Venture to the heartlands closest to you and grab a swig at these unpretentious neighbourhood bars across the island.


Jolly Roger

Feel right at home at this British pub. For sport fanatics, they screen live rugby and football matches, and boast an electronic dart board and pool table. Aside from offering a range of tapped draught beers and ales, wines and classic cocktails, they also serve delicious grub. For a taste of U.K, one must absolutely order their beer battered fish and chips. Best part? They welcome four-legged friends too! 15 Chu Lin Road. Tel: 6468 2344

Coq & Balls

Coq & Balls’ events never fail to deliver a night of boisterous fun; follow their Facebook for updates. While prices are pretty steep at $14 for a pint of Asahi, they do serve stiff cocktails such as the Chuck Norris ($30) featuring a triple shot with a choice of absinthe chaser – great if you’re looking to get boozy fast. Bar snacks include luncheon fries ($8.90) and mini Wagyu beef sliders ($12.90), along with pasta, pizza and asian noodles for mains. 6 Kim Tian Road. Tel: 6276 6609


The go-to bar for Bukit Timah residents since 1997, Bojangles delivers genuine service—the staff never fail to ask you about your day. Beer is the drink of choice with a pint of frothy Kilkenny going for $15.80. First time here and ready to mingle? Gather around the large pool table and play a game with the regulars to get the ball rolling. They have since opened outlets at Woodgrove and Bukit Timah shopping centre. #01-01 balmoral plaza, 271 Bukit Timah Road. tel: 6737 1471


Nectars & Vines

This no-frills, self-service drinking den manages to keep their prices low by acting as a wholesaler for wines, beer, ciders and spirits. Look forward to a wide range of craft brews from around the world such as Murray’s dark knight porter ($10.90) and cocoa wonderland ($11.90). Their wine selection is impressive too with labels like churchview bartondale cabernet ($68/ bottle) and altos de corral single estate 2005 ($83/ bottle). It gets packed fast after dinner time, so be sure to book a table via whatsapp if you’re coming in a big group. 752 Upper Serangoon Road. Tel: 6372 1125/ 8511 5498


Blue Mist

Situated under an old flat in Tanjong Pagar, this casual bar offers one of the cheapest pints around the area. At just $10 for 500ml of tiger during happy hour, this place is teeming with office workers and heartlanders. Skip the food though—there are much better options within walking distance. #01-03, 7 tanjong pagar plaza. tel: 6220 1820


Burp Kitchen and Bar

Tucked away in a hidden corner of block 740, Burp is a well-kept secret among those who live in the Bedok reservoir precinct. Small and cosy, the bar has an al fresco area overlooking the reservoir. The crew is young and hip, promising to deliver a good laugh during your late-night swig. The nosh is on the heartier side and includes appetising delights like tacos pork carnitas ($12 nett) layered with tangy barbecue sauce and fruity apple slaw. Coming in a big group? Share a tower of Asahi super dry for just $62 nett. #01-3165, 740 Bedok Reservoir Road. Tel: 8428 4722

Birdie Num Num

There are many reasons why this laidback gastrobar has been packed since their opening. For starters, their drink promotions are really attractive, with five pints of freshly-tapped beer including guinness and erdinger weissbier going for $55 nett. The staff are genuinely friendly too, especially the owner’s mom, Rose, who never fails to strike a conversation. For food, order the hand-cut duck fat fries ($10.90) and chicken roulade ($14.90). 54 Jalan Kembangan. Tel: 6449 2546

The Bark Cafe

Located beside the secluded Changi museum, this al fresco joint is the perfect late-night spot for a quiet guzzle in the east. The fusion menu includes juicy double lamb patty with butter bun ($21.90) and roasted smoked pepper duck ($18.90) served with sour plum sauce. There is also a good selection of spirits like hakushu 12-years whisky, along with a nice variety of beers and wines. 1000 Upper Changi Road North. Tel: 6545 4118