Don’t underestimate Singapore’s western district
|Part of our Nightlife Guide 2018.|
We’d like to think that Holland Village is the Siglap-equivalent of the Singapore’s west side, seeing how there are an incredible amount of late night eateries and bars to patronize. Whether it’s for post-work happy hour or a celebratory dinner, there’s something for everyone in Holland Village, and the nearby Dempsey Hill, which is just about a 10-minute bus ride away.
Chef Janice Wong’s unique creations have now traveled far beyond Singapore, but her Holland Village dessert bar is still a great place to experience all that made her a culinary star. Delectable cocktails here include Opposable Thumbs (whisky, creme de cacao, creme de murre and coffee beans). 21A Lorong Liput, 6291-9727.
The secret rooftop bar of Holland Village’s bao place Full of Luck Club has the same Chinois-chic vibes. Try the Dragon’s Breath, a potent blend of whisky, goji berries and wintermelon. Best-selling signatures from Full of Luck Club downstairs are also available for when you’re feeling nibbly. 243 Holland Ave., 6208-6845.
Located on the quieter end of Holland Village, The Pit is the kind of neighborhood bar that everyone longs to have. Great service, relaxed vibes and craft beers from Archipelago make it the perfect spot to chill out on the regular. 21 Lorong Liput, 6468-3468.
This Holland Village icon is your best bet for getting in on all the action once Lorong Mambong turns into one of Singapore’s best street parties. Their nightly live music performances are a draw of their own too. 31 Lorong Mambong, 6462-4288.
This garden-inspired bar has an alfresco area amid lush greenery for outdoorsy types, while the rest of us who need air-conditioning can still enjoy the kooky interiors stuffed with vintage trinkets. Drinks are the standards with a few craft beers—just what you need for an after-work session. 13A Dempsey Rd., 6479-5945.
The White Rabbit’s garden bar, The Rabbit Hole is a specialty gin joint that serves refreshing yet sophisticated G&Ts. Get acquainted with artisanal gins, premium tonics—including one made in-house—and botanicals harvested fresh from the garden. 39C Harding Rd., 6473-9965.
RedDot has come a long way—they even brew in Australia these days—but their Dempsey outlet remains the best place to savor their beers. Go for the famous spirulina-infused Monster Green Lager or look out for one of their seasonal brews. 25A Dempsey Rd., 6475-0500.