Chase down: The best whisky bars in Singapore

Updated on July 24 2017

Scotch, rye, the gentlemen’s drink, the water of life — whisky goes by many affectionate names, appealing to a broad variety of drinkers. There are some that argue whisky should be drank neat, on the rocks at the most. Others prefer to defy this puritanism by drinking their scotch with soda (but for the love of god, not Coca-Cola), or have the complex liquor mixed into a cocktail.

The variegated spirit beckons an infinite amount of exploration, from collecting to masterclasses and distillery visits, but there’s arguably no better place to enjoy it than at a quality whisky bar.

Singapore is chock-full of whisky bars celebrating the malt liquor. It’s not difficult to find a watering hole that hosts a healthy selection of tasting drams. But there are some places that take it to another level by pairing staggering whisky options with a unique concept, making them a cut above. Here are our 5 favourite whisky bars.

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1/5

The Wall

This two-storey joint comprises a whisky and sumiyaki (Japanese skewer snacks) bar, as well as a private gentlemen’s lounge up top. It’s a place remarkably friendly for amateur whisky fans, with a menu that decodes whisky profiles. It doesn’t sacrifice on appealing to pros, though. The Wall’s in-house collection comprises every Glenfarclas expression ever made, extremely rare Karuizawa bottlings, and whiskies from WWII.

76 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088497, +65 62257988

2/5

The Auld Alliance

Recall a whisky bar that a spy figure from a film wouldn’t be amiss in, and you’ve got The Auld Alliance. Its decor can be a little intimidating, but connoisseurs will find a trove to enjoy in its menu. There are some 1,500 labels to venture into, and over 30 flights to explore.

9 Bras Basah Road, Rendezvous Hotel, Gallery #02-02A, Singapore 189559, +65 6337 2201

3/5

Quaich Bar

As one of the more familiar whisky bars around town, Quaich Bar is a welcoming joint with some of the rarest cask finds on the market. Run by whisky lovers for whisky lovers, the bar intends to make even premium whiskies (relatively accessible) by pricing its drams according to an expression’s original cost at release, and not its auction price.

390A Havelock Road, Singapore 169664, +65 6386 5366

4/5

The Belljar

Intended to bring whisky out of its stuffy shell for a younger crowd, The Belljar is a hip three-storey joint that comprises a restaurant, dram and cigar lounge. There are only 120 spirits available, and there’s no menu. Instead, you share your flavour preferences with the servers, and the bar does the recommending for you. That’s part of the place’s relaxed charm. It also holds workshops at its Whisky Academy, should you want to further your knowledge on the golden spirit.

18 North Canal Road, Singapore 049930, +65 9488 9549

5/5

The Single Cask

This quaint whisky shop transforms into a whisky bar for the discerning once night comes. Their selection is carefully curated towards whiskies that are aged in single casks, hence the name. It’s an extremely niche market, but anyone who appreciates Scotch would understand the prize status of single cask whiskies. They’ve got everything between a 27 year old Glenrothes to a 43 year old Macallan, and many whisky flights to choose from in between. You can opt to sample drams, then take home a bottle as well, or buy one on site and keep it there until your next visit. The Single Cask offers such a unique experience, you’re bound to head back.

Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, #01-25, Singapore 187996, tel: +65 6837 0953

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