So you’ve overindulged and need to behave a little? Check out some affordable drink specials so you can still enjoy a craft beer, cocktail or glass of vino... or three
Singapore ranks as one of the most expensive cities in the world for beer (and other things), but if you play it smart, hitting the bar scene doesn’t have to cost you a bomb. Sure we have the swanky whisky bars and hidden bars in town, but we love our artisanal cocktails and wine bars even more during happy hour…
No. 5 Emerald Hill
This sexy Peranakan-inspired bar has won our hearts with its beautiful decor and amazing prawn paste chicken wings – perfect for bar bites. Get buzzed with their premium house pours and selected beers from $8 nett. Happy hour runs from 12 noon till 9pm and from 1am till closing.
No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar, 5 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229289
There’s various happy hour promotions on selected weekdays at this glitzy restaurant by celebrity chef David Myers. On Tuesdays for example, all cocktails are at half price (try the one with chilli padi-infused gin!), Wednesdays are good for Martinis (one-for-one) and it’s half-priced wines on Thursdays. Take your pick!
Adrift, Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2, Singapore 018956
The Black Swan
Dress to the nines and have a swanky evening as the 1920’s-inspired The Black Swan. The luxe establishment has an indulgent happy hour special – $9 drinks and $2 oyster – on weekdays from 5pm to 8pm. The Black Swan’s new bar, The Powder Room also offers signature cocktails on weekdays from 5pm to 9pm at just $12.
The Black Swan, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704
Martini Bar @ Mezza 9
Shake it up a little and tipple in style at The Grand Hyatt. enjoy a special price of SGD 14++ on all signature and classic martinis, handcrafted gin and tonics, sustainable wines by the glass along with other selected house pours. Happy hour runs from Monday through Saturday, from 5pm to 9pm.
Martini Bar @ Mezza9, Mezzanine Level Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211
Mr Punch Public House
Blink, and you’ll miss this kitschy bar at MINT Museum of Toys. Named after the famous puppet show Punch and Judy, the bar sports oh-so-Instagrammable vintage decor. The all-important drinks menu packs a punch (!), with a wide array of whiskies, beers and cocktails. Swing by anytime from 11am to 9pm daily for special deals on Heineken and Guinness starting from $4.50 because at Mr Punch Public House it’s Always Beer O’clock!
Mr Punch Public House, 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382.
Morton’s The Steakhouse Restaurant
Mezza9 isn’t the only place in town to get a great deal on martinis. On ‘Mortini Nights’, (daily, 5pm-7pm) you’ll get to enjoy select martinis for just $15.95 each. To sweeten the deal, you’ll get to munch on bar bites like oysters on the half shell, jumbo shrimp cocktails and the Morton’s Prime Burger.
Morton’s, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Level 4, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797
Wine Connection Tapas Bar & Bistro
Serving good beats and awesome vibes, Wine Connection has always been our choice for a casual night out with the mates. Although we won’t deny that their reasonably priced booze, which can go as low as $6, is a total pulling factor.
Wine Connection, #01-19/20 Robertson Walk,11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995
Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar
Getting off work early? Kick back at this unpretentious wine bar at Robertson Quay at 4pm-8pm on Monday-Thursdays, 4pm-6pm on Fridays and 3pm-6pm on weekends to enjoy a stellar one-for-one deal on house pours and wine. And don’t worry about going hungry – Verre does up a hearty selection of European-inspired dishes like suckling pig seafood papillote, as well as thin crust pizzas.
Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar, #01-05/06, 8 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238216
Wala Wala needs no introduction. The exceptional live music bar is constantly packed and not just because the band is awesome. Between 4pm to 9pm on weekdays (and 3pm to 9pm on weekends), you can grab a beer, or vino if you prefer, for less than $10.
Wala Wala Cafe Bar, 31 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277689,
Jigger and Pony
Bespoke cocktails for happy hour? Yes, please! From 6pm to 8pm, Jigger and Pony offers six of their lip-smacking concoctions – Savoy Cooler, Pear Gimlet, Old Fashioned, Aperol Spritz, Amalfi Spritz,– for only $15.
Jigger & Pony, 101 Amoy Street, Singapore 069921
Five, six, seven. Such are the prices of loose house pours at Loof, and the number of glasses we’d be having from 5pm on weekdays. Every hour, the price increases according to the time. This means the earlier you are, the cheaper the grog. Our advice? Live a little and play hooky – we won’t tell!
Loof, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, 331 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188720
Park Bench Deli
We couldn’t resist PBD before with its PB&J and kong bak banh mi sammies. And lately, we’ve become absolute suckers for happy hour happening 5-8pm, everyday. Your wallet will have less of a dent with $2 off all draft beers, $18+ for one-for-one good gins & whiskies, and $8+ bottled beers.
Park Bench Deli, 179 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627
These BBQ buds are our answer whenever we’re craving some smoked, juicy meat for lunch. Though sometimes, we can’t help but get a bit thirsty (if y’know what we mean) with its daily happy hour specials from 3pm-7pm. You can get pints of miller for $12, a bottle of cabernet for $60 and a bottle of sauvignon blanc for $70.
MeatSmith, 167/169 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620
Get your MOJO on with spectacular happy hour deals at this new bar on Telok Ayer Street. From 1130am to 9pm daily, take your pick from two Asahi’s for $15 or two glasses of wine starting from $22. If you’re feeling fancy you can opt for two glasses of bubbly at $30. Here’s a tip from us: Before happy hour ends, make sure you get your hands on the Martinis. At two for $24, you really can’t say no.
MOJO, 204 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068640
Feeling the post-work munchies coming on, but want to grab a cocktail ASAP? Hit BoCHINche after work for their aperitivo hour on weekdays from 5.30pm-7pm to enjoy a pint of Estrella beer with two empanadas for just $18++. Keep the party going with a selection of cocktails going for $15++ or an Estrella beer bucket of five bottles for $49++.
boCHINche, #01-02, 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 239058
No fancy-schmancy gimmicks, no flamboyant concept, no secret passwords for entry; this is one fuss-free dive bar to simply enjoy a drink with your gals and mates. Helmed by the trusty hands behind Jigger & Pony, Gibson and Humpback, The Flagship is all about rock & roll and whiskies. The Flagship’s happy hour from Monday to Saturday, 5pm-8pm, offers house pour whiskies for just $12++. Being a whisky centric bar, its house pour offerings are a class above the rest – you can expect Monkey Shoulder scotch, Bulleit Bourbon, and Rittenhouse Rye.
The Flagship, 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089834.
This shot bar is well-known for their crazy selection of shots and their even crazier happy hour deals: $6 for all selected shots, bottled beers, and houses pours from 6.30pm till 9.30pm daily. It also opens ’til 3.30am on party nights (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday), and that means you have time to sample all 130 shots at The Chupitos Bar. Drinks here are categorised according to different drinking palettes and tolerance levels: Deadly, Fruity, Yummy and Dare. The bestsellers are the Milo Godzilla and Black Absinthe Bohemian.
The Chupitos Bar, #01-05, 3B River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021.
Unlike the pesky alcohol police, the peeps at Tanuki Raw know how to have a good time. Its Kapok branch offers a daily happy hour from 5pm-8pm not only includes $10 martinis and cocktails and $12 pints of beer, but freshly shucked oysters at $2 apiece as well. If you fancy some wine, Wednesdays offer a bottle of wine and 12 oysters for only $%0. The Orchard Central branch’s 5pm to 8pm happy hour offers the same drink and oyster deals with the addition of $7 salmon sashimi plates.
Tanuki Raw, two locations
Have a drink by the riverside at contemporary Mexican bar, Café Iguana. From 12pm to 3pm, grab a glass or jug of house margarita (lime, raspberry, blueberry, peach, strawberry, mango, soursop, pink guava, or kiwi) for 7$ or $28. Too early for you? From 3pm to 7pm it’s $10 for a glass and $40 for a jug, after which regular prices start.
Café Iguana, #01-03 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, Singapore 05828
Ice-cold pints of Tiger are great, no doubt, but we do like ourselves some proper German lager sometimes – and it’s a bonus if that doesn’t burn a hole in our wallets. At Sque, indulge in one-for-one pints of Schneider Weisse, Benediktiner Weissbier, Stella Artois, as well as lighter Asian brews like Singha and San Miguel between 11.30am – 7pm, and 9pm – 11pm.
Sque, two locations
Despite its distinctly high-end metropolitan surroundings, this brasserie and bar offers a mean happy hour that starts from as early as 9am from Mondays to Thursdays (oh my!). And on Fridays, happy hour is all day! Let your hair down and enjoy as many $8.50 house pour spirits and bottled beers as you wish. Happy hour ends at 8pm.
The Exchange, Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View, Singapore 018960
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