100 Singapore Craft Beer Spots: The 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 the iBrew homebrewing challenge. There have also been new craft beer bars, local microbreweries and imports practically every month. 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 retail outlets, restaurants, and 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 and restaurants.

Updated: Nov 22, 2021 @ 9:24 PM

Note: From 22 November 2021, fully vaccinated people may dine out in groups of five, while unvaccinated people may only take food away from hawker centres and coffee shops. All alcohol sales and consumption in public must cease by 10.30 p.m. Please co-operate with the staff and do not be difficult. You can refer to this circuit breaker special post for more details on takeaway and delivery options. Opening hours may also have changed for this period.

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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 Singapore craft beers 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 beer 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 (nearest station: Telok Ayer)
Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Their new digs are right next to Le Bon Funk and opposite Thirty Six. Look out for the glass door next to 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 cafe in Dairy Farm Estate (see the section on the west of Singapore)

Burger Bar New York

115 Amoy Street, #01-03 (Telok Ayer)
Mon-Sat: 11.30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11.30 a.m.-8 p.m. (Breakfast from 8.30 a.m.)
Call 62218648 for reservations

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 (and bottles and cans) of beers you won’t find on tap anywhere else in Singapore. Alaska, Hair of the Dog, The Bruery, Cloudwater, Omnipollo, Zagovor, Other Half and Brewski have all made appearances. Since April 2021, they’ve expanded and now offer diner-style breakfasts and pastrami sandwiches.

Freehouse

10 Gemmill Lane (Telok Ayer)
Tue-Sun: 12-10.30 p.m.

Make reservations via Chope

Freehouse has returned as a gastro bar with tapas, 16 rotating taps of craft beer and a chiller of beers, wines, sake and spirits not dissimilar to Temple Cellar’s collection (but smaller). Beers come in 9-oz (260 ml) glasses and 16-oz pints.

The Good Beer Company (China Square)

3 Pickering Street, #01-30 Nankin Row (Raffles Place or Telok Ayer)
Wed-Fri: 3-10.30 p.m.

Their newest outlet has 20 local and international craft beers on tap on a rotational basis. Pizza Republic pizzas are available too and there is a $20 classic pizza-plus-pint offer on Tuesdays just like the other outlets. Other outlets: River Valley and Science Park

The Guild

55 Keong Saik Road, #01-01 (Outram Park)
Mon-Wed: 4-10.30 p.m.; Fri-Sun: 3-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via Sevenrooms

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 (Outram Park)
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.

Make reservations via Chope

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 generously sized flights. The other two glasses are a 12-oz “standard” and a US pint. Pub grub and western-style meals are available, as is merchandise like caps and T-shirts.

Little Part 1 Cafe *

54 Blair Rd, #01-01 (Outram Park)
Tue-Sun: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via their website

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

335 Smith Street #02-62, Chinatown Complex (Chinatown or Outram Park)
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.)

There’s a Mikkeller-branded establishment once again! Location: the old Good Beer Company/SST & Friends corner stall in Chinatown. It’s not directly related to the previous Mikkeller Bar iterations at Prinsep Street and Purvis Street, but the Danish brewery’s kegs flow from the 10 taps and fill the chiller. You may opt for 300- or 400-ml servings (stronger, more exclusive beers come in smaller portions only). And like Mikkeller Bars around the world, there’s an MRC run every first Saturday. For now, however, you can’t just show up; please register for it and comply with the safe distancing guidelines

OnTap *

335 Smith Street #02-75, Chinatown Complex (Chinatown or Outram Park)
Daily: 4.30-10.30 p.m.

Other outlet: Newton Circus

SG Taps *

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

Call 69048474 for reservations

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 (Outram Park)
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 craft beer brands on tap and in bottles, and food is also available.

Smith Street Taps

335 Smith Street #02-62, Chinatown Complex (Chinatown or Outram Park)
Tue-Fri: 5.30-10 p.m. (last orders 9.45 p.m.); Sat: 2-10 p.m. (last orders 9.45 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). They are also the importer of several brands from Victoria, Australia like Boatrocker, Dainton, Deeds and Sailors Grave. Visit their website to get them delivered.

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Thirty Six Brewlab & Smokehouse

36 Club Street (entrance on Mohammad Ali Lane) (Chinatown or Telok Ayer)
Mon-Fri: 12-10.30 p.m.; Sat, Sun: 10 a.m.-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via inline

Lion Brewery Co. has taken over the old Little Creatures premises. The microbrewery churns out draft beer for on-site consumption while the menu comprises pizzas and grilled and smoked meats. Other local breweries feature as guest taps among the selection of 20.

Welcome Ren Min *

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

Ren Min started life as a hawker centre bar called 3rd Culture. While they now serve their own beers, they still get cans, bottles and kegs from everyone, including the local microbrewers. Beer comes in 16-oz glasses (stronger ones in 10-oz glasses). There are tap takeovers where you can preorder drinks at discounted prices with dishes from nearby stalls. They have loyalty programmes for 25 Untappd check-ins or eight draft beers on a stamp card. Other outlet: Old Airport Road

Craft beer in Marina Bay

Alchemist Beer Lab

26 Beach Road, #B1-16 (Esplanade)
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 (City Hall)
Mon-Fri: 5-10.30 p.m; Sat-Sun: 2-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via Chope

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 rowdy. Beer subscriptions are available for at-home consumption.

Armoury Steak House

36 Beach Road (Esplanade)
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.

The Autobus *

6A Shenton Way, #01-01 Downtown Gallery (Tanjong Pagar)
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, Eastern Europe 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.

Brewerkz *

1 Fullerton Road, #01-01 One Fullerton (Raffles Place)
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via Chope

The newest branch of the riverside microbrewery stands on the Marina waterfront. Other outlets: Clarke Quay, Orchard and Stadium

Dusk X Dawn *

5 Wallich Street, #01-17/18 Guoco Tower (Tanjong Pagar)
Daily: 11.30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Flights are available for their 8 in-house craft beers of different styles, which include red ale and dry stout on nitro. Beers are from SevenDaze.

LeVel33 *

8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01 (Downtown)
Daily: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via Chope

While LeVeL33 touts itself as the world’s highest urban craft brewery, the main attraction is admittedly the sweeping 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 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 (Promenade)
Daily: 11.30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Make reservations via Chope

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. There are three core 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 (Three locations)

252 North Bridge Road, #01-15 Raffles City Shopping Centre (City Hall
Daily: 3-10.30 p.m.

9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-06/07/08 Millenia Walk (Promenade)
Wed-Sun: 3-10.30 p.m.

1 Raffles Link, #01-02 (City Hall)
Wed-Sat: 3-10.30 p.m.

The main selling point at TAP is the price of the beers; $10 for 16 oz, plus GST and service charge. 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. Other outlets: Dhoby Ghaut and Robertson Quay

Underground Taps

6A Shenton Way, OUE Downton Gallery #B1-07 (Tanjong Pagar)
Mon-Fri: 5-10.30 p.m.

The Providore Downtown now has four craft beers on tap and more in cans and bottles. Food takes the form of charcuterie, bread, wedges and chips (in the British sense).

Vertigo26 *

26 Seah Street, MINT Museum of Toys #B1-00 (City Hall)
Tue-Sat: 12-10.30 p.m.; Sun: 12-6 p.m.

Make reservations via their website

You’ll find Singapore craft brewery products on tap (US pints only) as well as international beers in bottles and cans. Fill your belly with their skewers, cheesecake, cocktails and bar bites while you drink. For now, senseless government rules mean you can only play and browse their vinyl before 5 p.m. and the kitchen opens after that; also, rest in peace, Mr Punch (the bar that used to be here).

Craft beer in Bugis

1965 Craft Beer

505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre, #01-62 (Lavender or Nicoll Highway)
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 (Waterloo)

261 Waterloo Street, #01-23 (Bras Basah)
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via inline

ATR boasts an impressive 32 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 Singapore and 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. Other outlet: Geylang

Carbon&

12 Kallang Avenue #01-43 Aperia Mall (Lavender)
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 (Bendemeer or Lavender)
Mon-Sat: 3.30-10.30 p.m; Sun 2-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via inline

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. The beer comes in gold-rimmed tulip glasses but serving sizes run a touch smaller than you’ll find elsewhere: half portions are 200 ml and large ones around 420 ml. The food here can be described as Mod-Sin fusion bites.

Good Luck

9 Haji Lane (Bugis)
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.

The former Beerhouse on the lane is now a noodle bar. While they scale up, DM ‘send noods’ via their Instagram to reserve a bowl of their new specialty, which is somewhere between bakmie and bak chor mee. There are still local craft beers on tap, along with burgers, prawn paste chicken, cocktails and dim sum.

Hop Around @ Bras Basah

231 Bain St #01-69 Bras Basah Complex (Bras Basah/City Hall)
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.

There’s cafe-style pasta, pizza and sides here to go with a few tapped beers and many more from the fridge. Happy hour runs until 7 p.m. daily.

MALT Craft Beer Bar

302 Beach Road #01-07, The Concourse (Nicoll Highway)
Tue-Wed: 2-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat: 2-10.30 p.m.; Sun: 4-9 p.m.
Make reservations via Quandoo

There are up to 12 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, as well as Pizza Face’s pies.

The Otherside

48 Arab Street (Bugis)
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.

Ziggy Zaggy

51 Kampong Bugis (walk from Lavender)
Tue-Fri: 12-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

WhatsApp 86280775 for reservations

The bar at the Kallang Residences condominium is a collaborative effort between Kontiki and Handlebar. There are 18 taps of craft beer and sake to go with American soul food like biscuits and gravy, fried chicken steak and eggs and breakfast burritos. You can have the beers in half-pints, full US pints or a one-litre Masskrug, all with the appropriate glassware.

Craft beer on/near Orchard Road

Bar MF

181 Orchard Road, #11-03, Orchard Central (Somerset)
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 (Orchard)
Mon-Thu: 5-10.30 p.m.; Fri-Sun, eve of holidays: 12 p.m.-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via Chope

See the comments on the Brewerkz microbrewery in Clarke Quay. Other outlets are at Fullerton and Stadium.

Halfpipe Skate Bar

111 Somerset Road, #01-15 TripleOne Somerset (Somerset)
Daily: 8.30 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

There’s coffee, there’s skating paraphernalia, and there are cans and bottles from Singapore and around the world in their fridge. Find them on the outside of the mall facing Exeter Road.

Jibiru

313 Orchard Road, #01-26 (Somerset)
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 25 taps (as of March 2021) also pour Fourpure, Brewdog, St Austell, Gweilo, Magpie 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 (Newton)
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 (bus from Holland Village or Orchard)
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 (Dhoby Ghaut)
Daily: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

What I wrote about the One Raffles Link TAP outlet also applies. Other outlets are at Robertson Quay and around Marina Bay

Craft beer in Clarke Quay, Boat Quay & River Valley

Alchemy Bistro

3 Magazine Road #01-02, Central Mall (Clarke Quay)
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.

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BREW’

2 Havelock Road, #01-10, Havelock II (Clarke Quay)
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 (Clarke Quay)
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via Chope

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. Other outlets at Fullerton, Orchard and Stadium

The Good Beer Company (River Valley)

46 Kim Yam Road #01-07, The Herencia
(walk from Fort Canning or take a shuttle bus from Somerset)
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. Brews include Brewdog, Fourpure, Te Te, Hitachino Nest, Otus and more. Other outlets at China Square and Science Park

TAP Craft Beer Bar

86 Robertson Quay, #01-02 (walk from Fort Canning)
Daily: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

What I wrote about the One Raffles Link TAP outlet also applies. Other outlets are at Dhoby Ghaut and around Marina Bay.

Temple Cellars

81 Clemenceau Avenue, #01-12, UE Square (Fort Canning)
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. They also occasionally organise craft produce fairs. You can also order online and have it delivered to you, but pick-up orders take place at their retail-only Binjai Park outlet (see the Bottle Shop section below). Draft beer is no longer available but you can drink your purchases in-store.

Craft beer bars in the east of Singapore

The 1925 Brewing Co., Joo Chiat *

261 Joo Chiat Road (bus from Dakota)
Tue-Sun: 12-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via Quandoo

At the gastro bar, 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.

American Taproom (Geylang)

71/73 Geylang Road (Kallang)
Mon-Fri: 4-10.30 p.m.; Sat, Sun: 12-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via inline

Now that American Taproom’s second outlet has opened, there are 40 beers on tap a stone’s throw from the Geylang bus terminal. The menu is similar to the Waterloo Street outlet, but there is sidewalk seating here and a lot more space. Other outlet: Waterloo Street

Beer Basket

57/59 East Coast Road (bus from Dakota)
Daily: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m. (Opens at 9 a.m. on weekends)
WhatsApp 86915957 for reservations

Other outlet: Kovan

Brewerkz *

2 Stadium Walk, #01-06/07 Singapore Indoor Stadium (Stadium)
Daily: 12-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via Chope

See the comments on the Brewerkz microbrewery in Clarke Quay. Other outlets: Fullerton and Orchard

The Bullion

394/396 East Coast Road (bus from Kembangan)

The Cider Pit

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

Freebird

865 Mountbatten Road, #B1-03/09 Katong Shopping Centre (bus from Mountbatten)
Tue-Sun: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

Make reservations via Quandoo

Craft beer on 12 taps, fusion food, nitro coffee and tea are available.

Good Intentions *

45 East Coast Road (bus from Mountbatten)
Daily: 10 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

Make reservations via their website linked above

At this all-day dining spot, you’ll find Singapore craft beer brands on the 13 taps with some familiar dishes (and faces) from Haji Lane, like Berg’s burgers and Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall’s cocktails and prawn paste chicken.

Hello Ren Min *

51 Old Airport Road, Old Airport Road Food Centre Stall 144 (Dakota)
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 guest beers 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 eastern end of the food centre closer to Dakota MRT station. They have loyalty programmes based on (a) 25 Untappd check-ins or (b) eight draft beers on a stamp card.

In Bad Company *

66 East Coast Rd, #05-17 The Flow (bus from Mountbatten)
Tue-Sun: 5-10.30 p.m.

Make reservations via their website

In Bad Company has moved to a new location in the East Coast area. The menu features snacks and sharing plates. Craft beer comes in bottles and cans, complemented by natural wines and cocktails. There are also taps, with four of them devoted to Lion City meads. Directions: Take the car park lift or the one outside the back of The Flow. You can also use the front escalator, go to the back of the mall and take the other escalator up to the fifth floor.

Little Island Brewing Co. *

6 Changi Village Road, #01-01/02 (bus from Pasir Ris)
Mon-Sat: 12-10.30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via inline

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.) Their beers are also at Alchemist in the city.

LKF Taproom

914 East Coast Road, #01-02 The Domain (bus from Bedok)
Daily: 5-11 p.m.

To be sure of finding beers from Hong Kong breweries such as Cardon, Moonzen and Tai Wai, head to this bar that pairs East and Southeast Asian dishes with Asian craft beers. For Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), WhatsApp 91564900 for the takeaway/delivery menu.

Locality Craft Beers

55 Changi Road, #B1-10 Millage (walk from Paya Lebar or Eunos)
Tue-Sat: From 4 p.m.

Here, it’s takeaway growler fills with local beers like Brewlander, Pink Blossoms and Sunbird. IF you don’t have one of your own, you can purchase it from them. Online orders at Qashier.

Malthouse

685 East Coast Road (bus from Bedok)
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 (Ubi)
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.

Pink Blossoms Brewing Tampines

18 Tampines Industrial Crescent, #01-16 (bus from Tampines)
Tue-Sun: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m.

You’ll also find a Pink Blossoms taproom at the New Ubin Seafood Village in Tampines. That means Chinese zi char-style food to go with their core and seasonal beers.

Smokey’s BBQ

73 Joo Chiat Place (bus from Dakota)
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 (Changi Airport)

If you can’t venture beyond the airport (landside) 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

3 Monkeys

122 Pasir Panjang Road (Pasir Panjang)
Tue-Sun: 11.30 a.m.-2.30 p.m., 6-9.30 p.m.

A largely Western dining menu and protein bowl selection is now complemented by eight to 12 taps of local craft beer from the likes of Alive, Brewlander, Civilisation and more.

Abundance

63A Lengkok Bahru, #01-378 (Redhill)
Tue-Sun: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

There are 10 taps, three of which are for cocktails. A rotating selection of international craft brews flow from the remainder, mostly in US pints. Their kitchen is closed for the first weekend of May but in normal times, it pumped out Asian rice dishes and buns.

Bottle Shop @ Timbre+

77 Ayer Rajah Crescent (one north)
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. There are macro brews and whisky highballs on tap as well. For food, patronise the hawker stalls at lunchtime and the food trucks in the evening. It can get pretty raucous especially when there’s live music (now a pre-pandemic memory).

Bunkerbunker!! Family

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

A new location within the Dairy Farm Estate condominium. Other outlet: Club Street

Canjob Taproom

50 Tiong Bahru Rd, #01-03, Link Hotel (bus from Tiong Bahru)
Tues-Sun: 5-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via Quandoo

Canjob, formerly known as Booze Pharma-C and Little Papa’s Wieners, occupies a cosy unit in Link Hotel. There are up to six beers on tap, poured in 16-oz pints, along with cocktails and a fridge stocked with a selection of packaged local and international craft beer. Happy Hour runs all day on Tuesdays and Sundays. 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 (bus from Commonwealth or Redhill)
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. 500-ml and one-litre Mass are the serving sizes here.

Fountain Microbrewery & Restaurant

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

Gone Rogue Brewing

4 Bukit Batok Street 41, #01-09/10/11 Le Quest Shopping Mall (bus from Bukit Batok)
Daily: 12-10 p.m.

The Good Beer Company

2 Science Park Drive, Savourworld #01-23 (Kent Ridge)
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. There are eight taps and the fridge stocks many more beers from around the world. While there’s pizza from Pizza Republic on 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 and Malthouse applies only to draft beer here.

Other outlets: China Square and River Valley

OnTap Craft Bistro

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

Picotin Brewhaus

39 Rochester Drive (Buona Vista)
Mon-Thu: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri: 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.; Sat: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun: 8 a.m.-10.30 p.m.

Reservations via their website

Sixteen Ounces

398 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, The Rail Mall (Hillview)
Tue-Fri: 3.30-10.30 p.m; Sat-Sun: 11.30 a.m.-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via Chope

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. 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. Find them in the smaller section south of the car park.

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Xi Jiu Craft Beer

121 Pasir Panjang Road, Pasir Panjang Food Centre, Stall 44 (Pasir Panjang)
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 (King Albert Park)
Wed-Sun: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (Pizzas from 5 p.m.)
Make reservations via Quandoo

Boozy fun at Yeast Side starts on Wednesday afternoons when you can drink from the 12 taps of local and international craft beers on rotation. Sourdough boules, pastries, tartines and liquid breakfast are available from 9 a.m. from Thursday to Sunday, with pizza joining the menu from 5 p.m.. The air-conditioned loft is accessible via a staircase only but there is alfresco and counter seating on the ground floor.

Craft beer bars in central Singapore

Beer Basket

1010 Upper Serangoon Road (Kovan)
Daily: 2-10.30 p.m.
WhatsApp 8821 3780 for reservations

There’s 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, so reservations are essential. Other outlet: Katong

CRIMSON

7 Ang Mo Kio Street 66, #01-06 (bus from Yio Chu Kang)
Daily: 11-10.30 p.m.

Sunbird Brewing’s taproom pours their core and seasonal beers, tea and kombucha from 10 taps and serves up a mixture of Japanese donburi and Western-style bar bites and pub grub. Tasting flights are available.

Jiu Gui

TBC

Jiu Gui will not be opening at TRIO, so watch their socials and this space for updates.

Mirage

140 Owen Road (Farrer Park)
Daily: 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 (Novena)
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 (Botanic Gardens)
Tue-Sun: 4-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via Quandoo

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 prawn paste chicken, sambal stingray and other Asian-inspired dishes. 300-ml servings and full pints are available from the 10 taps, and the choices are supplemented by bottles in the fridge.

SevenDaze

1 Jalan Rajah, Zhongshan Park #01-02/03 (walk 12 minutes from Toa Payoh)
Daily: 11.30 a.m.-10.30 p.m.
Make reservations via their website (click on the heading)

You can also get their beers at Dusk X Dawn

Shawn’s Beernest

231 Upper Thomson Road (Upper Thomson)
Mon-Fri: 5-10.30 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 3-10.30 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.

Ang Mo Liang Teh

121 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-06 (bus from Commonwealth or Redhill)
Mon-Sat: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Arvo Drinks

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

Beer Clan

They are starting out with beers from Scottish breweries such as Fierce, Overtone, Stewart and Tempest.

Beer Force

211 Holland Avenue #02-12 Holland Road Shopping Centre (Holland Village)
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. In-store pick-up is available during opening hours; delivery is $10 but is free on orders above $100.

BoozyChewy

If you’re looking for beers from some of the most sought-after breweries in the United States, BoozyChewy may well be importing them. Electric City, Monkish, Schramm’s, Treehouse and more have appeared on their order lists, so check out their Instagram account and contact them there. Prices are way more than what you would pay for at the brewery, but when you can’t travel there (like during a pandemic), why not get them delivered to your doorstep?

Cryptic

304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza #B1-60 (Orchard)
Sun-Thu: 11.30 a.m.-7.15 p.m.; Fri, Sat: 11.30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Turn left as you enter Level 1 of Lucky Plaza through the main entrance on Orchard Road. It’s a small store that stocks packaged US and NZ beers like Stone, Rogue, Deschutes and Epic (Auckland, not Utah) of the same name) in their chiller. You can also get it delivered with a minimum order of $80 through their online store. Interestingly, there is a cryptocurrency ATM on the premises.

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. The delivery fee is $10 for orders below $60 and is free above that.

Elixir Code

3 South Buona Vista Road, #01-16, Viva Vista (bus from Haw Par Villa or Pasir Panjang)
Message ahead for hours

Besides Moldovan wines and Slovenian spirits, they also import beers from Sofia Electric (Bulgaria), 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, Boon, etc.). Delivery is free above $99 (the fee is $20 for smaller amounts) and orders before 3 p.m. get sent the evening of the same day. Pick-up is available in Woodlands.

Hop Around @ Bedok North

217 Bedok North Street 1 #01-63 (Bedok)
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. They also have a bistro in Bras Basah.

Hop Shop

1 Jalan Anak Bukit, #B1-15 Bukit Timah Plaza (Beauty World)
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 you’ll find their kegs, bottles and cans at other bars. Delivery is free for deliveries of purchases above $99, and $15 below that.

Quality Drops

On their web store, you’ll find cans and bottles from modern British craft breweries like Brew York, North Brewing, Polly’s, Vault City and Wander Beyond, delivered chilled for $10 (free for deliveries of purchases above $100).

Smithstreettaps.com

This is where you can order beers that Smith Street Taps and Mikkeller Singapore import, such as Boatrocker, Deeds and Mikkeller Baghaven. Spirits and merchandise are also available. Same evening delivery for orders above $90 placed before 4 p.m., otherwise, it’s a $20 fee for delivery the next day for amounts below that. Self-collection at the Chinatown stalls is also an option.

Temple Cellars

31 Binjai Park (King Albert Park)
12-7 p.m.

Unlike at the UE Square outlet, the premises are not licensed for the on-site drinking of booze, but they occasionally organise tastings of non-alcoholic beers, wine alternatives and distillates.

Monthly craft beer subscriptions in Singapore

The Beer Pioneer

From $69 a month, you get eight international beers at the start of every month. The more you pay, the greater the proportion of limited edition seasonal beers you get.

Subscribeers Singapore

For $88 a month, you get 10 or more Singapore craft beers from local breweries through a service run by Alchemy.

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

1 Tannery Road, #02-04 One Tannery (Mattar)
Weekends: 2.30-5 p.m.

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

Fermentables

You can get basic brewing kits delivered to your doorstep from them, along with supplies of ingredients. They have also started a homebrewing workshop at the SDH Academy for Lifelong Learning.

HomeBrew Co-Op

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

iBrew

354 Clementi Ave 2, #01-195 (Clementi)
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 the local Telegram/WhatsApp homebrewing groups that I don’t know of.

Singapore craft brewery tours

Very few producers of alcoholic beverages in Singapore let you tour their facilities and follow that up with drinks, let alone craft ones. Jungle Brewing used to offer that when it was in operation. With the opening of Brewlander’s brewery in Tuas, we have an alternative to Tiger once again. Tours take place on Saturdays and there are 16 places for each time slot; they begin with a welcome drink and end with six samples. Go to the booking page on the Brewlander website to make reservations, which can be placed up to 10 weeks ahead.

Read a review and what to expect at the Brewlander brewery tour here on Rambling Feet.

In addition, there are tours of other craft breweries on booking platforms:

  • The 1925 Brewing Co. on Klook
  • RedDot Brewhouse on Pelago

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:

  • 99 Bottles
  • Binjai Brew
  • Birdy’s
  • Brewers Craft
  • Draft & Craft
  • The Dragonfly
  • Five Marbles
  • Hopheads
  • Hopstation
  • Jungle Brewing
  • Live at the Crossroads
  • MOA Tiki Bar
  • Old Empire
  • The Pumproom
  • 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 Bar 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 of Singapore craft beer bars!

First published: 6 January 2019