Bars are excellent fodder for memorable dates, if we do say so ourselves. Valentine’s Day or otherwise, not much can rival a night out spent with quality drinks that massage better conversations, smooth music, and inimitable vibes with your companion. With that prospect, a big first world problem looms: In a country crowded with bars, how can you possibly pick the right one?
Before you take a downward spiral, and become bait for pricey Valentine’s Day marketing ploys, take a step back to breathe. Think about the type of date you want to have, and what you want to get out of it (inappropriate jokes at bay, please). Got it? Now, pair that with a suggested bar below, and thank us later.
If nothing below fits your fancy, we’ve got more recommendations on what and where to drink right here.
Taking your date to a rooftop bar instantly gives the illusion of prestige and extravagance, even if it’s the most obviously “romantic” option out there. Take a small step further, and bring your date to a rooftop bar he or she probably doesn’t know about for extra brownie points. Lavo Singapore is such a place. The New York concept combines a restaurant and a bar in one destination atop Marina Bay Sands. Peripheral views of the city skyline as you dine on indulgent Italian food? Check. Intimate alfresco bar? Double check. Turns into a club after-hours for added fun? Win!
Flanking the Michelin-starred The Song of India is a fledgling cocktail bar called Amrith. Just because it’s new doesn’t warrant any disdain, because Amrith offers incredibly well-thought-out, flavoursome cocktails that encapsulate the science and art behind mixing drinks. If you’ve got a date with someone who loves their booze, take him or her here. After the first glass, bask in their appreciation and bust out the big guns by ordering one of the bar’s Singaporean cocktails, where local favourites like chicken rice and laksa get a boozy makeover.
For our full review of Amrith, click here.
Atlas defines opulence. To take a date there is to set up the intention that you want to impress, and the venue assuredly delivers. The grand floor, fitted with a golden gin tower, plush velvet and wood furnishings, is but the tip of just how striking Atlas can be. Treat your date to an Italian-fusion dinner, prepared by chef Daniele Sperindio, and paired with champagnes meticulously curated by the venue’s sommelier team. There is also the opportunity to go all out and order a rare bottle of bubbly from Atlas’ vast champagne collection, because nothing spells “love” clearer than Salon’s 1971 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs.
For our full review of Atlas, click here.
Atlas, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778, +65 6396 4466
So, the amorous dinner-then-drinks combination is not really your gig. You crave a fresh concept, and a better way of articulating, “please remember tonight, I have such strong feelings for you (and I spent a lot of money)”. A trip to a craft microbrewery in the recesses of Changi could be the answer. The industrial canteen-style pub and smokehouse at the centre of the Little Island Brewing Co is the antithesis of a conventional date, and its excellent craft beers, all available on tap, go beyond a forgettable bottle of wine. Order a some grilled meats, knock back some pints, and make this chill date a tad more satisfying when you head back to follow it up with some Netflix.
Little Island Brewery Co, Block 6 Changi Village Road, #01-01/02, Singapore 509907, +65 6543 9100
Easy conversations are the hallmark of a good date, but some establishments don’t make it convenient to chat with your loved one over a meal, especially those with too much ambient noise. Wildseed Bar is not one of them. Situated in a remote colonial building along Seletar Aerospace is this garden-to-glass cocktail joint that also serves up hearty grilled meats. Flanked by a picturesque organic garden and silent roads, Wildseed Bar is the perfect place to take a date you truly enjoy listening to.
For our full review of Wildseed Bar, click here.
Wildseed Bar, The Summerhouse, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387, +65 6262 1063.