Best Garden Bars in Singapore

This converted military canteen from the 1950s looks like it’s still stuck in the past, with much of the old structure and décor retained, and—get this—not an AC unit in sight. This paragon of vintage-chic looks innocent enough (the sign on its roof deceptively reads “Milk Bar”) but holds its own against the big boys, stocking a generous array of English beers and ciders (from $11) to go with its tasty local fare.

Da Paolo Bistro Bar
Drink till you see stars (literally!) at the outdoor patio of this colonial-style looker hidden amongst the lush foliage of Rochester Park. Though it’s a bit far away from the city, the chilled out atmosphere here makes the schlep worthwhile. Oh, and the drinks aren’t bad either. If you’ve ever wondered what a Chai High feels like, try the chai-infused gin cocktail ($22) to find out.

Tippling Club
With a name like that, we couldn’t leave out this Dempsey Hill favorite. It will move out of its current premise in September, so more reason to drop by sooner. The cocktail list here is still killer, we’re happy to report, with must-try classics like the Juniper Sling ($25), named after the Penhaligon’s perfume. Or just go wild and try the Fake Blonde ($21), a classy/trashy concoction of tequila, lime and beer that’s bound to get you into trouble.

Wild Oats @ Punggol Park
Bringing life to a sleepy neighborhood is never an easy task, but we think this cheekily-named bar-restaurant does the trick. Thanks to celeb chef Willin Low, this outdoorsy joint—think rattan chairs strewn casually across the grassy glade—attracts gourmands from all over the island who make their way here for fusion bites and exotic booze like lychee beer ($11.50).