The good news is that recently we have been spoiled in Singapore by an ever increasing amount of bars which specialise in quality craft beer. We sat down over a pint and listed some of our favourites. Even better, some have Quality Drops stocked!
Smith Street Taps
A legend of the Singapore craft beer scene, this hawker centre stall turned craft beer mecca has up to 12 taps on at once. Set up in nearly 7 years ago by industry pioneers Meng Chao and Daniel Goh. The relaxed atmosphere, surrounded by an abundance of hawker stalls makes it the perfect place to hang out for the evening.
Address: #02-062, 335 Chinatown Food Complex
Orh Gao Taproom
Set on the corner of Bukit Timah Road and Farrer Road, Orh Gao is our perfect day session spot. It's also where we launched Quality Drops! At 2pm the beers start pouring. With three levels of seating areas, there is somewhere to chill whether you fancy sunning yourself with a pale ale or hiding away inside enjoying a stout. Complimented by classic Peranakan style snacks, there's no need to leave!
Address: Serene Centre, Bukit Timah Road
Just a few stops away on the Downtown Line takes you to 'King Albert Park' where you will find Yeastside sitting on a crossroads that will have you questioning if you ever left Orh Gao. However, Yeastside is different - coffee and bakes by day, sourdough pizza and craft beer by night. The 12 taps rotate often and upstairs you will find a fridge full of natural wines and beers. They have both outdoor seating and airconditioned upstairs seating for whatever you fancy!
Address: #01-09, 9 King Albert Park
Heading the otherside of town to Beach Road is a modern, minimalist taproom named after a bit of Hokkien lingo. 'Ang Mo Liang Teh' loosly translates to Caucasian Cooling Tea, aka beer! Malt is also a key ingredient in beer as well all know, so now you know about the name. The tap room runs 12 taps of ever rotating kegs and if you work your way through all of them, ask the bar staff for a wider selection, they will look after you! MALT often hosts events or takeovers and have great pizza from next door.
Address: #01-07, 302 Beach Road
A pair of hawker stalls who have recently stepped into the world of brewing, they offer the perfect place to explore food from two of Singapore's best hawkers whilst enjoying a brew. Ren Min (People in Mandarin) are located at Old Airport Road (Hello) and Maxwell (Welcome), offer a wide range of draft, including their own, as well a fridge to raid if you get bored!
Address: #01-144 Old Airport Road FC 390051 AND #01-33 Maxwell FC, 069184
First in Kovan, now a second outlet in Katong, just over the road from IBC (did someone say bar crawl?). Both outlets have a crazy amount of beers in fridges, there's something for everyone. Bar food, draft beer and a relaxed atmosphere make it a great hangout day or night.
Address: 1010 Upper Serangoon Rd, 534748 and 57/59 E Coast Rd, 428774
Located in Chijmes, you can take a break from a hot day or hide away from the rain by spending hours in AF. A long tap list and a fridge full of quality, the minimalist vibe is the perfect place to try a wide range of styles and flavours. Some good tunes and good bites are also on offer. Regular tap takeovers so follow them on social media for updates.
30 Victoria St, #01-06, 187996
A small hole in the wall style spot in Tiong Bahru. There is two doors of fridges and draft beer and cocktail taps. They also have some bar snacks available. A great community vibe can be found here and great for watching the world go by.
Address: 01-05#, Link Hotel, Tiong Bahru Road
Shawn's Beer Nest
Shawn's has an awesome array of beers from all over the world on tap and in the fridge. Serving what we could call a craft beer desert in Singapore, if we are up this way we will always pay a visit. Shawn's a lovely fella to so definitely start talking to him about whisky and travel - oh wait that's two of our favourites as well!
Address: 231 Upper Thomson Road
Music, craft beer, cocktails... 3 of our favourite things. Part record store, part bar, it's fair to say that we have spent a fair few nights in here enjoying the laid-back atmosphere and the awesome bar bites. Whether it's a rainy day afternoon chill or date night - we would highly recommend giving Vertigo a visit. They have six taps of beer and regularly one of these is a Quality Drop!
It's fair to say that the East Coast Rd area around Katong, Joo Chiat is really popping off for craft beer at the moment. Freebird has become a little regular on our visits around the area. Occupying 2 units and outdoor seating, you will soon forget what time it is and be there all night. 12 taps and a fridge of regularly rotating beers and a well thought through food menu to match. Situated in Katong Shoipping Centre, it's also a bit like stepping into old school Singapore, which for us, makes it a must visit.
Address: 865 Mountbatten Road #B1-09
Set up by a craft beer veteran and the legend behind famous motorbike favourite Handlebar, this is another welcome addition to the Singapore craft beer scene. Nostalgic tunes, a welcoming atmosphere, with a lovely little beer garden make it a very relaxing place to be!
Address: 51 Kampong Bugis #01-04
In Bad Company
Back! This time in the east. Katong to be precise. A new concept but the same friendly faces, top selection of craft beer, wines, cocktails and the knowledge to go alongside. An exciting food concept it always on offer whenever In Bad Co. do anything.
Address: 66 East Coast Road, The Flow, #05-17, 428778
Beng Who Cooks
Originally a hawker stall set up, these lads set up shop a just after circuit breaker. Offering exciting menus that change regularly as well as beers and wines to go alongside. Dishes range from bar snacks (get the brocolli!) to larger twists on local/regional classics.
Address: 39 Neil Rd, Singapore 088822
Singapore's largest range of taps, which we think it currently at 32! Lot's of beer styles on offer, but they love an IPA. You can easily spend a whole day here sampling the goods, as well as the food which is also a winner.
Address: 261 Waterloo St, #01-23 Waterloo Centre, 180261
Out west at the Rail Mall is bar and bistro Sixteen Ounces. Up to 8 taps, a fridge full of beers, and an extensive menu of food, the kitchen is currently the home of Taco Mantra. Situated just off of the Green Corridor its the perfect pit stop on a walk or cycle.
Address: 398 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, The Rail Mall, 67804
Formerly of DECK in Prinsep Street, now the chilled out guys and girls of BB now hang out at three different spots over the island. You can always find a well stocked fridge and a good time. Check their instagram for their regular events.
Address: Dairy Farm, Club St, Prinsep St. Check instagram, they move around!
If you want selection, Druggists also offer 20 or so taps and a fridge full of beers inside the historical setting of the old Chinese Druggists Association. A range of local food is the perfect combo to go with those drinks whilst you work your way around the board.
Address: 119 Tyrwhitt Rd, 207547
Still the top rated brewery in Singapore (I just checked). They have a small taproom out in Ubi industrial park. It's a bit of a trek to get to but well worth it for the beers when you are there, which aren't really that common around the island. Usually you can bring your own food and it's pretty laid back, but can get busy as there is limited seating.
Address: 50 Ubi Ave 3, #01-12, 408866