Above: Bar 83
Why worry about where to go on a first date, when you should be worrying about what to wear? Here’s a list of the best first date bars in Singapore that won’t disappoint, just in case the person you’re meeting does.
This bar is so hush-hush, your date will be impressed for sure
Ambience: Being elusive is the new exclusivity and that’s where this subversive bar resides. Their website has links to just about nothing, and the signage on top of the bar reads “28”. If you walked through the walkway, you would have missed it. But here’s where being suavely impressive will come about when you bring your date. Push the door and surprise with a swanky New York-esque bar in its full dimly-lit glory. Smug if you want to, but cease any cornered smile once you are seated in the booth as proximity here is close and intimate. Service is personalized at a raise of a hand; they’ll even walk you out the door once you’re done.
Food & Drinks: Michael Callahan is the general manager and Head barman of the joint. In tangent to his designation, it’s needless to say that cocktails (from $16) rule supreme here. Categorized in helpful ABV classes (don’t get drunk on your first sip) and grouped together from where it originates, the concoction here calls for both the adventurous and the faint-hearted. With cocktails boasting names like Whore’s Bath, Literate Lass, Clark County Cousin and Tai Tai Tipple, there’s enough conversational pieces to go around. Bar snacks like the tantalizing Truffle mac & cheese balls ($12) scratches the surface of a hungry belly.
Ideal For: Conversationalists and cocktail junkies.
28 Hong Kong Street, 6533 2001
83 is full of cozy corners you can snuggle up in
Ambience: There’s a blend of refined cool and chic elements found at this bar-restaurant opened late last year. Futuristic chandeliers, retro-inspired zigzag flooring, baroque-styled furnishing, and street art adorning the walls create a juvenile lavish ambience. A hand-carved, life-sized tiger is thrown in for good measure. Expect your date to be wowed, if not by you, then by the mishmash interior work at this jaunt. Sexy tunes dished by local stalwarts JNR, Cosa Nostra, Pushin’On, Brendon P and Ulysses makes this an ideal post-party stop.
Food & Drinks: The owners of Sabio Tapas Bar & Restaurant and L’Entrecôte on Duxton Hill have kept their cuisine offering much like the latter with a French-inspired fare; and you know what they say about those lovey-dovey French. Hot and cold bites (from $16) like oysters and ‘Drunken’ Snail Croquettes are available. Just don’t forget the breath mints. And since you are on a date, go for the sharing plates ($18-46) with pasta, meats and seafood of choosing. Kick start your evening with a magnum bottle of Delamotte champagne ($145) because you go big that way. If not, go for their draught Swiss beers or ruffle through their extensive list of cocktails.
Ideal For: Artsy couples who enjoy delving into all things creative. 83 will inspire endless vocal diarrhoea of said variety.
83 Club Street, 6220 4083
If you're feeling James Bond-ish (and if you think your date is Pussy Galore), head here
Ambience: Whiskey – the man’s drink – has long been synonymous to the gallant and debonair nature of its consumers. James Bond usually downs one before and after a big fight. Martinis? Adorable. And that’s what you’ll find at Mike Soldner’s 35-seater bar, a collection of over 100 different kinds of whiskeys. The bar’s dark wooden beams, cream painted brick walls, and plush and cosy furnishing all exude the same vintage exclusivity as American city bars of the 60s. Aural and visual old school jazz furthers the ambience into one that is classy and stylish.
Food & Drinks: All whiskey labels here come in nips ($10-$247), drams ($17-$420) or doubles ($29-$714). Depending on availability, bottles go from $267. Your partner’s not into whiskey? Old and New World wines, craft beers and cocktails by Singapore’s 2009 Diageo World Class champion Aubrey Sim are for the pickings. Dive straight into their Cocktail Hour Specials (5.30pm-8.30pm) as 15 cocktails are priced at $15 (usually priced at $22-26) and comes with complimentary rounds of the delectable pork sandwiches from Roast & Host.
Ideal For: Suited gentleman and ladies dressed in their nines looking for a place for a pre or post dinner date.
Basement The Club Hotel, 28 Ann Siang Road, 9026 3466
Nothing like panoramic views while sipping skyhigh tipples
Ambience: Nestled on the rooftop of iFly in Sentosa, the newly opened bar-restaurant offers a spectacular view of the sunset as chill out tunes emit from the speakers. From 8pm onwards, “Live” music from local bands like Jack & Rai, Shirlyn and the Unxpected and Sara & 53A provides the soundtrack of your romantic night. Stay at the 60-seater rustic outdoor alfresco area as you enjoy the sea breeze and drinks, or move in to the minimalist and futuristic indoor setting for a lavish dinner.
Food & Drinks: SkyLoft serves modern European fusion cuisine with main course starting from $20. Their extensive drink menu from beers to wines and liquors will give you and your partner a reason to stay way past the sunset.
Ideal For: Hopeless romantics who are into nature’s spectacular sight.
#05-0 iFly Singapore, 43 Siloso Beach Walk, 6270 0602