Wine bars in Singapore are seeing a renaissance. In the past year, everyone from Michelin-starred chefs, new entrepreneurs and established F&B groups seem to be opening these joints.
For the bon vivant looking for a good time, that means more choices to imbibe some vino – and many of these places specialise in certain types of wine.
Take your pick from some of these names below.
Chef Rishi Naleendra, the brains behind stellar restaurants like Cloudstreet and Sri Lankan restaurant Kotuwa has joined hands with Group Beverage Manager Vinodhan Veloo to open Fool Wine Bar. It’s dubbed as an eccentric, modern wine where exceptional labels are served alongside stellar food. The establishment shies away from disclosing its list of wine labels online as it rotates – which only serves to make each visit all the more enticing.
For years, Wine RVLT was kept as an industry secret. This was the spot where chefs and cooks from some of Singapore’s biggest restaurant names would gather and unwind after a long day of service. The reason? The attitudes here are relaxed and the food is simply stunning. There is no wine list but there is a massive shelf stacked with wine bottles with prices clearly labelled and service is extremely friendly yet knowledgeable.
If you’re looking for a more staidly experience or hosting company where a more formal setting is needed, Park90 will be your answer. It’s nestled in Regent Hotel and the atmosphere here is dressy yet calm. The wine list here is extensive and curated by no less than 18 well-known sommeliers. The team picks out choice wines for the month so you won’t have to feel intimidated or lost at what to order.
There’s no lack of watering holes at Club Street but none have quite the flair as Le Bon Funk, presided by chef-owner Keirin Buck and head sommelier Jos Kjer. Here, natural wines are the order of the day and the dishes that pair with them are eclectic and inspired. Think wagyu tartare with fermented mushrooms and chips as well as gnocchi with grilled corn and jamon iberico.
You can’t miss the loud emerald green facade of Rebel Rebel as it serves up its vino with a rebellious attitude. They like to call it, “a mutiny in every glass,” – all to celebrate the enfant terribles who have shaken up the traditional wine-making industry. Some of the wines may be a little too experimental for those new to funkier wines but fear not as the staff on hand to guide you to some excellent selections.