The term ‘speakeasy’ was once reserved for hidden bars but has since come to be adopted by any establishment that takes on the cloak-and-dagger appearance. Restaurants are following the path taken by their bar counterparts in this small little red dot. Each of these restaurants cum bars offer unique dining experiences on top of their mysterious locations. Searching for them may be potentially frustrating, even with the assistance of a GPS. Fret not for here, we are going to share with you the 7 Best Speakeasy in Singapore.

1. The Secret Mermaid

The Secret Mermaid | Bars and pubs in Raffles Place, Singapore
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Address: 10 Collyer Quay, B1-09, Ocean Financial Centre, 049315
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 5 PM-11 PM (Closed Weekends)

Sushi and salad joint by day, The Secret Mermaid transforms into a closed-up “private” bar as the sunsets. Do not be fooled by the completely closed doors; you had probably been able to catch a glimpse of their exquisite alcohol “library” peeking out from the top of their shutters, not to mention some oldies music spilling out from within. Cosy describes the bar’s interior all too well; approximately 25 people can fit inside comfortably. The numbers can go up definitely if the crowd do not mind squeezing. Truly one of the best speakeasy in Singapore!

How to get there: Look out for the huge black shutters and a little logo of a fish with legs, denoting “push here.”

2. Live Twice

Live Twice: a local take on a Japanese mid-century modern bar
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Address: 20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089834
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 6PM-1AM; Fri-Sat 6PM-2AM
Contact Number: 9011 8304

At street view, this bar doesn’t reveal itself as it is located behind Humpback restaurant. You will have to enter a glass door beside the restaurant and head down a corridor decorated with photo frames to find Live Twice at the end. There are over 100 types of whiskeys to select from. Amongst other liquors and spirits, cocktails are also a highlight of the bar, where customers can get some house favourites in the bar itself.

How to get there: Spot the office-like glass door next to Humpback restaurant.

3. Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall

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Address: 60 Boat Quay, Singapore 049848
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 6PM-12AM; Fri-Sat 6PM-2AM
Contact Number: 6535 0838

If food lovers ever adored Chili Crab so much that they wished they could have it in a form other than food, then customers are going to love what Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall has done to one of the most beloved dishes in Singapore. Their famed Chili Crab cocktail is a novelty to look out for, but that is just scraping the surface of the local-inspired cocktails they churn out.

A written menu does not exist in the bar, and neither do “official” names for their mixes. The ambience is localised, like an upscale coffee shop that, despite serving speciality cocktails, would not mind if patrons arrived in shorts and slippers. Hawker food is offered on the menu throughout the night, featuring Singaporean favourites such as Char Kway Teow and Hokkien Mee. Definitely one of the best speakeasy in Singapore.

How to get there: Snuggled next to a mini-mart, look for the subtle signage of the bar and head up the stairs. On the first landing you will find the old-fashioned localised watering hole.

4. Operation Dagger

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Address: 7 Ann Siang Hill, #B1-01, Singapore 069791
Opening Hours: Tues-Weds 6PM-1AM; Thurs-Sat 6PM-12AM
Contact Number: 6438 4057

If you were looking for the definition of unassuming, the bar entrance to Operation Dagger would be it. Resembling a stairway that is under construction and leads down into a basement, the only way to know you are at the correct place is when you see the symbol above the doorway. As you enter the bar, the first thing you will notice is a floating cloud of lightbulbs dominating the ceiling space. Beyond the bar, you will see shelves that resemble a modern apothecary.

With a cocktail menu that alters every six months, you can expect some unusual concoctions to make an appearance. If customers are feeling peckish, they can also choose from a small menu of bar snacks, which consists of dishes like Banana Fritters and Steak Tartare etc. All in all, a superb speakeasy and indeed one of the best speakeasy in Singapore.

How to get there: To know if you are at the correct entrance, just look out for the unmarked door with six squares illustrated on it.

5. Mr Punch Public House

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Address: 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 3PM-11.30PM; Fri 12PM-12AM; Sat 12PM-11.30PM (Closed Sundays)
Contact Number: 8339 8966

Tucked stealthily underneath MINT Museum of Toys, Mr Punch Public House’s interior hits a nostalgic nerve as soon as you see it. It is as if you have stepped into a teenage room in the 1960s, where colourful and quirky enamel posters dominate your line of sight.

This gastrobar owns a menu of European cuisine as its highlight. You can get an appealing meal of Glazed Short Ribs or Linguine Soft-Shell Crab before proceeding to an evening of cocktails.

How to get there: Just make a trip to MINT Museum of Toys and down the staircase right beside the entrance.

6. Catchfly

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Address: 12 Ann Siang Rd, Basement 069692
Opening Hours: Tues-Thur 6PM-1AM; Fri-Sat 6PM-3AM (Closed Sun & Mon)
Contact Number: 6222 7183

A basement bar that is only accessible via a “private” lift, Catchfly undoubtedly captures the old-world luxe. Besides the velvet-covered furniture, the gold accents and dark marble table surfaces mark this place as relatively swanky. The bar itself stands out more on the exclusive side of things, in which the floor area is able to accommodate an estimated 37 seated pax, and 50 standing at any one time.

With a varied menu of cocktails, spirits and liqueur, you can get a wide range of different mixes for individual preferences. You will not go hungry here either, as the bar illustrates a menu with main and sharing plates, like the Trio of Kebab that constitute prawns, lamb and chicken kebabs, and a Duo of Mediterranean dips with pita chips. Hands down one of the best speakeasy in Singapore!

How to get there: After entering a passageway with the signage of Catchfly, take the lift at the end of the hallway to the basement and it opens straight up to reveal the entire bar.

7. The Great Escape

Address: 101 Kallang Ave, #08-02 Victoria Wholesale Centre, Singapore 339504
Opening Hours: Fri-Sat 6PM-2AM; Sun 6PM-12AM (Closed Mon-Thur)

If there is a bar that really makes an effort to stay hidden, it is The Great Escape. Previously taking residence at Golden Mile Tower, this car park bar has recently made its new home in its third iteration as a city getaway. Gritty as always but definitely determined to provide a secret hideaway for the city dweller who is sick of all the shiny restaurants and cafes inundating the island.

When patrons are on site, they will see that they are actually on a rooftop equipped with a DJ console and scattered sitting areas. Enough said, the vibe that the bar gives off is undoubtedly chill. The bar menu comprises options of standard liquor like gin, whiskey and vodka, to Kona beers on tap and bottled craft beers.

Doubling as an event space, guests can expect movie screenings every alternate week or so, as well as arts and crafts markets that roll around every so often.

How to get there: Head to the Victoria Wholesale Centre and take the centralised lift to the 8th floor. The rooftop bar is sharing its common space with a coffeeshop canteen.

This rounds off our list of the best speakeasy in Singapore. In a nutshell, notable hidden Speakeasy are the ultimate “secret hideout” for de-stressing from work and treating yourself to a good drink or two. That sense of exclusivity coupled with your favourite cocktail is truly an exquisite way to wind down your day and let you enjoy the blissful night ahead

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