After a long day at your office in the CBD, it’s time to go for your nightly dose of alcohol—preferably a cheap one. But whenever anyone mentions cheap drinks, the first bar everyone suggests is always Five Izakaya Bar.
There’s a time and place for cheap beers in a sweaty bar where people jostle each other as they bob their heads to the top 40s cover band that’s playing that night. But what if you’re looking for a fancier bar with a more romantic ambience?
Here are 8 bars with stylish interiors and happy hours that ease the financial burden.
20 Cross Street Singapore 048422
&Sons is the epitome of casual Italian chic, but unlike most places to which the label “chic” can be applied, is actually quite affordable to dine and drink at. From Mondays to Fridays till 8pm, all Italian wines can be had at the happy hour prices of $7++ to $9++ a glass, and draft beers at $5++ for a half pint. A bucket of five Peronis goes for $40++, while a bucket of 5 Meanbreas/Ichnusas goes for $35++.
The Black Swan
19 Cecil St Singapore 049704
This art-deco style bar looks very posh on the inside, but guess what, you can actually enjoy the ambiance without going broke if you show up on weekdays from 5 to 9pm. That’s when house pours, house wines and draft beers go for $9, oysters go for $2 (each customer is entitled to a maximum of 6 oysters per drink) and signature cocktails at The Powder Room go for $12.
70 Collyer Quay #02-02 Customs House Singapore 049323
It can be hard to find an affordable place to drink at Customs House. Kinki, which is adorned with hipper-than-thou graffiti art, opens out onto a rooftop bar which boasts an Instagram-friendly view of Marina Bay. On Mondays to Saturdays from 5 to 8pm, enjoy their 1-for-1 offer on selected beers, wines and spirits.
The Flying Squirrel
92 Amoy Street #01-02 Singapore 069911
This cosy hole-in-the-wall, fashionably located down a tiny lane on Amoy Street, is a hidden bar without the pretentiousness. The Japanese fusion menu is refreshing, but if you’re just there for the drinks, they have happy hour from 4-8pm Mondays to Fridays, where you can enjoy $8 Asahi bottles, $38 buckets and wines at $10 a glass.
2 Gemmill Lane Singapore 069247
Love Paris? Can’t wait to go back? Then check out O’Bagtinolles, a Parisian-themed bar that actually serves up wine at pretty affordable prices. Right now they offer 10 cocktails at $10 after 10pm—gin tonics and mojitos included. On Wednesdays, French champagne goes for $10 a glass / $50 a bottle all night long. What’s more, from 7 to 9pm, every group of four ladies receives a free bottle of champagne (walk-in customers only).
28 Maxwell Road #01-04 Red Dot Traffic Building Singapore 069120
Tucked away in the Red Dot Traffic Building with a charming courtyard out front and an inviting industrial-chic interior, Hopscotch serves up artisanal cocktails with a local twist. Happy hour, which runs from 5 to 8pm, gets you 1-for-1 half pint beers, wines and cocktails.
The Bar Above
72 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088493
You might have unknowingly passed by The Bar Above many times without even realising it was there. This bar is nestled above Vietnamese eatery Pho Stop, and has an open air terrace overlooking the tops of traditional shophouses and a view of the futuristic Pinnacle @ Duxton. Happy hour, which runs from 6 to 7pm (and also 11am to 12pm, if you manage to get away for an early lunch break), nets you three bottles of Tiger Beer for $21.
L’Entrecôte Wine Bar
37 Duxton Hill Singapore 089614
This little Parisian Bistro is a romantic date spot, and also secretly has one of the best happy hour deals on usually-pricey Duxton Hill. From 5 to 8pm on Tuesdays to Sundays, glasses of wine go for $7, while selected cocktails are $10.
Also, if you want to explore more bars in Singapore, don’t forget to check out the all-new Cheers app, which you can get together with the Entertainer for a combined price of $95 (originally $250 for two apps). You’ll get to enjoy 1-for-1 deals not just on drinks but on whole bottles as well!
Where’s your go-to for a post-work drink? Share your favourite bars in the comments!