On a tight budget? Check out these affordable booze specials that won't burn a hole in your wallet
According to GoEuro’s latest Beer Price Index, Singapore ranks sixth most expensive city in the world for beer. But if you play it smart, drinking in Singapore doesn’t have to cost you a bomb; the city is brimming with cheap deals and awesome happy hour promotions. And no, bars with great happy hours aren’t hidden in far-flung locations; they’re at Clarke Quay, Orchard Road, and the CBD. Give your wallet a little breather and drink up with this awesome guide to the top happy hour deals in Singapore.
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 – 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, p. 8181 3305.
Martini Bar @ Mezza 9
Shake it up a little and tipple in style at The Grand Hyatt. Enjoy 50% off selected martinis, wine and house pours Monday through Saturday, from 4pm to 9pm.
Martini Bar @ Mezza9, Mezzanine Level Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, p. 6732 1234.
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 $8 gentleman’s pour or $10 house wine before 9pm.
No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar, 5 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229289, p. 6732 0818.
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 (ahem) 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! Psst.. Mention “Honeycombers” for entry to a secret section of the bar.
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, p. 6339 3740.
Have a rendezvous at O Batignolles, a cosy French bistro owned by Parisian-born couple, Antoine and Marie. It’s Pop, Fizz, Clink! every Wednesday, catering to those of you who crave Champers. It’s only $10 per glass, and just $60 per bottle, and it’s available all day long – perfect even if you want a morning tipple. Best part? Come in a group of four and spend $150 from 7pm to 9pm, and you snag a bottle absolutely free.
O Batignolles, 2 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069247, p. 6438 3913.
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, p. 6235 5466.
Fancy a margarita? Skip outta work between 5pm and 7pm and you’ll enjoy a coupla’ tasty margaritas at this colourful cantina at just $9 each. You’ll probably be craving something just as quintessentially Mexican to go with that ,so make sure you try some of this cantina’s classics like the chicken chicharonnes, burnt cheese blend quesadillas and the hearty burritos.
Hombre Cantina, 53 Boat Quay, Singapore 049842. p. 6438 6708.
Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar
Getting off work early? Kick back at this unpretentious wine bar at Robertson Quay at 4pm-9pm on weekdays and 4pm-6pm on weekends to enjoy a stellar one-for-one deal on house champagnes. 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. p. 6509 1917.
Wala Wala needs no introduction. The exceptional live music bar is constantly packed and not just because of 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, p. 6462 4288.
Jigger and Pony
Bespoke cocktails for happy hour? Yes, please! From 6pm to 8pm, Jigger and Pony offers six of their lip-smacking concoctions – Elderflower Spritz, Flamingo, Savoy Cooler, Bee’s Knees, and the Old Fashioned – for only $14.
Jigger & Pony, 101 Amoy Street, Singapore 069921. p. 6223 9101.
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, p. 9773 9304.
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, p. 6815 4600.
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, p. 6221 2262.
Get your MOJO on with spectacular happy hour deals at this new bar on Telok Ayer Street. On weekdays between 12pm and 9pm (and weekends from 3pm-12am) you can kick back with pints of dark or light beer for just $7.50, or enjoy one-for-one deals on wine by the glass. Fancy something stiffer? Martinis are one-for-one between 11am and 9pm on weekdays and 11am and 12am on Saturdays.
MOJO, 204 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068640. p. 6220 0723.
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, p. 6235 4990.
Prefer quirky to classic? Head down to this delightfully kitschy little bar (pictured above) tucked away in the Red Dot Traffic Building – one of our favourite buildings in Singapore. Pick from an incredible variety of absolutely zany Singaporean-inspired cocktail offerings, from bandung shots to an alcoholic rendition of chicken soup. There’s much to try here, so go crazy because cocktails go for $15, wine at $7, house pour spirits at $8 and beers at $9 from 4-8pm daily.
Hopscotch, 28 Maxwell Road, #01-04 Red Dot Traffic Building, Singapore 069120. p. 6327 4820.
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.
Don’t Tell Mama
You certainly won’t want to tell Mama about your boozy shenanigans at this Korean/Mexican bar-restaurant. After all, with pints of Stella and Hoegaarden going for $10 and $11 respectively, and a slew of Korean-inspired tacos and quesadillas, you’ll find yourself here way too late, even on work nights. A trio of Corona, Sol and Heineken also goes for $25 while three bottles of Hite will set you back just $20. Happy hour runs from Mon-Sat, 5pm-8pm.
Don’t Tell Mama, 52 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088473. p. 6221 2007.
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. Oysters not your thing? From 5pm to 7pm daily, you’ll get free katsu-crust beef sliders with each purchase of a cocktail or mocktail. The Orchard Central branch’s 5pm to 8pm happy hour offers the same drink and oyster deals with the addition of $7 salmon sashimi plates.
Have a drink by the riverside at contemporary Mexican bar, Café Iguana. From 12pm to 3pm, grab a glass or jug of house margarita (lime, raspberry, blueberry, peach, strawberry, mango, soursop, pink guava, or kiwi) for 7$ 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, p. 6236 1275
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 (that’s $18 for two!) 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, #01- 70, The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817. p. 6222 1887.
Cuscaden Patio & Chips Pub
This no-frills underground drinking den has no happy hour but they make up for it with really cheap beer around the clock. For $20, you get a 1.5-litre San Miguel, and on Tuesday, their jugs are priced at $13. Sweet.
Cuscaden Patio & Chips Pub, #B1-111 Ming Arcade, 21 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249720, p. 6887 3319.
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, p. 6636 1200.