I know that finding an inexpensive place to indulge in a solid drinking session isn’t as easy as it sounds. Affordable bars are often few and far between, but what happens when work is draining, school isn’t going well, you’re not feeling like a girlboss and you’ve got to shell out a pretty penny just for a couple of drinks?
You can thank me later, because here is the master list comprising of 17 affordable bars to swing by, all of which either have cheaper drinks that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, or offer attractive happy hour deals for a post-work de-stress session with your friends or colleagues.
Hailed as the ‘beacon of nightlife at Esplanade’, the deals at Mischief are one of the most wallet-friendly you’ll find in town! How friendly are we talking about? Their Happy Hour runs from 5pm to 8pm (Sunday to Thursday) with Carlsberg pints at S$7.90. For non-beer drinkers, they serve Prosecco, wines and other house pours at only S$9.90.
In addition, there are also bucket deals for Corona Extra, Asahi, Budweiser, Somersby Cider, Kronenburg Blanc, and San Miguel Light where you can enjoy five bottles for S$48 and 10 bottles for S$88. The winning combination of affordable tipple and an unbeatable view of the Singapore River equals zero excuses for not bringing your crew to Mischief!
2. Next Door Bar & Cafe
Hola! Need somewhere to grab dinner and maybe stay a little later for a bottle of wine or a pint of beer? We’ve got the best place that ticks both of those boxes. Think of hearty Spanish fare in a casual yet aesthetic space, promising a night that you’ll remember.
During Happy Hour, drinks go for 20% off the menu price at Next Door Bar & Cafe. Beers like Erdinger, Weissbier, Dunkel and Czech-style Pilsner Zlatá go at S$9.90 during Happy Hour as well. Your next drinking session might just be coming up real soon.
3. Chupitos Shots Bar
Chupitos is Singapore’s first specialised shooters bar with over 150 different types of shots beyond your wildest imagination (and perhaps, a wilder night). You only live once, right?
Make use of their happy hour to get your shots, house pours and beers at only S$6. Of course only for selected beverages, 3.30pm – 8pm, daily. You can still get shots for S$10 from 8pm – 10pm, so get ready to go to town at your next drinking session. On Wednesdays, ladies get a complimentary shot with every pair of shooters purchased.
They’ve also got a Go Hard or Go Home option, where six shots will go for S$60. The drinks under this package include Liquid Cocaine, Snake Charmer, and more. Doesn’t that sound like a lit night ahead? Of course it does.
4. Bar Bar Black Sheep
Half-pints of beers (Carlsberg, Blanc and 1664) are available on tap only at S$7 at Bar Bar Black Sheep. They also have a Monday & Tuesday All Day Happy Hour Crafts and Drafts with S$9 Carlsberg pints, and S$13 Craft beers. Sounds like a pretty good companion to wash down a hearty dinner, right?
Both Kronenbourg Blanc and Tetley’s English Ale go at S$13 a pint. The food at Bar Bar Black Sheep also falls on the affordable side, making it the ideal place for a long-awaited catch up or drinking session. They’ve got Western food, North Indian, and more. Spoilt for choice without breaking the bank, a win-win situation for all of us.
Make a reservation at Bar Bar Black Sheep outlets: Cherry Avenue | Robertson Quay
Though Symmetry‘s usual menu is really pricey, you’ll be shocked to see they have real sweet happy hour deals! Cheers to their long Happy Hour, also to save you some time and effort, here’s their entire happy hour menu:
- Asahi Dry draught – S$8
- Asahi Dark draught – S$10
- Corona – S$8
- Somersby Pear Cider – S$8
- Somersby Apple Cider – S$8
- Beefeater Gin – S$8
- Glenmorangie Whisky – S$8
Their Happy Hour runs from Sunday to Monday (all day), Tuesday to Friday, from 3pm to 8pm and on Saturday, from 9am to 8pm.
6. Little Saigon
Little Saigon has a few Vietnamese beers and Vietnam-inspired cocktails like Saigon Kick and Pho Bia that are bound to pique your interests. However, on regular hours, Little Saigon’s drinks may not be as reasonably priced as you’d like them to be.
But if you’re hankering after a cocktail that’s unique and unusual, then you should make use of their Happy Hour to go all out and enjoy a hearty drinking session.
During Happy Hour from 4pm – 9pm daily, get 50% off all cocktails, wines by glass and draft beers (Heineken/Tiger). Beers end up at around S$8, and cocktails, from S$8 to S$9. Sound good? That way, you’ll be able to try a variety of cocktails without having to burn a hole in your wallet. Consider this a successful night out indeed!
Another bar perched on the slopes of Holland Village, Tango’s has got to keep its prices right in light of steep competition. So you can expect pretty decent prices for food and of course, sweet Happy Hour deals.
From 3pm to 9pm daily, there’s 1-for-1 for all beers, selected wines and house spirits. On Sundays, it is Happy Hour the entire day! They’ve also got 1 for 1 cocktails, martinis, and shooters every day from 12pm to 5pm. Just maybe try not to go to work hungover, Mondays are bad enough.
8. Baden Restaurant & Pub
Baden is a German pub equipped with German beers and German food (apparently the Pork Knuckles are really good). It’s a very cosy and dark tavern-styled interiors, but what makes it even cosier is their opening till 9pm 1-for-1 beer deals! If a vacation to Germany isn’t on the calendar anytime soon, this will be the next best thing, won’t it
1-for-1 German beers? Yes, please! To keep up with the competition, they even offer five bottles of either Corona, Hoegaarden or Stella for only S$39++. It’s time to eat, drink, and be merry – you managed to survive a tough week, you deserve this.
9. Tanuki Raw
Tanuki Raw serves a pretty wicked Happy Hour considering its location. I’m sure my fellow foodies wouldn’t be unfamiliar with this restaurant chain – they’ve gotten immensely popular thanks to their stellar food, and now you can hold your drinking sessions there too. Their Happy Hour menu includes small bites and drinks such as cocktails, beer, and wine. Go forth and conquer here:
S$3 for freshly shucked oysters (limit 6 per drink)
S$5 for lobster salad & salmon bao
S$7 for 5 slices of salmon sashimi
S$10 for 11 grams of uni
S$12 – S$14 martinis and cocktails
S$10 beer, S$12 wine by the glass
Not difficult to see why Tanuki Raw’s happy hour garners a crowd. Hence if you’re keen on this, go there early to snag a seat because they don’t take reservations.
10. The Jolly Roger
The Jolly Roger is a warm casual neighbourhood bar with lots of beer and regulars. You’ll see them crowding the pool tables and dart corner with all-round jolliness. They’ve got the best vibes for chill drinking sessions, and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in charge of picking the location.
Being a neighbourhood bar, you can expect less steep prices for some drinks and food. Every weekend, come lunchtime, your first beer will be on the house. During Happy Hour from opening to 8pm, beers cost S$8.50 to S$10 a pint, wine costs S$8.50 and house pours are S$7.50 per glass.
11. Wine Company
At the Wine Company, selected wines for S$9.90 (150 ml glass). Also, being the Wine Company, you can be sure that they carry an impressive variety of wines from the globe and you can get your wines cheaper here. Look out for their Editor’s Wine Picks as they are decent drinks that go for a discounted price.
They have a few physical outlets as well as an online store so take your pick. If you choose to visit the one at Sentosa, you’ll get a gorgeous view of the sea. Just sip back, relax, enjoy an evening with a good drink in your hand and a better view in front of you. Sounds like heaven? I definitely agree.
14D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249688
+65 6261 5123
Daily: 12pm – 11pm
12. Wine Connection
The wines here at Wine Connection are one of the cheapest you can obtain in Singapore, with entry-level bottles at around S$30.
Trying to be a little fancy for your party or just looking for a gift that needs to appear swanky and also desperately be within budget (perfect for that colleague-acquaintance person in your life).
This is probably a good place to go. And also of course for yourself, if all you need is a night in, Netflix, and cheap wine to sip on.
Apart from having multiple brick-and-mortar stores for convenience, Wine Connection also has an online store so its completely apt for ordering wines from the comfort of under your duvet, all without having to close your Netflix tab.
13. Five Tapas
Conveniently located in town, Five Tapas is a cosy bar to hit up for drinks that start from S$5. Guests can pick from a variety of draught beer, house pours, whisky, vodka, and even sake for around S$5. Who needs a happy hour? Every hour here at Five Tapas is one to be happy about, and you can take my world for that.
Oh and speaking of tapas, their food selection’s pretty impressive. You’ve got food options aplenty, affordable alcohol for a solid drinking session, and that’s a guarantee.
14. Al Capone’s Ristorante and Bar
Al Capone is located in SCAPE, one of the trendy locations in town perfect for a stressed Gen Z or Milennial to kick up their feet and shed the lingering tiredness with an affordable drink.
They offer a 3L Heineken Tower for a mere S$39 and Guinness Pints for S$8.80, and if that isn’t a great steal, I don’t know what is. Grab your fellow beer enthusiasts for a long evening of chilling, drinking, and enjoying the casual, laid-back vibes at Al Capone’s.
2 Orchard Link, #02-38 Scape Building, Singapore 237978
+65 6509 5097
Daily: 3pm – 10pm
KPO has drink promos that change every month, though you can expect some great deals such as 1 for 1 draught pints, 1 for 1 spirit bottles on weekends, ladies night, and more. It averages out to approximately S$6 per bottle of drinks on average, making it a great way to get some booze on a budget.
Their Draught Beers currently go for S$10, and diners can pick from a sizeable variety such as Connor’s Stout, Carlsberg, Brooklyn Lager, and more. They’ve also got S$9 wines that go by glass. Think sauvignon merlot, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and more. Whatever your preference, it’s sure to be satisfied here at KPO.
16. No.5 Emerald Hill
Probably my favourite to-go place because the interior is gorgeous, No.5 Emerald Hill has decent prices and the ambience is super casual. Whether you’re trying to destress or just enjoy a catchup session with your friends, this is the place to go.
Happy Hour occurs daily till 9pm where house pours go at S$8 and house wines at S$10. Even if you missed Happy Hour, don’t sweat it. They have 1-for-1 martinis all night long, so you can indulge for as long as you’d like!
17. Kanpai 789
Hear me out, the folks at Kanpai 789 are offering the most affordable beers. They have a Beer O’ Clock promotion where you can get beer for the same price as the time. Yes, a full pint will set you back S$4 if you pay a visit at 4pm, S$5 at 5pm, S$6 at 6pm, and so on. The earlier you go, the cheaper it is, and the more time you’ve got to indulge in a solid drinking session.
If you’re planning a birthday surprise for a friend, the birthday girl or boy will get a Smokey Galaxy (U.P. S$20) cocktail on the house. Bottoms up, everyone!
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