For Singapore, home of Tiger Beer, wine appreciation is a relatively new, but undoubtedly growing, phenomenon. The last few years have seen upmarket wine shops and cozy wine bars springing up all over the island, much to the delight of local oenophiles.
Popular evening hangout Club Street/Ann Siang Hill has long been home to funky boutique bars that pull in the hip crowd, and is a good bet for an evening of wine drinking. There’s W Wine Bar and Beaujolais, but a personal favourite is Le Carillon d’Angelus. The tiled interior, rattan furniture and French movie posters transport you to Paris – the perfect atmosphere for tucking into a glass of red and a platter of cheese. A second outlet at Robertson Quay offers great champagne deals with a breezy outdoor riverside setting.
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Also at Robertson Quay is budget-lovers choice Wine Connection. Wine Connection import over 500 labels, all sold at wholesale prices through their five outlets across the city. When wine lists in Singapore’s restaurants often start at around $80 or more, the reasonably priced wines by the glass and bottle here make a welcome change. Their outlet at Cuppage Terrace off Orchard Road is a good choice for post-shopping refreshments.
Further afield at expat-riddled Dempsey there are several more popular wine bars to choose from, but pick of the bunch goes to the Wine Company, where your choice of 300 wines from over 50 wineries can be sipped al-fresco among the lush greenery and to the sound of the cicadas.
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Back in the heart of the action, Clarke Quay – usually the realm of beer-swillers and late-night partygoers – is the home to one of Singapore’s best bars for wine tasting: the Vintry with its 1,000 strong wine list. Here, four state-of-the-art Enomatic wine-serving systems, facilitate the tasting of 32 wines by the glass with a tasting portion (25ml), half glass (75ml) or full glass (150ml). The wine selection is rotated on a regular basis so you can keep coming back for more!