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Raise A Toast To The Best Bar Bites In Singapore

#1: No.5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar
This two-storey bar is located in an old shop house and tucked away in the middle of an alley just off Orchard Road. A popular spot for locals, expatriates and tourists alike, this iconic establishment serves an impressive selection of martinis and cocktails; but make no mistake – most people come here for the food. Perhaps the most-ordered item on the modest-sized food menu is the bar’s signature chicken wings. The meaty wings are marinated in shrimp paste before being deep-fried, and are so flavourful, juicy and crispy that it’s impossible to stop at one. Other crowd-pleasers include the crunchy, wafer-thin pizzas and the mini burgers served with fries. 5 Emerald Hill Rd, tel: 6732-0818, #2: Wala Wala Café Bar
This neighbourhood bar has been around for what seems like an eternity, and it’s not hard to see why. The crowd is young and hip, the live music performances are awesome, and the drinks menu is solid, with a good selection of beer, stout and whiskey. The food menu features full meals and finger food items. We especially love their Spicy Blackened Chicken Wings (and when they say spicy, they really mean spicy!), their large pizzas with interesting toppings like smoked duck, wagyu beef and chipotle dressing, their deep-fried pork strips served with a dark, spicy sauce, and their generously portioned cheese, grilled meat and sausage platters. 31 Lorong Mambong, tel: 6462-4288, #3: Loof
Opened by The Lo & Behold Group in 2005, this award-winning, Singapore-themed rooftop bar serves beautifully crafted Southeast Asian-inspired cocktails using ingredients like calamansi lime, chilli padi, ginger, kaya and tapioca pearls. For local knick-knacks, check out The Mama Shop, a fun little store selling souvenirs and nostalgic games like “five stones”. But let’s not forget the other big reason people are drawn to this place: the food. The locally inspired menu includes the lip-smackingly good Chilli Crab Waffle Fries (waffle-cut fries with Loof’s signature chilli sauce and blue crab dip), Crispy Chicken Satay (cracker-crumbed chicken with honey-mustard pickles) and Loof Original Ramly (omelette-wrapped burger served with a secret sauce and waffle fries). Bacon lovers, try their Bacon Lollipop – maple syrup-glazed pancetta nuggets topped with mixed nuts and pho herbs. Yum! #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, tel: 6337-9416, #4: Wine Connection Tapas Bar & Bistro (Robertson Walk)
If you love wine, you’ll love the varieties available at this long-established watering hole near town. The wines are reasonably priced, of a high quality (even the inexpensive ones), and palate pleasing. If you’re not a wine drinker, don’t worry, because Wine Connection also serves exclusively imported draft beers. Most of the main meals here are pub-style – there’s pasta, pizza and grilled meat, for example – but if you’re after smaller bites, check out the tapas menu, which offers Spanish-influenced treats like meatballs in tomato sauce, fried cheese sticks, fried potatoes (patatas bravas) and olives. #01-19/20 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity St, tel: 6235-5466, #5: Druggists
Located in Little India, this small, unpretentious drinking joint is housed in an 80-year-old shop house. You’ll find a good selection of craft beers from cult breweries like 8 Wired, Beavertown, Thornbridge and Magic Rock, and the Asian-inspired bar food is pretty decent, too. On the menu: full meals like cereal prawn pasta, chilli crab pasta and salted egg yolk pasta, and snacks like satay sliders, ngoh hiang sliders and hae bee hiam toast. And yes, chicken wing fans – this place serves amazing chicken wings, too. Choose between spicy sambal wings and savoury shrimp paste wings. 119 Tyrwhitt Rd, tel: 6341-5967 #6: Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall sounds like something you’d find at your neighbourhood hawker centre. And yes, even though the venue is furnished with kopi tiam-style chairs and features decorative elements that would not look out of place in an old-fashioned coffee shop, you’ll soon find that it’s unlike anything in your ’hood. Located in the CBD and overlooking the Singapore River, Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall serves inventive cocktails with cool names like Ice Limau, loaded with calamansi lime with liquor, Ginseng Negroni, Milo Dino (made with – you guessed it – Milo), and Kopi O (laced with alcohol, of course). The hawker-style food is to-die-for, with options like Ngoh Hiang Platter, prawn paste chicken, and even Hokkien Mee and Char Kway Teow! 60 Boat Quay, tel: 6535-0838 #7: Smoke & Mirrors
This trendy rooftop bar offers great views of the Padang and Marina Bay. Here you’ll find an excellent selection of wine from some of the world’s top wine-producing regions, handcrafted cocktails made with unusual ingredients like lapsang souchong tequila, jackfruit rum, Peking duck jus, wasabi cherry and pepper honey, and of course, quality spirits. The food menu is equally impressive and creative. For small bites, choose from dishes like Crispy Tofu Skin with Salt & Spices, Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Wings, Homemade Crispy Roasted Pork Belly, and Popcorn Chicken with Dried Chilli. National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, tel: 9234-8122, #8: Mezza9 Martini Bar
This multiple-award-winning bar offers the largest selection of handcrafted martinis in Singapore, plus a good selection of beer, wine, cocktails and spirits. Its signature martini is the Lychee Martini, which packs a real alcoholic punch and isn’t too sweet. You may also wish to try their tangy and creamy Lemon Curd Martini, their bold, coffee- and Kahlua-flavoured Espresso Martini, and their Belberry Martini, with passion fruit puree, raspberries, Cointreau and lemon juice. Need some food to go with your drinks? The menu features light bites, like fried chicken wings with a Thai-inspired dipping sauce, wagyu beef sliders with fries, blue swimmer crab cakes, crispy spring rolls, and a grown-up version of a toasted ham and cheese sandwich, served with truffle. Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd, tel: 6732-1234, #9: Park HV
Located in hip and happening Holland Village, just outside the main row of shop houses, and housed in an old container complete with solar panels, Park HV serves craft and bottled beers, red and white wines, premium spirits, and a small selection of Japanese tipples like sake, umeshu and momoshu. The food menu is among the most varied we’ve ever seen for a bar, making Park HV a smart choice if you prefer not to drink on an empty stomach. We love their sandwiches, burgers, pastas and crepes, but if you fancy something less heavy, go for their spicy Park Wings, their thin-sliced Spam chips (deep-fried slivers of the famous luncheon meat), or their tasty truffle fries sprinkles with parmesan cheese. 281 Holland Rd, tel: 9721-3815, #10: Mr Punch Public House
This rooftop gastro-pub is located in the City Hall area, just above the Mint Museum of Toys. In addition to cocktails, local beers (from Archipelago Brewery, for instance), wine and other yummy tipples, you’ll find a superb variety of sharing dishes on the menu. The food is European- and American-inspired, with treats like Angus beef sliders topped with onion marmalade, Iberico pork rack served with a luscious sauce, and Frango Assado, or roast chicken, marinated with herbs and spices. 26 Seah St, tel: 6339-6266, This story first appeared on Like this? Check out the menu updates from the hottest restaurants and cafes, the most awesome brunch places we are digging and drive the heat away with the best smoothie bowl spots in Singapore.