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After-work date night ideas that beat “Netflix and Chill”

Quiet nights in with your partner might be idyllic, but you probably have had plenty of those by now.

As dining establishments reopen, a romantic night on the town sounds irresistible.

The central business district may be all about work, but come sundown, you will find great options for an evening out with your significant other.

Here are some spots in the Raffles Place precinct to do just that.

 

The Secret Mermaid (Ocean Financial Centre)


Image credit: The Secret Mermaid Facebook

 

Drink up, me hearties! A carefully curated selection of craft spirits and cocktails awaits at this tasting room. 

Head down for ‘oyster hour’ from 7:00 to 10:00 PM to get half-priced fresh oysters with every regular-priced alcoholic drink.

Now that is a slurp-worthy recipe for a fun post-work pub date.

 


Image credit: The Secret Mermaid Facebook

 

Address:
Ocean Financial Centre
10 Collyer Quay, #B1-08
Singapore 049315

Hours:
Monday to Friday 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Website: https://www.thesecretmermaid.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/thesecretmermaid

 

Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge (Ocean Financial Centre)


Image credit: Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge Facebook

 

Perched high above Marina Bay, this sophisticated restaurant has more than just stunning views on the menu.

Napoli head chef Andrea De Paola emphasises seasonality and provenance in sourcing ingredients.

Roasted Italian seabass, spaghetti with razor clams and oscietra caviar, and grilled steaks and seafood are just some of the delectable selections available. This fine dining destination is sure to impress your date.

 


Image credit: Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge Facebook

 

Address:
Ocean Financial Centre
10 Collyer Quay, Level 43
Singapore 049315
+65 6509 1488

Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM (Serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday)
Closed on Monday

Website: http://zafferano.sg/
Facebook: facebook.com/ZafferanoSG
Instagram: instagram.com/zafferanosg

 

Guzman y Gomez (Ocean Financial Centre)


Image credit: Guzman y Gomez Singapore HQ Facebook

 

This Taqueria (taco joint) may not be as swanky as some of the other entries on this list, but sometimes, there is nothing like a fresh taco, burrito, or quesadilla after a long day. After all, casual is cool, too. 

 


Image credit: Guzman y Gomez Singapore HQ Facebook

 

Address:
Ocean Financial Centre
10 Collyer Quay #B1-06
Singapore 049315
+65 6509 4401

Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Website: https://gyg.com.sg/
Facebook: facebook.com/guzmanygomezsingapore
Instagram: instagram.com/guzmanygomezsg

 

Artemis Grill & Sky Bar (CapitaGreen)


Image credit: Artemis Facebook

 

Enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dishes like slow-cooked lamb collar with green harissa and roasted Fremantle octopus as you take in the Marina Bay skyline at this rooftop restaurant and bar. 

Have a relaxing time with your friends and loved ones beneath a 100-year-old olive tree (the centrepiece of this terrace) and admiring the Marina Bay view while enjoying drinks with oysters and goat cheese.

 


Image credit: Artemis Facebook

 

Address:
CapitaGreen
138 Market Street, Level 40
Singapore 048946
+65 6635 8677

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Closed on Sunday 

Website: https://artemisgrill.com.sg/
Facebook: facebook.com/artemissingapore
Instagram: instagram.com/artemis.sg

 

Beng Thin Hoon Kee (OCBC Centre)


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If you and your partner are nostalgic for Hokkien cuisine, Beng Thin Hoon Kee is the dining destination for you. Founded in 1949, the restaurant has been a long-standing culinary pillar of the Hokkien community in Singapore.

Fujian prawn balls, braised duck, and oyster omelette are among the classic selections that have delighted diners for decades.

 


Image credit: Beng Thin Hoon Kee Facebook

 

Address:
OCBC Centre
65 Chulia St, #05-02
Singapore 049513
+65 6533 7708

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Website: https://bengthin.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/bengthinrestaurant
Instagram: instagram.com/bengthinhoonkee

 

Bar on Chulia (Next to OCBC Centre)


Image credit: Bar on Chulia Facebook

 

This open-air concept bar and restaurant serves not just bar bites, but also donburi, pasta and main courses like Norwegian salmon and truffle risotto. It is just the kind of casual-cool that makes for a great date night spot. 

Look out for the daily promotions, like ‘girls night out’ on Wednesdays and $1 ‘oyster night’ on Thursdays. 

Their website could be read as ‘Baron Chulia’; you can imagine you are the guest of nobility as you dine here.

 


Image credit: Bar on Chulia Facebook

 

Address:
Next to OCBC Centre
67 Chulia Street
Singapore 049515
+65 6532 0019

Hours:
Monday to Thursday 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Friday 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Website: https://baronchulia.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/Baronchulia
Instagram: instagram.com/baronchulia

 

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant (One Raffles Place)


Image credit: Kotobuki SG Facebook

 

This restaurant is an ideal place to hang out after work because it is patterned after Japanese Izakaya establishments, where salarymen get after-work drinks and bites.

Established in 1982, Kotobuki’s sashimi, sushi, and rice bowls remain popular for dates with preference for a casual Nippon-ese slant.

 


Image credit: Kotobuki SG Facebook

 

Address:
One Raffles Place
1 Raffles Place, #04-48
Singapore 048616
+65 6536 9488

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays 

Website: http://www.sapporo.com.sg/
Facebook: facebook.com/kotobukiSG
Instagram: instagram.com/kotobukisg

 

旺爐 City Hot Pot Steamboat (One Raffles Place)


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Hotpot and shabu shabu restaurants are great for dates; it is always fun getting to know one another while keeping an eye on the ingredients in the pot. It keeps both of you engaged in the conversation and on the meal. 

City Hot Pot provides individual hotpots for each diner. This is hygienic and it prevents couples from squabbling over which of the 12 soup bases to choose.

 


Image credit: 旺爐 City Hot Pot Steamboat Facebook

 

Address:
One Raffles Place
1 Raffles Place, #04-26/27/28
Singapore 048616
+65 6536 2185

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Facebook: facebook.com/cityhotpotshabushabu
Instagram: instagram.com/city_hot_pot

 

Syohachi Wagyu Hamburg (One Raffles Place)


Image credit: Syohachi Wagyu Hamburg SG Facebook

 

This casual eatery is all about Hamburg steaks made from A5 Wagyu beef.

Switching things up from the usual hamburger presentation, Syohachi serves toasties with beef patties and melty cheese.

If you and your partner are in the ‘moo-d’ for sustainable meat, you will be glad to know that Syohachi sources its meat exclusively from Hidakami Ranch in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

 


Image credit: Syohachi Wagyu Hamburg SG Facebook

 

Address:
One Raffles Place
1 Raffles Place, #01-01
Singapore 048616
+65 65 6223 0755

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Facebook: facebook.com/SyohachiWagyuHamburgSG
Instagram: instagram.com/syohachi_wagyu_hamburg

 

1-Altitude (One Raffles Place)


Image credit: Stellar at 1-Altitude Facebook

 

This multi-concept rooftop destination lays claim to “the best 360° view in Singapore” and it is hard to disagree. They take “living the high life” quite literally.

1-Altitude spans three floors containing multiple venues including the Bar and Gallery, and Stellar, which serves modern Australian fare.  

Watch the sunset with your partner by your side and a glass of bubbly in hand and see where the night takes you.

 


Image credit: Stellar at 1-Altitude Facebook

 

Address:
1-Altitude
1 Raffles Place
Singapore 048616
+65 6438 0410

Hours:
Gallery Bar:
Monday to Friday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Saturday to Sunday: 2:00 PM to 10:30pm (Indoor Gastro Lounge) and 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM (Al Fresco Gastro Lounge)

Stellar Restaurant:
Monday to Friday 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Closed on Sunday

Alt Café and Bar:
Monday to Friday 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

Website: https://www.1-altitude.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/1Altitude
Instagram: instagram.com/1altitudesg

 

Bar a Vin (Republic Plaza)


Image credit: Bar a Vin Facebook

 

If your date knows the difference between tannins and terroir, one will feel right at home in this wine specialist outfit. They house a selection of fine and rare wines in a two-storey, 3000-bottles cellar.

Intimate and brimming with fine bottles, you’ll find whatever tickles you and your date’s fancy for a fine vino right here in a cosy setting, perfect for a date night.

 


Image credit: Bar a Vin Facebook

 

Address:
Republic Plaza II
9 Raffles Place #01-15
Singapore 048619
+65 6438 9982

Hours:
Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Closed on Sunday

Website: https://www.vinegroup.com.sg/
Facebook: facebook.com/baravin1989
Instagram: instagram.com/baravin1989

 

Hans im Glück German Burgergrill (Republic Plaza)


Image credit: HANS IM GLÜCK German Burgergrill Facebook

 

This establishment takes its name from Hans in Luck, the classic Germanic folklore about a man’s comical journey towards finding true contentment. Nothing says contentment like a hearty meal with your partner, which is what you will find at Hans im Glück. 

If it is hearty burgers you and your partner seek, then you, like Hans, are in luck. 

There are beef, chicken, and vegetarian options. The secret ingredient? Their signature Hans im Glück sauce. 

We have checked and they do not have a lederhosen-only dress code, so men can rest easy.

 


Image credit: HANS IM GLÜCK German Burgergrill Facebook

 

Address:
Republic Plaza
9 Raffles Place #01-01
Singapore 048619
+65 9738 5662

Hours:
Monday to Thursday 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Website: https://hansimglueck-burgergrill.sg/
Facebook: facebook.com/HANS.IM.GLUECK.German.Burgergrill
Instagram: instagram.com/hansimglueck_singapore

 

Nalati Restaurant & Events (Republic Plaza)


Image credit: Nalati Restaurant & Events Facebook

 

This garden-themed restaurant has a verdant spread that includes zi char-style dishes and fusion creations like salt-baked seabass, pan-seared lamb, and lobster linguine. With its planters hanging overhead, the restaurant captures the feeling of a romantic alfresco cafe with the comfort of being indoors.

Pair your meal with Hoegaarden or Stella Artois on tap.

 


Image credit: Nalati Restaurant & Events Facebook

 

Address:
Republic Plaza
9 Raffles Place, Level 1 & 2 (via Distrii main entrance)
Singapore 048619
+65 6223 1258

Hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Closed on Sunday

Website: https://www.nalati.com.sg/
Facebook: facebook.com/NalatiSG/
Instagram: instagram.com/nalatisg

 

Il Fiore (Singapore Land Tower)


Image credit: Il Fiore Restaurant & Bar Facebook

 

It is affectionately known as “the dungeon”. However, this appellation is perhaps misleading, because Il Fiore is more cosy than spooky. 

One would expect it to serve Italian food, which it does, but Il Fiore is also famous for its seafood bee hoon.

The unique duality of this restaurant makes it a great choice for couples who like to mix and match. 

Fusion creations like goose liver fried rice with truffle egg white and angel hair pasta with Ikura and uni are also on the menu.

 


Image credit: Il Fiore Restaurant & Bar Facebook

 

Address:
Singapore Land Tower
50 Raffles Place, #B1-01
Singapore 048623
+65 6223 3551

Hours:
Monday to Friday 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Facebook: facebook.com/ILFioreDungeon/
Instagram: instagram.com/ilfiorerestaurant/

 

Taki Bar ([email protected])


Image credit: Taki Izakaya Bar Facebook

 

A relatively new kid on the block, Taki Bar is an Izakaya bar looking to cater to the after-work set. For couples seeking something a little different for date night, Taki has a coolly romantic Lost In Translation vibe. 

Sashimi, sushi handrolls and grilled Kushiyaki dishes are on the menu.

Mains like salmon mentai don, gyuniku steak and tempura soba/udon offer something more substantial.

Suntory Black and Suntory Pilsner are on draught.

 


Image credit: Taki Izakaya Bar Facebook

 

Address:
[email protected]
16 Collyer Quay #01-05A/B
Singapore 049318
+65 6223 0797

Hours:
Monday to Wednesday 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Thursday 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Facebook: www.facebook.com/takibarsg
Instagram: instagram.com/takibarsg

 

This article was published on 14 January 2021.

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