With National Day ’round the corner, many have already set their sights on celebrating the weekend with a bang. We’re thinking: fireworks, parties, drinks and the list goes on.
But the real question boils down to this — where do you go to when you’re searching for joints to sit, back, relax and have a drink (or two) with your gal pals as you celebrate the long weekend?
Well, lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for a casual bar or a watering hole for you and your alcohol-lovin’ pals, consider these bars to sip on some of your favourite tipples while celebrating the nation’s bicentennial.
1. BAR ROUGE: DISCO LAH! – A NATIONAL DAY SPECIAL
Perched on the 71st floor of Swissôtel the Stamford, Bar Rouge is the place to be if you’re looking that serves unparalleled views of the flypast and the polychromatic fireworks display. As part of their National Day Celebration, Bar Rouge will be bringing back its second edition of Disco Lah! and guests will get to enjoy a relaxing evening with locally-inspired bites and cocktails.
Expect local-inspired flavours like the Milo Dinosaur cocktail ($20+) or try out some of their other interesting blends — peep their Strawberry Milo mocktail ($12+) — for a drink that’ll satisfy any sweet tooth cravings. For the reserved, you’ll be glad to know that Bar Rouge will also be serving up the Singapore Sling ($20+) all night long as well — a classic that’s totally apt for the occasion.
Venue: Bar Rouge Singapore
Date: 9 August
OPENING HOURS: 4PM till late
2. BAR CANARY
Bubble tea fans, this one’s for you. Bar Canary just launched two exclusive cocktails and they’re literally the perfect pairings.
Sure, it may seem kind of off to some because essentially, you’d expect bubble tea to be sweet and humble — but if you’re willing to give your tastebuds a treat then look no further than these specially curated concoctions.
It’s always a good time to cool down and booze up with a glass of Paradise Pop here at Bar Canary. This sweet concoction lives up to its name with a blend of house-made Osmanthus sencha tea, sugar syrup and a dash of gin before topping it off with sweet and chewy lychee pearls for a refreshing summer treatment. Alternatively, you can also opt for their indulgent and delicious tipple — Smooth Criminal. This bubble tea cocktail is made with a harmonious blend of lavender and earl grey tea, mixed with sweet caramel jelly, alongside a base of whisky, angostura bitters, caramel syrup, fresh milk and Frangelico liqueur for a sweet, summer-friendly rendition that you’ll want to sip all season.
VENUE: BAR CANARY
DATE: 15 JULY TO 31 AUGUST
OPENING HOURS: 12PM TO 1AM (SUNDAY TO THURSDAY) | 12PM TO 2AM (FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND EVE OF PUBLIC HOLIDAYS)
3. CÉ LA VI — SKYBAR
Next on the list — CÉ LA VI’s Skybar.
Now if you’re looking for the perfect spot to witness the spectacular pyrotechnic show that’s lined up this National Day, then there’s no better place than here at CÉ LA VI.
Aside from basking in the stunning panaromic views from the bar, guests will also be treated to quintessential classics like the Singapore Sling or a tropical concoction like the Berry Bellini that combines seasonal staples of berries and martini prosecco in a glass — no doubt, a crowd pleaser fo’sure.
VENUE: CÉ LA VI SKYBAR
OPENING HOURS: 12PM TO 2AM (MONDAY, TUESDAY) | 12PM TO 4AM (WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY) | 12PM TO 3AM (THURSDAY) | 11AM TO 2AM (SUNDAY)
Raise your glasses folks! Mitzo’s serving up something special this National Day and it’s everything you could have ever dreamed of this summer. A cocktail specially curated for the occasion, the National Treasure ($21++) was first concocted by Head Bartender Azlam, and it introduces a unique blend of chamomile-infused whisky, dry curacao, maraschino bitters, grapefruit bitters, cream, lime juice, egg white and cranberry soda — the easy way out during summer’s thick, halcyon days.
VENUE: Grand Park Orchard, Level 4, 270 Orchard Road Singapore 238857
DATES: 15 JULY TO 31 AUGUST
OPENING HOURS: 12PM TO LATE (DAILY)
5. MO BAR
Something of an elevated Pineapple cocktail, the Roaring City rests on the pillars of any proper drink: it’s refreshing, simple and it’s sure to give you a kick. The blend? Think sparkling pineapple tapache topped with vermouth jelly and a curry leaf garnish.
VENUE: Mo Bar at Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797 Singapore
DATES: 20 JULY, 27 JULY, 3 AUGUST, 9 AUGUST
OPENING HOURS: 11 AM TO 1AM (SUNDAY TO THURSDAY), 11AM TO 2AM (FRIDAY and SATURDAY)
6. SMOKE & MIRRORS
Looking for something that’ll tantalise your tastebuds? Then this unique rendition of your typical Singapore Sling cocktail, titled Robbery at the Museum might just tickle your fancy. A playful take on the local favourite, this cocktail features a glorious mashup of maraschino liqueur, cherry brand and house-made cherry bitters mixed with gin, local herbs, fermented pineapple and a fizzy foam of aquafaba and soda water. Who knows, your next nightcap could be as breathtaking as the stars in the sky.
Rojak Milk Punch, $22++
Amidst all the new blends of cocktails there is to offer comes one of the most exotic blends to date — the Rojak Milk Punch cocktail is one that (might) just hit home. Inspired by the iconic dish itself, let your summer nights unspool this August with this eclectic mix of Rojak Gin, spiced pechuga, milk, and ginger torch aroma before topping it off with peanuts. A medley of flavours that’s sure to give your tastebuds a tantalising treat that you’ll never forget.
VENUE: SMOKE & MIRRORS, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, 178957
DATES: JULY TO 31 AUGUST
OPENING HOURS: 3PM TO 1 AM (MONDAY TO THURSDAY), 3PM TO 2AM (friday), 12pm to 2am (saturday), 12pm to 1am (sunday)
We couldn’t compile a list of drinks without having mentioned these tipples by The Fullerton Hotels. To shake things up, start your night right with a nostalgic number like Sing By The Bay here at Lantern — which boasts a heady blend of vodka, zesty orange marmalade and juice, topped with a dash of Cointreau and Aperol, infused with pomegranate syrup — for a light and refreshing boozy swish affair.
Alternatively, especially for those who plan on driving, you’ll be glad to know that there’s also a non-alcoholic option. Peep Singapore’s Heartbeat. Made of crushed raspberries, apple juice, grenadine syrup, lime juice, strawberry syrup, ginger juice and pomegranate syrup, this mocktail makes the perfect go-to tipple for a non-boozy night out with the gals.