The New Boardroom
For the busy business traveller, the hotel bar is a welcome oasis to unwind in, or a cozy setting to seal the deal
Singapore’s bar scene has flourished in recent years, with a slew of premium drinking establishments and hipster hangouts popping up all over the island. Hotel bars have had to up their game in terms of offerings to keep travellers interested, and there are now many inviting watering holes that can be found just a lift ride away from your room. Here are some of the best hotel bars Singapore has to offer.
Bar at Morton’s, The Steakhouse
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
If you like some quality meat to accompany your cocktails, the place to go is the bar at Morton’s on the fourth floor of the hotel. This is a great spot to warm up to a new business contact or unwind with a colleague over a martini before diving into a premium slab of steak at the restaurant next door. But if the negotiations are going well and you don’t want to disrupt the mood, you can stay put, top up your tipples and order from a bar bites menu that includes the famous Petite Filet Mignon sandwiches.
If you need a more formal setting for your meeting, there is no hotel bar more steeped in old-world charm than Astor Bar at The St. Regis on Tanglin Road. Decorated with opulent wood and leather, this elegant venue is tucked behind an impressive double-storey high brass door at the hotel’s lobby, affording privacy and quiet. The bar serves a selection of more than 50 cocktails, including a local twist on its iconic Bloody Mary – the Chilli Padi Mary, for adventurous out-of-towners.
Martini Bar at mezza9
This popular watering hole for working professionals overlooks the busy shopping belt of Scotts Road. As its name suggests, this bar is dedicated to martini lovers and offers some 30 specialty versions of the cocktail on its menu. Have a drink here to celebrate the closing of a deal or as a precursor to a meal at the adjacent mezza9 restaurant, which features six private dining rooms that can cater for anything from a boardroom meeting to a company dinner.
Decked out in luxuriously upholstered leather chairs with walls in patterned woven linen, Manhattan is ideal for a quiet chat over drinks. The award-winning bar aspires to bring the Big Apple’s famed bar culture to the Lion City – its beverage menu features 25 seasonally rotating cocktails inspired by Manhattan’s neighbourhoods, including Hell’s Kitchen and the Lower East Side. Stuck kicking off the work week on a Sunday? Lessen the pain by hosting your meeting here at Singapore’s first adults-only cocktail brunch.