Bar crawl: Bugis

The colourful neighbourhood of Bugis has nightlife ideas for imbibers of every kind. By Andre Frois

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar

Relatively new bistro Ginett has managed to enliven the historic Middle Road with its weekend brunches, which boast a wide variety of dishes, sparkling wines and rosé. Don’t miss out on ladies night on Tuesday, where every four ladies enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine. Ginett’s group general manager and chef de cuisine is Sylvain Royer of Scarlett fame, and he oversees the array of wines and champagnes Ginett imports straight from France. 

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Bartistry@One22

The 15-storey Mercure Singapore Bugis is home to a plush bar that offers a panoramic view of Middle Road through floor-to-ceiling windows. This idyllic lounge invented several of its own flavourful cocktails, including the HEARTistry ($18) and the ONE22 ($20), which can be enjoyed alongside sharing plates like beef meatballs, roasted smoked pork sausages, satay and burgundy beef stew. 

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Anti:dote

Public interest in this house bar at the Fairmont Singapore skyrocketed after its demure bartendress Bannie Kang won the Bacardi Legacy bartending competition last year. Theming her cocktails on seasons and emotions, the pint-sized mixologist juxtaposes the solemn marble and polished steel surfaces of Anti:Dote with her penchant for colourful ingredients – like ginseng, plum liqueur, white kimchi and yuzu – in her concoctions. 

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Tess Bar and Kitchen

Seah Street, facing the iconic Raffles Hotel, has experienced a mushrooming of watering holes in recent years. Tess Bar and Kitchen has garnered a sizeable following, where guests are spoilt by a litany of liquor and food options. Its bar is helmed by Boo Jing Heng, who was the Diageo World Class Singapore Champion in 2016, while its kitchen team is led by chef Martin Wong, who is a World Association of Chef Societies gold medallist and an alumnus of L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. 

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Third and Sixth

Just next door, this unpretentious hangout whips up satisfying burgers that have won the hearts of foodies across Singapore. Third and Sixth also adamantly campaigns for the recognition of beer pong as a serious sport – it can be enjoyed any day for a small fee at this affable bar, where beer pong tournaments are officiated on special occasions like Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. 

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Three late-night supper haunts in Bugis

The Ramen Stall

Yes, while you’ll get piping hot bowls of chicken-based ramen ($11-$23.90) here, there’s plenty more on offer. The Ramen Stall’s range of sushi runs the gamut from prawn tempura rolls ($9.90) to soft shell crab maki ($17.90), but to really fill your belly, go for the teppanyaki beef ($16.90) or the kaisen don ($16.90). 

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Gu Thai Noodle Cafe

Popular for its $1.90 bowls of boat noodles that can be finished in two mouthfuls, Gu Thai Noodle Cafe is the perfect place for the hungry midnight birdies with small appetites. And if you enjoyed the sneak preview, upgrade to a bigger bowl of boat noodles ($6).

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Nunsongyee

Craving a sweet treat after a night of drinking? Cool down with bingsu at this Korean dessert joint. The shaved ice dessert appears in dozens of flavours here, from cheesecake ($14.90) to strawberry ($18.90) to green tea ($12.90). Besides bingsu, Nunsongyee serves up sweet toasts, such as the nutty Injeolmi Toast ($8.90), too. 

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