Food

Best Hidden Restaurants and Bars Singapore (2021) 

Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr

 

 

The term “speakeasy” was originally reserved for hidden bars, but it has since come to refer to any establishment that adopts a cloak-and-dagger appearance. Restaurants in this small little red dot are following in the footsteps of their bar counterparts. On top of their mysterious locations, each of these restaurants and bars offers one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Even with the assistance of a GPS, looking for them can be frustrating. Not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of the 15 Best Speakeasy in Singapore.

1. The Secret Mermaid

The Secret Mermaid | Bars and pubs in Raffles Place, Singapore
Photo credit: TimeOut

Address: 10 Collyer Quay, B1-09, Ocean Financial Centre, 049315
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 5 PM-11 PM (Closed Weekends)

The Secret Mermaid, a sushi and salad joint by day, transforms into a closed-up “private” bar as the sun sets. Do not be fooled by the completely closed doors; you may have caught a glimpse of their exquisite alcohol “library” peeking out from the top of their shutters, as well as some oldies music spilling out from within. Cosy is an apt description of the bar’s interior; approximately 25 people can comfortably fit inside. If the crowd doesn’t mind squeezing, the numbers will undoubtedly rise. Truly one of Singapore’s best speakeasies!

How to get there: Look for the huge black shutters and a small logo of a fish with legs that says “push here.”

2. Live Twice

Live Twice: a local take on a Japanese mid-century modern bar

Photo credit: TimeOut

Address: 20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089834
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 6PM-1AM; Fri-Sat 6PM-2AM
Contact Number: 9011 8304

Because it is hidden behind Humpback Restaurant, this bar is not visible from the street. To find Live Twice, enter a glass door beside the restaurant and proceed down a corridor decorated with photo frames. There are over 100 different types of whiskey to choose from. Cocktails, among other liquors and spirits, are a highlight of the bar, where customers can get some house favourites in the bar itself.

How to get there: Look for the glass door that looks like an office next to the Humpback restaurant.

3. Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall

Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall - The Minute List

Photo credit: The Minute List

Address: 60 Boat Quay, Singapore 049848
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 6PM-12AM; Fri-Sat 6PM-2AM
Contact Number: 6535 0838

Customers will love what Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall has done to one of Singapore’s most beloved dishes if they have ever adored Chili Crab so much that they wished they could have it in a form other than food. Their famous Chili Crab cocktail is a must-try, but it only scratches the surface of the local-inspired cocktails they create.

A written menu is not available in the bar, nor are “official” names for their cocktails. The atmosphere is localised, similar to an upscale coffee shop that, despite serving specialty cocktails, would not mind if customers arrived in shorts and slippers. Throughout the night, hawker food is available, including Singaporean favourites like Char Kway Teow and Hokkien Mee. Definitely one of Singapore’s best speakeasies.

How to get there: Look for the bar’s subtle signage and head up the stairs, which is tucked next to a mini-mart. The old-fashioned localised watering hole can be found on the first landing.

4. Operation Dagger

Photo credit: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Address: 7 Ann Siang Hill, #B1-01, Singapore 069791
Opening Hours: Tues-Weds 6PM-1AM; Thurs-Sat 6PM-12AM
Contact Number: 6438 4057

The bar entrance to Operation Dagger would be the epitome of understatement. The only way to know you’re in the right place is to see the symbol above the doorway, which looks like a stairwell that’s under construction and leads down into a basement. The first thing you’ll notice as you walk into the bar is a floating cloud of lightbulbs dominating the ceiling space. Beyond the bar, there are shelves that look like they belong in a modern apothecary.

With a cocktail menu that changes every six months, you can expect to see some unusual concoctions. If customers get hungry, they can order from a small menu of bar snacks, which includes dishes like Banana Fritters and Steak Tartare, among others. Overall, a fantastic speakeasy, and one of the best in Singapore.

How to get there: Simply look for the unmarked door with six squares illustrated on it to determine if you are at the correct entrance.

5. Mr Punch Public House

See pictures of Mr Punch Public House, Singapore

Photo credit: Quandoo

Address: 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 3PM-11.30PM; Fri 12PM-12AM; Sat 12PM-11.30PM (Closed Sundays)
Contact Number: 8339 8966

Mr Punch Public House’s interior, tucked away beneath MINT Museum of Toys, immediately strikes a nostalgic chord. It’s as if you’ve stepped into a 1960s teen room, with bright and quirky enamel posters dominating your field of vision.

The highlight of this gastrobar is its menu of European cuisine. Before proceeding to an evening of cocktails, you can order Glazed Short Ribs or Linguine Soft-Shell Crab.

How to get there: Simply go to MINT Museum of Toys and descend the staircase right beside the entrance.

6. Catchfly

See pictures of Catchfly, Singapore

Photo credit: Quandoo

Address: 12 Ann Siang Rd, Basement 069692
Opening Hours: Tues-Thur 6PM-1AM; Fri-Sat 6PM-3AM (Closed Sun & Mon)
Contact Number: 6222 7183

Catchfly, a basement bar only accessible via a “private” lift, exemplifies old-world luxury. Aside from the velvet-covered furniture, the gold accents and dark marble table surfaces distinguish this establishment as relatively swanky. The bar itself is more on the exclusive side of things, with a floor area that can accommodate an estimated 37 seated patrons and 50 standing patrons at any given time.

With a diverse menu of cocktails, spirits, and liqueurs, you can create a variety of different mixes to suit your tastes. You won’t go hungry either, as the bar offers a menu of main and sharing plates, such as the Trio of Kebab, which includes prawns, lamb, and chicken kebabs, and a Duo of Mediterranean dips with pita chips. Without a doubt, one of the best speakeasies in Singapore!

How to get there: After entering a passageway with Catchfly signage, take the lift at the end of the corridor to the basement, which opens straight up to reveal the entire bar.

7. The Great Escape

Address: 101 Kallang Ave, #08-02 Victoria Wholesale Centre, Singapore 339504
Opening Hours: Fri-Sat 6PM-2AM; Sun 6PM-12AM (Closed Mon-Thur)

The Great Escape is a bar that goes out of its way to remain unnoticed. Previously located at Golden Mile Tower, this car park bar has recently relocated to its third location as a city getaway. Gritty as always, but determined to provide a secret hideaway for city dwellers tired of the island’s plethora of shiny restaurants and cafes.

When customers arrive, they will notice that they are on a rooftop with a DJ console and scattered seating areas. Enough said, the atmosphere at the bar is undeniably relaxing. The bar menu includes standard liquor such as gin, whiskey, and vodka, as well as Kona beers on tap and bottled craft beers.

Guests can expect movie screenings every other week or so, as well as arts and crafts markets on a regular basis, as the venue doubles as an event space.

How to get there: Take the centralised lift to the 8th floor of the Victoria Wholesale Centre. A coffeeshop canteen shares the common space with the rooftop bar.

8. SLING

Highlights:

  • All-natural craft cocktail menu
  • Refined local dishes
  • Paramount quality of ingredients
  • One-of-a-kind art-perience

SLING is a hidden restaurant and bar that reinvents the world-famous Singapore Sling for a new generation. The national drink, which was first created in 1915, is considered a treasure among Singaporeans and has gained popularity and recognition due to the history behind the famous drink.

What better way to enjoy the national drink than with other local cocktails? SLING has the best concept for bringing back memories: flavours that refine your childhood! The ingredients they use are of the highest quality, as they ensure that everything is natural and free of preservatives. This ensures a genuine flavour that will undoubtedly keep you coming back for more!

For more information about this hidden bar, go to SLING’s page via this link

Address 20 Kandahar Street, 1st Floor, Singapore 198885
Contact Details +65 6294 0078 | email protected
Operating Hours Tuesday to Sunday: 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Last Order: 9:30 pm

9. Burger Bar New York Singapore

(Image Source: Burger Bar | Facebook)

Highlights:

  • Old-school American bar vibe
  • Highest quality produce
  • Offers burger and beer gift card

Burger Bar is your next stop if you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary burger joint. Burger Bar serves authentic American beef burgers and one-of-a-kind international beers. This hidden bar is a hidden gem for those who love burgers and beers.

Burger Bar first opened its doors in 2016. Since then, they’ve been offering a wide range of craft beers from around the world to customers. As you enter this old-school American-inspired bar, you’ll feel like you’re in New York. To learn more about Burger Bar, follow them on Instagram and like their Facebook page.

Address 115 Amoy Street #01-03Singapore 069935
Contact Details email protected | +65 6221 8648
Operating Hours Monday to Saturday: 11:30 am to 10:30 pm

10. The Horse’s Mouth Bar

Highlights:

  • Fine and rarely-seen sakes
  • Wide range of premium spirits and liquor 
  • Offers island-wide delivery

The Horse’s Mouth Bar is a hidden Japanese bar on Orchard Road. Their menu and drink sets are as intriguing as the bar’s location, which is hidden behind a door in a ramen shop in a shopping mall.

The mysterious atmosphere of this bar is outstanding. The walls are designed with geometric light fixtures and shelves overflowing with books. Overall, this hidden bar is worth adding to your bar-hopping itinerary, owing to its extensive selection of premium spirits and enthralling atmosphere.

Address 583 Orchard Road, Forum The Shopping Mall |
Enter through Yoshi Restaurant, #B1-39 (On the left of Watson’s) or
via #01-41 Uma Uma Ramen
Contact Details email protected | +65-8188-0900 
Operating Hours Monday to Sunday: 5:00 am to 10:00 pm

11. The Elephant Room

(Image Source: SG Magazine Online)

Highlights:

  • Modern tipples inspired by Little India
  • A wide selection of cocktails available for delivery
  • Culture-forward cocktail bar

With The Elephant Room, you can indulge in Indian flavours and spirits. The fanciest craft spirits and modern cocktails inspired by our very own Little India are housed in this hidden bar. This bar will tell you stories about heritage and culture that you have never heard before – all through the medium of drinks and tipples.

One of The Elephant Room’s most popular drinks is Tekka, which Susela, the bar’s creator, enjoys the most. This is named after the Serangoon Tekka Centre. This drink is made with Old Monk Rum, which is popular in Little India but not widely available in mainstream drinks.

In The Elephant Room, sip one of their one-of-a-kind cocktails. There’s a lot to learn about this Chinatown hidden bar! You can get a sneak peek at their Instagram page, but the rest is up to you to figure out!

Address The Elephant Room, 20A Teck Lim Rd., 088391 Singapore
Contact Details email protected | 91115131
Operating Hours Monday to Thursday: 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Friday to Sunday: 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm

12. MoboMoga Sake Bar

(Image Soure: Tsukurto)

Highlights:

  • Sake bar with 20 years of experience
  • Decent Izakaya-style food menu
  • High-quality sakes imported from Japan

True sake enthusiasts would not miss visiting the sake bar on River Valley Road in MoboMoga, but for starters, this bar may be difficult to locate. This bar, hidden in UE Square Residences, is one of Singapore’s best sake restaurant bars. With over 20 years of experience in providing exceptional drinks, you will not be disappointed in discovering this hidden gem!

They also serve izakaya-style food in addition to their interestingly unique and high-quality sakes. Get a taste of their oden, cabbage rolls, and chicken karaage, as well as the sake master’s recommendation for your drink. Oh, and don’t forget to reserve your slots ahead of time! MoboMoga can get a little crowded on certain days, so that would be our best advice.

Address 207 River Valley Road #01-58 UE Square River Wing Singapore, Singapore 238275
Contact Details +65 6219 3430
Operating Hours Monday to Saturday: 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm

13. The Other Room

(Image Source: World’s Best Bars)

Highlights:

  • Open until 4 am on weekends
  • Serves delightful libations
  • 300 different finished products

Good food, great company, and the best drinks – experience all of this by hanging out at The Other Room, one of the most chill speakeasies on Orchard Road. The Other Room is a Singaporean restaurant bar that serves delicious food and drinks all night.

Are you looking for a Sirloin steak? What about some Iberico ham? The Other Room is unquestionably the place to be! To stay up to date on their latest promotions, like their Facebook page and follow them on Instagram.

Address Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel 320 Orchard Road #01-05, Singapore 238865
Contact Details email protected | +65 6100 7778
Operating Hours Monday to Thursday: 6:00 pm to 3:00 am
Friday to Saturday: 6:00 pm to 4:00 am

14. The Dragon Chamber

(Image Source: The Dragon Chamber | Trip Advisor)

Highlights:

  • Unconventional Chinese dishes
  • Guerrilla-style food
  • Chinese mafia room

The Dragon Chamber is hidden behind a fridge door inside a local cafe. It is an immersive Chinese hidden restaurant that will transport you back to the days of old Chinatown.

The Dragon Chamber offers unique Chinese dishes for an unforgettable dining experience. The best part is that its atmosphere evokes a Chinese mafia vibe, making The Dragon Chamber your go-to secret society hangout haven. Their unique guerrilla-style food will undoubtedly keep you coming back for more!

Address 2 Circular Rd, Singapore 049358
Contact Details +65 6805 8181 | email protected
Operating Hours Tuesday to Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm5:00 pm to 10:30 pm

15. Bincho at Hua Bee

Highlights:

  • Inspired by a yakitori-ya in Japan
  • 20% off on all self-pickup orders
  • Selection of meats, seasonal veggies, and seafood

Bincho is a tucked-away bar inside a heritage coffee shop near Tiong Bahru. It is inspired by the famous yakitori served at small grilling stalls in Osaka.

Bincho is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that combines Singapore’s past and present. The idea is to combine a 7-year-old mee pok stall during the day with a dining destination at night. Go down to Hua Bee’s Moh Guan alley and enter that metal door to see and experience the sensory escape for yourself!

Address 78 Moh Guan Terrace #01-19, Singapore 162078
Contact Details 65 6438 4567 | email protected
Operating Hours Tuesday to Sunday: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

This brings us to the end of our list of the best speakeasy in Singapore. In a nutshell, noteworthy hidden Speakeasies are the ultimate “secret hideaway” for unwinding after a long day at work and indulging in a few drinks. That sense of exclusivity, combined with your favourite cocktail, is a truly exquisite way to end your day and prepare for the blissful night ahead.

Comments are closed.