Stock up the home bar, or just browse to your heart's content

As nice at it would be to have your cocktails served by a mixologist and your wines poured by a sommelier every time you feel like having a drink, sometimes you just want to imbibe in the comfort of your own home. That’s where bottle shops come in. Here are some of the best ones around.
 

1855 The Bottle Shop


Named after the 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines, 1855 has a bottle for every occasion, from everyday varietals to Champagnes that won’t break the bank to magnums of iconic First Growth vintages priced in the high four figures. Six outlets, including #B2-44 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Rd.
 

Bottles & Bottles


Need to pick up a bottle of vino for that fuss-free occasion? Bottles & Bottles makes it an easy affair with convenient retail locations around the island, with shelves stacked to the brim and in a way that makes for accessible browsing. Eight outlets, including #01-13 One Raffles Place
 

EC Proof


If you reckon you’ve got the bartending skills to shake it with the best of them, then EC Proof (and retail space The Proof Flat) is the place to get spirits, bitters, tools and books for your home bar. Look out for their special events too. 43A HongKong St.
 

Grand Cru Wine Concierge


A wine bottle shop manned by sommeliers? Sounds like the place to be for real collectors and true oenophiles. They've got a good range of highly-rated bottles, including 100-pointer labels, which you can even pop open to drink at the space outside. Can't find what you're looking for? They can source bottles for you and have 'em delivered too. #01-07 The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square 

 

The Grande Whisky Collection


Mostly a museum rather than a bottle shop, The Grande Whisky Collection is a place like no other in Singapore, with 4,500 bottles of whisky on display. While you won’t be able to get your hands on any ancient Yamazakis, the gift shop does have some bottles on sale which you can have engraved. #05-01 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
 

Habitat by Honestbee


Arguably one of the best parts about this futuristic supermarket is their hidden alley of craft spirits and wines, filled with artisanal finds from around the world. The ease of shopping from the Honestbee app and have someone deliver that well-deserved bottle to your doorstep is a huge plus. 34 Boon Leat Terrace
 

La Maison du Whisky


Boasting one of the largest collection of whiskies (including really rare bottlings) in a single retail space isn't even the best thing about La Maison du Whisky. It's the people running the place; generous, hospitable folk who are willing to share passionately about their products, and most importantly, who also allow guests to taste many of the stock they have before they buy. Amazing. #01-10 The Pier @ Robertson Quay, 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd.
 

Nectars & Vine


Technically a bottle shop offering booze at retail prices, though most folk come here for a dressed-down evening to kick back and enjoy the company of friends. It's like a Serangoon neighbourhood dive bar, perfect for cheap drinks after a prata supper sesh. 752 Upper Serangoon Rd.
 

Orihara Shoten


They're known for being one of the best izakayas in town, but the people behind Orihara are actually also in the alcohol distribution business. This means you'll find craft sake, sochu, umeshu and many other hard-to-find bottlings from Japan you won't get anywhere else. Sake lovers, be prepared to come empty handed but leave with your hands full once you peek inside their fridges. #01-01/02 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity St.
 

Temple Cellars


This place is a drinks writer’s dream. They’ve got everything here: craft beer, boutique wine, mead, cider, sake, spirits (from absinthe to whisky and everything in between) and even that non-alcoholic Seedlip stuff. If you're looking for a local brand of alcohol, they'll probably carry it too. Plus, they deliver within an hour for free if you spend more than $150. #01-12 UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Ave.
 

Thirsty Beer Shop


Thirsty might have been around for some time now, but they’re always adding new brews to their list of well over a hundred. With an easy-to-navigate site and four outlets around the country, they continue to play an important role in spreading the good word about craft beer. Four outlets, including #02-34 Liang Court, 177 River Valley Rd.