Hip Hangouts

Whether it’s chinoiserie chic, colonial grandeur or laid-back charm, the vibes offered by these bars and restaurants make them perfect joints for a chill get-together
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Meyer House
Nestled in a quiet leafy enclave, meticulously restored Meyer House is a picture of 1930's charm with its alfresco-decked patio (cushy seats and colourful cushions included) overlooking Changi Beach and its decidedly colonial interior. Tuck into local and western favourites such as laksa and the Meyer cod burger as well as bar bites and wines as you lounge on leather chairs and sit around marble table tops, or choose to have an intimate party under the stars and enjoy the fresh sea breeze if the weather permits. Either way, you’ll feel completely at home here.

Where: 2 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508503. Tel: 6546 0800

Open daily Mon-Thu 10.30am-12am; Fri & Sat 10.30am-1am; Sun 9.30am-11pm


Sharing is caring, and the tasty morsels at contemporary French-inspired diner Symmetry will have you rounding up your buddies for more bonding sessions, not to mention wefies in front of its Instagram-worthy exposed-brick wall. Whether you’re having a delicious weekday lunch of miso cod carbonara or beef short ribs, a laid-back weekend brunch of Symmetry’s signature waffles or Eggs Sur le Plat, or simply having after-dark drinks with work buddies, the indie-vibe joint beckons you to leave your cares at the door and enjoy life to the fullest with your dearest.

Where: 9 Jalan Kubor, Singapore 199206. Tel: 6291 9901

Open daily Mon 10.30am-9pm; Tue-Thu 10.30am-11pm; Fri 10.30am-12am; Sat 9am-12am; Sun 9am-7pm

Jiu Zhuang

Surrounded by antiques, carved wooden chairs and traditional hanging lanterns in the cosy chinoiserie-style main bar of Jiu Zhuang, you’re bound to be transported back to 1920's Shanghai. The selection of drinks is certainly not to be sniffed at: Besides traditional Chinese spirits such as mao tai and nu er hong, there are exclusive tipples such as 1994 vintages of First Growth Bordeaux wines and the Daiginjo Premium sake with gold flakes exclusively bottled for Singapore. Pair them with handmade dim sum – especially the signature Jiu Zhuang xiao long bao with whisky infusion and crystal dumpling with truffle-infused shrimp meat – and you’re well on your way to a satisfying night.

Where: Block 6C & 6D Dempsey Road, Singapore 247664. Tel: 6471 1711

Open Mon-Sat 5pm-1am



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