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The best gin bars in Singapore

G&Ts, martinis and gimlets – get your gin fix at these cocktail bars around town

Nicole-Marie Ng
Fabian Loo
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Nicole-Marie Ng
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Fabian Loo
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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 fashioned, 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.

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  • Rochor
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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 ($25) or for something more unique, opt for the gin tower experience (from $54) to get up-close with the impressive towering selection the bar has to offer. 

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  • Tanjong Pagar

Gin specialist Cin Cin has over 100 labels of the spirit sitting behind its counter. Choose something might feel overwhelming but its new 12-list cocktail menu might make things easier. The playful libations come inspired by the address of the bar – imbued with local culture. Gin enthusiasts craving for more variety can look forward to the Gin Treasury ($68) – essentially a gin buffet that runs every Saturday, offering bar-goers free-flowing access to some 50 varieties of the spirit and nine different tonics to pair.

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  • Breweries
  • Kent Ridge

Brass Lion Distillery is Singapore’s first full-fledged micro-distillery specialising in producing high-quality small-batch craft spirits. At its upper floor is a tasting room where you can sample all of its juniper-led tipples, including a tasting flight of its signature blends ($20), a selection of G&Ts ($16), and cocktails. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Tanjong Pagar

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.

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  • Raffles Place

The breezy alfresco deck of The Clifford Pier is home to a gin-focused bar. Its collection of the juniper-based spirit runs over eight pages long, with labels from England to Spain and more. Have it spiced with star anise in the Silk Route ($22), and pair the drink with gorgeous bay views. Or drop between 5pm and 8pm every day for happy hour, with cocktails going for just $11 and premium gins at $16. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Tanjong Pagar

Along bustling Amoy Street lies The Spiffy Dapper, a cheeky watering hole that stocks a comprehensive range of gins and, you guessed it, tonics. It might be easy to get overwhelmed by its never-ending long list of spirits, so browse its full catalogue here before heading down to make things easier. 

Keep the good time rollin'

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