First, drink responsibly. Second, expect an extensive lineup.
Here’s a question we hear often after a long day at the office: Want to head out for a drink? Or was it do you want to celebrate another day of survival? Either way, sometimes we need a little rosé or soju to alleviate that crazy work sitch. The way we see it, nothing cures a case of the “work blahs” like after work drinking (read: no-nonsense booze concoctions). You know this. We all know this. These bars most definitely know this.
We’ll drink to that.
LITTLE ISLAND BREWERY
Drink recommendation: Craft beers, $5+
It’s hard to miss this smokehouse and restaurant — having parked its cosy space right smack in the middle of Changi Village. Savour different flavours of their own craft beer that are on a rotational basis: golden ale, extra pale lager, dry Irish stout, blood orange saison.
“I really love the music they play, the atmosphere, and of course, their craft beers!” — Prashanth, Software developer
Address: 6 changi village road, #01-01, Singapore 509907
Opening hours: 12pm – 11pm
THE OTHER ROOM
Drink recommendation: Asian Smash, $20+
The unpretentious bar is known for its artisanal cocktails that vary from Sir Winston Churchill made with coffee and cinnamon to High Tea that features dry vermouth, peach and yuzu tea. Their menu is all about being timelines — focusing on reinterpretations of the greatest cocktail classics of all time.
“After work drinking is necessary. Their scotch and tea is not to be missed if your boss pissed you off that day. I go there regularly.” — Celine, Events manager
Address: Marriott tang plaza hotel, #01-05, Singapore 238865
Opening hours: 6pm – 3am
JIGGER AND PONY
Drink recommendation: Yuzu Whisky Sour, $23
Grab a delicious craft cocktail or three at this joint that is all about the cool factor. Expect west and Asian influences like Japanese fruits and liqueurs, so you and the whole fam can experiment in good fun (and punch bowls) during an after work drinking sesh.
“They have a nice ambience and super friendly staff. Plus, they have a free flow of tapioca chips to pair with their cocktails!” — Wylie, Graphic designer
Address: amara hotel, singapore 088539
Opening hours: 5pm – 1am
Drink recommendation: Ginita Applebum, $16
Holding bragging rights on their gourmet burgers, this joint brings you a selection of secret recipes hailing from London. Finally, end the meal with one of their fruity cocktails, drizzled with artisan soda. Half drink, half work of art, all parts delicious.
“They definitely whip up tasty burgers, but topping it with one of their frozen coladas puts this restaurant on my list of must-visit places. “ — Hannah, Advertising manager
Address: 60 robertson quay, singapore 238252
Opening hours: 5pm -12am
MADAME FAN BAR
Drink recommendation: Yu Cha, $26
Tucked away in JW Marriott and usually missed, at first sight, this Cantonese restaurant delivers craft cocktails with an Asian twist. Think of it as a marriage between oriental flavours and an idyllic Italian summer.
“Is it bad to say that one of my favourite things is how insta-worthy their drinks are? I feel like I’m in an ancient Chinese timepiece and I dig it.” — Leonard, Professional Gamer
Address: THE NCO CLUB, 23 BEACH ROAD, SINGAPORE 189764
Opening hours: 12PM – 12AM
Drink recommendation: Yakult Soju, $24
This three-storey heritage shophouse merges Korean bites and creative drinks. Using combinations such as Yakult and Makgeolli, you can expect smooth and adult versions of regular drinks. Other food delights include soy wings, kimchi ratatouille and Korean glass noodles.
“Their Makgeolli creations are not to be missed! The area is also pretty fancy yet has a laid-back vibe that my colleagues and I enjoy.” — Mun Wei, Personal assistant
Address: 5 tan quee lan street, singapore 188094
Opening hours: 5:30pm – 12am
Drink recommendation: Ice Man, $23
This bar has also rolled out craft cocktails that take inspiration from local influences and old school Singapore: Little Nonya, Kungu Hustle, etc. Flavours include lychee and coconut — who can say no to that?
“After a long day of stressful work, this place which is tucked in a quiet corner away from the busy streets is the best place to chill and unwind a little. My go-to drink is the Ice Man; it has an exotic taste and is pretty smooth.” — Nathaniel, Beatboxer
Address: gilman barrakcs, singapore 109455
Opening hours: 5:30pm – 1am
Drink recommendation: Dirtwolf Double IPA, $15+
This underground bar isn’t just a party haven but serves up a mean food and happy hour spread. Hot tip: head straight for their mini bites like the BBQ pulled pork taco. Get a glass of their draft craft beers while you’re at it.
“Hopheads is a fab place to hang out with friends because it has a great atmosphere without being overly-crowded, there are tons of games (like a ping pong table and jenga!) to help you de-stress after a long day and the snacks are simple but really delish!” — Charlie, Public Relations Executive
Address: haw par glass tower, #b1-100, singapore 239926
Opening hours: 11:30am – 12am
Drink recommendation: Red Velvet, $20
Think rooftop garden, tropical cocktails and nighttime city views — hands down, a better alternative next to you knocking one down at home. So if you’re tired of your usual after work drinking spots, you know where to go.
“The view from the rooftop bar is pretty good and they have a huge food and drink menu so I can always find something I like!” — Natalie, Editorial intern