20 craft beer bars and breweries you have to check out for a unique drinking experience

Whether you’re a seasoned beer connoisseur or just a social beer-drinker, a type of beer that you should definitely try is craft beer. Craft beer typically refer to beer that are made in microbreweries. They usually have more unique tastes compared to commercialised beer, and have gained popularity in Singapore in the last few years.

We have shortlisted 20 best craft beer shops and bars across the island that are sure to satisfy your craft beer curiosity. Crack open a cold one with your best pals or drink in the comfort of your own home – the choice is yours!

1. Thirsty Craft Beer Shop

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Thirsty, as its name suggests, is where you should go to quench your thirst. One of the major draws of Thirsty is its wide selection of quality craft beers that start from only SGD3.50, which is cheaper than some of the canned beers sold at major supermarkets. The range of beers sold is also really quirky and fun – just look at the Lost Coast Great White Wheat that has a retro shark graphic plastered on the can!

Address: 370 Alexandra Road, Anchorpoint Shopping Centre, #B1-42, Singapore 159953 (Anchorpoint) | 211 Holland Avenue, Holland Road Shopping Centre, #02-12, Singapore 278967 (Holland Road) | 501 Bukit Timah Road, Cluny Court, #02-19, Singapore 259760 (Cluny Court)
Opening hours: Varies according to individual location
Contact: Website | [email protected]

2. Smith Street Taps

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Previously known as The Good Beer Company, Smith Street Taps is one of the pioneering craft beer stores in Singapore, set up with the mission to increase the accessibility of unique and delicious craft beers. It is extremely supportive of independent local breweries and has set aside eight taps filled with beer from brands such as Rye & Pint Brewery and That Singapore Beer Project, which you can enjoy amidst the hustle and bustle of Chinatown Complex Food Centre.

Address: Blk 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex, #02-062, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: 6:30pm to 10:30pm (Mon – Thu), 5pm to 11pm (Fri), 2pm to 10:30pm (Sat), closed on Sundays
Contact: Facebook | [email protected]

3. The Tuckshop

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The Tuckshop is the answer to all your beer desires whenever they strike because it opens daily and only closes at midnight. Tucked away (pun intended) in the bustling neighbourhood of Geylang, The Tuckshop serves up local craft beers alongside conventional wines and cocktails. Their food menu is not to be missed either; what better way to enjoy an ice-cold beer than to pair it with their very own Tuckshop Carrot Cake or Karage Oishi?

Address: 403 Guillemard Road, Singapore 399795
Opening hours: 5pm to 12am, daily
Contact: Website | Facebook | 6744 8205

4. Charlie’s Corner

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Charlie’s Corner might look like your regular mom-and-pop eatery from the outside, but it actually hides a little (open) secret – its amazing fish and chips, made with a recipe passed down through generations. Charlie’s Corner also has a wide selection of 125 (!) different beers and cider for you to choose from as you revel in the atmosphere and company of your friends along the Changi Village docks.

Address: 2 Changi Village Road, Changi Food Center, #01-70, Singapore 500002
Opening hours: 2pm to 12am (Tue – Fri), 12pm to 12am (Sat – Sun), closed on Mondays
Contact: Facebook | 6543 1754 | [email protected]

5. Nickeldime

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The craft beers at Nickeldime are definitely a must-try! There are 19 international craft beers from the US, UK, Japan, Denmark, Germany, and Belgium served on tap on a rotational basis, which means that every visit to Nickeldime will be a surprise. Some of the beers that have caught our eye are the Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Fresh Haze IPA, and Black Butte Porter. Nickeldime also holds 1-for-1 deals every day of the week, so be sure to bring your friends along for a good time.

Address: 275 Thomson Road, Novena Regency, #01-01, Singapore 307645
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm (Sun – Thu), 11am to 1am (Fri – Sat)
Contact: Website | [email protected]

6. Sixteen Ounces Craft Beer Bistro

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Sixteen Ounces is the first craft beer shop established in the Western region of Singapore, with a menu of eight types of craft beers on tap and over 40 bottled craft beers, craft ciders, and organic sodas. Besides their drink selection, Sixteen Ounces is also known for their bar bites, most notably the Ghost Wings – a set of six chicken wings drenched in a generous amount of red ghost chilli pepper sauce.

Address: 398 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678049
Opening hours: 5pm to 12am (Tue – Fri), 3pm to 12am (Sat), 3pm to 11pm (Sun), closed on Mondays
Contact: Facebook | 6219 9304

7. TAP Craft Beer Bar

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TAP is an open concept bar with two outlets in the city. It has 20 craft beers from international sources on rotation on their taps, such as Eight-Ball Stout and Rye Whiskey Barrel Piper Down. If you’re coming straight from the office and have not had the chance to grab a bite, you’re in luck because TAP also serves main dishes like ribs and lasagna alongside their snacks. To complete the meal and the experience, have some cake and ice-cream too while nursing a pint.

Address: 1 Raffles Link, #01-02/#01-02B, Singapore 039393 (One Raffles Link) | 86 Robertson Quay, #01-02, Singapore 238245 (Robertson Quay)
Opening hours: Varies according to individual location
Contact: Website | 6694 2885 | [email protected]

8. Druggists

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Druggists serves their tap beers in goblets, which is what caught our attention when we first stumbled upon this joint. Pair these specially curated beers with their highly-raved-about snacks like the Gooey Black Wings, Prawn Paste Wings, and Salmon Bites, while chilling out with your friends in the restored shop front of the former Chinese Druggists Association headquarters (hence the name of the bar!)

Address: 119 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207547
Opening hours: 4pm to 12am (Mon-Thu), 4pm to 2am (Fri), 4pm to 12:30am (Sat), 2pm to 10pm (Sun)
Contact: Facebook | [email protected]

9. The 1925 Brewing Co.

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The 1925 was founded in 2013 as a microbrewery and restaurant and still is to this day. It brews its own craft beer with cheeky, anecdote-filled names like Yellow Van, named after the yellow van that the founders’ grandfather used to drive, and Liang Teh, named as such due to the cooling properties of the chrysanthemum used in the production of the beer. The craft beer produced by The 1925 goes well with Asian dishes due to the incorporation of uniquely Asian ingredients.

Address: 261 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427515
Opening hours: 11am to 3pm (Lunch: Tue – Fri), 4pm – 1am (Dinner: Tue – Sun), closed on Mondays
Contact: Website | 6909 1425 | [email protected]

10. Brewerkz

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Brewerkz is a pretty familiar name amongst beer and football lovers in Singapore due to its penchant for hosting football fans during game nights. It has a wide variety of beers on tap, including their own Signature Series, which has won multiple beer awards over the years. Brewerkz prides itself on serving beers that cater to everyone from the beer connoisseur to the casual drinker.

Address: 30 Merchant Road, #01-05/06, Riverside Point, Singapore 058282 (Riverside Point) | 1 Tanglin Road, #01-02, Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore 247905 (Orchard Rendezvous Hotel) | 2 Stadium Walk, #01-06/07, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore 397691 (Singapore Indoor Stadium)
Opening hours: Varies according to individual location
Contact: Website

11. Little Island Brewing Co.

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If you’re looking for an extra chill night with your friends under the stars, you should give Little Island a go! Located on the Changi promenade, you can choose to have your house-brewed beer with Western dishes indoors or outside with the rustling trees and sea breeze under the night sky. Besides being a microbrewery, Little Island is also a smokehouse that produces Sunday Roast and Wood Fired Pizzas that are to die for.

Address: 6 Changi Village Road, Singapore 509907
Opening hours: 12pm to 11pm (Mon – Thu), 12pm to 12am (Fri), 11am to 12pm (Sat), 11am to 11pm (Sun)
Contact: Website | [email protected] | 6543 9100

12. Almost Famous

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Almost Famous is actually famous for its minimalistic decor and prime location in CHIJMES, as well as the many craft beers on its taps. These beers are curated from a range of different local and international breweries such as Singapore’s Brewlander & Co., Hong Kong’s Young Master Brewery, and America’s Heretic Brewing Company. Almost Famous also serves meatless options in its bar bites menu – their Chilli Tater Tots uses Beyond meat to make its bolognese sauce.

Address: 30 Victoria Street, CHIJMES, #01-06, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: 3pm to 12am, daily
Contact: Website

13. 3rd Culture Brewing Co.

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3rd Culture is truly a hidden treasure in Maxwell Food Centre and Old Airport Road Food Centre, both of which are known to be a food lover’s heaven. The range of craft beers sold at 3rd Culture are affordable and of a good variety, especially due to frequent rotations of the beers on tap. Pair your pints of beer with authentic local food that can be found all around the hawker centre; we’ve heard that craft beer goes really well with Hokkien Mee!

Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-33, Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184 (Maxwell) | 51 Old Airport Road, #01-144, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051 (Old Airport)
Opening hours: Varies according to individual locations, check out their Facebook page for updates
Contact: Facebook | [email protected]

14. RedDot Brewhouse

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The founding story of RedDot Brewhouse is nothing short of serendipitous. While holidaying at Kruger National Park, the owner met two South African soldiers who shared some homebrewed beer with him. This experience inspired him to pursue homebrewing, eventually leading him to set up RedDot Brewhouse. The brand has set up shop in a restored colonial bungalow in Dempsey Hill with a second outlet in Boat Quay, proudly serving up craft beers reflective of the owner’s decades of brewing experience.

Address: 25A Dempsey Road, #01-01, Singapore 247691 (Dempsey) | 33/34 Boat Quay, Singapore 049823 (Boat Quay)
Opening hours: Varies according to individual location
Contact: Website

15. Hopheads Bar

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Hopheads is an underground bar touted as “The Only Heaven Underground”, which we think is a bold but justified claim. Hopheads has a full menu of food options that range from Truffle Pasta to Spicy Miso Chicken Pizza so that you can start your night with tummy-filling good food. Satiate your thirst with their bottled and draft craft beers that are always on rotation – every visit to Hopheads will never be the same!

Address: 178 Clemenceau Ave, B1-00, Haw Par Glass Tower, Singapore 239926
Opening hours: 11:30am to 12am (Mon-Thu), 11:30am to 2am (Fri), 5pm to 2am (Sat), closed on Sundays
Contact: Website | [email protected] | 6904 4019

16. Freehouse

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If you’re out looking for a cosy hipster craft beer spot, Freehouse is where you should be. With more than 10 types of craft beers put on tap for you to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice! The current lineup of beers includes interesting names like Hawkers’ Dream Ale by That Singapore Beer Project, Fermentation Two by Daryl’s Urban Ales, and Unstable Fool Sour Ale by Heart of Darkness Brewery Saigon.

Address: 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620
Opening hours: 5pm to 12am (Mon-Thu, Sat), 3pm to 12am (Fri), closed on Sundays
Contact: Facebook

17. Alchemist Beer Lab

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Alchemist Beer Lab, the world’s first infusion beer lab, definitely lives up to the hype of its name. You’ll see eight infusion beer towers on the counter when you walk in – these towers are the technology behind the fruit- and spice-infused beer served at Alchemist Beer Lab. The store is brought to you by the same team behind Little Island Brewing Co., so you know that you’re in the good hands of veteran beer brewers.

Address: 26 Beach Road, #B1-16, South Beach Avenue, Singapore 189768
Opening hours: 4pm to 1am (Mon – Thu), 4pm to 2am (Fri – Sat), closed on Sundays
Contact: Website | 6386 4365

18. Armoury Craft Beer Bar & Steak House

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Besides specialising in craft beer, Armoury also prides itself for making the “best burger in town”, stuffed with freshly-ground wagyu beef and your toppings of choice. Enjoy the 15 types of craft beers served at Armoury that have been carefully curated from international craft breweries in a chill atmosphere lit by hanging lamps, surrounded by your loved ones and of course, good food!

Address: 36 Beach Rd, Singapore 189677
Opening hours: 11:30am to 11pm (Mon – Thu), 11:30am to 1am (Fri), 11.30am to 12am (Sat), 11.30am to 10pm (Sun)
Contact: Website | Facebook

19. Kult Kafé

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Kult Kafé can be found in a colonial-era mansion in the bustling town of Little India, providing you with a brief respite from the hustle of city life. There is no shortage of entertainment at Kult Kafé though, as it regularly hosts events such as outdoor film screenings, live band performances, samba dancing performances, and more. Its selection of alcohols include Archipelago Craft Beer, spirits, and cocktails that the staff affectionately name “Kultails”.

Address: 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
Opening hours: 5pm to 12am (Wed – Sat), 3pm to 12am (Sun)
Contact: Website | [email protected]

20. The Great Beer Experiment

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Last but definitely not the least, The Great Beer Experiment is the place to be if you’re seeking a wide range of independent craft beers. A look at their webpage would show you just how many types of beers are stocked at The Great Beer Experiment – you can filter by brewery, country, or style (or head over to the sale tab for amazing deals). You’re guaranteed to find a beer you like amongst this selection whether you’re a seasoned pro or having craft beer for the first time.

Address: 501 Orchard Road, Wheelock Place, #02-01A, Singapore 238880
Opening hours: 12pm to 9pm (Mon – Thu, Sun), 1pm to 10pm (Fri – Sat)
Contact: Website | Facebook | 6802 3577