Affordable bistros, fine wine establishments and everything in-between

Alcohol trends come and go, but wine will always have its devotees. After all, few things add joy and color to life like the places you see, the people you meet and the cuisines you taste as a lover of fine wine. These establishments celebrate that sentiment.
 

FOC Pim Pam


With the widest selection of Sherry wines here, plus a solid selection of Spanish bottlings (their cellar holds over 300 labels) and tapas, FOC Pim Pam on Orchard Road is one of the best places to head to for a casual gathering while imbibing glass after glass of vino.
 

Gaston Burgundy


You won’t find a wine list here, but a walk-in cellar and the owner’s sommelier chops are all you need for a good pick from the nearly 350 labels available. There are plenty of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs to choose from, plus quality finds from lesser known vintners (even outside Burgundy) at this Keong Saik joint.
 

Ginett


Probably the first in town to offer killer $6 prices for a glass, Ginett is still the go-to restaurant and wine bar for many, especially those who happen to be near Bugis or Dhoby Ghaut. Have your wines along with their metre-long charcuterie board for a guaranteed satisfying time.
 

La Taperia


Conveniently located in Orchard but tucked away within Shaw Centre is Les Amis group’s Spanish wine and tapas concept. La Taperia is a buzzing place with live music, but still cosy and quiet enough for a catch-up sesh with friends while sipping on quality bottles of reds and whites.
 

La Terre


Home to Daisuke Kawai, a highly regarded sommelier with the awards to prove it, La Terre on Circular Road is a bar that prides itself on stocking highly sought-after Old World wines. And while you’ll find the best that Bordeaux and Burgundy have to offer here, unique bottles from places like Greece and Lebanon are also available.
 

Le Bon Funk


“People over place” is the philosophy at Le Bon Funk on Club Street—their selection of natural wines, the work of sommelier Josee Yeomans, is curated based on winemakers rather than wine regions. The food is appropriately well-done, with chef-owner Keirin Buck crafting sublime dishes like their truly heavenly foie gras toast.
 

Pandora’s Garden


Hidden away in the beautiful courtyard area of Ann Siang House, this rose wine bar is the only one here dedicated to the pink-hued vino. Get affordable rose wines by the glass or bottle, or just go for the massive magnum and jeroboam sizes, all while munching on British picnic fare in a garden setting.
 

Park90


This fine wine bar in Regent Singapore is frequented by wine connoisseurs for all the right reasons: a massive collection of around 1000 labels that are predominantly rated 90 and above by Robert Parker Wine Advocate (thus the name). It’s also the first and only wine bar in town to serve Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and Chateau Petrus wines by the glass. Come for a night of appreciation, not intoxication.
 

Praelum


Praelum at Duxton reminds us what every good wine bar should have: a solid range of wines, delicious grub from the kitchen, a comfortable space, and most importantly, unpretentious yet knowledgeable folk managing the space. Come and appreciate a fine red or just quaff down a bottle—no one’s gonna judge.
 

The Wine & Gourmet Friends


Started by friends who simply wanted to create a space for people to come together and have a good meal, this Bukit Pasoh Road haunt is an instant casual oasis on an otherwise intimidating street. The wine cellar holds over 300 styles of wine, with a glass starting from $6 and bottles from just $25 (up to $1,888). Aerated decanting service available.
 

Verre


As impressive as their cellar is, Verre at River Valley has no airs about it—they want people to drink good wine “without having to put on a tie”. Expect no less than 20 wines from revered producers available by the glass, covering red, white, rose, bubbly and sweet.
 

Wine Connection


The after-work go-to place for wine in Singapore needs no introduction. They have plenty of branches all around the island, but the most popular are the ones at Robertson Walk—there’s a proper bistro by the courtyard and a more casual deli and cheese bar by the dropoff point—that sees crowds every day.
 

Wine RVLT


If Wine RVLT’s revolution succeeds, more people will be drinking “authentic, living, raw, natural and honest wines”. Spontaneous fermentation, unconventional aging methods, unusual grape varieties and funky flavors are par for the course at this natural wine bar on Carpenter Street, so be ready for an unexpected journey. Simply start by ordering from their shelf of bottles. It also helps that the food menu here is equally delish.
 

Winestone


Part of the Dine at Stevens enclave in Orchard, Winestone at Novotel Singapore on Stevens serves modern European fare with a focus on the Mediterranean region. Their affordable (but quality) wines, starting from just $6 a glass and $48 a bottle, make this a perfect after-work hangout.