Best rum bars in Singapore

Best rum bars in Singapore

Caribbean flair

Text: Gracie Stewart

It might require a little hide-and-seek — but these rum bars on our sunny island are worth the effort

Once a drink fit only for salty seafarers, rum has undergone a massive revival with new bars dedicated to the spirit popping up everywhere. Distilled from sugarcane by-products, rum originated on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean and typically comes in three styles: white, dark and spiced. So whether you prefer yours light or dark, aged, spiced, neat or in a cocktail, here's our roundup of the best places to drink rum in Singapore.

28 HKS

Hidden behind an unassuming 1960s shophouse façade on Singapore's HongKong Street, 28 HKS opened its doors seven years ago, and quickly rose to fame as one of Singapore's top cocktail bars. The word-of-mouth venue is a paradise for boutique spirits, with an ample supply of special rums such as Diplomático, Plantation, and Zacapa. The bar also has around 25 drinks on the menu, split between 28's versions of classics, their team's own creations, and experimental drinks from their workshop. We recommend trying the Planter's Punch, which packs a serious flavor hit thanks to Plantation Jamaica Rum, fresh lime, hibiscus grenadine, Darjeeling and Angostura bitters.

rum bar, 28hks

28 HongKong Street, Tel: 8318 0328
Opening hours: (Mon to Wed) 6pm to 2am, (Thurs to Sat) 6pm to 3am, closed Sun 

The Auld Alliance

Located on the second floor of the Rendezvous Hotel on Bras Basah Road, The Auld Alliance exudes a library-like ambience and is best known for its unsurpassed whisky selection. However, what you might not know is that the owner, Emmanuel Dron, is also a serious fan of rum, and over the last few years he has sourced some of the rarest and most exquisite rums to add to The Auld Alliance menu. If you find the menu a bit overwhelming and aren't sure where to begin, try a glass of their Rum Port Mourant 2003.

auld alliance, rum bars

#02-02A, Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Road, Tel: 6337 2201
Opening hours: (Mon to Thurs) 5pm to 1am, (Fri, Sat) 5pm to 2am, (Sun) 5pm to 12am 

Bago at Lime House

Set in a heritage four-storey shophouse in Chinatown's Keong Saik belt, Bago sits right above Lime House's ground floor restaurant and given owner Chris Morris' Caribbean roots, it's no surprise the bar is devoted to all things rum. Guests can enjoy the true Caribbean spirit of "liming" (sharing good food, drinks and conversation while hanging out with friends) over a wide selection of more than 150 international rum labels, unique rum cocktails and infusions, as well as authentic Caribbean bites. Our favourite cocktail is the Morris, which is a simply yet refreshing mix of Clement Single Cask rum, homemade cinnamon syrup, and fresh coconut water.

bago, lime house, rum

2 Jiak Chuan Road, Tel: 6222 3130
Opening hours: (Tues to Sat) 5pm to 12am, closed Sun and Mon 

Studio 1939 by Potato Head Folk

Featuring antique chesterfields, vintage rattan armchairs and a semi-circular marble bar, Studio 1939 is a sophisticated drinking den located on the third floor of Potato Head on Keong Saik Road in Chinatown. Favouring tropical cocktails that utilise rum as a primary spirit, there's plenty for rum aficionados to choose from. We recommend the Stinggin's Fancy, which is a mix of Plantation pineapple rum, agave syrup and aromatic bitters, and the Coconut Negroni, which is made from coconut infused rum, Martini Rosso and Campari.

potato head, studio 1939

36 Keong Saik Road, Tel: 6327 1939
Opening hours: 5pm to late daily