Warning: This boozy guide to the best happy hour beers, affordable wines, and wallet-friendly cocktails in town will get you tanked without going poor
Happy hour in Singapore is the best. Booze prices get slashed and everyone’s happy (despite the alcohol ban). But what if, on the off chance, you can’t make it in time to smash back beers before the cut off point? No problem! If you can score a decent meal at a restaurant and still have change left over for dessert, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t find a cheap drink in town. Here is a list of badass bars and restaurants across the island that offer incredibly affordable drinks (from as low as $5!), both during and off happy hour. Cheers!
No. 5 Emerald Hill
This sexy Peranakan-inspired bar has won our hearts with their happy hour (opening ’til 9pm) featuring $8 house pour spirits (and amazing prawn paste chicken wings). You can also get a pair of martinis for $26 – a tad bit over $10 per drink, but treat yourself!.
No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar, 5 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229289, p. 6732 0818.
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 $7, is a total pulling factor.
Wine Connection, #01-19/20 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995, p. 6235 5466.
FIV五 Izakaya Bar
Payday is still a week away but you’re in dire need for an after-work tipple? We get you, and so do the folks behind FIV五, a CBD bar with daily $5 drinks promotion that includes half pints of Kronenberg. Inspired by Tokyo’s ‘salary man’ 300-yen, Tachinomi (standing) bars, the minimalist watering hole is bursting with white-collar workers who are there as early as 5pm.
Five Izakaya, #01-05B, 16 Collyer Quay (Formerly Hitachi Towers), Singapore 049318, p. 9826 1049. Other outlets can be located at Changi City Point, Cuppage Terrace and Maxwell Chambers.
Five, six, seven. These 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! The offer runs on weekdays only.
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 (we’re not complaining!). For $20, you get a 1.5-litre San Miguel, and on Tuesday, their jugs are priced at $13.
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 at 9am (oh my!). Let your hair down and enjoy as many $8.50 house pour spirits and bottled beers as you wish. The weekday Happy hour ends at 8pm, but is all day on Friday.
The Cider Pit
You know what’s better than a great bottle of cider? A sweet deal. At $10 a pint ($5.50 half pint), The Cider Pit has got your cider cravings covered. Prefer something stronger? A glass of Jack Daniel’s will only set you back $6.
The Cider Pit, 328 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427585, p. 6440 0504.
No need to scramble for your margarita fix here, ’cos this contemporary Mexican bar by the riverside’s got a couple of them. House margaritas – choose from a myriad of fruity flavours such as traditional lime, raspberry, blueberry, peach, strawberry, mango, soursop and more – are just $7 a glass and $28 a jug during lunchtime (12pm-3pm), and $10 a glass and $40 a jug during the late afternoon (3pm-7pm). Just don’t let your boss know why your work breaks are getting longer.
Café Iguana, #01-03 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, Singapore 05828, p. 6236 1275.
Wala Wala needs no introduction. The exceptional live music bar is constantly packed, and it’s not just because of the raucous rock bands that tear the roof off with classic, hair-flinging anthems and more. From 4pm to 9pm, 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.
Harry’s @ Boat Quay
Kick back at the riverside and enjoy $10 draught beers from Monday to Friday from opening ’til 5pm. And they’ve got some killer pub grub to boot, so you won’t go home hungry.
Harry’s @ Boat Quay, 28 Boat Quay, Singapore 049818, p.6538 3029
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 it doesn’t burn a hole in our wallets. At Sque, indulge in one-for-one pints (that’s $15 for two!) of Harry’s premium lager, Connor’s Stout. The same deal goes for house wines, and spirits.
Sque, #01- 70, The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817. p. 6222 1887.
Nectars and Vine
Nectars and Vine doesn’t offer very much in terms of aesthetics or décor, but short of swigging beers at a coffee shop, this hole-in-the-wall dive bar is where you’ll find the cheapest beers in Serangoon. Pick up Heineken or Asahi bottles for $7; we confess to having downed a handful of these at a time kudos to these prices. Nectars has one of the widest selections of English craft brews as well, including Wychcraft Ales that will set you back a little more. Nectars isn’t equipped with a kitchen, but the staff are happy to hook you up with a ‘zi char’ menu that you can use to order in some grub.
Nectars and Vine, 752 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534623. p. 6372 1125.
Unlike the pesky alcohol police, the peeps at Tanuki Raw know how to have a good time. Happy hour from 5pm-8pm not only includes $10 martinis and cocktails (and pints of beer for $12), but freshly shucked oysters at $2 apiece as well.
Tanuki Raw, #02-03 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896, p. 6636 5949.
This shot bar is well-known for its selection of shots and even crazier happy hour deals, which will get you $6 shots (selected shots only) from 6.30pm ’til 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 palates and tolerance levels: Deadly, Fruity, Yummy and Daredevil. The bestsellers are the Milo Godzilla and Black Absinthe Bohemian.
The Chupitos Bar, #01-05, 3B River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021.
Mr Punch Public House
You’d best hightail it here quickly after work, because this swish rooftop bar gets positively packed. From 3pm to 8pm daily, you’ll enjoy one-for-one deals on all draft beers including Guinness, Kilkenny and Heineken. The evening breeze on the rooftop and the great music selection score bonus points with us as well.
Mr Punch Public House, 26 Seah Street 188382. p. 8339 8966.
It’s not often you can get a pint of ice cold craft beer for less than $10, and with five choices of craft brews on tap, you’re bound to find something that piques your fancy. Nobody likes drinking on an empty stomach, so order nosh like fried calamari rings, truffle potato balls, and yakitori skewers for less than $10 each. Unfortunately, the service here leaves much to be desired, but something’s got to give.
Kanpai, #01-02, 25 Church Street, Singapore 048768.