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#125 of 627 Bar in Singapore
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Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Central Area/City Area
1.0 km from Little India
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Reviewed 30 July 2022 via mobile

A hidden gem, sure to leave you entertained. Came here with my wife after a long days work and was surprised at the coziness. You have to share tables with others especially if ur a walk-in. Cocktails are personalised based on your flavour profile. Definitely...coming back for more. Reservation is necessary else its a coin toss we did get lucky.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 26 December 2021 via mobile

What a find ! I am not a fan of cocktails, so a cocktail only bar wasn’t really the place for me! However; I was very wrong. Here they don’t have a menu with the usual suspects, you tell them what you like flavour wise...and they knock up something. We had cocktails inspired by After Eights, Banana Split, Black Forest Gateaux, Pancakes syrup and bacon, mukwas (using absinthe for fennel) and some others. Calai (I hope I spelled that right) was amazing host for a 5* night. We will be back.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 21 August 2021 via mobile

Went for dinner with friends, very disappointed. The food portions are tiny and expensive for what it was. Meat was Low quality & full of fat, I had to spit out most of it. Taste of some of the dips is good but portions are...so tiny for the price. Ordered the chocolate tart for dessert and it arrived cut in half! The other half was missing…who does that and charge for a full tart. Cheese dessert comes with ritz crackers (!) which you can get at NTUC. Rip off. Service is poor - had to ask several times for cutlery. Despite us having sharing plates no spoons provided (covid times especially this is a minimum), we had to constantly ask for spoons. The bathroom is so filthy dirty…you wonder about the hygiene of this place. Overall, nice concept of cocktails but the place feels dirty, run down, and someone is trying to rip you off. A clean bathroom, topping up cuterly & water, clearing plates after customer is finished…would be a good starting point too since they are taking service charge. The bar tenders can also improve their attitude. There are much better, cleaner & friendlier places in Singapore for cocktails.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 8 May 2021 via mobile

Cocktail extraordinare by my favourite bar in the world helmed by mixologist provocateurs who don’t bow to the mundane. #eatstylishtravelstylish

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 14 January 2021 via mobile

No menu cocktail experience - go with an open mind and be ready to try something new! I cannot fault anything at Bar stories, definitely a place we will return to frequently - the bar staff were knowledgeable and created bespoke cocktails from our brief...descriptions of flavours/classic cocktails we enjoyed. We really enjoyed sitting at the bar and watching all the cocktails being made before our eyes. The creativity and palates of the staff is outstanding.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 4 December 2020 via mobile

This place advertises themselves for having no cocktail menu with bar tenders that can create bespoke cocktails to your taste. First up, I told the bartender I did not like refreshing cocktail and wanted something smoky. He served me a lemony gin cocktail with burnt...rosemary—I guess if it ticks the “smoky” requirement, you can ignore the non-refreshing aspect the customer specified. Next, my partner requested for a boozy rum based cocktail. After waiting 30mins and reminding the bartender, we got a NON-rum cocktail that was boozy. At this point we realized that the bartenders actually have a very limited repertoire and even a fixed list of cocktails to actually serve up. There was nothing bespoke about it, at least on the day we visited.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 14 November 2020 via mobile

Nice bar with interesting cocktails and presentation. The staff is friendly and ambience is very good

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 14 October 2020 via mobile

There are few bars that I head to regularly and Bar Stories is one of them. And rightfully so. Before the slew of secret bars became visible, Bar Stories has that hidden feel. The original bar is tucked on the second floor of a shophouse...on that famous Haji Lane stretch. Now it has an extension on the first floor but head up as that’s where the charm is. A tiny bar greets you at the stairs with a smattering of bar seats. Head to the other room for more privacy. They’re one of the first to start with a no-menu-no-drink-name bespoke concept. Name your poison and they get creative with the concoctions. My favourite combi is – absinthe and a dramatic presentation, please. #eatstylishtravelstylishMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 10 October 2020

The staff is completely clueless as far as service is concerned. I cant comment on the drinks as we weren't served any even after sitting for 1 HOUR on the table. We were " Warned " ( the word Warned was used by the person...who was taking our orders) that since its a bespoke bar it would take 15-20 mins for our drinks to arrive but the drinks weren't served until 1hour. We decided to leave without having any drinks. On noticing we were walking of - A particular staff member instead of being apologetic was rude by saying "we already warned you" . That was our "Bar StoryMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 10 March 2020

Tell them your favourite flavours and they will make a cocktail for you to suit. Passionate staff, good atmosphere. Food here is awesome too.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 9 March 2020

We have been to Bar Stories a few times and have always loved it.It is right ion Haji Lane in a small space above a restaurant on the second floor. The workers and bartenders are all friendly and knowledgeable. There is no drink menu as...such. You tell them they style/types of drinks you like and they make something to order. The drinks are always well presented and we've always been happy with wjat we have had. Prices range from 20-25++ for each drinkMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 24 February 2020 via mobile

Very cool concept with drinks that are served in amazing presentations. However, the bar is rather small but ambience is good. Would come back

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 21 February 2020

Staff took my unfinished drink and dumped it in the sink without checking whether I was done. Would not recommend, would not return.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 10 January 2020 via mobile

We had booked a reservation on their website since the bar area is very small. Within a day, we received a confirmation. We are a family of four each with different likes/dislikes. The bartender really narrowed down our preferences. My son was more evasive in...that he requested a cocktail that told a story and he liked a complex stronger tasting cocktail. The bartender delivered times four complete with an historical story about the cocktail for my son. We have gone to some of the “World’s 50 best cocktail bars” in Tokyo and Oslo and Bar Stories should be considered for 2020. Granted the cocktails were expensive but it was memorable and worth it!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 12 December 2019 via mobile

Hidden gem. What a spot! The bartenders are truly creative and thoughtful - they whip up some fantastic cocktails based on your expressed flavour profile. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: December 2019
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4