Have makgeolli on tap, creamy foam beers and somaek towers for days

Korean BBQ and fried chicken joints are aplenty here, famed for leaving you smelling as deliciously smoky as the food you just ate. That’s why we’d rather be heading to Korean bars in Singapore, that offer all the yummy Korean nosh we love, but without the aromas sticking to us after we leave. Visit these joints with your crew and soju bomb your night away.

Don’t Tell Mama

Shhh, this all-time favourite in Singapore’s unofficial little Korea along Tanjong Pagar Road has friendly oppas (sometimes) serving up massive Beeritas ($22) and Sojuritas ($25), best enjoyed with their Korean-Mexican bar grub. It’s by the same guys behind neighbouring Chicken Up, so you know they know what they’re doing. Toy with bar games like pop up pirate to get the night started. Jjan!

Joo Bar

An early adopter in the craft makgeolli scene here, Joo is best known for their homemade makgeolli served on tap. They’re probably the only ones doing this in Singapore, and currently serves up 16 unique rice wines in carafes, with flavours ranging from original ($16-$28) to yakult to white pear. Their food is really good too, especially the Kimchi Mac & Cheese ($16) that’s to die for.

Kream Beer

Decked year-long in whimsical, Springtime decor and serving up Korean craft beers topped with creamy foam for just $11 a pint, this fun and friendly place is where you go to with a big group and get loud. They have flavoured beers, frozen beers and even somaek, for those looking to get sloshed fast. Complimentary chips and tarot card reading are just icing on the cake here.

Vatos Urban Tacos

Another Korean-Mexican bar (they just go so well together), this time at South Beach. You’ll be awed by their great selection of beer-cider Vatos’ Ritas ($27-$28), all done using soju instead of tequila. But be sure to try the Makgeolita ($26), where makgeolli meets tequila in a deceptively strong drink. We can only advise that you line your stomach with their Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($16) first.

Wangdaebak Pocha

Found just a few doors down from the famed Wangdaebak restaurant, this street-style space transports you to the glory days of Korea, when pojangmacha stalls were ubiquitous. Feel all your workday worries flit away as you drown them in somaek towers ($53), makgeolli bottles ($19-$23) and jugs of soju cocktails ($29-$43). Complete your pocha experience with their massive food menu and smoke-free BBQ.