No. 5 Emerald Hill is a classic that’s been around for years—since 1991 if you want to be exact—and they’re still a strong favourite with the tippling crowd. Set in a two-storey heritage shophouse in the Emerald Hill enclave, this casual cocktail joint has plenty of charm with lots of wood detailing, hanging red lanterns and walls covered with antique carvings and pictures of parties from yesteryears, plus one of the longest happy hours in the city.
Why you should come here:
Not much has changed since No. 5 Emerald Hill opened over 25 years ago, and that’s definitely a good thing because why mess with a classic if the classic still works? When the owners restored the shophouse they retained some of the original Peranakan features like the intricately carved wooden arch over the bar, the detailed bannisters and the raw concrete walls, which adds to the homey, yet eclectic atmosphere. Even the prices have not risen much over the years, which is another great selling point for the Emerald Hill drinking crowds.
What we love:
There are plenty of places to spread out here, so you can opt for a leather-topped stool at the long wooden bar, a cushion on the raised wooden platforms with Persian rugs in the back, a seat on the patio, or one of the wooden tables upstairs. For entertainment they often have live jazz bands perform, and they also offer dart boards and a pool table upstairs.
Do try the signature No.5 cocktail, a frozen two-coloured concoction featuring rum, vodka, apricot brandy, creme de cassis, blue curacao, pineapple and orange juice, strawberry puree, coconut syrup and cream. Be warned though, it comes in a massive glass, so either amp yourself up for the challenge or grab a friend to share it with.
Happy hour here starts at 12pm and runs all the way until 9pm with house pours for just $8++ and house wines for $10++. Then after 9pm they have a fab martini deal where you get two martinis for $19. Choose from classics like the dry gin or vodka or go for one of the more creative options like the Earl Grey martini, Coconut martini or Hot & Dirty martini.
Where: 5 Emerald Hill Road
Tel: +65 6732 0818
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 2am, Fri, Sat & eve of PH: 12pm – 3am, Sun & PH: 5pm – 2am