But what if you could relive that carefree experience? If you are working in or around the City Hall district, you are lucky enough to get this chance. The district is dotted with watering holes that let retired party goers chill out after dark over great drinks, food and music.
We pick four of City Hall's best chill out gastro bars for you to choose from based on the ambience, drinks, food, music, service and affordability (we very well know that you're price conscious!). Here we go, starting with Three Bistro Wine Bar at Marina Square shoppers' mall.
1. Three Bistro Wine Bar
An unpretentious space for wine-drinking and an old friends gathering, Three Bistro Wine Bar is the newest gastro bar to liven up Marina Square's drinking and dining scene. Decked out in shades of brown, the gastro bar features a sleek, industrial-chic setting with exposed beams, pipes and bars reminiscent of a downtown New York City gentleman's club.
If you are a wine-loving person, Three Bistro Wine Bar is the ideal place to be. The gastro bar boasts an eclectic and expansive selection of fine wines and offers between five and 12 flights anytime. Wine lovers are more than welcomed to sip more for less on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights. At $8 per glass of red or white wine on Tuesday night, $6 per glass of wine on Ladies' Night (from 3pm – 10 pm), and $38 per person on Saturday night (for three hours!), you can try a lot of wine without racking up the bill.
Hungry? The menu leans towards modern European fares, hence it is no surprise that you will find exotic treats like foie gras and escargots, along with a list of mouth-watering bar nosh and European cuisine to sate your after- drinks hunger pangs.
Three Bistro Wine Bar, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, #01-07/08.
2. Harry's Bar
There are bars that look overly smart and intimidating. There are bars that look stylish and expensive. There are very few bars that fuse smart, stylish and affordable unless it is a secret underground club serving up drinks that are way too diluted (chances are, they're illegal hangouts!). Harry's Bar at CHIJMES is just one of them. Its pulling power are the drinks (they're pretty strong!) and the clientele. The food is excellent; each dish is cooked / grilled to perfection and compliments the beers served. The bar-goers are friendly and most are high-flying white-collared professionals. Of course, there are students, but there is also the famed tables reserved for long-time clients who love their Bellini ($14 per glass).
Here, the menu is divided into five sections: big plates, flat bread, sharing plates, small plates and beverages. Must tries are the bar's signature spicy and crispy chicken wings served with homemade chili jam, signature Caesar salad, and beer battered fish & chips. Harry's bar believes in listening to their clients like friends, the service must be perfect and wait staff are expected to put on a smile.
30 Victoria Street, #01-14, Singapore 187996.
Relish the feeling of being aloof at Loof, Singapore's first standalone rooftop bar together with your partner, colleagues or close friends. With its kooky interior and furniture, as well as quirky psychedelic and poppy music, Loof attracts a hip, playful and creative crowd that love to hang out until late at "atas" (high end) bars. There's also a "Mama" shop selling lollipops, candy floss and other old-school snacks set against a backdrop of lush green foliage.
Offering one of the city's best Sri Lankan chili crab dips with Chinese-style fried mantou and juiciest Ramly burger with specially whipped up Loof fries, you can look forward to an intimate night out in the city and under Singapore's skies.
331 North Bridge Road, #03-07, Odeon Towers, Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720.
4. Barber Shop by Timbre
Experience. The music and the excitement. At the Barber Shop by Timbre.
With its kooky décor, ribbed glass doors and hanging lightbulbs, Barber Shop by Timbre evokes the feel of an eighties barber shop – sans the barber, chairs and razor. Live band performances all night long add a lively and refreshing touch of blues, soul, funk and jazz to the gastro bar's indie vibe, along with drool
worthy affordable bar nosh that match the gastro bar's setting.
1 Old Parliament Lane, #01-03.