Singapore consistently ranks high when it comes to the best cities for expats, with an English-speaking population and a great social life. It’s a major hub for many international companies too, so you’ll meet people from all over the world here. As for the best bars to meet expats in Singapore? Here’s our top picks…
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Inspired by classic New York glamour, Manhattan is a sleek and stylish bar that’s perfect for an after-work whiskey. Stop by on Sundays for their legendary adults-only brunch, too. There’s a Boozy Milkshake Station which offers three different shake flavours, a selection of dark rum or maple-finished bourbons from the Rickhouse, as well as a bar of candies and fruits to garnish and build marvellous milkshake creations.
This tongue-in-cheek bar has a fantastic craft beer menu and creative cocktails, with TV screens and delicious bar bites. Basically, all the elements of the perfect neighbourhood bar. Chow down on truffle fries and grilled cheese sandwiches and just hang out. They also have Ladies’ Night every Thursday where the “coqtails” are 1-for-1 for only $20+.
This small-but-mighty cocktail bar feels more like a cosy living room than a beer, with a welcoming crowd and top-notch food and drink. The cocktails here are made from distinctly Singaporean and Asian ingredients such as laksa leaves (a savoury herb), coconut milk and gula melaka (palm sugar).
Blu Jaz Cafe is a popular bar among both expats and locals, bursting with a lively atmosphere and regular live jazz and blues music. There’s also slam poetry events and impromptu jam sessions where the bar comes alive with tunes from some of the city’s best up-and-coming musicians.
Muddy Murphy’s was designed and built to scale in Dublin, Ireland in 1996 and shipped to Singapore, so it’s one of the most authentic Irish pubs in the city. It’s a fun place to come for all the live sports, with large screens showing rugby, football, boxing, tennis or Formula 1. There’s also a weekly pub quiz night and live music too.
Wala Wala is located in Holland Village, which was established in the early 1900s by Singapore’s Dutch community and still has a European-style charm. While the whole area here is popular with expats, Wala Wala is a must-visit. It’s a veteran bar of the city’s live music scene so grab an ice-cold beer as you check out local bands rocking the stage.
Can’t get enough of live music? Crazy Elephant is another buzzing bar to meet fellow expats at. It’s a rock n’ roll blues bar with a house band who really know how to get things going. There’s also a fun jam session that takes place every Sunday, so if you’re feeling brave you can take the stage and show the audience what you’ve got.