So you’ve overindulged and need to watch the cocktail budget. Here’s how you can still enjoy a craft beer, cocktail or glass of vino... or three.
So what if Singapore’s one of the most expensive cities in the world? 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…
Bad day at work or just need a place to unwind? Hop on over to Publico’s outdoor terrace for the ‘Terrazza Martini’ happy hour deal. Sip on refreshing cocktails concocted by resident mixologist, Claudio Russo (Grey Goose Martini, Pesca Spritz, Martini Spritz, Spritz Bianco, Vermouth & Tonic) at just $12++. Plus, each drink comes with an antipasti plate. Available from Sunday to Friday from 5pm to 7pm.
Publico, InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Rd, Singapore 238909
This vibrant craft cocktail bar perched on the 70th floor of the iconic Swissôtel, The Stamford, has just unveiled two cocktail promos you can indulge in on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5pm-8pm. No judgment: we celebrate cocktail o’clock every day of the week here. On Mondays, treat yourself to the amazing view and a glass of SKAI Bar’s Copper Gin Martini, served with a twist or olives at $19++ per glass. Tuesdays are all about the Maracatu Caipirinha or Butterfly Effect, made with Maracatu Cachaça for that little pick-me-up. Each of these cocktails is priced at $19++. Now that’s how we like to start our week…
SKAI, Level 70, Swissôtel The Stamford, 6837 3322.
The swanky new kid on the block offers beer on tap as well as Champagne, white and red wine if that’s your preferred tipple, from just $10. Located at the head of Telok Ayer Street, 51 Soho makes a great alfresco dining spot if you’re planning after-work drinks with the colleagues. Speaking of big groups, go for the bucket of five bottles to get a bottle on the house.
51 Soho, 51 Telok Ayer Street #01-01, Singapore 048441
Okay, we love this underground pub for its super cool concept and parties but happy hour on a Saturday till two in the morning? That’s the kinda good stuff we’re looking for. Weekday happy hour starts from 11.30pm to 9pm. There’s more reason to make a beeline for on weekdays – each day gets you a cool deal like one-for-one mains and liquor, three-dollar tacos or one-dollar wings.
Hopheads, 178 Clemenceau Ave, Haw Par Glass Tower B1-00, Singapore 239926
This speakeasy and rooftop bar hybrid may be hard to find at first (you gotta enter via a back alley) but the undisrupted view of the Singapore River is totally worth it. The place is usually packed by evenings and we’re blaming it on the (affordable) a a a a alcohol. Happy hours are from 5-8pm with prosecco at $16, Champagne at $20 and sparkling cocktails from $18. House pours and beers are also on the list. Accompany your drinks with umami, tropical or Habana signature oysters (served as six for $20). Tip: while you’re there, we suggest you try the Negroni for a bittersweet ride.
Southbridge, 80 Boat Quay Singapore 049868
Five Bar Singapore
True to its name, the drinks at Five Bar wins the award for cheapest booze ever. In case you didn’t know, housepour, sake and draught beers go at $5, all day, everyday. We’ll high five to that!
Five Bar Singapore, various locations including Collyer Quay, Cuppage Terrace and Changi City Point
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 are 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!) from 6pm to 9pm, on Sundays through Wednesdays you can get a boilermaker (one beer and one tequila shot) or specialty cocktails at $15++ each from 11pm to 2am. 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 oysters from $3 – 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 to enjoy a cold glass of beer because at Mr Punch Public House it’s always beer o’clock! There’s recently introduced a ‘Thirsty Thursday’ special where signature punch jars are 20% off from 3pm to 11pm.
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 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 at Holland Village 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 – Java Cooler, Sakura Martini, Old Fashioned and Yuzu Whiskey Sour– for only $15. If you’re in the mood for wine, get ’em at $14 per glass.
Jigger & Pony, 165 Tangjong Pagar Road, Amara Hotel, Singapore 088539
Five, six, seven. Such are the prices of loose house pours at the roof-top bar, 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
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 (yup, they start early here), 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 6pm-8pm offers selected highballs and cocktails at $14 and one-for-one on the ‘classic’ old-fashioned. BTW, 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
Shots everybody? 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 9pm 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. The Orchard Central branch’s 5pm to 8pm happy hour offers the same drink and oyster deals with the addition of $7 salmon sashimi plates.
Tanuki Raw, two locations at Kapok at National Design Centre and Orchard Central
Have a drink by the riverside at contemporary Mexican bar, Café Iguana. From 12pm to 3pm, grab a glass or jug of house margarita (lime, raspberry, blueberry, peach, strawberry, mango, soursop, pink guava, or kiwi) for 7$ 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 from 11am-8pm at the Mapletree Business City outlet and from 11.30am – 7pm and 9pm – 11pm at The Central. Not a fan of beer? Enjoy selected wine, cocktails and mocktails.
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 Fridays (oh my!). Let your hair down and enjoy $8.50++ on house pour spirits and bottled beers, $12.5o house pour wine and $14 draught beers as you wish. Happy hour ends at 8pm.
The Exchange, Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View, Singapore 018960
Cook & Tras Social Library
We came for the drinks but fell in love with the place – first of all, the swanky library-inspired decor wins top marks for bookworms like us (we hear there are over 3000 titles that hotel guests may borrow). The happy hour deals do not disappoint too. Enjoy one-for-one deals on selected cocktails.
Cook & Tras Social Library, Six Senses Maxwell, 2 Cook Street, Singapore 078857
25 Degrees Singapore
This burger joint hailing from Los Angeles has a cool deal that doesn’t just stop at drinks. Enjoy one-for-one craft beers and bites like Filthy Fries doused in bacon gravy and cheese and hot and heavy 25 Degrees Wings from 3pm to 7pm on Tuesday to Sunday. Got the Monday blues? Take an extra-long lunch break (we won’t tell!) with the extended happy hour from 11am to 11pm. That’s 12 hours of one-for-one beer for you. Let that sink in. On Wednesdays, guys in groups of four can enjoy one-for-one spirits from 7pm to 11pm. Talk about boys’ night out.
25 Degrees Singapore, Hotel G Singapore, 200 Middle Road, Singapore
Ahh, finally something for night owls. The Fat Prince rewards you for staying out late from Monday to Saturday with the aptly named ‘The Fat Prince Night Cap’. Try Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails like Maleficent, a zesty concoction with mezcal, prosecco, gin and pomegranate honey or the sweet-spicy Sultan’s Martini stirred with cardamom-infused vodka, dry vermouth, honey and olive – we can almost imagine the aromatic scents. All signature cocktails are priced at $14 from 10pm till midnight.
Fat Prince, 48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079317
$10 pints and wine all day, every day at the beautiful Duxton Hill? We’d tap that. There are over 20 choices of rotating international craft beers on draft, so drink away!
SG Taps, 13 Duxton Hill, #01-01, Singapore 089597
Crazy about cava, huh? Sit pretty at Bar.celona any day of the week (except Sunday). They’ve got one-for-one beer, cocktails and wine from 5 to 8 pm. Free-flow more your style? It’s free flow cava for 25$++ from 5 to 7pm and for 35$++ from 5 to 8pm.
Bar.celona, 21 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089604
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