The Best Brews of BBB

By Bras Basah Bugis on Feb 2017

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

If that’s true, then God must love Bras Basah.Bugis quite a whole lot. Already well-known for the wealth of heritage and history around its iconic location, the area has a high concentration of watering holes that offer much more than your typical Tiger or Heineken.

After a long day out taking in the sights and sounds, there’s nothing like a good pint to wash down the heady taste of all that arts and culture.


1. Mikkeller Bar Singapore

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Image courtesy of Mikkeller Bar Singapore



Image courtesy of Mikkeller Bar Singapore

10 years ago, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø was a science teacher experimenting with hops and yeast in his Copenhagen kitchen. Today, he’s a cult craft brewer who exports his daring innovation to more than 40 countries.

In April 2016, Singapore’s tastebuds joined that exclusive list. Housed in a shipping container, Mikkeller Bar Singapore serves up 20 different craft beers in a variety of flavours. The only permanent residents on tap are Prinsep Pilsner, Bugis Brown and Waterloo Wit.

The rest? Prepare yourself for a rotating selection of beers made with special ingredients like blueberry, passionfruit and even Vietnamese Kopi Luwak.

Opening Hours: 4pm - 12pm, Closed on Mondays
Address: 120 Prinsep St, Singapore 187937


2. Hospoda Microbrewery

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Source: Facebook/Hospoda Microbrewery

Fun fact #1: The Czech Republic has the highest beer consumption rate in the world.

Fun fact #2: Your favourite Pilsner is named after the Bohemian city of Plzeƈ , also located
in the Czech Republic.

If you’re looking for a taste of those famous Czech beers, there’s no need to fly 13 hours to Prague. Tucked away in quiet Albert Court is a local microbrewery that’s recreating the light, refreshing taste of an authentic Czech pilsner.

Hospoda’s drinks menu is simple: Bohemian Pilsner, Dark Bohemian or a Czech Lager. Whichever beer you choose, your drink will be no more than a few days old because everything is freshly brewed on-site. So head down to Albert Court with your mates and beat the heat with an ice-old glass of Bohemian goodness.

Opening Hours: 4pm - Midnight
Address: 180 Albert St #01-19 Singapore 189971


3. Molly Roffey’s Irish Pub Bras Basah


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Molly Roffey's is an Irish Gastropub located right next to the Singapore Art Museum.

Wait! Before you say: ‘ Eee, Guinness’ and open a new tab, let me explain the unique appeal that awaits you in Singapore’s best Irish pub.

Their draught beer menu includes Archipelago’s Belgian Wit and Erdinger in addition to the mandatory Guinness. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take a crack at the pub’s signature ‘Mixed Beer Drinks’. Their ‘Black Velvet’ is a blend of Guinness with Cider while the “Irish Car Bomb’ mixes three of Ireland’s favourite poisons -- Guinness, Whisky and Bailey’s.

Opening Hours: 12pm - 2am
Address: 51 Bras Basah Road, #01-02A Manulife Centre, Singapore 189554


4. Loof





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According to Tripadvisor, Loof is Singapore’s best rooftop bar. Located on top of the Odeon Towers, the bar and urban garden offers a stunning skyline for your tired eyes and yummy fusion cuisine for your stomach.

Ther irreverent menu offers fun takes on your favourite local classics. The Loof Original Ramly is a salute to the pasar malam* staple, same sedap* sauce but with a more atas* beef patty from Australia. Their ‘satay sticks’ are skewers of pancetta nuggets, wagyu beef and even shaved cheese.

Once you’ve decided what to eat, pair it with something from their equally original drinks menu. Loof offers a Stylo Milo made with spiced rum, a vodka-infused Bubble tea and a cocktail named Kaya Lumpur.

I’ll leave you to imagine the ingredients.

Opening Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 5pm - 2am, Monday to Thursday 5pm - 1am, Closed on Sundays
Address: 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Odeon Towers, 188720


5. Switch by Timbre





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‘Switch’ refers to Singaporeans’ ability to switch between English and their mother tongue. It’s Timbre’s bilingual music venue, which features both English pop-rock groups and Mandopop veterans like their resident band ‘The Switch Gang’.

Don’t worry if you only have three words in your Chinese vocabulary - good beer needs no translation. The signature offering at Switch is the Kirin Frozen Foam Beer, which is a Kirin Ichiban draft beer with an ‘ice cap’ head. The frozen foam is made using Kirin’s ‘Frozen Agitation’ process, which blends air into the beer whilst chilling and freezing it.

The end result is a delicious beer-flavoured soft serve floating on your regular pint. The fruit-flavoured Frozen Foam beers have become so popular that Switch has added three new flavours to the menu - Yuzu, Passion Fruit and Melon.

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 6.00pm – 1.00am, Friday & Saturday: 6.00pm – 2.00am, Closed on Sundays.
Address: 73 Bras Basah Rd, #01-02/03, 189556

Whether you’re looking for a bitter IPA or a fruity Japanese lager, Bras Basah.Bugis has something brewing for you.

So the next time you’re at a loss for what to drink, forget making a trip to your neighbourhood’s convenience store. Instead, hop down to Bras Basah.Bugis and let us
show you the magic of water plus malt.

*Pasar malam - Malay term for ‘night market’
*Sedap - Malay term for ‘delicious’
*Atas - Singlish term for ‘premium, high-class’