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Bar Empire
114 Neil Road (4th floor)
T.
9336 1776 | 94753234

This rooftop bar may be a tedious hike up three storeys but it’s well worth it for women who love the bar’s zero tolerance policy that refuses men onto the premises, even if they’re gay. The girls are assured privacy in this intimate, family environment, where they are served by the owners themselves. Besides the indoor area that houses a pool table, there is alfresco seating offering a bird’s eye view of the surrounds and street below. There’s a mean Martini menu listed from A-Z, with some originals concocted by the owners themselves. On weekends, the tables indoors are pushed to the side, music goes up and strobe lights go wild as the girls get their freak on on the makeshift dance floor.
Crocodile Rock
14 Scotts Rd #05-29, Far East Plaza
T.
6738 0535

More affectionately known as ‘Croc Rock’, Singapore’s oldest and longest-running lesbian pub has been around for more than 15 years. It isn’t exclusively for women though, as there are a handful of male regulars who “have mutual respect for the women” assures its lesbian owner. Expect a mature crowd of working professional women in their late-20s and above. Weekdays are a good bet if you love to sing as it’s quiet and you won’t have to arm wrestle anyone for the karaoke mic. Strictly English music.
GreyZone Bar
44A Tras Street (2nd floor), Tanjong Pagar
T.
6220 5271

Nestled along the Tanjong Pagar belt, which home to a few other prominent gay bars, GreyZone has called its cosy second-storey pared down interior home since 2004, when it was formerly known as Alternative Bar. The name change signals the owners’ intent of catering to a straight crowd as well. However, the girls still monopolise the 50-seater bar, equipped with not much more than a pool table (free games on Mondays!) and an LCD screen TV. The owner is a soccer fanatic so the bar screens English Premier League every Saturday.
Cows & Coolies
30 Mosque Street
T.
6221 1239

This pared-down karaoke pub in the heart of Chinatown has become a well-loved watering hole for the Mandarin-speaking set. It’s easy to assimilate into this relaxed, unpretentious ambience as the regulars belt out their favourite Chinese pop hits and love songs or shoot some pool. The girls here are friendly bunch, too.
Fuego
5 Gemmil Lane
T.
6327 1098
Happy Hour: 6-9pm daily

Boasting a dance floor specially for dancing, this salsa bar doubles up as a dance studio in the daytime. At night, it’s a regular bar where regulars from the nearby offices come to chill-out and knock back a few. The drinks are good and the DJ plays Latin music from 9.30pm everyday. There are free salsa classes on Sundays. This gay-friendly establishment also hosts an occasional pink party.
Mox Cafe and Bar (Mixed Crowd)
21 Tanjong Pagar #04-01, Tanjong Pagar MRT Station
T.
65 6536 1386
WHYNOT Lounge (Mixed Crowd)
58 Tras Street
T.
6323 3010
http://www.whynot.com.sg
TABOO Cafe & Bar (Mixed Crowd)
65 Neil Road
T.
6225 6256
http://www.taboo97.com
Actors' Bar (Mixed Crowd)
13 South Bridge Rd (opposite the Riverwalk Apartments, above 7-11)
T.
6533-2436
Zouk + Velvet Underground + Phuture + Wine Bar (Mixed Crowd)
17/21 Jiak Kim Street
T.
6738 2988
http://www.zoukclub.com
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