At last, the rat race that is the year is coming to an end. With the looming Christmas parties, New Year’s celebrations, and everything else festive in between, your liver will surely be doing its best to stay in check, what with all the drinking that necessarily ensues. Still, the problem with the bout of year-end alcoholism is how it typically happens between large groups of people, and sometimes, you’d just like to have a cocktail alone or with a group of loved ones.

Escape the burdens of socialisation on your days-off and have a drink with yourself, or loved ones you don’t mind whiling hours away with, at any of these new bars in Singapore. Just because you’re sticking to creature comforts doesn’t mean you can’t experience something new.

1
Live Twice

The Jigger & Pony group have announced their latest concept, Live Twice, a Japanese-style cocktail bar in method and make. Housed in the same compound as Gibson and Humpback, the new bar replaces the whisky-driven Flagship with a minimalistic menu of 14 pared-down cocktails, all focused on the Japnese ethos of flavour first.

2
Da Paolo Restaurant & Bar at Dempsey

Da Paolo expands its footprint in Singapore with a new outpost in the lush Dempsey area, making it a new destination to add on your weekend haunts list. Totalling 5,000 square feet, the restaurant-bar features classic Italian dishes, wines and beers, along with cocktails that centre around Italian aperitivos.

3
Como Club

Another Dempsey-based opening is Como Club, an extension to the Como brand that combines the best of its restaurants into one humble space. This intimate bar serves aperitif-style cocktails and tapas from The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar, Candlenut and Ippoh Tempura Bar, and both elements come together to create the perfect environment for pre-dinner drinks or a nightcap.

4
Tap

Local craft beer bar chain, Tap, has a new addition to its family, this time in the City Hall area. Conveniently located on the first floor of Raffles City Shopping Centre, Tap’s third bar will retain its rotation of 20 brews on tap, alongside hearty bites to line your belly. Seek respite here the next time your companions take way too long shopping in the mall.

5
Kult Yard

Emily Hill’s resident cool kid, Kult Kafé, have opened a sophomore establishment in the old police headquarters in Chinatown. Named Kult Yard, this mixed-concept space will celebrate art, music, food, drink and good vibes all around. Craft beers and cocktails inspired by local flavours govern the drinks menu, offering patrons plenty to sip on as they revel in whatever edgy new find the space is showcasing that evening.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.