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The Best Izakayas In The CBD For That After Work Drink

If you’re tired of hitting up the same old bars after work, it’s time for a change in environment! We’ve put together a list of some of the best izakayas in the CBD so you know where to head to and chill after work with some drinks.

After a long day in the office, what better way is there to unwind than having a drink or two at an izakaya?

Known for having a unique ambience as compared to the usual bars in the CBD, it’s no surprise that izakayas in Singapore have become a popular after-work hangout for office workers.

If you’re feeling adventurous or looking for a new place to chill and drink at the end of your work day, here’s a list of the best izakayas to check out!

 

Izy Fook

Image from Izy Fook’s Facebook page

Formerly known as Izy Dining & Bar, Izy Fook still retains the hip, edgy vibe of its previous identity.

Inspired by old school Singaporean Cantonese restaurants and the energy of Chinatown pubs in the 1970s, this izakaya has a creative menu that features roasted and charred Cantonese meats in its dishes.

The Crispy Wagyu Gyoza ($15) and Karaage ($10) go well with their range of beers and sakes.

Izy Fook, 27 Club Street. Dine-in and delivery available.

Regular Opening Hours

Tuesday – Saturday: Lunch: 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Dinner:  5:00pm – 10:30pm

Sunday and Monday: Closed

 

The Public Izakaya

Image from The Public Izakaya’s Facebook page

Thanks to its wallet-friendly prices and food quality, The Public Izakaya has become a popular after work hangout for office workers.

With prints of Mount Fuji and Japanese antiques around its interior, this  izakaya has a menu of skewers and Japanese light bites that is just as classic as its décor.

Mentaiko lovers, munch on mentaiko dishes such as the Mentai Tamagoyaki ($9) and Jaga Mentaiko ($12) before getting an alcoholic drink such as the Suntory Premium Malt Black Draught ($9.80).

The Public Izakaya, 100 Tras Street, 100AM, #01-09. Dine-in and delivery available.

Regular Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: Lunch: 11:30am – 2:00pm, Dinner: 5:30pm – 10:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: Dinner: 5:30pm – 10:30pm

 

Shukuu

Image from Shukuu’s Facebook page

With over 45 sake brands to offer, Shukuu is the place to go if you’re game to try lesser known sake labels instead of the usual ones.

Curated by Mario, one of the owners who’s a certified sake sommelier, the sake selection definitely wouldn’t disappoint! Pair it with some light bites such as the Parmesan Chizu Chips ($10) and Mini Gyu-don ($10).

If you’d like to go for other alcohol options, Shukuu also has a good selection of shochu and Japanese whiskeys.

Shukuu, 8 Stanley Street. Dine-in and delivery available.

Regular Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm

 

Bam! Tapas Sake Bar

Image from Bam! Tapas Sake Bar’s Facebook page

Another sake driven bar, Bam! Tapas Sake Bar has specialty sake cocktails on their drinks menu on top of the usuals.

Its traditional Spanish bar bites make for an interesting pairing with their drinks, so expect to dig in to bites such as Jamon Iberico de Bellota ($29) and Padron Peppers ($12).

If you’re feeling extra hungry, there’s an omakase ($128 and $188) option where the chef would personalise your meal for you.

Bam! Tapas Sake Bar, 38 Tras Street. Dine-in and delivery available.

Regular Opening Hours

Tuesday – Friday: Lunch: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Monday – Saturday: Dinner: 6:00pm – 10:30pm

Sunday: Closed

 

Izakaya Niningashi

Image from Izakaya Niningashi’s Facebook page

If you’re celebrating or in the mood to really drink, Izakaya Niningashi offers a nomihodai (all you can drink) option at $35 for 90 minutes or $55 for 150 minutes.

If not, there’s a large variety of sake you can choose from. There’s also a selection of raw or cooked bites to accompany your drinks. These include their Bluefin Tuna Sashimi cross-section ($39.90) and 100g Wagyu ($25.90).

Izakaya Niningashi, 2 Craig Road. Dine-in and delivery available.

Regular Opening Hours

Monday –  Friday: Lunch: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, Dinner: 6:00pm – 10:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: Dinner: 6:00pm – 10:30pm

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