Think back to your last birthday dinner. Was it at a cosy neighborhood hangout where the bartender knows your name or was it an all out party-fest where the night didn’t end until the sun came up? The great thing about your birthday is that it’s the one time it’s totally okay to put your preferences first! Find a spot for your next birthday celebration based on what makes you happiest.
The Social Butterfly: you want to chat, drink, and party for optimal online sharing
For starters, it’s unpretentious and perfectly situated on Ann Siang Hill for convenient post-dinner festivities around Club Street. They serve classic British fare, in addition to a quality selection of craft beers and drinks. If you’re looking to invite several (dozen) guests – more power to you, Social Butterfly – Oxwell & Co offers affordable event packages for all of their differently themed floors (Bar, Dining Room, Study, and Rooftop Garden) depending on how much you’re willing to shell out for nosh.
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Located in the Marina Bay Sands, Adrift provides the perfect chic and modern environment for you to let the Snapchat/Instagram/Facebook friends see just how fantastic
you are your birthday is. Pick from a killer seafood platter and various grilled meats and sides for a dinnertime party, or if you’re looking to gather the crew earlier check out Adrift’s loaded brunch buffet with all the free flow options – necessary for a day-long birthday celebration with friends.
Start off in the cozy indoor dining area downstairs with your closest friends, then make your way to the rooftop bar and sky lounge to involve all those people who couldn’t quite fit on the dinner list (sorry sister-in-law!). CÉ LA VI delivers one of the most truly stunning panoramic view of the city, along with a more boisterous crowd than the dining area. Drink, mingle, celebrate, and get ready for an A+ backdrop for group party photos.
Hipster Paradise: offbeat celebration spots and ideas for a pop of the unexpected
This mod-Sin tapas joint atop the People’s Park Complex at Chinatown MRT is, simply put, one of the chillest hangout spots in Singapore. With order-at-the-counter style Asian fusion bites and drinks it makes for a low-stress birthday to organize, but still with the pizzaz of a beautiful rooftop, craft beers, and perhaps most importantly Milo soft serve. Time your celebration with one of their rooftop concerts or art shows, or book ahead for a private room.
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It makes sense that multi-story dining concepts are highly suitable for birthday gatherings, and The Refinery is no exception. Celebrate in both the first floor yakitori restaurant and the second floor bespoke cocktail bar. Though if you’re looking for a more unique take on a b-day celebration, utilize their third floor design workshop space to combine artistic creation with a few drinks and eats, then have a creative celebration with like-minded friends.
Located within the recently opened hipster-style hawker center Timbre+, it’s the perfect place for a birthday feast featuring your favorite Dancing Crab bites. The space is prime for a party as there are regular live music performances and almost always large crowds of 20-somethings eating and drinking, admiring the graffiti, and being merry but in like, a totally cool way. All kidding aside, it’s a really cool and inviting atmosphere, with all the familiarly delicious eats of Dancing Crab.
Young, Wild & Thrifty: to avoid having friends be secretly upset for having spent so much money for you.
OKAY, to be fair this could’ve easily gone under ‘Social Butterfly’, but the Wine Connection bar and bistro holds a special place in our hearts for its wallet-friendly yet quality selection of food and drink. Bottles of the good stuff fall mostly between $30-$50++, and not to be ignored are the house pours, wines by the glass, and tapas that start from $5++. Combine this with the guaranteed party atmosphere of Robertson Walk and you’ve got all the ingredient for an awesome (yet inexpensive) celebration.
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Celebrate noodle style and slurp up revamped versions of mee classics for <$10 pp if you’re aiming for a casual lunchtime gathering. If you’re looking to utilize WANTON’s Tanjong Pagar location for some late night clubbing then swing by for a group dinner when the majority of mains are under $15, all drinks are below $20, and you can choose from a variety of shareable sides like salted duck egg chicken wings ($10) and fried dumplings ($8). It’s unpretentious, casual, and got some darn good vibes for a long night, plus you’ll be thankful for all the noodle carbs in your belly when you’re doing shots at midnight.
Low-Key & Casual: for the mild at heart
Tex-Mex goes Seoul with all the laid-back feeling of the former, so maybe suggest your guests don cowboy boots to match with a few orders of kimchi carnitas fries? The selection of drinks is quite impressive, but it’s really the food and low-key atmosphere that make Vatos a perfectly casual, fun, and delicious birthday spot.
From seafood cakes, jerked chicken skewers, crab dumplings, ‘carib toasties’, and of course a variety of punch bowls and wines by the bottle, Lime House is a cozy and casual eatery with Caribbean staples that beg to be passed around the table. The service is fantastic and the space is quite beautiful, perfect for a no stress gathering that’s sure to please all your friends.
Everyone’s favorite Bali-born rib joint offers BBQ staples and some meaty local fusion nosh as well. You’ve got a relaxed atmosphere perfect for a casual birthday gathering of a solid group of friends, and plenty of shareable food options – but the birthday boy/girl gets a personal rack of ribs though, right? And if low-key can still mean a few martinis, there’s no better place than here, cause Anthony Bourdain himself called them the best in the world. All you need is a few orders of Anthony’s Famous Vodka Martini ($15.5++), which is made with three(!) shots of vodka cause he’s Anthony Bourdain, shared amongst your friends and you’ve got a perfectly tipsy-but-not-too-crazy celebration.
Refined & Classy – for those who want to spend a bit of cash
If you’ve ever dreamed of a fairytale birthday party, there’s no better place to make those Disney dreams of yours come true than at a restored-chapel-cum-restaurant on Dempsey Hill. With a prix fixe menu option, strong selection of upmarket a la carte pastas and mains, as well as a wine list of over 250 labels, The White Rabbit will deliver on more than just good looks. But let’s not kid ourselves, the looks are really good.
For those willing to splurge a bit for the finer things in life, this whisky bar and grill pulls off quality and class with ease. Done by a team that has passion for making simply great food and for sourcing the best ingredients, here’s the place to enjoy an intimate birthday gathering with next-level cuisine. Feast on expertly grilled cuts of meat, decadent desserts to share, and pair it with some of the best Manhattans you can find in Singapore. A birthday that’s totally worth the premium price tag.
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If you’re planning for an elegant meal with a unique ambience to match, we think this high-end dining establishment nestled within Gardens by the Bay should be top your list. Be it a romantic birthday dinner with a special someone, or a more subdued celebration with mom and dad – Pollen provides a downright gorgeous atmosphere that can set just the right tone for a classy celebration. You’re dining in a flower dome looking out at the Marina Bay Sands, it doesn’t get much nicer than that.