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The most romantic bars in Singapore

Whether it's your first date or 50th, these lovey-dovey bars are sure to get you in the mood

Written by
Natasha Hong
,
Nicole-Marie Ng
&
Fabian Loo
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Can you ever sip your way into someone's heart? We can't say for sure, but these romantic bars around town might just do their bit to frame you in a totally-would-date vibe. Plus, the alcohol won't hurt, either... Whether you're looking for intimate spots where the whole world seems to fade into the background or buzzy pads where you can soak in the lively atmosphere, these bars are there to prevent any date night disasters.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Tanjong Pagar

Set of Six is a sultry cocktail lounge inspired by the stories of novelist Joseph ConradAnd much like the seafaring spirit present in many of his titles, the drinking spot is an adventurous mishmash of eclectic furnishings and unique items. Embark on a delectable journey to explore what Set of Six has to offer: from rich textures of emerald-hued walls and plush palm fabric-lined seats, to sleek details of apothecary cabinets, ancient maps, and even a cheeky ‘Call for Champagne’ button.  

  • Bars and pubs
  • Café bars
  • Tanjong Pagar

Stay Gold Flamingo is a dual-concept space opened by two local bartenders – Jerrold Khoo, formerly from Jigger and Pony; and Bai JiaWei from Employees Only. You'll want to head to the back of the space, pass velvet curtains, to enter Stay Gold, a sleek, neon-lit drinking lounge filled with cosy alcoves (for privacy) and shimmering wall details. It helps that the drinks are good, too – both refreshing and spirit-forward depending on what you're in the mood for. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • City Hall

The well-appointed bar taps into the 1960s, and reimagines major historical and cultural occurrences that took place in Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Italy into its cocktail menu. Adding to the atmosphere are relics from the past – vintage posters line the walls, and tunes from the era are played through the speakers.  

  • Bars and pubs
  • Tanjong Pagar

The upstairs space of Restaurant Jag welcomes a new drinking spot: Flow Bar. This easy-going drinking spot flips the script on what a usual bar should be; lights are turned up a few notches (all the better to look at your lovely date), and the drinks are unpretentious. Mixologist Ricky Paiva has created a menu split into three categories – from familiar favourites to bold tipples. It even taps onto the winning restaurant's pantry to incorporate fresh herbs from the Savoie region into the libations. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Outram

Transport yourself into a utopia of mystery, romance, theatre and perfection at Anouska's Bar. Hidden inside Duxton Reserve Hotel, formerly Six Senses Duxton, the bar is an ode to former Bond girl Anouska Hempel, an acclaimed British interior designer who designed the hotel. Step inside to find top-shelf spirits, premium wines, local craft beers, artisanal Chinese teas and cocktails that merge contemporary recipes with nostalgic Eastern influences.

 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Kallang

Club 5 first started some 35 years ago as a dance club. Today, the space has been reimagined into a bar, complete with stylish details made to exude an old-world charm. Brass accents and vintage light fixtures help add character, and texture, to the romantic drinking hole. Even its menu pays homage to history; cocktails are inspired by the culturally rich neighbourhood that the bar is located in. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Raffles Place
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This well-loved izakaya has since found a new coop. Inside, the 84-seater manages to retain its grungy charm, thanks to the dim lighting and raw, concrete finishing. Also new to the swanky nightspot is a raw bar, which serves up small plates that feature seasonal catch. Highlights might include the Kumamoto oysters ($16 for two), topped with smoked dashi gelee to balance its salinity. Of course, hot favourites from the old menu makes a return, too. Tokyo Hummus ($10), with blended edamame and curry chips, are best enjoyed with a drink or two from the cocktail bar. Sip on the gin-based Ichi-Go-Lightly ($22), where sweet strawberry comes packed with a hint of umami from nori. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Tanjong Pagar

A small, intimate bar that ensures you'll need to sit close to your drinking partner. Junior The Pocket Bar is a 25-seater space tucked behind Maxi Coffee Bar. Enter through a side door, and be greeted by some intimate vibes that most know the bar for. The menu changes periodically, and comes centred around various theme to keep things fun and exciting. 

 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Orchard

On the second level of Regent Singapore sits a portal to 19th-century New York City, where ladies are decorated in pearls and gentlemen dressed to the nines. Under lowered lights, large leather armchairs and sofas gather around tables to offer enough privacy for a clandestine rendezvous. Its third and latest menu draws inspiration from six iconic Manhattanites, from the likes of Anthony Bourdain to Vera Wang. Aptly named ‘New York Personified’, the menu features some 18 cocktails and six zero proof beverages that tap on the colourful lives and rich history of these larger-than-life personalities.

Be transported to mid-century Japan at the Jigger & Pony Group’s newest cocktail establishment, Live Twice. Enjoy simplicity at its finest as you gloss over its menu of only 14 cocktails ($25 each). Minimalism prevails as each drink centres around a maximum of four ingredients. Take things up a notch with its exciting bar snack menu – which includes sinful sandos filled with cheese, ebi or wagyu.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Rochor
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Impress your date at this grand art deco-inspired bar, featuring champagne-hued tapestries that line the ceiling, and intricate gold and bronze balconies that surround the space. But the highlight here is its massive gin tower, which claims to house over 1,000 bottles of gin. You can't go wrong with a gin and tonic or the Atlas martini but have fun and explore the rest of its extensive menu. It even has non-alcoholic cocktails if your dates prefers to stay away from booze.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • City Hall

What makes a great date is the quality of the conversation. Keep it intimate at this classy but bold space at the Mandarin Oriental. Its latest menu draws on regional inspiration to give you novel tipples – sample Thunder ($12), made to capture the flavours of thunder tea rice; or the White Rabbit ($24) with tequila, tomato, kimchi, and black garlic. 

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Love is in the air, and so are you and your date when you get a pint at the world's highest urban microbrewery. Residing at the top of Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC), LeVeL33 is the epitome of urban penthouse dining, with good food and front-row seats to Marina Bay’s iconic skyline. Impress your date with Level33’s freshly brewed craft beers that are also seamlessly incorporated into their dining menu.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Raffles Place

Head upstairs to the Barbary Coast Ballroom to take your drinking experience to new heights. The mismatched floral wallpaper and glittering chandeliers over plush velvet settees dial up the romance of this quiet bar that's inspired by the luxe life of 1800s San Francisco. The cocktails are equally charming, with something for every taste – sip on the Low High Brow ($22), a sour and fizzy start to the evening. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the Tea with Raspberries and Cream ($25), a clarified milk punch infused with berry tea and raspberry that you can help pour into your date's glass.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Outram

Snuggle up to your date at this dimly lit bar and have a conversation over its unique signature drink, the Gibson ($23). A cousin of the martini, this tipple is a conversation starter served with house-pickled onion, ginger and smoked quail egg.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Orchard

Sail with your date through the undisclosed sliding glass door down to this basement speakeasy below Uma Uma Ramen – you're hardly a super spy, but in his or her eyes, you'll look cool. In this sleek bar, the cocktails are potent, Japanese whiskeys approachable, and bartenders professional yet tonnes of fun – they'll help you navigate their many rows of top-shelf booze. Uma Uma's steaming ramen bowls can also be ordered late into the night. Otherwise, share one of the many izakaya-style snacks like gyoza, shishamo, edamame.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Rochor

Right around the corner from BluJaz is its Latin offshoot, a Mexican joint that, like the mothership, attracts crowds with live DJs and a bustling alfresco area. But, it's the cocktail-friendly Mexican grub that keeps us coming back. The chunky guacamole is prepared with just-right doses of lime and chilli, and a fresh and tangy ceviche is worthy of seconds. Unwind with an after-work margarita in hand that won’t leave a gaping hole in your wallet. The vibe here is streetside chill – go for the outdoor seats along Haji Lane and play a drinking game with your date: each time you spot someone taking an #ootd or wefie in the photogenic area, down one.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Raffles Place

There's nothing like a good rooftop to set a romantic scene, but you also don't want to peak too early – save the best for the month-iversaries. Southbridge is a happy medium. This fifth-floor shophouse perch rolls out a view of the Singapore River beneath your feet and the CBD in the distance. Book ahead for one of those seats by the roof's edges, and order a cocktail or two to have with a bit of nosh or an oyster platter.

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