Best late-night bars in Singapore
Remember the nights where we were pressured to down our alcoholic drinks at 10.25pm before they’re swooped off the table? Almost feels like a fever dream. Now that those days are long gone, it’s time to suss out the best late-night bars in Singapore open till late so you can hang out till the wee hours of the morning with your kakis.
We’ve pulled together a list of both iconic institutions and newly opened late-night bars, from a shooters bar with over 130 flavours to a Cuban place where you can swing to live Latin American music.
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Best late-night bars in Singapore1. Acid Bar & Restaurant – Open till 2am on weekends 2. Chupitos Shots Bar – Shooters bar with over 130 flavours3. Barbary Coast – Opulent Bridgerton-like bar 4. Parliament Bar – Retro American themed bar 5. Ziggy’s – VIP Suites with costumes6. Epiphyte Cocktail Bistro – Queer-friendly bar with chio garden 7. Cuba Libre Cafe & Bar – Happy hour drinks from $8.508. Bar Stories – Bar with no menu hidden in a shophouse9. Piedra Negra – Mexican cuisine & top-notch margaritas 10. Gibson – Late-night cocktail bar with fresh oysters11. Le Noir Live Music Lounge – Live band with MBS views12. Employees Only – Speakeasy bar from NYC 13. Taboo Cafe & Bar – Iconic gay bar in a new location14. Skinny’s Lounge – American-style dive bar with old-school tunes 15. Live Twice – Hidden Japan-inspired cocktail bar16. No.5 Emerald Hill – 1-for-1 martinis 17. Level Up – Old-school arcade machines
1. Acid Bar & Restaurant – Open till 2am on weekends
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Finding a place to hang out after shops close is a real struggle, especially if you still have lots to catch up on. Head on to Acid Bar & Restaurant, located right across from Somerset MRT station. It’s open till 2am from Fridays to Saturdays, and till 1am the rest of the week.
Instead of trying to make small talk, you’ll get to cheer, groove, and make googly eyes at each other as a live band performs – if you’re there any day from Thursdays to Sundays. Otherwise, there’s also a seating area outside that’s quieter, so you can sip on a Tommy’s Margarita ($20) or Aperol Spritz ($20) while chatting.
Acid Bar & Restaurant also has happy hour deals from $11 for beer, wine, and house pour spirits.
Address: 180 Orchard Road, Singapore 238846Opening hours: Sun-Thu 5pm-1am | Fri-Sat 5pm-2amTelephone: 8338 6966
2. Chupitos Shots Bar – Shooters bar with over 130 flavours
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There’s no time for boring shots at Chupitos Shots Bar. This bar in Clarke Quay is known for creative shots that would appease alcohol purists. Here, you can choose from over 130 shot flavours ($12 each) with unique local-inspired names – think Milo Godzilla, Pandan Cake and Bubble Tea.
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We know that it can get overwhelming making decisions here, especially when the shots menu itself is separated into 8 different categories. But here’s a good lobang: there are happy hour deals with selected shots going for $6 until 9pm, so you can try different flavours without burning a hole in your pocket.
Address: 3B Clarke Quay, #01-05, Singapore 179021Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6.30pm-1.30am | Fri 5.30pm-1.30am | Sat 5.30pm-4amTelephone: 8836 0490
3. Barbary Coast – Opulent Bridgerton-like bar
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Now if you think only ratchet places open till late, Barbary Coast’s gonna prove you wrong. This bar has atas decor that gives you Bridgerton vibes, great for special celebrations like birthdays or bachelorette nights.
The best part is that there are 2 floors – DeadFall on the first and Ballroom on the second – both open till 3am from Thursdays to Saturdays. The one we’re impressed by, though, is Ballroom. Order a fancy cocktail like Tommy Tomate ($23), a concoction of mezcal, tomato, kaffir, agave and lime to match the vibes.
Address: 16 North Canal Road, #02-01, Singapore 048828Opening hours: Mon 7pm-12am | Tue 7pm-1am | Wed 7pm-2am | Thu-Fri 7pm-3am | Sat 7.30pm-3amTelephone: 8869 4798
4. Parliament Bar – Retro American themed bar
Everything is lit by a soft neon glow. Image credit: @parliament.sg via Instagram
You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a grungy American dive bar at Parliament Bar – David Bowie posters, Fender guitars, disco balls, and retro booths included. Don’t expect viral TikTok songs blaring through the speakers here – their playlist has old-school tunes across different genres, from synth-pop and classic rock, to soul funk and hip hop soul lounge.
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Its location in Keong Saik, right next to the CBD, makes it perfect for after-work drinks with colleagues – especially since its open Tuesdays to Saturdays until midnight. To sweeten the deal, happy hour drinks start from $10 for wine and prosecco and $15 for classic cocktails such as Gimlet, Negroni, and Daiquiri – available till 8pm daily.
If you’re feeling peckish, this no-fuss establishment also serves casual American bar grub like Dirty Dog ($12), Spam Fries ($15), and Fried Chicken Burger ($20).
Address: 18 Teck Lim Road, #02-01, Singapore 088390Opening hours: Tue-Sat 5pm-12am (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)Telephone: 9622 7573
5. Ziggy’s – VIP Suites with costumes
Those with a flair for the dramatic will love Ziggy’s Karaoke Rooms & Cocktail Bar. It’s a hybrid karaoke lounge with private rooms and a cocktail bar inspired by David Bowie.
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The rooms are swankily decked with upholstered velvet sofas, posters of the rockstar in gold antique-inspired frames, and a minibar stocked up with snacks and drinks. If you book a VIP suite, there’s even a private stage with a microphone stand for you to live out your wildest rockstar dreams.
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Each room has a backstage wardrobe brimming with costumes and props so you can pretend you’re a millionaire from Bling Empire. Those who can’t sing to save their lives, don’t panic – pick up the percussion instruments like maracas and tambourines. Put those triangle music classes in primary school to good use, it’s your time to shine.
Karaoke fees are $10/person and room rentals go at $60/hour for Deluxe Rooms and $180/hour for VIP Suites from Mondays to Thursdays. On Fridays, Saturdays and Public Holidays, these are $80 and $240 respectively. Check out the full list of rates.
Address: #01-27 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-1am | Sat 5pm-2am (Closed on Sundays)Telephone: 6235 5400
6. Epiphyte Cocktail Bistro – Queer-friendly bar with chio garden
Queer-friendly bars in Singapore are few and far between. Those with solid food menus and beautiful interiors are even rarer.
Located in a shophouse space at 47 Neil Road is Epiphyte Cocktail Bistro. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming front, the interiors are photo-worthy from every angle – and there’s even a chio garden area that makes you forget you’re right in the heart of the city. Image credit: @epiphyte.sg via Instagram
More than just a bar, Epiphyte is also a restaurant with intriguing dishes like the Pink Risotto ($26) which gets its striking colour from roasted beetroots. You also need to try the Epiphyte Terrarium ($18), a pandan sponge cake with coconut ice cream dessert that’s presented in the form of a terrarium.
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Address: 47 Neil Road, Singapore 088827Opening hours: Wed 6pm-10.30pm | Fri-Sun 6pm-10.30pm (Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays)Telephone: 6610 6271
7. Cuba Libre Cafe & Bar – Happy hour drinks from $8.50
Clarke Quay is back to its former glory, buzzing with crowds and live music echoing from every bar. One bar, in particular, thumps with live Latin American beats.
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And if you’re looking for some of the best mojitos in Singapore, you’ll find them right here.
Cuba Libre has over 20 cocktails to choose from – from fruit-infused Mojitos ($30) to classics like a Sangria ($18) and Pina Coladas ($20). Drinks start from $8.50 during happy hour that runs until 8pm.
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The food menu has authentic Cuban mains like the Signature Ropa Vieja ($28) a slow-stewed pulled beef dish drizzled with tomato sauce served with black beans, herbs and rice. For small bites, you can’t go wrong with the Albóndigas de La Abuela ($14), a meatball dish right out of the Cuban chef’s grandma’s recipe book, or Beef Empanadas ($14).
Address: 3B River Valley Road, Clarke Quay Block B, #01-13, Singapore 179021Opening hours: Sun-Fri 6pm-3am | Sat 6pm-4amTelephone: 8418 0203
8. Bar Stories – Bar with no menu hidden in a shophouse
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If you find yourself in Haji Lane looking for a spot to chill with your drinking kakis, make your way up a narrow flight of stairs at 55-57A Haji Lane. You’ll arrive at Bar Stories, an artisanal cocktail joint hidden in a shophouse.
But here’s the catch – there’s no drinks menu.
This might be bad news for those who like sticking to safe options, but Bar Stories is for those who are a little adventurous. Just tell the bartenders what you feel like drinking or your preferred flavours, and they’ll come up with a unique concoction just for you.
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Tip: Try to get a seat by the bar so you can watch as the bartenders work their magic.
Address: 55-57A Haji Lane, Singapore 189248Opening hours: Wed-Thu 5.30pm-11.30pm | Fri-Sat 5.30pm-12am | Sun 5.30pm-11.30pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)Telephone: 6298 0838
9. Piedra Negra – Mexican cuisine & top-notch margaritas
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We heard Piedra Negra is the to-go place for authentic Mexican cuisine and some of the best margaritas in Singapore. They’re pretty affordable too, at $15/glass – and you can choose to have them frozen or shaken.
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Otherwise, the menu has practically every type of cocktail or spirit you can think of – and you can’t go wrong with cheap house pours that start from $10. Pair ‘em with delicious quesadillas (from $11.90), tacos (from $12.90) or traditional ceviche ($13.90).
In case you didn’t know, Piedra Negra is also the sister bar of Blu Jaz Cafe which is best known for its live jazz music and uproarious comedy nights.
Address: 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753Opening hours: 12pm-12am, DailyTelephone: 9199 0610
10. Gibson – Late-night cocktail bar with fresh oysters
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Who says late night bars can’t also be fancy? Gibson is a classy AF establishment for the true MVPs. After all, it’s named after an exquisite cocktail that’s essentially a martini garnished with – wait for it – a pickled onion.
If pickled onions aren’t your thing, there are other unique concoctions that may be more up your alley. Jodhpur Cola ($25) is a refreshing tipple that uses South Asian flavours like vetiver tincture and betel nut. Jeju-Do Blazer ($25), inspired by Korea’s Jeju Island, is infused with burnt mandarin orange juice.
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But here’s the real star of the show: fresh oysters ($7 each) that are air flown in daily from places like New Zealand and USA. Oyster happy hour runs from 4pm-6.30pm on weekdays, where you can get them at $3+ each.
Address: 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, 2nd Floor, Singapore 089834Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6pm-12am | Fri 6pm-2amTelephone: 9114 8385
11. Le Noir Live Music Lounge – Live band with MBS views
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Most would think that drinking at MBS is heavy on the wallet – and they’re not wrong. But there’s one bar along the stretch by the promenade where you can live the bougie life on a budget. At Le Noir, you can get drinks from $9 during happy hour from 4pm-7pm.
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This is also one of the rare late-night bars that’s open every day of the week. But wait, it gets better: there’s a live band playing every night, and banging DJ sets on Friday and Saturday evenings till the bar closes – all while you admire the view of Marina Bay.
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #01-84, Singapore 018972Opening hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-1am | Fri 4pm-2am | Sat 12pm-2am | Sun 12pm-1amTelephone: 8684 2122
12. Employees Only – Speakeasy bar from NYC
Employees Only hails from New York.Image credit: Employees Only Singapore
Ask for a speakeasy bar recommendation and it probably won’t be long before Employees Only is name-dropped. You’ll find the entrance obscured by velvet curtains with a red neon sign that reads “psychic”
Cocktail connoisseurs will love its menu of classics from its New York counterpart – think the Mata Hari ($25), made with cognac, chai-infused vermouth and pomegranate juice.
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From Sundays to Thursdays, aperitivo hours are from 4pm-7pm, and you can order $10 house pours and $18 cocktails.
Address: 112 Amoy Street, Singapore 069932Opening hours: Sun-Fri 5pm-1am | Sat 5pm-2amTelephone: 6221 7357
13. Taboo Cafe & Bar – Iconic gay bar in a new location
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Taboo is an iconic gay bar that used to occupy a shophouse along Neil Road for 16 years. If you’ve been here, you’ll know that it’s famed for its lively parties that go on till the break of dawn. The bar moved out of its former home during the pandemic but has since found new, albeit smaller, digs in Duxton.
But Taboo has always been a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies – so it’s still pumping with life especially during weekends.
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You can get drinks from $8 during happy hour that goes on till 7.30pm – perfectly paired with Thai-inspired mains like Thai Stir Fried Basil Pork ($13) and Green Curry Chicken ($13). If you’re feeling just slightly peckish, fuel up on some bar bites like the Spring Rolls ($13) or Grilled Pork Skewers ($18).
Address: 57 Duxton Road, Singapore 089521Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5.30pm-12am (Closed on Sundays)Telephone: 8518 2181
14. Skinny’s Lounge – American-style dive bar with old-school tunes
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Amongst the fancy cocktail joints in Singapore’s bar scene, cool dive bars are hard to come by. When all you want to do is knock down a few pints of beer and house pours while belting out your favourite Fleetwood Mac or Queen tunes, then Skinny’s Lounge is the place to be.
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There’s nothing uppity about this place. It’s like you’ve just stepped into a neighbourhood dive bar in San Francisco. The walls are plastered with random movie and band posters, it’s so dimly lit you’ll probably need a ring light for your group selfies, and an American flag hovers over the bartenders at the counter. It’s the perfect antidote for pandemic fatigue.
The menu here is also kept simple – with a small selection of beers, shots, and cocktails. Get a caffeine boost with your cocktail when you order Wake Me Up, F*ck Me Up ($20), which has brandy, salted caramel and espresso, or go for classic options like the Penicillin ($20), a Scotch-based drink, or New York Sour ($20), a rendition of the whiskey sour with a layer of red wine on top.
Address: 82, #01-02 Boat Quay, Singapore 049870Opening hours: Wed-Fri 6pm-3am | Sat 7pm-4am | Sun 7pm-3am (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)Telephone: 9653 8886
15. Live Twice – Hidden Japan-inspired cocktail bar
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At Live Twice, you would think you’ve transported yourself to 1960s Japan as it’s inspired by Tokyo’s bars that opened during the postwar economic boom. You’ll need to keep a look out for the entrance – it’s tucked behind another restaurant, Humpback.
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The bar itself is rather aesthetic, decked in plywood, subtle warm hues and modern mid-century furniture – the ideal setting to appreciate the carefully crafted cocktails. Coffee lovers need to try the Golden Butterfly ($25), made with waqar pisco, cold brew coffee, grape and verjus. Otherwise, the Drops of Dew ($25) is great for those with a sweet tooth.
Cocktails are priced at $15 during happy hour from 6pm-7.30pm.
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Don’t leave without trying the sandos on the menu. Carnivores will happily devour the Wagyu Katsu Sando ($44), while the Ebi & Corn Katsu Sando ($28) is also highly raved about.
Address: 18-20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089834Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6pm-12am | Fri-Sat 6pm-2am (Closed on Tuesdays)Telephone: 9011 8304
16. No.5 Emerald Hill – 1-for-1 martinis
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Whether it’s endless IG shots of the shophouse bar interior or uber famous 1-for-1 martinis promotion, OGs will definitely know No.5 Emerald Hill. Pick a seat by the bar on the first floor, or head up the stairs to a cosy area, decorated with photos of old school Orchard Road.
You can’t visit No.5 Emerald Hill without ordering up their martinis. Try the Longan ($20) or Lychee Martini ($20) – you can get both for the price of one from 9am-1am.
Address: 5 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229289Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-2am | Fri-Sat 12pm-3am Telephone: 6732 0818
17. Level Up – Old-school arcade machines
If you wanna go drinking at Clarke Quay but got no mood to go Zouk, Level Up is open till 3am on weekends. This arcade-bar is exactly what you think it is, a hangout spot to play some games with your kakis while sipping on cocktails (from $18) or an Asahi Super Dry ($14/glass).
Order a food or drink, and you’ll get free game tokens that you can use at old-school arcade machines like X-Men vs. Street Fighter and Metal Slug or newer games like darts and Time Crisis 3.
There’s food too – including bar snacks like chunky Korean fried chicken ($13/9 pieces) and mains such as the BBQ pulled pork brioche burger ($23). Just make sure you don’t toh.
Address: 3A River Valley Road, #02-04 Block A, Singapore 179020Opening hours: Sun-Thu 5pm-1am | Fri-Sat 5pm-3am Telephone: 6266 2276
Enjoy the vibes at these best bars in Singapore
Those looking for a place to hang out until the wee hours of the morning have plenty of options in Singapore. Whether you’re craving live music, want to treat yourself to something fancy or just looking to hit up the coolest spots in town, this list will come in handy.
Bookmark these best bars for your next night out, whether you’re catching up with friends you haven’t met for ages or planning a romantic evening with bae.
These bars can get pretty busy, especially during weekends – so remember to make a booking before heading down.
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Cover image adapted from: @chupitos_sg via Instagram, Skinny’s Lounge, Barbary Coast.First published on 26th May 2022. Last updated by Dewi Nurjuwita on 26th May 2023.