Singapore Craft Beer Guide

Singapore Craft Beer Guide – Bars, Brewpubs and more

2018-02-12

The Singapore Craft Beer Guide that you’ve been looking for. This is an attempt to cover the ever growing Craft Beer scene of Singapore, from bars to bottle shops. Lets take a dive into Singapore’s Craft Beer scene. The map at the end shows all places in this guide with website and address.

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Last updated on 2020-03-10

Singapore Craft Beer Guide – Bars

Freehouse

Freehouse Singapore Craft Beer Guide

Freehouse Singapore Craft Beer Guide

Lets start out with a favourite. Tucked away in CBD on Boon Tat Street, this small hangout features 16 taps and a fridge stocked with cans and bottles from the whole world. Their motto shines over the bar, No Stranger Here, which shows in the friendly and personal service. Does 10/16oz pours, 10/13oz for high ABV beers and prices (VAT excl.) ranges from S$14-21 and does take away for bottles. Taco Mantra stands for the food, with tacos and burgers among other bar snacks. Happy hour until 7pm on weekdays and all day Monday and Saturday.

Good Luck Beerhouse

My home turf, located on hip Haji Lane in Kampong Glam a stones throw from Bugis MRT exit E. This cosy, hole-in-a-wall bar in an old shophouse have 12 taps whereof a minimum of 6 are from local breweries. They also have several of their own beer brewed at The General Brewing Co. Couple of fridges filled with bottles and cans adds to the taps, 10% off when you mix and match a 6 pack for take away. Other than beer they also serve Dim Sum from a shop across the street as well as kopi.

Mikkeller Bar

A well known brand in the craft beer world that sports their own bar in Singapore and I don’t think they need any further introduction. The bar is housed in a shophouse on Purvis Street. Prices are nett and fairly reasonable, though the servings are 20/40cl. Bottles start from S$10, really good price for being Singapore.

If you’re a runner, Mikkeller Running Club hosts runs about once a month, just buy a MRC shirt and you’re in the club. Big focus on foremost Danish beer from Mikkeller themselves, Amager and To Øl. Bottles are also available for take away.

Druggists

Located in an old Chinese pharmacy located towards the east, hence the name. Owned by the same people that runs Mikkeller so similar line up. Prices can drift quite high here but there are always beers for fair prices. Serves proper half pints for half the price, so a good place for when you want to try a lot of beer. They serve some food, but haven’t tried it myself yet. A little off from central Singapore, but easily accessible from either Lavender or Bendeemer MRT stations and well worth a visit.

American Taproom

Located a stones throw away from Bugis and Bras Basah. With a massive 32 taps (although only 30 serves beer), they have the biggest line up in Singapore (now rivalled by HoD). Predominantly American beer but you can find anything from local to regional as well as European beer here. Prices ranges from cheap, S$12++* for some of their standard beers, to expensive, S$25++ for high ABV beers. Don’t miss out on their pizza, among the best in town. They run a rebate and membership system for regulars.

The Guild

One of Hong Kong’s most famous breweries, Young Master, is behind this stunning looking bar on the ever so hip Keong Saik Road. This craft beer bar and restaurant serves a long line up of Young Master beers, both a standard line up as well as special brews. There are also other breweries on tap here, specially other Hong Kong breweries like Hero. Don’t forget to try out their High balls and cocktails. Prices have historically been quite high, but has now been lowered to more reasonable levels. Don’t miss the daily HH.

Heart of Darkness

The Vietnamese sensation brewery has landed in Singapore with a whopping 30 taps on Tras Street. 20 taps dedicated to HoD themselves, with 10 core beers and 10 rotating. Then there is 5 for random beer and 5 for beer from The General Brewing Co. You can choose from 3 different sizes, or do a flight. The menu consists of western bar grubs and Vietnamese mains like Pho.

The Good Beer Company

Way out in the west at Kent Ridge is this bottle shop slash taproom. 8 taps with reasonably priced beer and 10 fridges filled with bottles and cans. Not worth the trip here though unless you work or live in the area. If you do come out here then it is an excellent place to replace your stock.

TAP Craft Beer Bar

Possibly the cheapest craft beer bar in Singapore, where all pints cost S$10++. Half pints are S$8++. TAP have 3 locations in Singapore, Raffles City, One Raffles Link and one in Robertson Quay. 20 taps are on rotation, although they have beers from around the world, it seem like the focus are on American beers. They serve a good variety of pub food, pasta etc.

There have been serious quality issues at TAP in the past, but this has mostly been sorted now and I visit the Robertson Quay location a fair bit as I live nearby.

JiBiru

A popular bar along Discovery Walk at 313@Somerset. They serve mainly Japanese craft beer with 8 taps and a wide selection of bottles, THE place in Singapore for your Japanese cravings. The kitchen serves up some amazing Japanese curry (best in town?) and yakitori. Make sure to come by early, there are different pricing for the draft beer depending on time. HH from opening until 6pm, 6-8pm and then regular price from 8pm until closing.

Takumi

Jibiru’s sister bar which is located a stones throw away at Mandarin Orchard on level 5 next to the reception. The theme is the same as at JiBiru, Japanese craft beer. The bars usually have a slightly different selection but a lot of similarities. Same HH structure, but slightly more expensive. If you want your Japanese craft beer fix in a more serene environment then choose Takumi.

SGTaps

Located at Duxton Hill, this is another bar by the same people behind Takumi and JiBiru. Serving only Singaporean beer on tap, but they also have Japanese beer on bottle. The cuisine served is similar to the rest of their places, which I discussed with the manager. If they focus on Singaporean beer, then they should serve Singaporean food, not Japanese. Not worth a visit unless you live in the area, you can get the interesting beers they serve elsewhere.

Burger Bar NY

Former Burger Joint NY and the bar is located nearby Telok Ayer MRT. Large selection of burgers and heavenly unhealthy side dishes. They also have 18 taps with an international rotation which seem to focus on British and Scandinavian beers. Sadly the prices are quite high, among the highest of the listed craft beer bars, with prices rarely below S$20++ for a pint. Although you can often find beers here you can’t find elsewhere in Singapore. Burger Bar offers a free pint after 10 stamps, 1 stamp for every $20 spent, with a stamp card.

Nickeldime Drafthouse

A craft beer bar with a neighbourhood feel, located across the road from Novena MRT. 19 taps and beer infused food like pizza and burgers. Worth a visit if you are nearby, but maybe not worth the time if you are down town.

Hustle Co

Close to Duxton Hill, this neighbourhood bar has 12 taps. Have only been here once and wasn’t impressed by the line up at that point. But seems like they regularly gets some nice beers on rotation at good prices with frequent promotions, will revisit at some point.

BunkerBunker

BunkerBunker has taken over Mikkeller’s old location at DECK on Prinsep Street. Located in two combined shipping containers, there aren’t much space to sit inside. But there is a seating area outside with a bohemian feel to it, and a much welcomed tent like structure providing a roof which Mikkeller didn’t have. Doesn’t have any taps but a good selection of bottles and cans, with Pirate Life featured as the house brand. Prices are low and nett, Pirate Life cans cost around $10.

Alchemist Beer Lab

Another small local brewery that has been around for a while, located at JW Marriot. Famous for there infused beers but they sadly didn’t have any mixed up when I was there. Selling their own beer exclusively which is brewed off-site. A bit expensive though, my pint cost S$20 after tax and service charge.

They also do infused cocktails when they don’t have beer in the hopinators.

Almost Famous

Located at Chijmes. Opened by former baristas, this industrial style bar focus foremost on beer from the region on their 16 taps. The pricing is quite average for a craft beer bar. A good place to have a beer if you are at Chijmes for dinner.

Although this space has one huge problem, the noise level. Even though there were only a few groups there, it felt like it was packed. The interior is completely made up of concrete and metal, so all sound gets amplified.

Orh Gao

A new and unique location located near the Botanical Gardens MRT stop. The founder of Orh Gao partnered with Killiney Kopitiam to create (to my knowledge) the first craft beer kopitiam. So you won’t only be able to able to get your beer fix here, but your kopi as well. The 10 taps features a selection of local and international beers for a reasonable price. There is also an impressive, though small, selection of great beers in the two fridges.

Cheeky

An off shot of SST, this bar on Neal Road has a nice little patio and compelling prices. Can recommend to drop by if in the area.

Bars not yet visited

I haven’t been able to visit all craft beer bars in Singapore yet, even though I drink a lot of craft beer. Following is a list of bars that might be worth checking out, which I will write more about once I’ve visited.

  • HopHeads Craft Beer Bar & Bistro
  • Sixteen Ounces Craft Beer Bistro
  • The Armoury Craft Beer Bar
  • Malthouse
  • Next Door Café
  • Black Tap
  • Moa Tiki
  • Joyride
  • Malt
  • Hopstation

Singapore Craft Beer Guide – Brewpubs

LeVeL33

Maybe one of the more famous brewpubs in Singapore located on level 33 in the Standard Chartered building down in Marina Bay. With amazing views and great food this is good place to visit instead of Marina Bay Sands. Sadly, their beer is not on par with their food. It is quite weak as they follow British brewing traditions, anyone that have had an English low ABV ale knows what I’m talking about. HH until 8pm, after that the beer cost S$18.33++ per pint. You probably want to reserve a table beforehand as it can be quite busy at times.

Brewerkz

Located along the river in Singapore’s night life hub, Clarke Quay, this brewpub have a wide variety of in house brewed beer. Both a regular line up and seasonal variations. Brewkerz has several locations throughout the island (and in Indonesia), but the one in Clarke Quay is the main outlet where they also house the brewery. Brewkerz houses a quite large seating area, both inside and outside, and serves mainly pub food with some occasional South American food sprinkled in. Does HH and growler take away.

Stärker Signature

Not a brewpub per say, but Stärker is a local brewery with multiple bars and restaurants throughout the island. I’ve been at their outlet in Tanjong Pagar and they serve the usual pub grub. Their beers are okay but there are better to be had elsewhere. If you are nearby a Stärker outlet then their Lychee beer is worth a try.

Hospoda Microbrewery

This small brewpub at Albert Court near Rochor MRT brews Czech pilsner. They have two beers in total, a Bohemian Pilsner and a Bohemian Dark Lager. The beer is easily drunk but lacks a bit of body while cold so definitely let it warm up a bit. They also serve a bit of food like sausage and burgers and some snacks. It seem like you can order their beer if you dine at the neighbouring Italian restaurant, worth checking out. A pint is S$10+ during HH and regular price is S$14+. They offer students from Lasalle, SMU and NAFA 30% off when showing student pass/ID and also check out their S$19+ meal deal.

Paulaner Bräuhaus

The Munich beer Paulaner is brewed on site in Singapore. I visited the bar at Millenia Walk/Suntec City and it was a pleasant surprise with a live cover band and a good looking bar. They serve a standard line up of 3 beers, Helles, Wheat and Dunkel as well as the occasional seasonal beer. It wasn’t as good as drinking it in Munich, but not far off. The location also have a restaurant as well as the bar, but you can eat food in the bar as well. They serve classic German cuisine, I didn’t have any but it smelled great.

Little Creatures Singapore

Little Creatures runs two brewpubs outside of Australia, one here in Singapore and one in Hong Kong. I’ve never been a fan of their beer as it tends to be quite light following a general Australian/English brewing tradition. The beers brewed on location here is no different. Conveniently located at the start of Club Street, this brewpub is often packed on weekends. If you tend to like lighter beers, like many Singaporeans do, this might be a place for you.

Pink Blossoms Brewing

Pink Blossoms brewery out in Ubi features a small taproom in the front with 12 taps. Kegs are put on directly from brewery in the back for that extra delicious freshness. Well worth a visit even though the location is a bit off, as the Pink Blossoms brews some of the best and freshest IPAs in town. Prices are also more than reasonable, varies a bit but in general you get a pint for $13-15.

Brewpubs not yet visited

Just as with the bars, haven’t visited all brewpubs yet. Will add more info once I’ve been at one.

  • The 1925 Brewing Co.
  • Little Island Brewing Co
  • RedDot Brewhouse (several locations)
  • Prague Microbrewery
  • Tawandang Microbrewery

Singapore Craft Beer Guide – Hawker Centre Bars

This might be a uniquely Singaporean experience, bars in hawker centre stalls. It works the same as the food stalls or coffee shops, but instead they only serve beer. Buy some amazing food at one of the many many stalls and then walk over to one of these locations for great beer.

Smith Street Taps

Located at the Chinatown Complex on Smith Street, this stall is a bit tricky to find in the back. They usually have an amazing line up for affordable prices, both on tap and bottles from a nearby stall. A must visit. Have lately started doing collab brews with both local and foreign breweries. Cash only!

3rd Culture Brewing

Located at the Maxwell Food Centre in Chinatown, this stall have 12 taps on rotation with a great curation. They have a stamp card, but with a twist, you both need to drink a certain amount of beers and different styles. I guess the idea is to broaden your views. Only problem is that you need to finish it within a month.

3rd Culture also has a stall at Old Airport Road Food Centre, with 10 taps on rotation as well as bottles and cans. They will start brewing their own beer in early 2020. Cash only at Old Airport Rd, but Maxwell now takes several payment options!

1965 Craft Beer

A hawker stall at Golden Mile Food Centre with a few taps of American Craft Beer for below $10. Also sells coffee.

OnTap

Located just a few stalls down from Smith Street taps is OnTap, one of Singapore’s local breweries. It’s a bit you get what you pay for, the beer is cheap and can be worthwhile if you want something else than regular lager and don’t want to pay the extra dollars at SST. It is definitely drinkable, but nothing to write home about. I’d recommend to spend a little bit more over at SST. Beers are priced around S$6-8.

Singapore Craft Beer Guide – Bottle Shops

Temple Cellars

Run by the importer The Mad Tapper in collaboration with Kevin from Good Luck and is located at UE Square close to Clarke Quay and the Fort Canning MRT. Beers can be enjoyed in the small taproom that also features 8 taps. 1-for-1 pints until 6pm daily. Exists online for delivery at https://www.templecellars.com/.

Thirsty Beer Shop

Large selection of bottles, used to have several outlets but only their warehouse outlet in Kolam Ayer Industry Est. near Geylang Bahru and Potong Pasir MRT stations is left. Also available online for delivery at https://www.thirsty.com.sg/.

The Great Beer Experiment

A bottle shop in the heart of the shopping district of Orchard at Wheelock Place, right across ION. Drink the beer there, take it home or even order online. https://greatbeerexperiment.com/

Hop Shop

Online store and a retail shop at Bukit Timah Plaza. https://www.hopshop.com.sg

Beer Force

Bottle Shop in Holland Village as well as online store at https://beerforce.sg.

CraftBeer.sg

Online bottle shop at http://www.craftbeer.sg/.

Canjob Taproom

Bottle shop and taproom on Tiong Bahru Road. Formerly Booze Pharma-C.

Singapore Craft Beer Guide – Breweries

This is a quick run through of the local breweries, many that have bars and restaurants have already been mentioned.

  • Brewlander
  • Rye & Pint
  • Paulaner – International brand but beer is locally brewed on location.
  • Little Creatures – Australian brewery but beer is locally brewed on location.
  • Archipelago Brewery – “Craft beer”
  • The 1925 Brewing Co
  • Stärker
  • LeVeL33
  • Brewerkz
  • Little Island Brewing Co
  • RedDot Brewhouse
  • Hospoda Microbrewery
  • OnTap
  • Daryl’s Urban Ales
  • The General Brewing Co. – Co-op brewery
  • Bespoke Brewing – Makes beer under the brand Straits Pint
  • Crossroads Brewing
  • Trouble Brewing – Contract brewery
  • Tuas Brewing Co – Concept from Trouble Brewing
  • That Singapore Beer Project
  • Pink Blossoms Brewing
  • Alchemist Beer Lab
  • Binjai Brew
  • Lion Brewery
  • Lion City Meadery
  • Prague Microbrewery & Restaurant – Claims to be the first Czech style brewery in Singapore but they are not, Hospoda is.
  • Tawandang Microbrewery – Another Czech style brewery.
  • Crust Brewing

Singapore Craft Beer Guide Map

Feel free to subscribe and use this map for your next pub crawl through the Little Red Dot! All places in this guide has been added to the map.

Have I forgotten any place or brewery? Let me know in the comments!

* ++ indicates that tax, 7%, and service charge, 10% aren’t included in the price. The practice varies, some bars are nett, some ++. One + means that only tax is excluded.

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