The Best Places to Drink Wine in Singapore

As a historic intersection for a number of Eastern cultures, Singapore has long been home to a diverse food scene. Until more recently, however, the city hasn’t been much of a wine destination. But that’s changing. Between locals opening new concepts and an influx of restaurants—and wine talent—from internationally acclaimed restaurateurs popping up all over the city-state, Sin City has never been a more exciting place to grab a glass.  Anna Tyack

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    Burnt Ends

    Australian Chef David Pynt—who gained barbecue notoriety via his London pop-up Burnt Enz—has been bringing the best of the Australian barbecue tradition to Singapore since 2013, when he opened a permanent outpost of the pop-up (renamed Burnt Ends). The narrow Chinatown space is made up of an 18-seat counter facing the kitchen, where you can watch the staff work their way around the custom four-ton, wood-burning oven and open grill while drinking some of the best Australian wines on the market. In fact, aside from a section featuring grower Champagne, the wine list is 100-percent Aussie, with a particular focus on ...

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    • natural wine
    • Australian wine
    • Champagne
    • full menu
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    Iggy's

    If you're on the hunt for the classics, Iggy’s is the place to be. Sommelier Ignatius Chan started his eponymous restaurant back in 2004 and has since been listed among the top Asian restaurants every year by San Pellegrino and The Miele Guide. The focus in the kitchen is on seasonality, texture and Japanese flavors, which Chan pairs with a deep list of red and white Burgundy and similarly robust list of Bordeaux.

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    • vintage wine
    • French wine
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    Luke's Oyster Bar and Chop House

    Owner and chef Travis Masiero, a Boston transplant, opened this modern, polished take on a New England oyster bar—featuring everything from lobster rolls to chowder alongside steakhouse standards—in 2011. The philosophy behind the wine list mirrors the restaurant's dedication to sourcing the best and freshest seafood in Singapore and features a collection of excellent small-production wines from France, the United States and New Zealand, including a number on tap. If you're here for the seafood, the list shines when it comes to crisp, oyster-friendly white wines (think Muscadet), grower Champagne and the avant-garde ...

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    • oysters / raw bar
    • craft beer
    • French wine
    • Australian wine
    • Champagne
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    Nicolas Le Restaurant

    Originally from the South of France, Chef Nicolas Joanny is a devoted ambassador of artisanal French wine, with a special emphasis on Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Beyond the classics, the list also features a number of obscure regions and lesser-known producers to pair alongside a menu of meat and wild game, served by a staff that's as friendly as the markups.

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    • French wine
    • vintage wine
    • low wine markups
    • full menu
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    Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza

    Located in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Casino, this is the sister outlet of the original Los Angeles restaurant Osteria Mozza headed up by famous trio Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich. The Singapore version is definitely on standard, boasting the city-state's most comprehensive Italian wine list, complete with an outstanding library of Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello di Montalcino and Super Tuscans. Like most of Batali and Bastianich's restaurants, the list here only strays from the boot to include a well-curated list of Champagne, which is among the best in Singapore.

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    • full menu
    • Italian wine
    • Champagne
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    Praelum Wine Bistro

    Praelum is a comfy wine bar nestled in a traditional Duxton Hill shophouse. Opened by fine wine enthusiast Elizabeth Lin in December 2011, the bar has quickly become a destination for wine discovery, offering 16 constantly rotating wines by the glass and a deep list of wines from all over the world. Head Sommelier and General Manager, Gerald Lu (Singapore Best Sommelier 2010), is an outspoken ambassador for Riesling, and while the list offers many reasons to make the trek, the wines of Germany and Austria are a particular draw here.

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    • German wine
    • Austrian wine
    • vintage wine
    • outdoor / patio
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