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A Night on the Town in Singapore

Whether it's the Big Apple or the Big Easy, hole-in-the-wall charm or sky-high glamour, Singapore's new bars have a myriad of influences. This itinerary hits all the hot spots, for a night packed full of fun. By VERONICA INVEEN.

Published on Mar 7, 2017


 5:00 P.M.  RED TAIL BAR

The brand responsible for iconic nightclub Zouk Singapore has left out booming sound systems and LED lights at their casual drinking and dining spot, Red Tail Bar, in Clarke Quay. With banging cocktails and a well-crafted menu of small plates to share with your drinking crew, the bar backs up its claim to be "the drama before the party."; drinks for two S$40.

Red Tail Bar
Red Tail Bar's motto sets the stage for the night ahead. Courtesy of Red Tail Bar.


Just before sunset, head to the top floor of the Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway, on the shopping paradise of Orchard Road, and beeline to the poolside bar, BayWatch@Jen. Scoot into a lounger and enjoy a panoramic view of the city as it surrenders to twilight, then after dark sip on one of the bar's signature cocktails while the Marina Bay Sands laser show lights up the sky. Next, move a few floors down to visit the hotel's more specialty-drink-focused bar, Lounge@Jen. From DJ showdowns to crazy cocktails, there's always something happening here. One of the bar's newest concoctions, Uncle Kaya, is a rum-heavy nod to Singapore's famous kaya toast breakfast snack.; doubles from S$213; drinks for two S$30.

Hotel Jen
The rum-heavy Kaya Toast cocktail at Lounge@ Jen. Courtesy of Hotel Jen.



Next stop: the 1920s. This stylish speakeasy on Amoy Street channels the Prohibition-era United States to a T. The highly lauded bar is the second outpost of iconic Employees Only in New York City, which is on Drinks International's World's 50 Best Bars roundup for 2015. Try the Ready Aim Fire, a mix of mezcal, lime juice, house-made honey-pineapple syrup and Hellfire Bitters.; drinks for two S$50.

Employees Only.
The Employees Only's interior. Courtey of Employees Only.



Sticking with the 1920s theme, beam from New York City to New Orleans at this Louisiana-style canteen bar. The venue, opened in September 2016, is a tribute to the rich spirit of the Big Easy with its exposed brick, dimly lit industrial hanging lamps and cozy spaces. Its central location on buzzing Club Street evokes the bar's namesake Bourbon Street. There are 30-plus labels of bourbon on the menu, including purple-shiso, Earl Grey and even cinnamon-infused varities. And to stay true to their New Orleans tribute, the bar serves favorites like chicken and waffles.; drinks for two S$35.

Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street serves chicken and waffles. Courtesy of Bourbon Street.



If the clock strikes midnight and you're still standing, stumble over to Skinny's Lounge in Boat Quay. This dive bar is the perfect place to keep the good times rolling, with private karaoke rooms, a well-used pool table, rock-and-roll, and a menu labeled "Fast & Cheap," which includes the British classic Pimm's Cup and the tequila-based Paloma. If you and your crew aren't quite ready to fold in, order a your cocktail in a tower, large enough to serve 12—it is the quality of the drinkers, not the quantity that will really determine how many it takes to empty it.; drinks for two S$30.

Skinny's Lounge
The infamous Pimm's Cup tower at Skinny's. Courtesy of Skinny's Lounge.



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Skinny's Lounge bar manager, Leo Chewy (left), and owner, Nick Haas. Courtesy of Skinny's Lounge.
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