Pick your place: Cool bars for every kind of date this Valentine's Day
Pick your poison
With V-Day slinking around the corner, it's time to think about your options. And by options, we mean the all-important places to get your tipple fix. With a slew of bars on our shores, finding the right one shouldn't be too much of a task — it all boils down to the kind of date you're about to have. Whether you're intending to have a girls' night out, or are already bent on friend zoning your company, there's a bar out there to set the perfect premise. Cheers to that.
"WE'RE JUST FRIENDS"
Bar of choice: Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
If you want to set some clear boundaries without explictly saying it, move your date to Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall. Now how's that for an unsexy start? As the name suggests, Ah Sam resembles an old-school coffee shop that serves up incredible cocktails. What's cool about this joint is that customising your own poison is as easy as telling the bartender your favourite flavours or ingredients. A tad hipster and unruly, but perfect for the occasion. How to really solidify the friend zone? Grab a seat by the bar, where you'll be spending the night rubbing shoulders with other strangers.
60 Boat Quay, Tel: 6535 0838
Opening hours: 6pm-12am
"HE MUST BE REALLY INTO ME"
Bar of choice: Atlas
Enter Singapore's rendition of The Great Gatsby (also no.15 from the World's Best Bars in 2017) — Atlas is a work of art that will supersede all expectations. Think golden furnishings, swanky leather arm chairs, and an extravagant three-storey gin refrigerator. Seating is cosy and intimate, making it easy for you to sidle up to your date if you wish. If you're thinking about dinner, this stunner also serves up sumptuous European grub, alongside an extensive list of mouthwatering cocktails. We also strongly recommend a bottle of one of their finest champagnes while you're at it — after all, it is a cause for celebration.
600 North Bridge Rd, Parkview Square, Tel: 6396 4466
Opening hours: 10am-1am
"LET'S SEE WHERE THIS IS GOING"
Bar of choice: Employees Only
We get it — first dates can be tricky and at times, painfully awkward. On one hand, you don't want to choose an outwardly romantic spot but on the other hand, you don't want a place that's too shabby. Look to Employees Only for the perfect ice-breaker — where cool, casual vibes reside, along with an enticing V-Day menu of pink cocktails and baked oysters. Who knows? This could be the start of something life-changing.
112 Amoy Street, Tel: 6221 7357
Opening hours: 5pm-1am
"IT'S JUST LIKE ANY OTHER NIGHT"
Bar of choice: CACHÉ
Current relationship status? Solid like a rock. You've both reached the point where there's no need for surprises or impressive antics to win the other party over. All you want is a private spot for some quality time together over a couple of drinks. Located in an obscure spot inside Izy Dining & Bar lies CACHÉ (which means 'hidden' in French). In this cosy 40-seater, you and your other half can get tipsy off their delightful array of classic cocktails, sake, and other punchy spirits.
27 Club Street, Tel: 9678 0027
Opening hours: 5pm-1am
"CHEERS TO SINGLEHOOD"
Bar of choice: Lulu's Lounge
Tonight is all about you and your girlfriends. It's time to celebrate the liberal things that you get to do, no strings attached. Hit up glamour house, Lulu's Lounge, to kickstart your vivacious evening. For starters, enjoy a complimentary manicure with their very own Lulu's nail polish. Then settle into one of their cushy sofas, where your squad can get acquainted with the drink menu (hot tip: there's free-flow Proscecco from 9pm to 12am). Feel like dancing? The resident DJ will take care of all your needs.
7 Raffles Blvd, Tel: 9829 1922
Opening hours: 9pm-5.30am