Holland Village is one of Singapore's most popular neighbourhoods for shopping and dining. But it is also teeming with restaurants, bars and nightclubs, making it a great go-to for when the sun goes down. Dempsey Hill nearby and along the same Holland Road also offers a cool set of cafes where you can spend a fun evening out.

    For this reason, Holland Village and Dempsey Hill is extremely popular with Singapore’s younger set and the island’s expatriates. It’s a fact that you can get almost any sort of cuisine in Holland Village and if you’re looking for new bars in which to drink you’ll be very busy.


    Tawandang Microbrewery

    Tawandang is a Thai/German combination and specialises in 3 main German beers – dunkel, weisen and lager. All ingredients are imported directly from Germany.

    The restaurant also offers an extensive range of Thai dishes such as all-time favourite tom yam goong in coconut milk, deep-fried sea bass with spicy sauce. A must-try is its pork knuckle, deep-fried to perfection with a crispy crackling skin while maintaining the tenderness of the meat. Live performances daily from 7.45pm.

    Location: Block 26 Dempsey Road #01-01, Singapore 249686, Singapore

    Open: Daily from 11.30am to midnight

    Phone: +65 6476 6742


    Harry's @ Holland Village

    When you're looking for a cool spot to sit back with a cold one in Holland Village and in time for your favourite live soccer match or Formula One race, Harry's @ Holland Village is your best bet.

    They have a great selection of international beer brands, most of which are on tap, and comfortable seating arrangements before big screens to watch and cheer on.

    Location: 22 Lorong Mambong Singapore 277681, Singapore

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11.30am to 12am, Friday–Saturday from 11.30am to 1am

    Phone: +65 6467 4222


    Harry's @ Dempsey Hill

    For beers, wines and cocktails in Dempsey Hill, Harry’s @ Dempsey Hill is a cool spot to hit with its relaxed and easygoing environment. Part of the Harry's group of bars that are spread throughout Singapore, this spot is a regular haunt for those looking for a few drinks with old and new friends in Dempsey Hill.

    Besides a good selection of beers and cocktails, there are also delicious bites such as crispy chicken waffles and Harry's signature wings to comfort you when you're feeling peckish.

    Location: Blk 11 Dempsey Road #01-17A Singapore 249673, Singapore

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11am to 11pm, Friday–Saturday from 11am to 1am

    Phone: +65 6471 9018


    The White Rabbit

    On the way up Dempsey Hill, you’ll pass a white stone chapel that once belonged to the British Army based in this area. Restored and turned into the Alice in Wonderland inspired White Rabbit restaurant serving European classics, this romantic spot is perfect for dinner for 2 or for a casual brunch at weekends.

    Finding the restaurant is easy, it’s only a few minutes’ walk up Harding Road from the Botanic Gardens or 15 minutes by taxi from central Singapore. It gets busy at its Sunday brunches, so book ahead if you can (although the folks here are so friendly they will try to squeeze you in).

    Location: 39C Harding Road, Dempsey, Singapore 249541, Singapore

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 11.45am to 2.30pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Saturday–Sunday from 11am to 3.30pm and from 6.30pm–10.30pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +65 6473 9965


    Wala Wala Cafe Bar

    An unusual arrangement in Holland Village, Wala Wala is a 2-storey breezy café bar that is all about enjoying fabulous food and drinks in a bar with a decidedly laidback vibe.

    Dine under the stars downstairs, and as for upstairs unwind and get into the groove with some of the best local musicians playing nightly.

    Location: 31 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, Singapore

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 4pm to 1am, Fridays from 4pm to 2am, Saturdays from 3pm to 2am, Sundays from 3pm to 1am

    Phone: +65 6462 4288


    Harry's at Mapletree Business City

    Harry's at Mapletree Business City mostly caters to corporate workers at the business centre. You can expect much of the bar group's offerings here as you would encounter at other Harry's bars around Singapore, with beer on tap as well as burgers and a variety of bar snacks, all while live sports feeds are broadcast on TV screens.

    Location: 40 Pasir Panjang Rd, #02-43/44 Mapletree Business City, Singapore 117383

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11.30am to 11pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +65 6570 5207

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveller

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