Planning a night out with the “lads lads lads”, but not sure where to get your A game on? Not to worry because we’ve got you covered with some of the best spots in the city to eat, drink, and be merry with your mates. Whether you’re looking for a decadent dinner with steak and syrah, a chilled-out poker night at home, or a rooftop bar with incredible views, here’re are our top picks in Singapore (ranked in no particular order) for a guy’s night out.
Steak and Wine
Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
Most steakhouses you find around town are American style, but Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse takes the Italian route. The restaurant is currently undergoing a facelift that includes plenty of exposed brick and beams to match their overall rustic theme. However, the menu will stay the same with their signature Wagyu steaks seared to produce a crunchy char on the outside and finished over a wood fire. Start with a few martinis, then try the massive Fiorentina steak with your choice of side sauces and bottles of Italian wine.
26 Mohamed Sultan Road
Tel: +65 6735 6739
Hours: Mon: 6pm – 10pm, Tues – Sun: 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm
Located in the Goodwood Hotel, Gordon Grill has been around for over 50 years, so it should come as no surprise that you’ll find more of an old fashioned vibe here with white tablecloths, artfully folded napkins and even a meat trolley service where chefs carve up roasts right your table. The prices here are pretty reasonable considering the quality of the meats and seafood is spot-on and the preparation and cooking is executed expertly. If you’ve got a big group of guys looking for a carnivorous feast, Gordon Grill is a great option.
22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel
Tel: +65 6730 1744
Hours: Daily: 12pm – 2:30pm, 7pm – 10:30pm
L’Entrecôte at Duxton
Simplicity is the key at L’Entrecôte, a Parisian bistro style spot where the signature dish is entrecôte steak cooked to your preferred temperature and served with free-flow crispy golden fries, a fresh green salad, and lashings of their secret buttery sauce. They also have enticing appetizers like Homemade Foie Gras Terrine and Oven Baked Bone Marrow, as well as a carefully curated wine list with plenty of bottles of French vino, some of which come from their own wineries.
36 Duxton Hill
Tel: +65 6690 7561
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 11pm, Sat: 12pm – 11:30pm, Sun: 12pm – 10:30pm
Boat Quay Bar Hopping
Boat Quay is one of our go-to spots in Singapore for bar hopping because you’re pretty much spoiled for choice when it comes to pubs, patios, and clubs here. We suggest starting the evening at BQ Bar for a few beers in a buzzy atmosphere, and then hitting up the drinking dens along the strip, eventually making your way to Skinny’s to end the evening with some karaoke, pool, and foosball.
Singapore has a slew of whiskey bars where you can sip on a few drams in celebration of a special event or just for an easygoing evening with the boys. The following are some of our favourites:
Poker Nights at Home
For those nights when you’re having mates over and want to put out an easy-going spread, you can’t go wrong with Chicken Up, a contemporary Korean spot that specialises in chicken wings. Here they marinate the chicken for 12 hours in their special blend of spices, then deep fry it to crispy perfection. Go for the Spicy Yangnyum wings, the Gangjang wings in an umami soya blend or their signature Crispy Up half chicken. Wash it all down with some Watermelon Soju.
48 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: +65 6327 1203
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 5:30pm – 2am, Fri – Sun: 5:30pm – 3am
Smoke & Mirrors
If you’ve got a good group together for an upcoming event and don’t want to deal with the usual general public crowds, get in touch with Smoke & Mirrors about booking out their stunning rooftop bar. Located in the National Gallery, this chic spot offers a great selection of whiskies and wines, comfort food bites like Popcorn Chicken with dried chili and Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Wings, and stunning views of Marina Bay and the Padang.
1 St. Andrew’s Road, National Gallery Singapore #06-01
Tel: +65 9234 8122
Hours: Mon- Fri: 3pm – 1am, Sat, Sun & PH: 12pm – 2am
For sunset drinks it’s pretty hard to beat Aura, also located in the National Gallery. The space is massive at over 9,000 square feet, but the Sky Lounge rooftop bar is the main draw for us with its stellar views over Marina Bay. Aura does special packages for private events from cocktail parties on the balcony to full-on sit down dinners. They can also customise something bespoke for a birthday party, bachelor’s party or corporate shindig.
1 St. Andrew’s Road, National Gallery Singapore #05-03 and #06-02
Tel: +65 6866 1977
Hours: Restaurant: Daily: 12pm – 2pm, 6:30pm – 10pm, Sky Lounge: Daily: 11:30am – 1am
Ice Cold Beer
When it’s easy-going vibes you’re after, Ice Cold Bar is a long-time favourite housed in a Peranakan shophouse in the Emerald Hill enclave. You won’t find dress codes or designer drinks here, just 60 different beers to choose from in custom-made vats of ice and pub grub like hot dogs, burgers and wings. For a private gathering, look into booking space in the Stellar Bar upstairs where you can play a few rounds of pool and catch matches on the flat-screen TVs.
9 Emerald Hill Road
Tel: +65 6735 9929
Hours: Sun – Thurs: 5pm – 2am, Fri – Sat: 5pm – 3am