Planning a birthday celebration, but not sure where to gather the group? Whether you’re thinking intimate drinks and bites with just a few friends or an all-out gala with 50 of your besties, you’re sure to find something to suit all styles in our handy guide to Singapore’s best private dining rooms and bars for a fun birthday bash.
Taking up almost half of Level 3 in Cuppage Plaza, Azmaya Honten is the largest Japanese restaurant in the building and a buzzing spot to get your celebration on. If you’re coming with a group, aim for one of their private rooms where you can chill out on tatami mats and enjoy free-flow beers, highballs, shochu and soft drinks for just $35++, as well as DIY barbecues and hotpots with premium meats, seafood and veggies. You can even bring your own speakers and groove to your favourite beats.
If vino, charcuterie and cheese is more your style, head to the Rillette Bar on the top floor of Le Bistrot du Sommelier. The atmosphere here is refreshingly rustic with pots and pans hanging on the white brick walls and plenty of seating at dark wooden tables. Order up some of their excellent imported French cheeses, housemade terrines and rillettes in your choice of duck, pork, rabbit or mackerel, and be sure to ask the sommelier to suggest some bottles of wine to pair with your birthday spread.
For spectacular views along with elegant sips and snacks, you can’t go wrong with Michelin-starred Braci. Book out the entire 20-seater dining room or the 30-seater rooftop bar and soak up vistas of the Singapore River and bustling Boat Quay below as you dig into Chef Beppe De Vito’s modern Italian dishes like beef tartare with smoked marrow, tagliolini with Japanese sea urchin and Sardinian sea bass roasted over a charcoal grill.
Cicheti is named after the small plates served in Venice’s wine bars, and much like those wine bars, this warm and welcoming spot is the perfect place to share good food and drinks with friends. For special events like birthday parties, they have a dining room upstairs that can seat up to 20 people, and for groups of 12 or more they usually do set menus with a selection of antipasti, pastas and Neapolitan pizzas served piping hot out straight of the wood-fired oven.
Adventurous eaters will definitely want to book into Dehesa, one of the pioneers of nose-to-tail eating in Singapore and a great escape from mainstream dining. Here chef-owner Jean-Philippe Patruno offers up dishes made with alternative cuts like the Crispy Pig’s Head and Iberico Jowl alongside classic Spanish fare like the Jamon Croquettas and Arroz de Marisco. Groups can opt for the intimate private room for up to eight people, the al fresco Terazza for up to 12 people, or the Chef’s Table experience for up to 15 people.
We absolutely love the atmosphere at Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar where the dining room is decked out in mosaic-tiled floors, marble-topped tables, white wicker chairs and chic light fixtures shaped like paper lanterns. The private room is just as impressive and can seat anywhere from 12 to 28 people. Even better, if you book the private room you can bring your own music and indulge in innovative set menus offering a variety of appertisers and mains.
Block 17D Dempsey Road
Tel: 1 800 304 5588 (local calls only)
Hours: Mon - Fri: 12pm - 3pm, Sat, Sun & PH: 11:30am - 4pm, Sun - Thurs: 6pm - 12am, Fri, Sat & PH: 6pm - 1am
If you’re looking for a unique spot for an intimate birthday gathering with just a few friends, Junior is a new bar concept that offers up artisan drinks and food based around a theme that changes every six months. The current theme is NORMA, which focuses on craft tequilas, mezcals and Mexican-inspired bites. The cozy bar can seat up to 10 people comfortably, but it’s probably best to call ahead to make sure they can accommodate your group.
Kappou may be tiny, but what it lacks for in size it makes up for in character. This is the only Japanese restaurant in Singapore run by a female sushi chef, and she pulls out all the stops with elegant omakase sets that feature dishes like house-aged fish, squid expertly sliced into delicate noodles, and abalone steamed in sake. We suggest renting out the entire space, bringing your own tunes and letting Chef Aeron Choo whip you up a beautiful birthday meal.
Lolla consistently wins accolades for its innovative tapas style plates that showcase artisan ingredients. Think umami-rich Sea Urchin Pudding, Scrambled Eggs topped with Bottarga di Muggine, and Squab with spiced eggplant and smoked bone broth. Depending on the size of your group, you can book up to eight seats at the champagne bar or the private room downstairs for up to 22 people. The 14 seats at the counter overlooking the open kitchen are another good option, but they can only be reserved at lunchtime.
Fancy yourself a somewhat of a sake connoisseur? If so, Orihara Shoten is the perfect spot for your next birthday celebration. This boutique bar has one of the largest collections of sake in Singapore, and the owners and staff are extremely knowledgeable about all the different nuances of flavour. For private gatherings they offer closed-door events with various packages that include delicious yakitori bites from sister restaurant Toritama Shirokane next door.
Tucked away on the third floor of Oxwell & Co is The Study, a cozy room styled like a British den with quirky touches like chandeliers made out of antlers, taxidermy squirrels scattered about and a stag head mounted on the wall. The room can seat up to 14 people for a sit-down feast of British-inspired fare or 30 people for a standing mix-and-mingle type of party. They can also do special menus for birthday parties, Christmas parties and more.
Celebrate your birthday Italian style in the private room at Ristorante Da Valentino where the rustic stone walls, family photos and paintings create the ambiance of an Italian countryside home. Choose from an array of antipasto, pizzas and pastas from the a la carte menu, or let Chef Valentino put together a special set menu of classic dishes and seasonal creations. The private room can accommodate up to 55 people with access to the al fresco area on request.