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Best craft beer bars in Singapore

The best bars in town to quaff down your craft beers

Good Luck Beerhouse

Let’s get the basics out of the way: this is a no-frills craft beer bar along Haji Lane that’s dark, dingy and about the size of a janitor’s storeroom. On typical nights, you’ll have eight beers on draft with which to acquaint yourself. Curiously, most suds are only sold by the pint ($15-$18), with half pours only available, according to the beer-tender, for brews ‘with high ABV’.  Bottled beers ($12-$18) include labels like Yeastie Boys, 8 Wired Brewing, Founders Brewing, Orval and Anderson Valley that, given Singapore’s taking to craft beer, won’t sound too exotic to the experienced guzzler.

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Bugis

Druggists

Corrine Chia and Lincoln Goh's other craft beer spot is a watering hole modelled after Mikkeller's Viktoriagade flagship in Copenhagen, and the selection of beer styles here is pretty damn gutsy. Extra points for the knowledgeable servers, too. 

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Farrer Park

Thirsty

Opened in 2012 when imported beers were an expensive bar-side drink, Thirsty laid down new conventions with its range of bottled beers at prices mainly hovering between $7 to $12. From its first stand in Liang Court, Thirsty has sprouted more retail nooks in Holland Village Shopping Centre, myVillage in Serangoon Gardens, and Katong Shopping Centre. Thirsty encourages takeaways by the six-pack, with bulk discounts sweetening the deal. The selection has an American slant, but there are also beers to water any occasion, quiet or loud.

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Clarke Quay
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The Great Beer Experiment

This stall in Pasarbella is doing its part to show the food-obsessed how beer, too, can be an artisanal product. Among the more craft-serious beers on offer are the iconoclastic brews by Danish gypsy breweries Mikkeller, To Øl and Amager, funky Belgians, and Prairie Artisan Ales from Oklahoma. Four taps deploy craft drafts on the occasional Friday, and for lighter drinkers, there are the friendly Crabbie’s Ginger Beers, fruit lambics and sweet Belgians.

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Farrer Road

Necessary Provisions

Co-owner Goh P is a dedicated hop head who has inked an exclusive partnership with British brewery Moor and Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula to serve their beers on tap here. On the last Saturday of each month, Goh’s quaint hand-pump (traditionally found in pubs in the UK, and probably the first we’ve publicly spotted here) pulls deep orange pints of Moor’s Hoppiness IPA ($12/half pint; $18/full pint). But be warned: these, along with the Mikkeller and To Øl bottled beers ($12-$38), aren’t beers you’d chug down like your kopitiam cold ones.

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Beauty World

Burger Joint

Aside from burgers and thick milkshakes, Burger Joint also has a pretty amazing bourbon selection ($12-$90/shot) and 18 beers on tap to pick from. The tap list ($9-11/half pint, $15-$19/ pint) at launch time is thoroughly impressive, pouring esoteric hopbomb IPAs, sour-salty goses and heavy stouts. 

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Telok Ayer
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Nickeldime Drafthouse

With 15 beers on tap, Nickeldime Drafthouse features a beer list with moxie. Taps with saisons and Berliner Weisse, high-alcohol imperial IPAs and heavy porters cater to both eclectic drinkers and the intrepid but unacquainted. The beers are kept in tip-top condition in a cold room – and you pay for freshness, with 355-millilitre pours going for $12 to $16. Nickeldime also incorporates the malty stuff into its food, though it’s not always with great success. Still, the beer crust pizzas ($18) and stout-braised beef ragout ($13) are hearty picks.

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Novena

Freehouse

Cider-turned-craft-beer distributors The Mad Tapper is responsible for this outlet, curating a range of 16 beers on tap that run the gamut from crisp pilsners to funky Berliner weisses. Find a nook in the room and settle in – it's pretty cosy up here.

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Smith Street Taps

Probably the world's only craft draft beer bar in a hawker centre, Daniel Goh and Kuok Meng Chao's stall has turned into a nexus for craft beer geeks in Singapore, who're there to suck down the experimental brews they're not afraid to put on tap. 

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Chinatown
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Mikkeller Bar Singapore

Corrine Chia and Lincoln Goh – the folks behind local distribution outfit The Drinking Partners and tap bar Druggists – have set up the city’s first licensed Mikkeller spot, located at Deck. Between two 40-foot containers, a total of 20 taps pour brews exclusive from the mothership. Three house brews – the Bugis Brown, Prinsep Pilsner and Waterloo Wit – are the only constants on a beer list that covers Mikkel Borg Bjergsø’s own creations and special imports from his illustrious brewer friends.

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Jibiru

JiBiru, with its popular flagship Hitachino Nest beers, pulls in a regular 20-something and Japanese expat crowd into an outdoor bar. People-watching with a beer is quite the thing to do here. Pair the bustle with a dominantly Japanese range of beers, which are generally sweeter than their British and American counterparts and make for a suitable thirst-quencher between hopping through malls. The pared-down food menu serves casual izakaya favourites like katsu curry rice and yakitori skewers.

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Somerset

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Guide to the best bars in Singapore

Whatever your choice of tipple, type of occasion or if you just want a drink, here's our guide to the best bars in Singapore. Bottoms up!

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By: Time Out Singapore editors

Comments

6 comments
Greig P
Greig P

apart from smith st and thirsty all the other places are overpriced.  taps, mojo burps, beer is food and the always great cider pit are much better value with better variety to boot.

HIPSTERSGONNAHIP
HIPSTERSGONNAHIP

Nickeldime has a really good-value tasting paddle, go before 7pm and whack paddles faster than the Chinese table-tennis team

ezkil .
ezkil .

Why any article about craft beer bar is all about this few outlet? There is more outlet out there to features too!

Bret R
Bret R

Love Jibiru great beer's top to bottom It's great to see how well they have done over the years Keep it up :)

Agnes M
Agnes M

You also did not include:

NEXT DOOR CAFE

  • 699 East Coast road
  • Singapore, Singapore 459061
  • which has an amazing choice coming from all around the overseas market

    Nice, friendly and definitely the right place for beers lovers

    Agmari

    jas w
    jas w

    You guys didnt even cover MojoBurps at tg katong..