Location isn’t the ultimate answer when it comes to dictating how a date goes, but a well-chosen venue can put you on the right foot for sparking serious conversations, sparks, and dare we say, a romantic connection?
Choosing the perfect venue that revolves around aesthetic charm and a dreamy atmosphere can be anxiety-provoking, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 10 fancy bars in Singapore so idyllic they might even have automatically scored you a second date.
1. Atlas Bar
Named one of the greatest places in the world by Time magazine, the Atlas Bar is as close as it gets to reliving the unapologetic opulence synonymous with Hollywood’s Golden Age. While making every effort to give guests the full Great Gatsby experience, guests have been known to book a month in advance to secure the best seats in the house.
The centerpiece – a golden three-story display showcasing 1,011 varieties of gin – is a sight to behold, but this gin bar also serves up a lengthy blend of wines. So don’t worry if you failed to figure out his go-to poison when you were stalking for his IG.
600 North Bridge Rd, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778 Learn more here
2. Mr. Stork
Named after the luck often associated with storks, leave the bustling city behind by rising to level 39 of Andaz Singapore, where Mr. Stork peacefully resides. For the power couple, relax after work taking in stunning views of the skylines as the sun sets, or seek refuge in the teepee huts for an HTHT first date.
Need some liquid courage to break the ice? Mr Stork’s cocktail menu reads well, taking inspiration from the garden theme the bar adopts. Rhubarb ($20) for example shakes up rhubarb strawberry, lemon with a powerful kick of bubbly and vodka.
5 Fraser Street Level 39, Andaz, 189354 Learn more here
3. Drunk Farmer
Drunken Farmer, a pop-up natural wine bar owned by the Spa Esprit group, has opened its first bistro and bar on Stanley Street. With over 80 natural wine labels available for retail and a menu centered around natural sourdough, a night here will take you straight to the vineyards of Western Europe.
11 Stanley Street, Singapore 068730 Learn more here
4. Open Farm Community
Ardent foodies with a penchant for food that’s good for the soul but without compromising on taste, Open Farm Community echoes that sentiment through its farm-to-table dining concept.
The menu resonates with the restaurant’s creative innovations, the kitchen helmed by French chef Benjamin Darnaud, whose credentials include being the protege of Michel Bras – a three-star Michelin chef for the uninitiated.
The Kaffir Colada ($18) is one of their inventive creations, modifying the festive pina colada with kaffir lime leaves and champagne to create an aromatic spiced liqueur.
130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819 Learn more here.
6. Studio 1939 @ Potato Head Folk
Hidden in plain sight on the third level of Potato Head Folk is Studio 1939, a chic bar that oozes quirky glamour. Antique sofas, vintage rattan armchairs and a half-moon marble bar make up the interior of the cocktail bar, with mood lighting to give this space a sense of cozy intimacy.
The bar offers a wide variety of spirits, but the real draw is inherently the bespoke cocktails. Think of Chendol #36 ($21) from the Local Treasures menu as an ode to true blue Singaporean – pandan-infused bourbon and coconut milk blended with aromatic bitters, finished with a splash of gula melaka for good measure.
Potato Head Folk, 36 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089143 Learn more here
7. Piedra Negra
You’ll need to tear away any preconceived notions of what fantasy might entail to fully indulge in Piedra Negra’s fantasy ethos. Located along the hippie enclave of Beach Road, it’s hard to miss the colorful facade of the Cinco de Mayo-meets-Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
The decidedly Mexican menu is easy on the wallet, offering a range of tapas ideal for not-so-accidental skinships when looking for another chip to dip.
241 Beach Rd, Singapore 189753 Learn more here
8. The Dempsey Kitchen and Bar
Dining at any Michelin-starred restaurant isn’t going to be a cheap deal — and most importantly, but this one has THREE — but you already know that. Stump at the Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar is priced higher, but the bar is perfect for an after-dinner night out without breaking the bank.
Equipped with a constant arsenal of alcohol ranging from cocktails to wines of all shades, we suggest practicing your pronunciation of the most complex item on the menu like the Château Roumieu Haut-Placey Sémillon Sauv sweet wine. White 2015, Sauternes ($18) and let it roll over your tongue when ordering to knock your date’s socks off. It’s a #protip.
17D Dempsey Road, 249676 Find out more here
9. South Bridge
Talk about a perfect view. Located on the roof of a heritage shop in Boat Quay, this gin and oyster bar offers major thrills (and drinks!).
Until June 12, Southbridge will offer a curated series of Gin Around The World, starting with Australia’s Four Pillars Navy Strength cocktails, mixed by bartender Peter Chua of Junior the Pocket Bar. Don’t forget to ask for an oyster pairing for you and your date!
80 Boat Quay, Level 5, Rooftop 049868 Learn more here
10. Sky Lido
Nothing is more “romantic” than a view of the city lights. Nestled atop Concorde Shopping Center in Outram, Sky Lido offers stunning views of Robertson Quay and the River Valley. Escape for a sunset cocktail or enjoy drinks until midnight at the bistro’s rooftop bar.
317 Outram Rd, #05-01 Concorde Mall, Singapore 169075
Learn more here
This article was first published in wonderwall.sg.