No need to dress up at these casual neighbourhood pubs and bars in Joo Chiat, Little India, Bukit Timah, Woodlands and more
Cocktail bars and speakeasies in Singapore get plenty of limelight from the annual bar awards of Asia’s best bars, and rightly so. But dropping $25 on a (decidedly tasty) cocktail on a regular basis isn’t for everyone, so here’s to showing a little love to our stalwart neighbourhood pubs. Never mind the grunginess or the dinginess, or the fact that you might stick to the floor – neighbourhood pubs are the unpretentious second homes we head to when we want to kick back and crack open a cold one with the boys.
Prince of Wales
You may know it as a no-frills hostel, but the adjoining alfresco bar is really where the party’s at. Sticking true to its Aussie roots, Prince of Wales ticks all the right boxes with its affordable craft beers, live music, weekly quiz nights, and a laid-back clientele of backpackers and locals alike.
Prince of Wales, 101 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209420, p. 6299 0130
Pop by Lazy Lizard on weekday evenings and you’ll find it packed with throngs of regulars. Head over for a post-work drink and order up a couple of jugs of San Miguel, as well as bar bites like quesadillas, pizza, fish and chips, and chicken wings.
Lazy Lizard, 2 Sixth Ave, Singapore 276470, p. 6468 6289, open Sun-Fri 3pm-1am, Sat 3pm-2am.
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, open Sun-Fri 5pm-1am, Sat 5pm-2am.
Want to shoot a few games of pool and impress the lads and ladies? Hit up this unassuming pub tucked away at the Woodgrove in Woodlands. While the surrounding mall might be a little worse-for-wear, Bojangles more than makes up for it with its $26 Tiger beer jugs and bar bites like spam fries and fried cuttlefish balls. Other beers on tap include Guinness, Kilkenny, and Erdinger. Bojangles also has an equally unpretentious outlet at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre.
Bojangles, two locations: Woodgrove and Bukit Timah Shopping Centre.
A well-kept secret amongst both Easties and bikers alike, craft beer biker joint, Hogs, is plastered with screens – perfect for catching the game! The bar screening rugby, tennis, football, and golf making it perfect to chill out at after work. The bar also offers Tiger, Heineken, and Guinness on tap as well as a variety of Western dishes at reasonable prices. You certainly won’t go hungry here.
Hogs, 382 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427622, p. 6342 0382
The Cider Pit
The only thing better than a great bottle of cider is a sweet deal. With selected ciders going for $10 a pint ($5.50 half pint), The Cider Pit has got your cider cravings covered. The Joo Chiat Bar is also popular among craft beer aficionados thanks to its broad selection of craft beers and ciders
The Cider Pit, 328 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427585, p. 6440 0504, open weekdays 3pm-1am, weekends 1pm-3am.
Coq & Balls
This cheekily-named bar sports a raw, gritty interior and offers a vast variety of spirits, wine, and beers that’ll cater to all palates. We totally dig their Kung Fu-themed cocktails, with names like Chuck Norris and Enter the Dragon. You can also find full pints of Asahi Super Dry for $10+, and Kronenbourg Blanc and Connor’s Stout for only $12+ during their happy hour that runs from 4pm to 8pm on weekends.
Coq & Balls, 6 Kim Tian Road, Singapore 169246, p. 6276 6609, open weekdays 5pm-1am, weekends 3pm-1am.
The Dog And Bone Pub
Throw a dog a bone, and it’ll be chuffed for a day. Likewise, toss us a couple of pints of beer, and it’ll make our day too. This neighbourhood bar is a bustling waterhole, especially during sports events screenings. You can also get half pints of beer for as cheap as $7.50, and glasses of Jack for $10.50. If we had tails, we’d be wagging ’em too!
The Dog And Bone Pub, 106 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455296, p. 6445 4877, open 4.30pm-12am.