Singapore Craft Beer Bars: Your Comprehensive Guide & Map

It wasn’t that long ago when craft beer was an alien concept to this part of the world. My first Singapore craft beer event was a small fair in a function room in 2011. There were just a few distributors showcasing beers that I hadn’t tasted before, from India Pale Ales (IPAs) to Trappist beers.

Since then, the scene has grown massively. While it remains a small community that won’t make the commercial beer giants lose sleep any time soon, it’s spawned the Beerfest Asia festival and a homebrewing showcase. There have also been new craft beer bars, local microbreweries and imports practically every month. Even restaurants and hipster cafes stock a few bottles and cans. It’s an expensive hobby to keep up, so I decided to create something useful from this pastime – a list that answers the question, ‘Where to drink craft beer in Singapore?’

Instead of a post that highlights a few bars, here’s a survey of the best Singapore craft beer spots that I have visited, grouped according to location. Click on the hyperlinks to go straight to the full list of Singapore craft breweries and local craft beer bars.

Updated: Jan 15, 2021 @ 11:10 PM

Note: While dining-in has resumed from 19 June 2020 with safe distancing measures in place, all alcohol sales and consumption in public must cease by 10.30 p.m. Please co-operate with the staff and do not be a difficult customer. You can refer to this circuit breaker special post for more details on takeaway and delivery options.

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Craft beer? In Singapore? What’s that?

If you’re new to craft beer or want to introduce it to someone, my post on how to choose craft beer should be your first stop. It covers what craft beer is, the commonly available examples of each style, what you can expect tastewise and how to appreciate it.

Singapore craft breweries

If you want to find craft beers from Singapore to introduce to your guests from abroad, look for these names at the bars and restaurants around the island. Those marked with * have taprooms and you’ll find their details below.

You should also try these Singapore meaderies:

Other countries whose beer I have profiled on this blog include New Zealand, South Africa (Cape Town), South Korea (Busan and Seoul) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City).

Singapore craft bars by region

I’ve added comments only if I’ve patronised the bar. Unlike other writers, I’ve chosen not to recommend any particular beer from each outlet. Outside of the breweries, the selections rotate all the time, so you may not find something I rave about when you drop by. At best, I can only provide a sense of what they tend to offer. Instead, take the opportunity to ask for samples. Talk to the staff about your preferences and preconceived notions and let them surprise you. Alternatively, you may want to check the ratings and tasting notes that other people have left on apps such as Untappd.

If you’re taking a friend to try ‘made in Singapore’ beers, I’ve marked the most reliable (in my opinion) places with a *.

Warning: This being Singapore, craft beer appreciation is an expensive hobby. Also, please don’t drink and drive. That’s the only thing in this post you should take as gospel.

Chinatown craft beer bars

Bunkerbunker!!

31 Club Street
Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Their new digs are right next to Le Bon Funk and opposite Little Creatures. Look out for the glass door next within the ‘IN’ archway of Emerald Garden. It’s less event space, more bottle shop now, but drinking inside and outside within the regulations still goes. They also have a pop-up at Found8 on Prinsep Street (next to their old address) and a cafe in Dairy Farm Estate (see the section on the west of Singapore)

Burger Bar New York (formerly Burger Joint)

115 Amoy Street, #01-03
Mon-Sat: 11.30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11.30 a.m.-8 p.m.

To find the entrance, look out for a neon burger-and-tulip glass sign in the back alley on Gemmill Lane. Besides the burgers (which still use the same Nebraskan beef as Burger Joint NY), there are 18 taps of craft beer. Expect half- and full US pints of beers you won’t find on tap anywhere else in Singapore. Hair of the Dog, The Bruery, Cloudwater, Omnipollo, Zagovor and Brewski have all made appearances. The menu is sometimes dominated by stronger imperial IPAs and stouts with prices to match, but completely worth it.

Freehouse (moving out after 14 November 2020)

Freehouse is on the second floor of a shophouse (stairs only) that’s a stone’s throw from Lau Pa Sat. It’s a reliable place to find a few beers from New Zealand and Australia, and they almost always have a cider on one of the 16 taps. Beer is served in 10-oz middies, 16-oz pints and flights of four 5-oz glasses. There’s also a selection of cans and bottles in the fridge and Indian-Mex fusion pub grub. During happy hour (5-7 p.m. Mon-Thu, all day on Sat), it’s $3 off full pints. Reservation via Chope or WhatsApp recommended.

The Guild

55 Keong Saik Road, #01-01
Mon-Wed: 4-10.30 p.m.; Fri-Sun: 3-10.30 p.m.

A venture between Young Master Ales of Hong Kong and chef Vinny Lauria. There are serious restaurant-style dishes on The Guild’s menu that make use of locally-sourced seafood and vegetables. At least half of the taps are dedicated to Young Master’s beers, and you’ll get some that won’t appear elsewhere, e.g. Days of Being Wild. From the other taps flow Rogue ales, Garage Project, etc – and the house gin & tonic. Glasses are on the small side (200, 330 and 450 ml) so prices will seem a touch steep, especially with GST and service charge. However, there’s Happy Hour before 8 p.m. to take advantage of.

Heart of Darkness Singapore

1 Keong Saik Road
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.

Heart of Darkness Brewery’s first outpost has moved to the space previously occupied by Neon Pigeon, and its core and seasonal beers dominate the 25 taps. While there aren’t on-site brewing facilities to tour, serving sizes are similar to those at the taprooms in Saigon. That extends to the generously-sized flights. The other two glasses are a 12-oz “standard” and a US pint. Pub grub and western-style meals areavailable, as is merchandise like caps and T-shirts.

Hopstation

18 Cross Street, #01-108
Mon-Fri: 12-9.45 p.m.; Sat: 3-9.45 p.m.

Beer on tap and in bottles to go with Western-style lunch and dinner options. Also distributes craft beer from the Irish microbreweries Boyne and Eight Degrees.

Little Creatures Brewing

36 Club Street
Daily: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

The Fremantle brewery that kickstarted the craft revolution Down Under set up shop in 2018. Favourites like the fruity Bright Ale, citrusy Pale Ale and malty Rogers Beer are brewed on-site. “Lane Brews” that are unique to the Singapore outpost feature prominently too. Besides middies and schooners, you can also get your beer canned to take out.

Little Part 1 Cafe*

54 Blair Rd, #01-01
Tue-Sun: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

You can’t miss the sign on the corner heritage shophouse. On Thursdays, the local beers that are on tap go for $10, and there’s more in the fridge from around the world. Locally distilled spirits from Compendium (Rojak and Chendol Gin) and Brass Lion are also on the menu, as are mussels, pizza and other mains.

Mikkeller Singapore

A Mikkeller-branded establishment will be back soon! Stay tuned for details. It’s not directly related to the previous Mikkeller Bar iterations at Prinsep Street and Purvis Street.

SG Taps*

13 Duxton Hill, #01-01
Mon-Thu, Sat: 12 p.m.-10.30 p.m.; Fri: 4-10.30 p.m.; Sun: 1-10.30 p.m.

As the name implies, SG Taps started out featuring Singapore craft beers on draft almost exclusively. These have now been joined by options from all over the world on 20 taps and the fridge. The kitchen serves up Japanese food like donburi, ramen, oden and wafu pizza.

SingaBrew Beer Lounge*

50 Keong Saik Road
Mon-Sat: 5-10.30 p.m.

It occupies the ground floor of the Hotel 1929 and offers outdoor seating along the walkway facing the street. Serves up exclusively Singapore brands of craft beer on tap and in bottles, and food is also available.

Smith Street Taps

335 Smith Street #02-62, Chinatown Complex
Tue-Fri: 5.30-9.30 p.m. (last orders 9.15 p.m.); Sat: 2-9.30 p.m. (last orders 9.15 p.m.)

Most evenings, you’ll find beer geeks huddled around this stall in the corner of a recently-renovated hawker centre. The chances of running into a visiting craft brewer here are pretty high as well. Twelve draft beers from Singapore and around the world are available. Be prepared to commit to full US pints (16 oz; 10 oz for stronger beers). At the unit that Good Beer Company used to occupy (#02-58), their imports from Victoria, Australia occupy eight more taps and the fridge–think Boatrocker, Dainton, Deeds and Sailors Grave. Visit their website to get them delivered.

Welcome Ren Min (formerly 3rd Culture Brewing Co.)

1 Kadayanallur Street, Maxwell Food Centre Stall 33
Tue-Thu: 6.30-10.30 p.m.; Fri: 4.30-1.30 p.m.; Sat: 12-10.30 p.m.

3rd Culture are now a brewery. Besides their own beers, they get cans, bottles and kegs from everyone, including the local microbrewers like Brewlander and Daryl’s Urban Ales. Beer comes only in 16-oz glasses. Once in a while, they hold takeovers where you can preorder drinks at discounted prices, and they run a loyalty card programme across both of their outlets. You’re in one of the best-known hawker centres in Singapore – go wild with the food pairings. Since the Circuit Breaker, they’ve added a fridge of cans and bottled beers.

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Craft beer in Marina Bay

Alchemist Beer Lab

26 Beach Road, #B1-16
Tue-Sun: 2-10.30 p.m.

If Little Island is too far away for you, you can sample US pints of their beers here. At one point, the said beers were infused with different ingredients to impart new flavours. However, on my last visit, it was carried out only on the cocktails. They still do beertails, though!

Almost Famous

30 Victoria Street, #01-06, CHIJMES
Mon-Fri: 5-10.30 p.m; Sat-Sun: 2-10.30 p.m.

The bar serves 16 beers on tap and a mod-Asian selection of bites. They go to the trouble of highlighting the local beers on the menu, and there are usually two or more of them. The standard serving size here is a 16-oz pint, though the more premium beers are also available in middies. The hard surfaces mean that the small enclosed space can get noisy, though. If you complete the loyalty card by drinking 10 pints in two months, the 11th is free.

Armoury Steak House

36 Beach Road
Tue-Sun: 11.30 a.m.-10 p.m.

You can get steak and American diner-type dishes to go with the 15 taps, which comprise mostly of Stone, Deschutes, Kona and Little Creatures brews. Prices are nett and tiered according to style, and there can be discounts of up to $4 during Happy Hour. Tasting platters of four craft beers are also available.

Brewerkz*

1 Fullerton Road, #01-01 One Fullerton
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.

Joyride Craft Beer Bar*

6A Shenton Way, #01-01 Downtown Gallery
Mon-Sat: 11 a.m.-8.30 p.m. (Closes at 10.30 p.m. on Fri)

A short walk from Lau Pa Sat, Joyride is within the premises of The Autobus cafe. There are 10 taps of beers from South Africa and Singapore’s Alive Brewing (servings are in US pints) and there are more beers, ciders and natural wines from the rest of the world in the fridge. They also hold the occasional Joyride Friday where you can win free beer by riding a bicycle training simulator.

LeVel33*

8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01
Daily: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

While LeVeL33 touts itself as the world’s highest urban craft brewery, the main attraction is not the beer but the view of the Marina Bay area. An outdoor seat usually comes with minimum spending of $50 per head on food and drinks, but I got away without it on a quiet weekday afternoon. The house beers are easy to drink and they can be sampled in a flight of five, besides the usual half and full pours. Note that the porter is but a blend of their stout and IPA, not a unique brew. The revamped (July 2019) food menu is worth highlighting for its use of brewing ingredients and by-products, and you can choose between a fine dining menu or shared plates.

Paulaner Bräuhaus

9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-01 Millenia Walk
Daily: 11.30 a.m.-10 p.m.

The Bavarian microbrewery has been here since the mid-1990s. While they follow the Reinheitsgebot in the making of their beers, you might not know that they use the local tap water. Most days, there are just three beers to choose from: a light lager, a maltier dark lager and a Weissbier (the latter comes in 500-ml glasses only). In addition to these, there are seasonal beers like the Salvator (Lenten bock) and the Festbier. As you might expect, the menu features German cuisine extensively. Happy Hour runs until 8 p.m. daily; on Sundays and Mondays, it’s 1-for-1, and on other days, it’s 20% off.

TAP Craft Beer Bar

252 North Bridge Road, #01-15 Raffles City Shopping Centre 
Daily: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-06/07/08 Millenia Walk
Daily: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

1 Raffles Link, #01-02
Sun-Tue: 12-10.30 p.m.; Wed-Sat: 11-10.30 p.m.

The main selling point at TAP is the price of the beers; $8 for 12 oz and $10 for 16 oz, plus GST and service charge for both. The latter price also applies to their wines and you can also get flights. The 20 taps at each outlet heavily feature American breweries like Lost Coast and Great Divide, with a few English, Australian, Vietnamese and local picks. Bar bites like wings, wedges, ribs and pasta are available, now that both outlets have full kitchens.

Craft beer in Bugis

1965 Craft Beer

505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre, #01-62
Mon-Fri: 5-10.30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 3-10 p.m.

A wee stall with four taps of American brews, and more in bottles. It shares stall space with Coffee Fusion, which serves up inexpensive espresso drinks. There’s plenty of good food on both the first and second floors.

American Taproom

261 Waterloo Street, #01-23
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.

ATR boasts an impressive 30 taps behind the bar. Glasses come in 7-oz tasters and 16-oz Spiegelau glasses, with some having an 11-oz option. Stone and Deschutes beers are a regular fixture but you’ll also find breweries from other countries. Besides these, full-sized meals, wines and spirits are also available. You can register as a member to get 2.5% back of your bill back and $20 to use on your birthday month.

Carbon&

12 Kallang Avenue #01-43 Aperia Mall
Mon, Tue: 11.30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wed-Sat: 11.30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Rice bowls and 10 taps (in December 2020) of Japanese, Korean and local brews, mostly in half and full US pints. Closer to the mall’s driveway than to the Lavender Street entrance.

Druggists

119 Tyrwhitt Road
Mon-Sat: 3.30-10.30 p.m; Sun 2-10.30 p.m.

Set in an old terrace house that the Chinese Druggist Association used to occupy. With Mikkeller, To Øl, Lervig and more on the 24 taps, expect bold flavours. Serving sizes run a touch smaller than you’ll find elsewhere, though: small glasses are 200 ml and large ones just 420 ml. The food here can be described as Mod-Sin fusion bites.

Good Luck Beerhouse*

9 Haji Lane
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.

Situated on Haji Lane, between Blu Jaz and the colourful Piedra Negra mural. You can get dim sum, burgers, fried noodles and bar bites to go with one of the 16 beers on tap. Recently, these tend to feature local breweries like Brewlander, Daryl’s and That Singapore Beer Project. The same brewers are also behind Good Luck’s own beers, so give them a go too. Full US pints only but there’s a happy hour until 6 p.m. Reservations recommended.

MALT Craft Beer Bar

302 Beach Road #01-07, The Concourse
Tue-Wed: 2-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat: 2-10.30 p.m.; Sun: 4-9 p.m.

There are up to eight craft beers on tap at Malt (or /\/\/\LT as it is stylised); there are also limited bottles of lambic beer from the celebrated Cantillon Brewery. At launch, the initial selection featured familiar offerings from breweries in Singapore, Asia and Oceania. Half and full glasses are available except for stronger beers on the “W Tap”. Asian and Western-style bar bites are available–think fries, chilli dumplings and prawn paste chicken.

The Otherside

48 Arab Street
Tue-Sun: 5.30-10.30 p.m.

You’ll find the entrance in the lane next to Arabica café. The selection in the fridge comprises mainly American and Australian imports, plus a smattering of offerings from Tanker Brewing (Estonia) and elsewhere in the world.

Craft beer on/near Orchard Road

Bar MF

181 Orchard Road, #11-03, Orchard Central
Mon-Thu: 3-9 p.m.; Fri, Sat: 12.-10 p.m.; Sun: 12-9 p.m.

Unlike the ribs restaurant chain’s other outlets, this features 10 taps of imported craft beers and a phenomenal view of Orchard Road below.

Brewerkz*

1 Tanglin Road, #01-02, Orchard Rendezvous Hotel
Mon-Thu: 5-10.30 p.m.; Fri-Sun, eve of holidays: 12 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

See the comments on the Brewerkz microbrewery in Clarke Quay.

HopHeads

178 Clemenceau Avenue, #B1-00 Haw Par Glass Tower
Wed-Sat: 5-10.30 p.m.

Hopheads draws a young crowd to its parties and there’s the option of playing beer pong and darts in the dark, ginormous space. Food takes the form of pasta, pizza, burgers and snacks, while pints of Stone, Deschutes and Young Master are often on tap.

Jibiru

313 Orchard Road, #01-26
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.

Another of the early movers. Being Japanese-themed, one can order yakitori skewers with draft Hitachino Nest beers and sake. The 10 taps may also pour Fourpure, Brewdog, St Austell, Gweilo and more. Half pints, full pints and flights are served and there is an additional charge for the stronger beers. Pricing depends on what time you show up, but they’re at their cheapest before 6 p.m. There’s a Beer Rewards points programme across the related outlets: earn a free pint for every 10.

OnTap*

500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Stall 71 Newton Food Centre
Wed-Mon: 4.30-10.30 p.m.

The same beers you’d get from OnTap Craft Bistro, paired with food from the hawker centre that appeared in the Crazy Rich Asians film.

RedDot BrewHouse

25A Dempsey Road #01-01
Mon-Sat: 12-10.30 p.m.; Sun: 10.30 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

TAP Craft Beer Bar

9 Penang Road #01-08/09
Daily: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

Craft beer in Clarke Quay, Boat Quay & River Valley

Alchemy Bistro

3 Magazine Road #01-02, Central Mall
Mon-Sat: 5-10.30 p.m.

Alchemy has 40 tapped and packaged craft beers. It also runs possibly the only Singapore craft beer subscription programme, Subscribeers.

BREW’

2 Havelock Road, #01-10, Havelock II
Daily: 7.30 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

The latest of the ‘coffee shop by day, bar by night’ entrants to the scene. They have mookata (Thai-style barbecue and hot pot) to go with the eight taps and craft beers in the chiller.

Brewerkz*

30 Merchant Road, #01-05/06, Riverside Point
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.

Started brewing their own beers decades before craft beer became a thing in Singapore. Bottles, growlers, kegs and pub grub are also available. The range includes six core beers, two seasonal specials and three guest taps. You can have them in anything from an 11-oz stem to a 4-litre tower to a flight of four 4-oz glasses. The TV screens show live sports channels so you don’t have to choose between watching football and microbrews.

The Good Beer Company (River Valley)

46 Kim Yam Road #01-07, The Herencia
Daily: 12-10 p.m.

The Kent Ridge establishment has taken over In Bad Company’s old location with 10 taps (US pints only). The chiller selection is smaller, but in addition to Pizza Republic, there’s Peranakan food from The Real Peranakan and cake from Kura Patisserie (until 6 p.m.) here.

RedDot BrewHouse

33/34 Boat Quay
Mon-Sat: 12-10.30 p.m.; Sun: 10.30 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

TAP Craft Beer Bar

86 Robertson Quay, #01-02
Mon-Tue: 12-10.30 p.m.; Wed-Sun 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

What I wrote about the One Raffles Link TAP outlet also applies.

Temple Cellars*

81 Clemenceau Avenue, #01-12, UE Square
Mon-Sat: 12-10.30 p.m., Sun: 12-7 p.m.

Temple Cellars started as a bottle shop with chilled deliveries of craft beer, natural wines and boutique spirits, but they now also have eight taps in the atrium of UE Square and occasionally organise craft produce fairs. Draft beer comes in half and full US pints. You can also order online and pick up from the shop.

Craft beer bars in the east of Singapore

The 1925 Brewing Co., Joo Chiat*

261 Joo Chiat Road
Tue-Sun: 12-10.30 p.m.

At the gastrobar, you get to try 1925’s staples and seasonal brews with their classy takes on Teochew dishes. The fish porridge, made the traditional way, comes highly recommended.

Beer Basket

57/59 East Coast Road
Daily: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m. (Opens at 9 a.m. on weekends)

Brewerkz*

2 Stadium Walk, #01-06/07 Singapore Indoor Stadium
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.

See the comments on the Brewerkz microbrewery in Clarke Quay.

The Bullion

394/396 East Coast Road

The Cider Pit

328 Joo Chiat Rd #01-03
Mon-Fri: 3-10.30 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 1-10.30 p.m.

Hello Ren Min (formerly 3rd Culture Brewing Co.)

51 Old Airport Road, Old Airport Road Food Centre Stall 144
Tue-Thu: 5.30-10.30 p.m.; Fri: 4.30-10.30 p.m.; Sat: 12-10.30 p.m.; Sun:12-9.30 p.m.

As with the sister outlet at Maxwell, the food choices are endless and the beers come in 16-oz shaker glasses. Note that the selections at the two stalls rarely overlap, and the events take place at only one outlet, not both. To make it easier to find the stall, go to the easterly end of the food centre closer to Dakota MRT station. On Wednesdays, you get two free beers when you complete their loyalty card here.

In Bad Company

IBC have moved to a private space and they do deliveries of craft beer from all over the world. Sake and natural wines are also on the list. Meanwhile, they also hold special events occasionally, so subscribe to their social media channels to stay updated. For December 2020, you can find them running Yeast Side’s kitchen as Furubowl from Thursday to Sunday.

Little Island Brewing Co.*

6 Changi Village Road, #01-01/02
Mon-Sat: 12-10.30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

This is a very chill place where you can sit outdoors and watch planes land and take off from Changi Airport. American- and Australian-style food is on the menu for brunch, lunch and dinner, and a barbecue or paella special takes place occasionally. Beer comes in pints and towers. (Before the pandemic struck, you purchased a charge card, top it up with at least $10 and use it to pour as much or as little of each brew yourself. You could also ask the staff for help if you want to taste a little of each before committing.)

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Malthouse

685 East Coast Road
Mon-Fri: 3-10.30 p.m., Sat-Sun: 1-10.30 p.m.

This relaxed gastropub in the Siglap area serves dinner and comes with both indoor and outdoor seating. The 12 taps draw mainly Fourpure and Brewdog beers but there are others too. And if it matters to you, each beer is served in that brewery’s glassware. You can watch live sports on the TV here as well.

Pink Blossoms*

50 Ubi Ave 3, #01-12
Mon-Fri: 5-10.30 p.m.; Sat, Sun, holidays: 2-10.30 p.m.

The Pink Blossoms brewery taproom is in an industrial estate with few dinnertime options. Thankfully, you’re allowed to bring your own food and Ubi MRT station is a short walk away. The Lean on Me New England pale ale and the Hundred Years milk stout are the core beers, while the seasonal beers tend to be hazy pales and IPAs brewed with different hop varieties. For now, each comes only in a specific size ranging from 10 to 16 ounces, depending on the beer.

Smokey’s BBQ

73 Joo Chiat Place
Tue-Fri: 3-10.30 p.m.; Sat, Sn: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

The barbecue joint currently serves macro on tap but the bottle selection consists of American craft like Heretic and Deschutes.

The World is Flat

78 Airport Boulevard, #05-202 Jewel Changi Airport

If you can’t venture beyond the airport (land side) during a layover, this is where you can get your draft craft beer fix. Other forms of booze are also available. Please note that their bar in the transit area of Terminal 1 closed in August 2019.

Craft beer bars in the west of Singapore

Beerfest Brewery

39 Rochester Drive
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.

Bottle Shop @ Timbre+

77 Ayer Rajah Crescent
Daily: 9 a.m.-10.30 p.m. except for Sunday (10 p.m.)

As the name implies, they sell chilled bottled craft beer and cider from $10. There are macro brews and whisky highballs on tap as well. For food, patronise the hawker stalls in at lunchtime and the food trucks in the evening. It can get pretty raucous especially when there’s live music.

Bunkerbunker!! Family

17 Dairy Farm Estate, #B1-01, Dairy Farm Estate
Wed-Sun: 12-8 p.m.

A new location within the Dairy Farm Estate condominium opens on 2 January 2021.

Canjob Taproom

50 Tiong Bahru Rd, #01-03, Link Hotel
Daily: 5-10.30 p.m.

Canjob, formerly known as Booze Pharma-C and Little Papa’s Wieners, occupies a cosy unit in Link Hotel. There are four beers on tap (half and full pints) along with cocktails and a fridge stocked with an international selection of packaged craft beer. You can also get the draft beers to go in 11-oz/330-ml cans. As befits its former guise, the grub takes the form of hot dogs and meat pies.

Danger Close Beverage Company

120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-05 Alexandra Village Hawker Centre
Tue: 5.30-9 p.m.; Wed-Sat: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5.30-9 p.m.; Sun: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The drink choices at Danger Close aren’t limited to the handful of imported and local craft brews on tap. They also offer espresso, nitro cold brew coffee, gongfu tea and even sparkling gourmet tea on tap. Half and full US pints are the serving sizes here.

Fountain Microbrewery & Restaurant

21 Jurong Town Hall Road, #02-00 Snow City
Tue-Sun: 12-2.30 p.m., 6-10.30 p.m. (Last orders one hour prior to closing)

OnTap Craft Bistro

31 Bukit Batok Crescent, #02-01 The Splendour
Mon-Fri: 6-10 p.m.

The Good Beer Company

2 Science Park Drive, Savourworld #01-23
Daily: 12-10 p.m.

The Good Beer Company name started as a hawker stall that sold bottled craft beer in the early 2010s. It’s since changed hands and moved to Kent Ridge, though the signage remains near Smith Street Taps. From the eight taps flow pints of Brewdog, Fourpure, St Austell, Gweilo and Hitachino Nest, but the fridge also stocks more than 200 other beers. While there’s pizza from Pizza Republic in the air-conditioned premises, you can also buy food from the other restaurants at Savourworld and sit outdoors. The loyalty programme that is run at Jibiru, Malthouse and Takumi applies only to draft beer here.

Sixteen Ounces

398 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, The Rail Mall (the smaller section south of the carpark)
Tue-Fri: 3.30-10.30 p.m; Sat-Sun: 11.30 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

This gastropub is as close to the northwest as the revolution has got. There are usually Brewdog, Fourpure and Hitachino Nest beers among the eight taps but there is also an extensive selection in the fridge. Half and full pints are served but you can also have a tasting rack of four draft beers. The kitchen is run by Taco Mantra, so you’ll find Indian-Mexican fusion burgers, tacos and bar bites. They run a loyalty programme as well; pre-COVID-19, there were also trail runs into the nearby forest that ended with beer.

Temple Cellars

31 Binjai Park
Opening soon

Xi Jiu Craft Beer

121 Pasir Panjang Road, Pasir Panjang Food Centre, Stall 44
Mon-Sat: 12-9 p.m.

OnTap supplies the six regular beers that flow from this hawker stall’s taps. Happy hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on selected beers.

Yeast Side

9 King Albert Park #01-09
Wed-Sun 4-11 p.m.

Sourdough bread and pizza are on the way but in the meantime, drink from the 12 taps of local and international craft beers. The air-conditioned loft is accessible via a staircase only but there is alfresco and counter seating on the ground floor. For December 2020, Furubowl (an offshoot of In Bad Company) run the kitchen from Thursdays to Sundays.

Craft bars to the north of Singapore

Beer Basket

1010 Upper Serangoon Road
Daily: 2-10.30 p.m.

Only macro on tap here but the fridge is stocked with macro, soju and craft beers, including some from Rye & Pint, Kabinet and the USA. There’s Western and Asian chow to go with it. Extremely popular on weekend nights, reservations are essential.

Mirage

140 Owen Road
Open from 22 October 2020, 12-10.30 p.m.

Located within The Parlour and serves up Japanese izakaya-style grub and craft beer on tap.

Nickeldime Drafthouse

275 Thomson Road
Daily: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (last alcohol orders at 9.45 p.m.)

Across the road from the Novena Church, just in case you feel guilty. Beer-inspired pub grub, pizza and burgers to go with the 20 taps. Their beers come from various sources, so you’ll find Deschutes, Lervig, Heart of Darkness, Yeastie Boys and more. One size only and that’s a 16-oz pint. Premier League football matches are also shown on a big screen here.

Orh Gao Taproom

10 Jalan Serene, #01-03 Serene Centre
Tue-Sun: 4-10.30 p.m.

Orh Gao (‘black dog’ or stout in Hokkien lingo) shares its premises with a Killiney Kopitiam franchise. If you’re so inclined, you can have your beer with kaya toast and eggs when their hours overlap. After that, the kitchen makes pasta, fish and chips, otah-otah (spicy fish paste) sandwiches and other finger food. 300-ml servings and full pints are available from the 10 taps, and the choices are supplemented by bottles in the fridge.

Shawn’s Beernest

231 Upper Thomson Road
Mon-Fri: 5-10.30 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 1-10.30 p.m.

Shawn’s Beernest doesn’t serve food and so sells draft beers in takeaway cups and PET bottles (from 500 ml) only during Phase 2 of Singapore’s “safe reopening”. Bottled beers are also available. In the first few weeks of operations, the selection included local (Lion), Australian, British and New Zealand beers and ciders, as well as a small selection of wines and spirits.

Online and bottle shops in Singapore

Besides Temple Cellars, Good Beer Company and Bottle Shop, you can buy and take home bottled and canned beer from these local establishments. You can also order craft beer online from them (click on the links) and arrange deliveries.

Arvo Drinks

Sells their own imports of Victorian breweries like Bad Shepherd, Boatrocker and Stomping Ground.

Beer Force (former Thirsty franchise)

211 Holland Avenue #02-12 Holland Road Shopping Centre
Daily: 12-8 p.m.

There’s a fridge with one of each beer, and for an extra dollar per can/bottle consumed, you can drink a chilled one on the premises. Disposable plastic cups are supplied. You’ll find most of the imports Singapore gets here.

The Drinkery (a.k.a. Thirsty Beer Shop)

You’ll find the beers that you see at Tap bars here, and then some from the likes of Avery, Golden Road, Dogfish Head, Three Weavers and more. There’s even White Claw hard seltzer. Yes, they’re mostly American but there are also Australian and Belgian beers and Swedish ciders. Online orders are the usual mode of purchase but the warehouse on 8 Lorong Bakar Batu is open during clearance sales.

Elixir Code

3 South Buona Vista Road, #01-16, Viva Vista 
Daily: 5.30-10.30 p.m. (Message ahead)

Besides Moldovan wines and Slovenian spirits, they also import beers from Kabinet (Serbia), Lobik (Slovenia), Megobrebi (Georgia) and Pühaste (Estonia) in their fridges. Local brands are also represented in the shape of Lion City’s meads and Alive’s beers. Message them on Facebook ahead of time to see whether they’re open when you wish to visit.

The Great Beer Experiment

Druggists’s sister outlet, which used to have outlets at The Grandstand and Wheelock Place, has moved to the online format. It’s the go-to place for Danish beers that aren’t Carlsberg (Amager, Mikkeller, Tool) and Belgian Trappist and lambic beers (3 Fonteinen, Orval, Westmalle, Chimay, etc.).

Hop Around

217 Bedok North Street 1 #01-63
Daily: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

It was probably a matter of time before craft retail shops filtered into the heartlands, but now there are American, British and European imports in a Bedok Central shophouse. Only cash and PayNow are accepted. There is limited seating for drinking outside, and they also do deliveries through Bigbag.

Hop Shop

1 Jalan Anak Bukit, #B1-15 Bukit Timah Plaza 
Daily: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

The selection here comes from the world over and also features a few harder-to-find bottles. You get a 5% discount when you purchase six bottles, while a dozen gets you 10% off. They keep a bottle/can of each beer they have in a fridge as well.

Juju Brews

Juju Brews is a newcomer that distributes Korean craft beer brands such as Gorilla, The Hand & Malt, Playground and more. Currently online only, though Gorilla was launched on tap at Orh Gao Taproom in August 2020.

Homebrewing supplies in Singapore

Yeah, I know the price of booze in Singapore is ridiculous. However, did you know that you can make up to 30 litres of beer a month per household without a license? As long as you don’t sell it, distil it or create a nuisance, it’s legal. If you want to try brewing your own beer, you can start out at either of these places. I doubt you can discuss beer at length with another geek in the same way when you buy from Amazon.

BrewCat

803 King George’s Ave #02-192
Weekends: 12-6 p.m.

Check their Facebook page out for homebrewing and beer appreciation events in November 2020.

HomeBrew Co-Op

16 Arumugam Road, #02-02A LTC Building D 
Tue-Fri: 3-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 12-6 p.m.

iBrew

354 Clementi Ave 2, #01-195
Wed-Sat: 2-6 p.m.; Sun: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

If you’d like to meet other homebrewers and aficionados, you can join Craft Brew Asia or any of local Telegram/WhatsApp homebrewing groups that I don’t know of.

Establishments that have closed

Even though the craft beer scene in Singapore is growing, the cost of doing business takes its toll occasionally. These are some of the players that have shuttered over the last few years – a moment of silence for them, please:

  • Birdy’s
  • Brewers Craft
  • The Dragonfly
  • Five Marbles
  • Jungle Brewing
  • Live at the Crossroads
  • MOA Tiki Bar
  • Mikkeller Bar Singapore
  • Old Empire
  • Live at the Crossroads
  • Starker Fresh
  • Takumi Craft Beer Bar

The SG craft beer bar map

I’ve pinned the above bars and shops and others I know on a Singapore Craft Beer Map. It’s a constant work-in-progress, so it’s not always accurate, and I’m grateful to the local craft beer community for their valuable input. Let me know if there’s something that needs updating!

Craft Beer Singapore Map
Click on the image or the link to access the map!

First published: 6 January 2019