Updated: Nov 30, 2020
Covid-19 in Singapore looks like it is finally in control and infection rates has been low for some time now. Phrase 2 restrictions are still in place at the moment and dining and drinking is still limited to 5 per table and all liquor sales and consumption aren’t allowed past 10.30 PM.
All expectations that Phase 3 would bring about the re-opening of the nightlife industry were dashed when Education Minister Lawrence Wong, the co-chair of the multi-ministry task force of COVID-19, on Tuesday (Oct 20) described the nightlife industry as a 'higher risk' setting and that activities were unlikely to resume even at the start of Phase 3. The announcement will no doubt set many business owners thinking hard about harbouring hopes on continuing operations or shutting down.
For those fortunate enough to not be in the position of nightlife business owners, it means we have to shelf our plans for partying at least for this year. There are however, still nice places out there to chill and have a drink to go home by 10.30 pm.
Fans of the high life will be no strangers to 1-Altitude, perched on the 62nd storey of One Raffles Place, with a panoramic view of the city’s skyline. Considering its popularity, it’ll be a good idea to make reservations in advance if you’re planning an evening reunion here with your S/O.
Address: 1 Raffles Place, 048616, Singapore 048616
Opening hours:5PM-10.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 6438 0410
2. Deadfall at Barbary Coast
Having recently joined our bar scene right before Circuit Breaker started, even CBD dwellers might not have heard of Barbary Coast. While their Ballroom space on the second floor remains closed during this period, you’ll be able to visit Deadfall, their medieval themed resto-bar zone on level 1.
Open from: 12PM-10.30PM on 19th June
Address: 16 North Canal Road, Singapore 048828 Telephone: 8869 4798
Atlas, dripping in Great Gatsby-inspired grandeur, hardly needs an introduction as it’s made waves for itself as one of the best bars in Singapore. Classy and glamorous, this makes the perfect spot for your first date night with your boo after the 3-month-long wait.
Address: 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778 Opening hours*: Mon – Wed 10AM-10.30PM | Thu – Fri 10AM-12AM | Sat 12PM-12AM (Closed on Sun) Telephone: 8121 9304
4. Employees Only
Soak in the old-world charm of Employees Only this Friday night. On the tables are juicy burgers and cocktails but if you‘re unable to book a seat, they’ve got alcohol delivery and takeaway options as well.
Address: 112 Amoy Street, Singapore 069932 Opening hours: 4.30PM-10.30PM, Daily Telephone: 6221 7357
5. Txa Pintxo Bar
Situated in the striking Alkaff Mansion, Basque restaurant Txa Pintxo Bar serves up great bar bites of traditional pinchos such as the apple jam and blue cheese-topped Crema de Roquefort Con Manzana Y Nueces ($4.90) – things we’ve definitely missed during this stay-home period. After feasting to your heart’s content, wash everything down with their array of liquor, from cocktails to cider.
Address: 10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore 109178 Opening hours: Tue – Sun 5PM-11PM (Closed on Mon) Telephone: 6773 0070
6. Live Twice
A scene right out of mid-century Ginza, Tokyo, Live Twice is a charming, minimalist bar with a cosy interior. Spend the night here sipping quirkily named bevvys like Reyka-based Salty Dog ($25).
Place a reservation here.
Open from: 4PM-10.30PM on 19th June
Address: 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089834
7. Potato Head
Return to this well-loved bar in Tiong Bahru to dive into their delectable Western grub and signature cocktails like Hyde and Seek ($21) once again.
Address: 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143 Opening hours: 11AM-12AM, Daily* Telephone: 6327 1939
Chug great beer with a fabulous view of the Marina Bay to match at Level33, the highest microbrewery in the world. Book in advance to get great seats along the alfresco terrace.
Address: 8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01, Singapore 018981 Opening hours: 11.30AM-10.30PM, Daily Telephone: 6834 3133
9. No. 5 Emerald Hill
The conveniently-located Peranakan-style bar near Somerset MRT is now back at it once more.
Open from: 12PM-10.15PM
Address: 5 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229289 Opening hours: 12PM-10.15PM, Daily Telephone: 6732 0818
10. Heart of Darkness
With more than 30 unique flavours of craft beer served up at Heart of Darkness, it’s gonna be hard to just keep to one. Popular hits like the fruity Dream Alone Pale Ale (from $9) and flavourful Kurt’s Insane IPA (from $10) are bound to fix your boozy needs.
Open from: 2PM-10.30PM
Address: 55 Tras Street, Singapore 078994 Opening hours: Mon – Fri 2PM-10.30PM | Sat & Sun 12PM-10.30PM
After an evening of drinking, don't forget about Singapore's strict DUI Laws. Especially if you drove to drive, remember to hire a BookValet's valet service. Bookvalet's "Drive Me Home" service serves you by assigning a driver to reach you and your car within 30mins of your booking. Their experienced drivers have experience handling all brands and models of cars and will drive you and your car safely back home.
Enjoy yourselves and stay safe!