Boat Quay restaurants and bars
Think Singaporean nightlife and Boat Quay is right up there with destinations that come to mind. As the sister stretch to the colourful, nightclub-spotted Clarke Quay, Boat Quay is where laidback bars, pubs and restaurants offer respite past 6pm. It’s not just all pints and deep-fried bar snacks here either, as the diverse selection of bars and restaurants in Boat Quay glimmer with plenty of choices for the hungry and thirsty. From a rooftop bar that specialises in gin and oysters to affordable Taiwanese street food, we round up some of the best Boat Quay restaurants and bars to unwind at.
1. Hans Im Gluck
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German-style burger franchise Hans Im Gluck is a gourmet burger joint that offers healthy options too. Expect classic choices and some intriguing takes on burgers—the Alsdann ($17++), for example, sees a beef burger spruced up with grilled pear, fig jam and brie—as well as the option to build your own meal the way you like it. Sourdough or multigrain buns, grilled chicken or beef, low-carb, and even vegan or vegetarian options are all fair game at Hans Im Gluck. Set meals are available all day long, so for an extra $5, you get a side and a non-alcoholic drink, while an extra $9 gets you a cocktail.
Address: 71 Boat Quay, Singapore 049860
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 11pm
Tel: 9738 5310
2. The Salted Plum
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Formerly the affordable dining joint Five Ten, Salted Plum has reinvented itself as a go-to destination for Taiwanese street food staples. Braised Pork ($15), better known as lu rou, Five Spice Fried Chicken ($15), and Crab Omelette ($20) are clear crowd favourites, but don’t skip out on the underdogs. The charred Brussel Sprouts ($10) and Taiwanese Sausage Patties ($10) are a must too. The best part? The menu is conveniently priced according to fives, so most dishes range from just $5 to $20, excluding the lunchtime rice bowls which are from $12 to $18.
Address: 10 Circular Road, Singapore 049366
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 9pm
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If you love Wagyu, you have to go to Aburi-ya. This yakiniku restaurant offers a hefty selection of Wagyu beef and cuts sourced from around Japan, best enjoyed with their classic cocktails or sakes. For those who don’t feel like grilling your own meats indoors, opt to dine at the terrace instead, where a different menu of Japanese fusion dishes are available. Wagyu still remains the star, of course, so choose from steaks, stews, and even Wagyu sushi for dinner.
Address: 78/79 Boat Quay, Singapore 049867
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 11pm, Sat 6pm to 11pm, Sun 6pm to 10:30pm.
Tel: 6532 0365
4. The Dragon Chamber
What looks like an upscale kopitiam from the outside leads to a modern Chinese eatery once you walk through the beer fridge. The Dragon Chamber is a secret restaurant that blurs the line between street food and fine dining, so menu stars include Wagyu Truffle Beef Hor Fun ($36++) and The Dragon Mountain ($88++), where premium seafood gets deep-fried and crusted with Sichuan peppercorns, garlic and soybean. Adventurous diners can cap off their dinner with D*** Soup ($30++), where crocodile gonads play the starring role in this double-boiled broth. Food is served in sharing portions, so The Dragon Chamber is best to visit with friends or family.
Address: 2 Circular Road, Singapore 049358
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10:30pm
Tel : 6805 8181
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Voted as one of the world’s best Italian restaurants by 50 Top Italy, Braci is also a one Michelin-starred destination that is perfect for special occasions. The menu is a homage to fresh Italian produce and flavours, with courses changing seasonally. Prices are $138++ for four courses or $208++ for seven courses during dinnertime, though a S$58++ lunch menu is also available. Apart from the main restaurant, Braci also houses an al fresco rooftop bar, where Italian wines and cocktails are served with a view of the Singapore River.
Address: 52 Boat Quay, #05-01/ #06-01, Singapore 049841
Opening hours: Dinner: Mon-Sat 6pm to 8pm, 8:30pm to 10:30pm. Lunch: Tues-Sat, 12pm to 2pm.
Tel: 6866 1933
6. O Chicken & Beer
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Few things go as well with ice cold beer as fried chicken, and if you agree, then go to O Chicken & Beer. Run by Korean expats, this laidback gastro-bar offers crispy fried chicken that really hits the spot. Go for the Original ($19.80++), or ramp it up with Soy Sauce ($20.80++), spicy Yam Nyung ($22.80++) or even Carbonara Fried Chicken ($20.80++). These deep-fried gems are also available boneless. O Chicken & Beer also has classic Korean dishes on the menu, so your Jajangmyeon ($16.80++) and Japchae ($16.80++) fix is easily catered to.
Address: 56 Boat Quay, Singapore 049845
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6532 6088
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New kid on the Boat Quay block Lumo is a restaurant and a bar perfect for a TGIF treat. Occupying the lower floor of a shophouse, this spacious destination is cleaved into two: one side for the bar, and the other for the open kitchen where chefs toy with smoking grills and woodfire as they ready your order. House signatures include their Aged Chicken Wings ($18++), brined in ginger and then dry-aged for three days, their Westholme Wagyu Intercoastal (S$32++), which is sous-vide to melt in your mouth like char siew. At the cocktail bar, drinks are themed around breakfast, but reinvented, so Impossible Meat distillates and cereal milk will invariably be found in one of your cocktails.
Address: 50 South Bridge Road, #01-00, Singapore 058682
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 8921 3818
8. Barbary Coast
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Another new player in the Boat Quay bar scene is Barbary Coast. This double-concept venue features Deadfall, a dive bar, on the lower floor, and the cocktail parlour known as the Barbary Coast Ballroom on the second floor. Both are two sides of the same coin, with Deadfall being the accessible bar that oozes with rock-and-roll cool and affordable pours — think $10 nett pints of craft Young Master Ale — while the Barbary Coast Ballroom exists as the polished older sister. Brilliantly inventive cocktails and huge cheeseboards lead the menu at the Ballroom, with the latter including an extra-large metre-long cheeseboard called Le Grande Dame ($146++) that feeds five.
Address: 16 North Canal Road, Singapore 048828
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 10:30pm, Sat 4:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 8869 4798
9. RedDot Brewhouse
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As one of the first local microbreweries in Singapore, RedDot Brewhouse is all about craft beers made in-house. There is also a dinner menu featuring Western-style dishes such as pasta, pizzas and finger food, so you can hit two birds with one stone for food and drinks there. Try the Monster Green ($12++), a bright green lager infused with spirulina.
Address: 33/34 Boat Quay, Singapore 049823
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 10:30pm, Sat 4:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6535 4500
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Panoramic views, gin cocktails, and affordable oyster platters. This is the DNA of Southbridge, one of the rare rooftop bars in Boat Quay not swamped by the tourist crowd. The space is breezy, their gin selection is ample, and there are wines, beers, other spirits and cocktails if you prefer. Oysters are also as fresh as can be. Happy hour begins on weekdays between 5 to 8pm, where house pour spirits start at $12++ and oysters are $20++ for six.
Address: 80 Boat Quay, Level 5, Rooftop 049868
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 5pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6877 6965
Crack open a cold one at these Boat Quay restaurants and bars
The next time you find yourself in Boat Quay past 6pm, give any of our recommendations a go. For more watering holes near tow, check out our Holland Village food guide for duck ramen, bagels and more!