SMITH STREET TAPS
#02-062, 335 Smith Street Chinatown Complex.
Tel: 9430 2750
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 6.30pm-10.30pm
Drink: “Beer of course and whatever is on rotating tap. I like IPAs.”
What’s coming up: Stone IPA ($12/pint), Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA ($13/pint), Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA ($12/pint).
Bar BiTES: “Some carbs, rice or bread (from the stalls at Smith Street Chinatown Complex).”
Frequency: “Mid-week with a friend. You’ll catch me there at about 6.30pm.”
#01-42/K3 The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green.
Tel: 6694 2884
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am-11pm, Fri & Eve of PH 11.30am-12am, Sat-Sun & PH 11am-11pm
Why: There’s Asahi draught ($17.50/pint), Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc draught ($18.90/pint), Corona ($14), Kilkenny ($15), Erdinger ($16), and Heineken ($12). Tap onto their wide selection of single malt whisky, premium gin, martinis, mojitos and more.
Bar BiTES: Pizza’s great.
Frequency: Two to three times a week.
#01-10, 991B Alexandra Road.
Tel: 6276 7337
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11.30am-3pm, Tue-Sat 5.30pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-3pm
Drink: Angie’s Special ($18, happy hour $15)
Why: The surprise cocktail is “really well-balanced and good.”
Bar BiTES: Truffle fries and wings.
Frequency: “Once a week with friends or colleagues.”
ALIBABAR THE HAWKER BAR
125 East Coast Road.
Tel: 6440 6147
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6.30-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 6.30pm-1.30am
Drink: Warsteiner Premium Pils
Why: “Easy to drink and refreshing.”
Bar BiTES: “A burger and pizza joint opens till late, but I don’t usually eat there.”
Frequency: “I used to go three times a week, but after getting married I now spend more time at home.”
38 Tanjong Pagar Road.
Tel: 6475 2217
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 6pm-12am
Drink: Bohemian Mai Tai ($22) and Transatlanticism ($23)
Why: The former has becherovka liqueur and tiki rum potion; while the latter brings together Amaro Montenegro and American whisky.
Bar BiTES: “Everything!”
Frequency: “Too much. Go early, it’s nice and quiet and you normally get the whole bar to yourself.”
HOOD BAR AND CAFÃƒ”°
#05-07 Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street.
Tel: 6221 8846
Opening hours: Mon-Wed, Sun 5pm-1am, Thu-Sat 5pm-3am
Drink: Guinness draft ($15/pint), AMF cocktail ($18)
Why: “Guinness keeps me in a smooth mood; the AMF for birthdays–bottoms up before the song ends!”
Bar BiTES: Hood signature wagyu secret juicy burger with bacon ($18), deep fried chicken skin OMG ($18).
Frequency: “I go late on weeknights and meet my close buddy there to play darts.”
#01-02 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street.
Tel: 6836 5710
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 7pm-12am, Thu-Sat 7pm-1.30am, closed third Monday of the month
Drink: “All the sake is amazing, but the yoghurt sake ($64/bot, plum-flavoured) is always a winner.”
Bar BiTES: Grilled stingray.
Frequency: Often. “I normally try and go in just after they have opened.”
Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road.
Tel: 6431 5315
Opening hours: Daily 5pm-2am.
Drink: Signature cocktails Brown Derby (blanc vermouth, mango, bergamot, citrus, tequila) and Corpse Reviver (Lillet blanc, homemade orange liqueur, lemon, absinthe, gin), $23 each.
Bartender: Head craftsman Tom Hogan.
Frequency: “A LOT! Maybe too much.”
69 Neil Road.
Tel: 6220 0369
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 5pm-1am
Drink: Artisanal craft cocktails from the awardwinning bartenders
Why: Asian Sensation ($90) is a punch bowl concoction with deep floral notes of chrysanthemum and St. Germain elderflower; while smoky and woody Village Chronicles ($25) is made of Single Village Mezcal, a clay-oven baked agave spirit.
Frequency: “Weekdays are always good.”