Singapore bars and pubs guide

Cuppage Terrace boasts dozens of bars

Cuppage Terrace boasts dozens of bars

Late night Singapore is a fun place to be and there is no shortage of bars and pubs offering a little bit of something for everyone. You will find lots of trendy waterfront designer bars in Singapore with prices to match or you can make merry in traditional style pubs or dodgy KTV karaoke lounges. Singaporeans like to let their hair down after work and many city centre places can get lively very early in the evening.

You can guzzle cheap beer all night long in 24-hour hawker centres for just SGD$5 a bottle and you will usually find plenty of places offering two-for-one happy hours and cheap cocktail promotions. Places like Clarke Quay, Cuppage Terrace on Orchard Road and Dempsey Street are the main night time enclaves with wall to wall bars, eateries and clubs where you can easily hop from one place to another all night long.

There is a vibrant live music circuit with numerous places providing enthusiastic ballads and rock covers, jazz or Mandarin pop songs. Live sports are shown at many city bars and also most suburban late night hawker centres with the English Premier League the competition of choice for most urbanites.

Suggested hotels near Esplanade Park

If you want a impress a date and your budget will stretch to over SGD$30 for a cocktail, Singapore’s swish five star hotels boast some of the most lavish drinking holes in Asia and roof top views to die for. To get the most out of a night out in Singapore, see our guide below to the best pubs and bars in town. But if you fancy putting on your dancing shoes and shaking a tail-feather until dawn, check out our page on nightlife.

Recommended Singapore bars and pubs

Muddy Murphy’s
There is no shortage of pseudo Irish pubs in Singapore but this place was one of the first and still the best bet for an authentic Irish knees up. There is a cosy bar room with rustic period features and an al fresco courtyard where you can jive to live rock most nights. Hearty roast dinners are specialty on the menu. Open: 11:30–01:00 (Monday-Thursday), 11:30–02:00 (Friday-Saturday): 11:30 to midnight (Sunday); 442 Orchard Road #B1-01, Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade, tel: +65 6735 0400, email: enquiry@muddymurphys.com, website: www.muddymurphys.com.

Riverside Point is crammed with nightlife venues

Riverside Point is crammed with nightlife venues

Paulaner Brauhaus 
The decor is a little sterile but that doesn’t stop the weekend crowds turning up in droves to sample authentic (and lethal!) Bavarian ale brewed on site. It attracts city workers, young clubbers and curious sightseers through the night and the atmosphere is always pretty lively. Shows live sports on TV. Open: Bar: lunch: 12:00-14:30 (Monday-Friday), 12:00-01:00 (Sunday-Thursday), 12:00-02:00 (Friday-Saturday, Eve of Public Holiday), Restaurant: lunch: 12:00–14:30 (Monday-Friday), dinner: 18:30–22:30 (Monday-Sunday, Public Holiday); 9 Raffles Boulevard #01-01 Millenia Walk, tel: +65 6883 2572, fax: +65 6883 0702, email: Singapore@paulaner-brauhaus.com.

The Long Bar 
No pub guide to Singapore would be complete without mention of the iconic Long Bar; the decadent colonial drinking hole that put the Raffles Hotel on the map. This is the birthplace of the famous Singapore Sling and the spot where allegedly the last tiger in Singapore was shot dead. Its heyday was around 80 years ago and is something of a pricey tourist trap, but it still oozes elegance and nostalgia. Definitely worth dropping by for a freshing cocktail when the heat of the city gets too much. 
Open: 11:00-00:30 (Sunday-Thursday), 11:00-01:30 (Friday, Saturday); Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, tel/fax: +65 6412 1816, email: diningreservation.raffleshotel@raffles.com, website: www.raffles.com.

Hacienda
This first class bar and restaurant has a bistro feel to it with a constrantly-evolving menu featuring fabulous dishes such as braised beef cheek quesadillas, grilled shrimp and sweet onion tacos and marinara puff pastry pizza. A full drinks menu including brilliant cocktails is the cherry on the cake. Open: 17:00 to midnight (Monday–Thursday, Sunday), 17:00-02:00 (Friday, Saturday, Eve of Public Holidays): 13A Dempsey Road, tel: +65 6476 2922, email: info@hacienda.com.sg.

Cafe del Mar
A branch of the legendary Ibiza beach bar can now be found in Siloso Beach at Sentosa Island. Where they aim to achieve the same mission where clouds, eroticism, and sensuality combine so perfectly with the sunset, the sea and the music to create the sublime experience. Expect the trusted mix of ambient chill out beats by the ocean, decadent cocktails, gourmet tapas bites and exciting weekend day parties. Very popular with the stylish and beautiful. Open: 11:00–23:00 (Monday-Thursday), 11:00–02:00 (Friday-Saturday); 40 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, tel: +65 6235 1296, email: reservations@cafedelmar.com.sg.

The Pump Room
This is the place for rollicking good live music and real ale on tap. It has an infectious party atmosphere where you can dance until the early hours or simply chill out with a jar or two overlooking the quayside. There are pool tables and lounge where you can watch live sports action too. Open: 17:00-23:00 (Monday), 17:00-03:00 (Tuesday, Thursday), 17:00-05:00 (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Eve of Public Holidays), 15:00-03:00 (Sunday); 3B River Valley Road, #01-09/10, The Foundry, Clarke Quay, tel: +65 6334 2628, +65 6338 0138, email: paulineg@pumproomasia.com, website: www.pumproomasia.com.

1 Twenty Six
This Balinese style open fronted beach bar has a genuine tropical ambience, overlooking breezy East Coast beach. It is a well guarded secret among locals in the know and arguably the liveliest spot in the area. A resident DJ and band belt out mainstream pop and rock most nights. Open: 11:00 to midnight (Monday-Tuesday), 11:00-01:00 (Wednesday, Thursday), 10:30-03:00 (Friday-Sunday); 902 East Coast Parkway, #01-26, tel: +65 6348 2126, fax: +65 634 89 126, email: info@1-twentysix.com, website: www.1-twentysix.com.

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