Best bars in the CBD area for your much-needed after work drink
A long day at work calls for a well-deserved tipple. Nothing beats a boozy evening out after lengthy hours spent bustling in the office, and these bars will serve as relaxation spheres to wind down from work. Whether you’re looking for an after-work drink or just seeking out some happy hour deals, you’ll be able to find them all at these best bars in the CBD area.
Jigger and Pony
Nabbing the top spot on the prestigious Asia’s 50 best bars list is no easy feat – which should be more than enough to speak to Jigger and Pony’s signature drinks and immaculate hospitality.
The bar, located at Amara Hotel, is known for their fresh and inventive interpretations of classic cocktails. Raise a toast to the team with a glass of Make it Rice ($25), a cocktail made up of Haku vodka, red rice yeast, rice syrup and cream; or with a stronger glass of Little Red Dot ($25) – consisting of Tanqueray No. Ten gin, Giffard lychee, raspberry, grapefruit and rose water.
The bar also offers happy hour specials, where you’ll be able to enjoy $16 cocktails like a classic Old Fashioned or a refreshing Daiquiri. Not to mention, the bar’s warm hospitality and relaxed fun-time ethos have also earned it several nods of approval.
Jigger and Pony
165 Tg Pagar Rd, Amara Hotel, Singapore 088539
Opening hours: 4pm – 10.30pm (Wednesday – Saturday); Happy Hour menu is available from 4pm – 7pm
Telephone: 9621 1074
Native is well-known amongst bar lovers in Singapore for its creative and boundary-pushing approach to drinks. This trailblazing bar has been voted amongst the top 20 bars in the world for three years – an impressive accomplishment considering it has only been around for four years.
Helmed by Vijay Mudaliar, Native’s cocktails are largely inspired by flavours from the local landscape as well as around the region. The bar’s concoctions are incredibly original, with drinks such as the Peranakan ($25++), a cocktail entailing ingredients like jackfruit rum, laksa leaves, goat’s milk, candlenut and gula melaka; or Pandan ($25++), a creation comprising of Indian single-malt whisky, pandan, jaggery and Himalayan salt.
52a Amoy St, Singapore 069878
Opening hours: 5pm – 10.30pm (Monday – Friday), 4pm – 10.30pm (Saturday – Sunday)
Telephone: 8869 6520
Noted for their impeccable hospitality and cordial professionalism, it comes as no surprise then that Manhattan has continuously managed to clinch several world bar awards.
Besides the flawless service ethos, the contemporary luxurious bar’s cocktail menu is no slouch either. The grand hotel bar is inspired by the Golden Age of cocktails, which is reflected in its grandiose tipples. The new menu, New York Personified, is filled with innovative cocktails that are inspired by iconic Manhattanites.
Take a sip from Milkorno ($26), a creative cocktail inspired by former First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt that consists of whisky, corn and smoked pepper milk punch; or opt for the Lady of Song ($32), a delicious concoction made up of champagne, gin, violet liqueur, orange and chamomile oleo saccharum that also acts as a nod to Ella Fitzgerald’s alias as the First Lady of Song.
1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 2 Regent Singapore, Singapore 249715
Opening hours: 5pm – 10.15pm (Tuesday – Saturday), 12pm – 3pm (Sunday)
Telephone: 6725 3377
Gin Parlour by the Bay
Gin enthusiasts will love this scenic gin spot known as Gin Parlour by the Bay. With 200 labels of gin varieties from around the globe, you’ll be able to cherry pick from the cream of the crop.
Soak in the impressive waterfront views of the Marina Bay skyline whilst downing down a glass of Silk Route ($22), a bespoke creation from the bar entailing grapefruit, star anise, agave and your choice of gin from selected options.
Happy hour specials include the classic G&T ($11) with your choice of gin from a pre-selected list, a glass of bubbly ($17) from France, as well as cocktails ($11) like your classic margarita or Aperol spritz. For those teetotaling, the bar has also got you covered with selections like Seedlip’s spirits and Pierre Zéro’s wines.
Gin Parlour by the Bay
80 Collyer Quay, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore 049326
Opening hours: 5pm – 10.30pm; Happy Hour menu is available from 5pm – 8pm
Telephone: 6597 5266