Under The Radar: Bars for the True Hipster

Hipster. A person who follows the latest trends and isn’t mainstream.

If you identify yourself with that term, or if you are simply just looking for a cool and alternative drinking spot to hang out with your friends, here’s a list of bars in Singapore with unique concepts and eclectic interiors that you would want to know about.

  1. Mr. Punch Public House

Situated a 6-min walking distance away from Esplanade MRT, Mr. Punch Public House on 26 Seah Streeth is a distinctively unique gastrobar with its eclectic interior and eye-catching retro tin signs. It is situated above the Mint Museum of Toys, and has a cozy rooftop bar where you can enjoy the breeze while catching up with your friends over drinks. (Discover More)


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  1. No.5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar

This is one hidden gem in town, located right opposite Somerset 313. No.5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar is housed within a 2-storey 1910 Peranakan shophouse, and exudes a cozy and nostalgic vibe. The distinct features such as the overhanging oriental red lanterns, wooden flooring, and original distressed walls come together to make this space a special one to spend your evening. (Discover More)


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  1. Ice-Cold Beer

Ice-Cold Beer is also located in the Emerald District, just a short walk away from No.5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar! Similarly, it is housed in a 2-storey 1910 Peranakan shophouse. However, Ice-Cold Beer sports a more casual and laidback vibe compared to No.5. In addition, it is the first bar in Singapore to have ice tanks built into the bar itself to serve customers beers at ice-cold temperature. (Discover More)


  1. The Reading Room

A reading space by day, tapas bar by night. The Reading Room at Bukit Pasoh Road is just a 5-min walk away from Outram Park MRT Station and offers a quiet hideout for some alone time with a book, or for friends to catch up. A new brunch menu has been recently launched, with items such as Portobello omelette (S$19.80) and lobster egg benedict (S$25.80). (Discover More)


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  1. Bar Stories

If you are the adventurous sort, check out this bar, where you will get an experience like no other. Bar Stories, a specialty cocktail bar along Haji Lane, has no menu. Instead, each drink is customized for every individual based on your preferences and your mood. (Discover More)


  1. Actors the Jam Bar @ Orchard

Calling all aspiring musicians and bands, here’s your place to shine. Located at SCAPE Mall, Actors the Jam Bar is equipped with a complete band set-up and allows customers to showcase their talent by performing live on stage. It also offers a wide range of craft beers, wines and premium liquors from around the world! (Discover More)


  1. Smoke and Mirrors

Be a trendsetter and head down to Smoke and Mirrors, a newly opened rooftop bar atop the National Gallery of Singapore. Enjoy bar snacks such as Homemade Crispy Roasted Pork Belly (S$16) and Crab Claws with Homemade Chilli Dip (S$18), accompanied by a breathtaking panoramic view of the Singapore skyline with the view of the Padang, iconic Singapore flyer and the Marina Bay Sands. (Discover More)


  1. Aura

Aura is another gem in the newly opened National Gallery of Singapore, featuring a 90-seater Italian Restaurant and a 200-seater rooftop Sky Lounge. When the sun sets, the Sky Lounge is transformed into a rooftop bar serving delicious bar snacks such as Foie Gras & Duck Sliders (S$24) and Mini Truffle Burgers (S$18) alongside exquisite cocktails. Happy hour is from 5pm to 8pm. They also serve one of the best value set lunches in Singapore! (Discover More)


  1. iNCOGNiTO Bar

iNCOGNiTO Bar is a collaboration with Chye Seng Huat Hardware, one of the most popular and well-known coffee cafés in Singapore. It has a minimalistic interior with a homely vibe, and features the first 360-degree coffee bar in Singapore, allowing patrons to have a clear view of the barista preparing their order. When night falls, this space in the quiet Jalan Besar neighbourhood transforms into a craft beer bar. The alfresco seats are especially gorgeous when decorated with candles after the sun sets. (Discover More)


  1. LongPlay

LongPlay is a chic vinyl bar located between Haji Lane and Arab Street, and is one of the restaurants under Unlisted Collection. The open bar and kitchen concept, coupled with the industrial-chic interior, provides a comfortable environment to facilitate conversation. Guests also get to enjoy classic vinyls from the 1950s to 1970s while having addictive bar snacks and easy drinks. (Discover More)


  1. Bincho

Located at Moh Guan Terrace, Bincho is yet another unique concept by Unlisted Collection that shares a space with a traditional meepok stall, a perfect blend of the old and new. It features an open-concept yakitori bar serving Japanese-inspired cocktails and an extensive list of Japanese whisky, sake and shochu, all listed on an old-school chalkboard menu. (Discover More)


  1. The Beast

Situated along Jalan Kapla, The Beast is Singapore’s first bourbon bar, featuring over 30 bourbon whiskeys, an extensive selection of craft beers, and bourbon and rye specialty cocktails. They also have their very own homemade liquor stored in oak-barrels. (Discover More)


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