Have you ever heard of speakeasies, secret / hidden bars? We only came to know them right before we headed to Singapore. Of course we had to visit those bars and try their delicious cocktails. In this blog we take you to the best speakeasies of Singapore!
The places we visited serve drinks that are absolutely out of this world. There is so much love and passion mixed with the drinks and the stories of the bartenders make the experience definitely complete. We believe everyone should visit at least one speakeasy in their life and therefore we are going to share the biggest secrets with you today!
Start of speakeasies
In the twentieth century America banned the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages. During that time speakeasies came up; secret / hidden establishments that sell alcoholic beverages. When the prohibition ended in 1933 most of the speakeasies disappeared as well. Luckily for us there are still bars around the world which are using this concept. Be prepared that it feels like you’re part of a real life puzzle; the bars aren’t always easy to find!
The best speakeasies of Singapore
During our stay in Singapore we visited some amazing speakeasies; Mitzo, The Spiffy Dapper, Operation Dagger, Employees Only and Native.
Even though we got lost, Mitzo shouldn’t be too hard to find since it is located in the hotel Grand Park Orchard. Mitzo is divided into two sections; a dining / restaurant section and a bar. We recommend you to have your drinks in the bar. When we visited Mitzo we were the only guests in the bar and we could have a chat with the bartender who showed us around and learned us more about this place and its Asian-inspired cocktails. Not only the bartenders and the cocktails make this a special place; the bar itself has something interesting to show as well. It has a large jellyfish tank! Grab your seat at the bar and enjoy your cocktail while watching the jellyfishes passing by.
You can find Mitzo at Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857. The nearest station is Orchard / Somerset. Mitzo is open from 12pm – 2.30pm and 6.30pm – 12am on Monday to Thursday and on Friday to Sunday from 12pm – 2.30pm and 6.30pm – 1am.
The Spiffy Dapper
The Spiffy Dapper is probably the most hidden speakeasy we visited. From the outside of the building you can’t tell that there is a bar located in one of the heritage shop houses. The only thing you might notice (if you look carefully) is the Dapper Coffee sign. And that is exactly the sign you have to look for! That’s the place where you find the entrance to this hidden bar.
When we entered The Spiffy Dapper we got the feeling we entered a completely different world. The place is dark and has an interesting (sometimes weird) decoration. If there aren’t a lot of people, you will get the feeling that you have to whisper. We really enjoyed our time here, since we haven’t visited any bar that can be compared to this one. The Spiffy Dapper definitely took the speakeasy concept to another level.The cocktails weren’t the best we had though. Nevertheless it is a place you don’t want to miss!
You can find The Spiffy Dapper at 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892. The nearest station is Telok Ayer. The Spiffy Dapper is open from 5pm –1am on Monday to Thursday, on Friday from 5pm – 2am, on Saturday from 6pm – 2am and on Sunday from 6pm – 1 am.
Operation Dagger is one of our favorite speakeasies in Singapore and this is all because of one cocktail; the Moscow Mule, made of fermented rye, blackberries, honey and coriander snow. This cocktail is out of this world! The people at Operation Dagger say that they have a different approach and that they go for the road less traveled. They want to give their customers something new, something they haven’t thought about or seen before. We can confirm that they succeeded in this! The place is hard to find, but when you enter the building and you go downstairs.. you will bump into a hidden, minimalistic bar with a rooftop filled with bottles. The alcohol is produced by Operation Dagger as well. What an experience!
You can find Operation Dagger at 7 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069791. The nearest station is Chinatown. Operation Dagger is open from 3pm till late on Monday to Saturday.
Employees Only is a little bit easier to find than the other speakeasies we visited. The fun part of this speakeasy is when you enter this place, you will be greeted by a fortune teller! At the Moulin Rouge-inspired bar we met two super friendly bartenders who made some amazing drinks for us. They also referred us to another highly recommended speakeasy, Native. Fun fact: Employees Only started in New York, Singapore is their second bar.
You can find Employees Only at 112 Amoy Street, Singapore 069932. The nearest station is Telok Ayer. Employees Only is open from 5pm -1am on Sunday to Friday and from 5pm – 2am on Saturday.
We were so happy that we were referred to Native, this became our favorite speakeasy of Singapore! This bar offers cocktails you haven’t had before in your life. We aren’t surprised that they can be found on #13 on the “World’s 50 Best Bars list for 2018”! Native only uses regional ingredients for their cocktails, including an artistic decoration on top! Besides that, they also produce their own gin. Before you leave, you will get a tour and explanation of their distillation process. Native is the speakeasy that introduced us to Sparkling Sake; normally we don’t like sake, but this tasted so good that we bought some bottles to take back home.
You can find Native here: 52A Amoy Street, Singapore 069878. The nearest station is Telok Ayer. Native is open from 6pm – midnight on Monday to Saturday.
“Unfortunately” we had more things to explore and therefore we weren’t able to visit all the recommended speakeasies. If you have enough time, try to visit the following speakeasies as well. They are also highly recommended:
- Bar Stories
Bar Stories is one of the longest standing speakeasies. This place is unique because it doesn’t use a menu; you just tell the bartender what you like and an amazing drink will be prepared for you! You can find Bar Stories at 55-57A Haji Lane, Singapore 189248. The nearest station is Bugis.
Bar Stories is open from 4pm – 1am on Sunday to Thursday and from 4pm – 2am on Friday and Saturday.
- 28 Hongkong Street
28 Hongkong Street is an award-winning bar. It has been crowned as “the best bar in Asia” by Drinks International. From the outside you can’t barely see that there is a speakeasy located here, but finish the puzzle and you will be abloe to enjoy the delicious cocktails!
You can find 28 Hongkong Street at 28 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059667. The nearest station is Clarke Quay.
28 Hongkong Street is open from 6pm – 2am on Monday to Thursday and from 6pm – 3a mon Friday and Saturday. The bar is closed on Sundays.
- Shin Gi Tai
Shin Gi Tai is located in our favorite street, Haji Lane. The speakeasy is hidden behind painted doors and that makes it hard to find in this colorful area. The drinks and food are influenced by the Japanese culture and the bar is mostly visited by regulars. This gives you a great opportunity to blend into the local life and get to know the locals.
You can find Shin Gi Tai at 9 Haji Lane, Singapore 189202. The nearest station is Bugis.
Shin Gi Tai is open from 6pm – 12am on Monday to Saturday.
In Singapore we were pleased to learn more about the world of speakeasies and we absolutely felt in love with this concept! The bars are hard to find but when you find them.. you feel like a kid in a candy store! Every speakeasy has an amazing interior and you feel like you’re part of a world only a few people know of. And then the drinks.. they are out of the world! Okay, they are a bit more expensive than in “normal” bars (25 Singaporean Dollar), but the taste, the way they have been decorated, the atmosphere and the super friendly bartenders is such an unique experience you don’t want to miss.
We hope we inspired you with our blog about speakeasies and if you ever have the chance to go to Singapore, please make sure you give the speakeasies above a visit. If you know any speakeasies in your country, feel free to leave them behind in a comment. We would love to visit more secret / hidden bars!