PUBLISHED September 5th, 2017 07:00 am | UPDATED May 18th, 2020 04:25 pm
Hotel bars are commonly associated with uninspired, boring, drinks, but the fact of the matter is, having a great bar is part of the requirement of a truly fantastic hotel, where guests can lounge and keep safe and warm late into the night all without stepping out of the premises. Intimate, sophisticated, and luxurious, this is our list of the best hotel bars in Singapore, from a suave 1920s-style speakeasy to a balmy poolside cocktail joint.
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martini bar at mezza9, Grand Hyatt Singapore
With over 30 specially-concocted martinis up on offer, it’s no surprise that the glass-enclosed martini bar at mezza9 is known as one of Singapore’s best. The eclectic martini selection presents something for everyone: the signature Lychee martini refreshes the weariest of souls, those with a sweet tooth will be drawn to the fun and distinctive Gummybear Martini, and the caffeine addicts of you lot might appreciate the popular Espresso Martini.
All signature and classic martinis, handcrafted gin and tonics, and sustainable wines by the glass are now available from $14++ from 5pm to 9pm every day, and for the peckish, you’ll find excellent bar grub along the lines of seaweed fries, pickled cipollini onions, grilled black onyx beef sliders, and shaved truffle salami – yum.
martini bar at mezza9, is located at Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211, p. +65 6738 1234. Open Sun-Thu 5pm – 12am, Fri-Sat 5pm – 1am.
Anti:dote, Fairmont Singapore
What we love about the award-winning Anti:dote is its fusion of traditional bartending skills and experimental mixology techniques to give classic cocktails a contemporary flair. With an extensive range of modern tapas and cocktails like the refreshing, floral Rappaccini’s Daughter (with blackberry-rosemary drinking vinegar, no less) to more spirituous tipples like the Hock, Hoof, and Cannon, which utilises aged rum and absinthe spritz – even those with the most discerning of palates will leave satisfied.
Anti:dote is located at Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189560, p. +65 6431 5315. Open daily from 5pm – 2am.
Cook & Brew, The Westin Singapore
Laid-back yet refined, Cook & Brew is the perfect place to head to for great drink deals, distinctive bar bites, and spectacular views of the Marina Bay Area. Stop by this contemporary gastro bar on Fridays to enjoy house pour wines and beers from $10 nett, perfectly crafted cocktails from $12 nett and bottle deals from $88++. Our picks for any evening include the Strongbow Elderflower Cider ($14), Passion Mojito, and for bar fare, the Turkey Meatballs ($16) and Whipped Buffalo Milk Ricotta with Truffle Honey ($15).
Cook & Brew is located at L33 The Westin Singapore, 12 Marina View, Singapore 018961, p. +65 6922 6948. Open Mon-Thu 11am – 12am, Fri 11am – 1am, Sat 5pm – 12am.
Manhattan, Regent Singapore
Think of swanky bars and Manhattan Bar, which won Best Cocktail Bar at The Bar Awards Singapore 2017, might be one of the first to come to mind. With its glossy 19th-century art deco interior, the bar exudes an old school New York glamour that shows even in its luxurious private rooms. Its new menu brings life to the 5 Eras of New York, boasting sophisticated cocktails and bar bites like the cherry-tinged First Voyage, that’s based on the first Dutch explorers who settled in Manhattan, and the 12 Mile Out, a sour rum-based tribute to the rise of Speakeasies in the 1920s. Read our review here.
Manhattan Bar is located at 1 Cuscaden Rd, Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715, p. +65 6725 3377. Open Sun-Thu 5pm – 1am, Fri-Sat 5pm – 2am. Sunday Cocktail Brunch 11.30am – 3.30pm, Violet Hour 5pm – 7pm (weekdays)
Aqua Luna, Park Hotel Alexandra
Further out in the city is Aqua Luna, located on the seventh floor of Park Hotel Alexandra. The serene poolside bar offers fun cocktails (Collagen Margarita?), moreish bar bites, and incredible views of the Queenstown precinct, its floor-to-ceiling glass panels making for a tranquil vantage point to watch the sunset as you sip on some tipples (the golden-hued Alexandra Sunset is a must try) and dip your toe in the infinity pool’s cool, azure waters.
Aqua Luna is located at Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159972, p. +65 6828 8885. Open Sun-Thu 12pm – 11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm – 1am.
One-Ninety Bar and Terraza, Four Seasons Hotel
At the luxurious One-Ninety Bar, customers are treated to a range of classic and creative cocktails. Sit inside the elegant lounge for some decadent bites, or head outside with your handcrafted cocktail to the resort-style outdoor Terraza to enjoy a balmy evening amidst lush foliage. Weekdays evenings see the Italian pre-drinking tradition, L’Aperitivo Hour – sip on newly-introduced speciality cocktails like the Negroni, Aperol Spritz, French 75, Sherry Cobbler, and Bamboo, classics elevated to new heights.
One Ninety Bar and Terraza is located at Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Blvd, Singapore 248646, p. +65 6831 7671. Open daily, 7.30am – 1am.