Enjoy happy hour deals on the classic martini, shaken or stirred, dirty or perfect at these spiffy cocktail bars
There are two reasons why I order a martini at a bar. One, it’s hard to go wrong with one of the tastiest classic gin cocktails endorsed by the International Bartender Association, and two, who doesn’t want an excuse to make like 007 and say “shaken, not stirred”? But the best part? You don’t even have to live the luxurious life of Bond, ’cos here’re five bars where you can get your martini fix without breaking the bank.
Martini Bar @ Mezza 9
With over 50 signature martinis (pandan martini, pictured above), this glitzy bar never fails to give us a case of decidophobia whenever we’re there. To keep our heads from spinning, we like to stick to the classic martini that’s 50 per cent off Monday through Friday, from 6pm to 9pm. Happy hour starts at 3pm on Saturday if you’re in the mood for an afternoon tipple.
Martini Bar @ Mezza9, Mezzanine Level Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, p. 6732 1234.
Martinis and oysters are a decadent pairing, so it’s no wonder this Orchard Central institution gets packed after work. The daily happy hour from 5pm-8pm not only includes $10 martinis and cocktails, but freshly shucked oysters at $2 apiece as well. And of course, if it’s drinks and dinner you’re after, don’t miss out on the decadent bowl of truffle yakiniku donburi.
Tanuki Raw, #02-03 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896, p. 6636 5949.
This narrow, cosy bar is an ideal spot for date night, especially if a couple of cocktails are on your agenda. Take your main squeeze here, and class it up without racking up a bill with the $9.90++ martini of the day between 5pm and 9pm daily.
Alley Bar, 180 Orchard Road, Singapore 238846. p. 6738 8818.
Just next to Alley Bar is its livelier neighbour, Acid Bar. Aside from being a rowdy hangout to appease our post-work thirst and its daily live music sessions, Acid Bar also offers daily happy hour deals. From 5pm to 9pm, you can enjoy the sweet sounds of Acid Bar’s live bands and grab a tasty Martini at $9.90++.
Acid Bar, Peranakan Place, 180 Orchard Road, Singapore 238846, p. 6732 6966. Open Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat 5pm-3am.
No. 5 Emerald Hill
So you’re working late for the third time in a row and want to unwind over a well-made drink? Just across from Alley Bar is this sexy Peranakan-inspired joint with a killer one-for-one happy hour martini offer from 9pm to 1am daily. Hungry? Then definitely take advantage of the bar bites menu and try favourites like the prawn paste chicken.
No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar, 5 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229289, p. 6732 0818.