Insider’s Tip: The Best Late Night Spots

Entertaintment | Written By, Mandy Lynn | June 28th, 2016

 

Whether you’re new to the city, or have spent half your life in Singapore, searching for the best watering holes or late night supper joints in this foodie destination is not an easy task. So we’ve hunted down the real nightlife experts to give you the lowdown on their favourite bars and late night eats.

AKI EGUCHI
BAR PROGRAM DIRECTOR, JIGGER & PONY
101 Amoy Street, jiggerandpony.com

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A veteran in the bartending industry, two-time Diageo World Class winner Aki Eguchi is easily one of the city’s most renowned and well-loved bartenders. His warm and amicable demeanor is the reason why whichever bar he helms is constantly abuzz.

Operation Dagger

WHERE TO GO DRINKING
Operation Dagger (7 Ann Siang Hill). I absolutely love their creations; I’m always taken care of by the guys, and no bar in Singapore has a ceiling as enchanting as theirs.

WHERE TO GO FOR SUPPER
Ramen Keisuke Lobster King (3C River Valley Road, 01-07 The Cannery). It’s one of the few places open till 5am, and makes you feel human again after a long night’s shift. Order the spicy miso lobster broth ramen… actually, order two – it’s that good!


ANANDHA RUBEN
HEAD BARTENDER, ADRIFT BY DAVID MYERS
Marina Bay Sands, marinabaysands.com

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Probably one of the sweetest and most humble bartenders in town, Anandha Ruben is not one to brag of his skills – his cocktails speak for themselves (arguably one of the best gin martinis I’ve ever had). Four years behind the bar at Mozza Osteria has prepared him to spearhead the bar at Adrift by David Myers, serving up a storm with his signature cocktails.

WHERE TO GO DRINKING
Oxwell & Co. (5 Ann Siang Road). Their bartender Farid is friendly and welcoming – he really makes me feel at home. Also, I’m addicted to their Gin Chronic! It has local flavours of nutmeg and clove, and is perfect for Singapore’s weather.

WHERE TO GO FOR SUPPER
Thai Tantric Authentic Thai Cuisine (400 Orchard Road, 03-23 Orchard Towers). The food is simple, delicious, and prices are very reasonable – seafood fried rice, omelette and tom yum soup only cost us $22.


KINO SOH
HEAD BARTENDER, FRESH! BAR
101 Jalan Sultan, thesultan.com.sg

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Recently representing Singapore in The Giffard West Cup 2016 in France, Kino Soh is one of the female bartenders who have contributed to the rise of Singapore’s cocktail movement. Paving the way as a role model for rising female bartenders in this male-dominated industry, Soh is currently the only female contender in the top 10 finalists of Diageo World Class 2016.

BangBang_Interior_6

WHERE TO GO DRINKING
I love drinking and dancing at Bang Bang (Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard)! It’s also fun to watch drunk people get thrown out.

WHERE TO GO FOR SUPPER
Old House (25 Neil Road) – industry people know it. Butter squid, Hokkien prawn mee and white lor mee. Plus it opens till 5am!


PETER CHUA
GUNNER, CRACKERJACK
69 Neil Road

Peter Chua

One of Singapore’s rising young stars, Peter Chua is no new name in the game. Apart from being a skilled bartender (his list of awards under his belt include Diageo World Class 2014, Singapore and South East Asia Champion), his cheeky personality and boyish good looks often place him in the limelight.

Manhattan at Regent Singapore

WHERE TO GO DRINKING
Manhattan Bar (Regent Hotel, 1 Cuscaden Road) to be spoiled rotten!

WHERE TO GO FOR SUPPER
I’m all about local food. I usually end up at KPT (401 Hougang Ave 10) for late night meals. It has a good variety of local food like chicken rice, Hokkien mee, char kway teow, mee pok, and even barbecue seafood!


CHRISTIAN HARTMANN
CO-OWNER & GENERAL MANAGER, VASCO
42 Hongkong Street, vascosingapore.com

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It comes as no surprise that Christian Hartmann has a stunning list of accreditations, working his way up at world-renowned bars such as Bangkok’s Hyde & Seek, and the bar at Hotel Fox, under the mentorship of one of Copenhagen’s earliest cocktail pioneers Gromit Eduardsen. Today, Hartmann is the co-owner of Latin American cocktail bar Vasco.

WHERE TO GO DRINKING

Blu Kouzina (10 Dempsey Road, Block 10, 01-21) hits the spot. I love the food here, and the fact that the owners are on deck most of the time adds to the experience. A must order is the Moussaka.

WHERE TO GO FOR SUPPER

Without a doubt, Oriental Chinese Restaurant (195 New Bridge Road). The food here is from Central China and is so good. I highly recommend the skewers. The boys there barbecue until 5 in the morning. It’s full on!


LOUIS TAN
OWNER-BARTENDER, HOPSCOTCH AND MIXES FROM MARS
28 Maxwell Road, hopscotch.sg

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Having been bartending since the age of 18, Louis Tan honed his craft at Bar Stories before eventually venturing on his own with cocktail bar Hopscotch, and private event bartending consultancy, Mixes From Mars. His cocktail creativity stems from his firm grasp of classic cocktails suffused with a local flair – his most raved about concoction: chili crab cocktail.

The Spiffy Dapper

WHERE TO GO DRINKING
I always have fun whenever I’m at Spiffy Dapper (73 Amoy Street). The first time I was there, (then head bartender) Hilda told me that (owner) George was out shopping, only to have him back two hours later drunk because he was actually drinking at the French restaurant next door!

WHERE TO GO FOR SUPPER
That’s easy – Mongkok Dim Sum (214 Geylang Road). There’s a good selection of dim sum and you won’t go wrong with the xing zhou bee hoon – make it extra spicy!


RICKY PAIVA
BEVERAGE MANAGER, MASSIVE COLLECTIVE

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Also known as “The Man with The Cool Moustache,” bartender extraordinaire Ricky Paiva is often recognised for his iconic stache and his ability to party all night (and day). Formerly of San Francisco’s Rickhouse and Singapore’s Manhattan Bar, Paiva’s attention to detail is spot on, beautifully transposed into every cocktail he serves.

28 HKS

WHERE TO GO DRINKING
One of my favourite bars to run into good friends and have great conversation is 28 Hong Kong Street (28 Hong Kong Street). I usually drink there and karaoke afterwards.

WHERE TO GO FOR SUPPER
Oh my god, Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant (183-191 Jalan Besar)! If you’ve never been here for supper, you are making a big mistake. Pro tip: order one basket of xiao long bao (soup dumplings) per person, you’ll thank me later!

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