5 Emerald Hill, Orchard Road, Singapore, 229289, Singapore
Tel: +65 6732 0818
Website: View bar's website
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Just a few steps away from the mega-malls of Orchard Road lies a little street of traditional shophouses, from the days when the early Chinese immigrants moved here.
At number 5 is, well, No. 5, probably Singapore's longest standing cocktail bar, which has been keeping locals, expats and the odd tourist happy for more than two decades.
With a café-style terrace out front, and two storeys of gorgeousness inside, the pre-aged interior has a timeless style that continues to appeal. The wooden scrollwork pleases, the back bar is splendiferous, while upstairs features a pool table and framed photos of guests.
The cocktail list - unlike the décor - is overdue an update, though the bartenders do know their stuff. But it's the friendly, slightly rowdy, café society feel and atmospheric space that will bring you here, and quite possibly keep you coming back.