5 bars that are great for after-work bonding with the team

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5 bars that are great for after-work bonding with the team

Big groups aren’t a big problem at these spacious watering holes
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Team bonding time is a great way to get to know your colleagues outside of the office, which in turn, will help you perform better during regular office hours. But you’ve probably faced the issue of looking for larger locations to accommodate the whole team (and more), so here are five venues that can accommodate everyone and are within easy reach of the CBD.

1. Paulaner Singapore Clarke Quay

This place has everything you need for a great night out with the team – everyday Happy Hours, live music, and authentic Bavarian beer. Fresh and full of fizz, Paulaner beers are clean-tasting and wonderfully drinkable, made using only pure water, malt, hops and yeast. And the best pairing with your beer? Bayerische Wurst, or Bavarian Sausages, which come in a wide variety ranging from Munich White and Nurnberger to Curry and Vienna Style. Paulaner at Clarke Quay hosts a range of musical acts every night, so be sure to check out their Facebook page if you’re interested to know who’s playing the night.

3B River Valley Road #01-12 Tel: 6338 0480

2. Rookery

It doubles as a pretty great brunch spot in the day, but at night, Rookery on the first floor of Hong Leong Building transforms into the perfect Happy Hour spot. With premium house pours going for as low as $10 per glass, and bottled craft beers from Brewlander, Innis & Gunn, and Crabbies, there’s something to please every palate. Share the super savoury and addictive Fried Chicken AKA “Har Cheong Gai”, Roasted Crispy Pork Belly (limited servings per day and only available from Wednesdays to Fridays), and the Farm Sweet Potato Fries (you’ll love the pairing of umeboshi yoghurt dip).

6 Raffles Quay, Hong Leong Building, #01-02A Tel: 6221 0968



Self-proclaimed “the most conducive environment to get drunk at”, GEM BAR on the corner of Ann Siang Hill and Club Street is very simply, pardon the pun, a gem. It’s big, it’s noisy, and it offers great happy hour deals (all week 4-9pm) to help you get the party started. Its charm lies in its unpretentious identity — no overly complicated menu, no snooty service staff, just cold drinks and straightforward service. One of the best parts of having a team outing at GEM BAR is no awkward silences, because it often gets too loud for serious conversation anyway.

10 Ann Siang Hill Tel: 9834 0755

4. Ô Comptoir

If you’re hanging out along Boat Quay and you’re not in the mood for bar grub like beer and chicken wings, head to Ô Comptoir instead with its comprehensive selection of ciders and galettes (the savoury version of crepes). If you’re a fan of breakfast for dinner, order the Ménage à 5 which comes filled with Emmental cheese, ham, egg, mushroom and tomatoes. For something ‘more French’, the Duck It! consisting duck confit, caramelised onions, potatoes and thyme is sure to please. The menu saw a recent revamp with the addition of Maki Galettes, but unless you plan on sharing, we say stick to the regular ones. Also be sure to check with the service staff if they have any seasonal or off-menu cider offerings.

79 Circular Road Tel: 6534 7645

5. Cuba Libre

Not looking for a standard pub night with the team? Then we heartily recommend Cuba Libre at Clarke Quay. Its flavourful food menu and signature mojitos are the perfect combination to spice things up. Go for the Chicken Fajitas and Pulled Pork Cuban Sandwich, washed down with a jug of Sangria or Classic Watermelon Mojito. Cuba Libre also regularly hosts social dance nights like Latin, Salsa and Bachata, so you may even get a chance to shake your tail feather, pick up some new moves, or even realise Jenny from finance really knows how to boogie.

River Valley Rd, Block B #01-13 Clarke Quay Tel: 6338 8982

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