Because of Singapore's balmy climes, a refreshing gin and tonic is an instant pick-me-up beloved by all. Not only do these cocktail bars get the deceptively simple tipple right, they also offer a whole host of other options for when you’re up for something stiffer. Some of them also offer the best old fashioneds, martinis and other classic cocktails you can't go wrong with. But the gins are where they shine – here’s our pick of the best gin bars in town.
No list of the best gin bars in Singapore would be complete without Atlas. The gorgeous art deco-inspired space is home to over 1,000 bottles of craft gin from around the world. Customise your G&T with a shot from its extensive library or try one of its gin-forward cocktails like the ever-reliable Atlas martini ($24) or for something more unique, the Pato ($24), which uses aged genever – the spirit from which gin evolved – white port and blood orange liqueur.
Along bustling Amoy Street lies The Spiffy Dapper, a cheeky watering hole that stocks a comprehensive range of gins and, you guessed it, tonics. But don’t just settle for one drink, sign up for its Gin Club and get one ($199) or two ($369) bottles of gin to enjoy at the bar each month. Order a gin-based cocktail using a shot from your bottle and it’s free of charge – this includes negronis, martinis, gin old fashioneds and other classics. Alternatively, you can also be a part of the club by having its gin of the month delivered straight to your home for $99.
Fun fact: Queen Elizabeth is partial to a glass of gin with a splash of Dubonnet fortified wine as a pre-lunch bevvy – which could be her secret to longevity (she’s 92 this year). While we don’t have English gardens like the ones at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, The Rabbit Hole comes close. The garden bar housed in a former British army barracks on Dempsey Hill serves 15 types of gin alongside housemade tonics and freshly plucked herbs. It’s not just G&Ts on the menu, try the mandarin and rosemary sour ($20) with Aperol and a grapefruit-forward gin as well.
Toast to the spirit at Cin Cin, a modern gin bar with over 100 labels at Oasia Hotel. Smack in the middle of the CBD, the bar is the perfect spot for after-work drinks, with happy hour taking place daily from 5pm to 8pm. We’re talking one-for-one gin cocktails like Napue with togarashi-infused vermouth and grapefruit bitters ($20). But if it’s rare labels you’re after, there’s a whole range from navy strength to aged gin to pair with your choice of premium tonic too.
Better known for its focus on regional spirits and funky cocktails using everything from kimchi to grasshoppers, Native also has a range of housemade gins that are infused with flavours from Asia. The matcha is a fan favourite, but its new chrysanthemum gin has also won our hearts. Other seasonal infusions include cacao husk, coffee and Buddha’s hand, a citrus fruit native to China. All the gins are made in small batches so keep tabs on its Instagram account for updates and head down fast before it runs out.