The hottest new restaurant and bar in town is actually pretty cool thanks to the breeze flowing in from the bay. Barely a month old, Caffe Fernet is constantly packed with imbibers knocking back watermelon frosés, Aperol spritzes and stiff cocktails – including one of the best negronis around for just $15 – during happy hour, which happens daily from 5pm to 7.30pm. Even if you miss that window, there’s plenty to sample. Take a tour around the world with drinks like the Amaro & Stormy ($20), a Mexican take on the dark and stormy with Del Maguey Mezcal Vida and Amaro Braulio, and the Summer Strolls ($22), a refreshing citrusy tipple inspired by a walk in Andalusia, Spain. The cocktails are all best paired with delicious mains such as the classic cacio e pepe sprinkled with four different types of peppercorns.
Right next door is contemporary Mexican cocina y bar, Super Loco. Grab a stool under the fairy lights or head straight to the bar to sample an unbeatable range of tequila and mezcal. For the connoisseurs, there are different flights available such as Flight 505 to Oaxaca ($22), which highlights smoky mezcals and Flight 888 to Tequilena ($88), an impressive selection aged tequila from legendary tequilero Enrique Fonseca. But if you’re just looking for a cheeky tipple or two, happy hour happens from 5pm to 7pm on weekdays, with margaritas, beers and house pours going at $9 a glass.
This swanky Italian restaurant and bar pulses with life right by the bay. Bumboats float right by your table as you soak in unfettered views of Marina Bay Sands, including the light and water show in the distance. Start the night with a bottle of bubbly from its extensive wine list or let the bartender whip up some of the bar’s signature cocktails. There’s Mr Monti ($22), a mysterious blend of rum, basil and grapefruit juice and the Monti Sour ($22) shaken up with cognac and amaretto. Come for drinks after 7.30pm to soak in the silky tunes of jazz musicians and singers as you sip and savour.
On the other end of the spectrum is OverEasy, where everything’s fun, casual and a tiny bit saucy – okay, extremely saucy, especially if you order one of its world famous burgers. But the food’s not the only draw at this hip haunt, the drinks are just as spectacular with a spiked milkshake ($18), Hot Date W. Yours Truly ($19) – fig and date infused bourbon shaken with lemon and egg white – and Te-qui-la Mockingbird ($17) on the menu. We’d order them just for the witty names alone.
If you must visit a rooftop bar then make Kinki your watering hole of choice. The quirky Japanese eatery bends the rules by offering funky cocktails like the Hokkaido Plummet ($19), a blend of vodka and umeshu, and Spicy Hachimitshu ($19), which has wasabi and Japanese cucumber. Or you could stick to its range of sake, shochu and umeshu that it sells by the glass or the bottle. Happy hour is from 5pm to 8pm on Mondays through to Saturdays and gets you one for one glasses of selected beers, wines and spirits. Bottoms up!
Walking into Lantern is quite a spectacle. There's a 25m pool surrounded by a border of whirlpool niches, faux-rattan cabanas and finally, the 5m-wide lantern-inspired bar. The atmosphere is vibrant without being intrusive – it’s not difficult to have a conversation while listening to the smooth vocals of the lively Latin house band. Happy hour is from 11am to 6pm, which gets you most drinks at $12 or sip on one of its many mojitos from the Mojito Royale ($28) finished with champagne to the Captain Caribbean ($24) spiked with spiced rum.