by Ethan Leslie Leong, a veteran of the Singapore scene. The ground floor space already had a big following for its low key recycled style and excellent food, Read More

Mariko’s
Mariko’s

This chic Singaporean backstreet bar is named after a fictional post World War 2 Japanese prostitute, which already makes us like it, but add the quality back bar of single malt, and we’re sold. Nestled inconspicuously between the ragingly successful Read More

MEATliquor Singapore
MEATliquor Singapore

First international outpost for this London institution, MeatLiquor Singapore is just as epic as the others. They’ve hooked up with Singapore legends The Blind Group (Oxwell & Operation Dagger) so were already nailing it; an outside terrace, mouth-watering American grub, Read More

Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza

BarChick could spend the whole evening here, which, considering it’s situated within a mall with no outdoor seating and no smoking area, is quite a statement. Leave the banality of Marina Bay Sands behind at the door, and welcome to Read More

Oxwell & Co
Oxwell & Co

This place has got a lot going for it. Flavour mastermind and general molecular wundermind Luke Whearty came all the way over from Melbourne’s Der Raum to do his thing here, and now it has cocktails on tap. Nice. They’re Read More

The Auld Alliance
The Auld Alliance

You know that scene in Beauty and the Beast when he lifts her hands from her eyes to reveal the library? Okay, you’re not a Disney fan, whatever, basically it’s like that – totally magical, but better, because there’s whisky. Read More

The Bar at Waku Ghin
The Bar at Waku Ghin

Conveniently found peering down on the Marina Bay Sands Casino within the spectacular atrium, this 2nd floor bar caters for the high rollers’ quick fix of premium sake or whisky. It’s most likely that you’re not putting down $10,000 chips Read More

The Black Swan
The Black Swan

Another stella venue from the Lo & Behold Group, the Black Swan is an exquisite European bistro/bar built within the old provincial bank of Singapore. The theme is 1930s Art Deco: think shiny fittings, marble bar top and high ceiling. Read More

The Cufflink Club
The Cufflink Club

Expect a high-five from owner and founder Joel Fraser when entering his latest venture. Good start. Having learnt his trade mixing for Giggs, Beckham and Scholes in his native Cheshire, this is very much a bar for the boys, only Read More

The Flagship
The Flagship

Part of the Jigger & Pony and Sugarhall family, this bite-sized polished dive of a speakeasy is all brick walls, 90’s rock, and whisk(e)y. With a tiny and constantly changing menu, things are fun and easy here, so get ready Read More

The Horse's Mouth
The Horse's Mouth

Do not be put off by the shopping centre location, you’re not here to play mall rats. The infamous Orchard Towers can be pretty oppressive, but dodge the handbag shoppers and ‘four floors of whores’ in the name of a Read More

The Library
The Library

Singapore was a bit late on the secret speakeasy bandwagon, but it’s caught up real good. And in a city which can be a bit in-your-face brash, it’s nice to hit back with some old fashioned restraint. This place is Read More

The Spiffy Dapper
The Spiffy Dapper

Gin! Glorious gin! If you’re partial to a drop of mothers’ ruin this is the spot for you. With the largest selection of gin in Singapore and an extensive list of perfect serves, Spiffy Dapper lures in the juniper lovers, Read More

Tippling Club
Tippling Club

They’ve got more awards than we can even be bothered to list – we get it, they’re awesome, but we could tell you that from the sheer number of hours we’ve put in perched on those outrageously comfy bar stools. Read More

WOOBAR at W Singapore, Sentosa Cove
WOOBAR at W Singapore, Sentosa Cove

Arguably one of the best views in Singapore and definitely one of the best bars to hang out in, Woobar is the perfect Sunday all day destination – but don’t let that stop you venturing here throughout the week. This Read More