Best Bars in Somerset 2018 - Boozez

Best Bars in Somerset 2018

Somerset is beloved by many Singaporeans and it is the go-to place for hanging out whether on weekdays and weekends. I mean, it has even got a song written after it because a sixteen-year-old loved it so much! If you are looking for a watering hole while in Somerset, here is Boozez’s guide to the best bars in Somerset.

Acid Bar

Acid Bar

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First up on our list of best bars in Somerset, Acid Bar! A crowd favourite, Acid Bar’s live music and happy hour deals are sure to entice you to keep coming back. Many customers speak favourably of the customer service provided by the staff and the ambience in the bar. An interesting fact is that people always remember the manager of the place, Gary, who seems to have made the nights of many with his excellent service. Don’t miss their happy hour deals where house pours are $6 a glass and beers can be picked and mixed at three for $22!


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Alley Bar

Alley Bar

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The sister bar of Acid Bar, Alley Bar is the posher and sleeker older sister. Alley Bar is aptly named due to it being situated literally in an alley – enjoy the 15m long black terrazzo bar which is stretched along the alleyway. Admire Alley Bar’s iconic lantern lamps against the high vaulted ceiling. A hidden watering hole, enjoy the dazzling array of drinks at Alley Bar after work and unwind with pals after a long and hard day.


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No. 5 Emerald Hill

No 5 Emerald Hill

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Named after its address, No 5 (as it is endearingly known as), is a classy bar in a restored Peranakan shophouse at Emerald Hill. Opened in 1991, No 5’s charms lie in its oriental decoration and also the peanut shells lying all over the floor. Unique to No 5, all the customers enjoy complimentary peanuts where it is custom for the shells to be thrown all over the floor, part and parcel of the de-stressing process. Where else would you be able to throw stuff and not get fined for it? Enjoy No 5’s happy hour deals with $8 house pours and $10 house wines from 12 pm to 9 pm. They also offer 1-for-1 for martinis from 9 pm to 1 am. It is no surprise as to why No 5 is one of the best bars in Somerset!


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Oriole Coffee + Bar

oriole bar

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Right smack in the centre of Orchard Road, Oriole Coffee + Bar is the go-to place for food and drinks due to its convenient location. While many often head to Oriole for their regular cuppa joe, Oriole’s alcohol offering is slightly less known. Enjoy 1 for 1 draft beers, house wines, sangria and spirits during Oriole’s happy hour every day from 3-9pm. Don’t fret if you are there after 9 pm because Oriole offers a beer bucket deal at $38++ for a bucket of 5 or get 2 Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic for $24! Oriole also has live bands in for performances every Monday to Thursdays. Excellent coffee, amazing food and the best deals for alcohol – what more are you waiting for?


96 Somerset Rd, #01-01, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, 238163


JiBiru Japanese Craft Beer Bar

JiBiru Craft Beer

Credits: Jibiru Japanese Craft Beer

JiBiru is known for its Japanese Craft Beers and Yakitori, a perfect combination! If you are a first-timer to Japanese beers, order the Tasting Flight ($13.50 for four before 6 pm) to check out the array of beers before deciding on one. Many can’t resist ordering the Hitachino Nest Beer which comes in a cute pint with an owl on it! The Yakitori at JiBiru is grilled to a tee and goes extremely well with the beers. This joint in 313 takes you back to Japan any day, enjoy a little bit of Japan in Singapore.


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Ice-Cold Beer

Ice Cold Beer

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One of the earliest established bars in Singapore, Ice-Cold Beer (ICB) at Somerset has passed its 24th-year mark, a feat for one in the bar scene in Singapore. With various events held yearly such as speed bottle opening, anniversary celebrations and sports screenings, the atmosphere at ICB is always exuberant. You can always look forward to a good time at ICB! ICB is also best known for its custom-made ice tank which ensures that beers are always served at the optimum coolness. Other than its wide array of beers, do check out their chicken wings. Rumour has it that ICB carries the best chicken wings around in Orchard and Somerset.


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Bar Canary

Bar Canary

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How could we miss out on a classic – the rooftop bar? Located on the fourth level of Grand Park Orchard. Bar Canary is a next to the pool – laid-back and cosy, this is the perfect place to hang out and chill on any night. Be sure to check out the reasonably priced tropical cocktails at this bar in the heart of Somerset. Bar Canary also specializes in boozy popsicles which are amazing for cooling you down in the Singaporean heat. Enjoy the atmosphere and gaze at the stars while barefoot on the lush turfs!


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KPO Café Bar

KPO Cafe bar

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Last but not least on Boozez’s list of the best bars in Somerset, KPO Cafe Bar. Just opposite Orchard Central, KPO Café Bar is named after its location – Killiney Post Office. Tucked away in the post office, KPO Café Bar is a safe haven in the middle of all the city buzz. The ambience at KPO changes from day to night so depending on what you are looking for, do check it out! KPO by day is a hipster café with skylight and greenery but by night is a very happening space with live music and DJs. Carrying a wide range of drinks and food – do check out their Roast Pork which is highly recommended!


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That is it for the best bars in Somerset, check out Boozez for the hottest drink establishments in town!