When it comes to wine, I really don’t discriminate. Be it red, white, or sparkling, I’ll quite happily souse my liver in any variety. As the famous saying goes, “I know not drinking wine each day won’t kill me but hey, why risk it?” With the sky-high vino prices in Singapore, I’ve had to risk it a little bit too much for my liking of late.
I found it quite a challenge to find my favourite tipple being served at a reasonable price. There is nothing more disheartening than walking into a bar or restaurant and finding the cheapest wine available is a glass of bog-standard plonk coming in at a whopping S$18, or perhaps even more if you’re unlucky.
I have taken it upon myself to scour the island to find some of the best wine deals Singapore has to offer. Whilst we all know that Wine Connection is a firm fixture on the scene, when you get bored of that, why not try somewhere new? As such, we’ve done the leg work and present you 14 of the cheapest places in Singapore for wine!
1. Napoleon Food & Wine Bar
With 32 wines available by the glass and prices starting at S$10 (S$8 during the daily 3pm – 7pm happy hour), in terms of choice and quality Napoleon Food & Wine Bar is hard to beat. The wine dispensers also make it easy for you to order tasting portions (from S$2), or half glasses (from S$4).
If you know little about wine but are keen to learn, the friendly sommeliers here will help guide the way for you. It’s a great spot for lunch or post-work drinks!
Napoleon Food & Wine Bar: 206 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068641 | Tel: +65 6221 9282 | Opening Hours: 11.45am – 12am (Mon – Fri), 6pm – 12am (Sat), Closed on Sun | Website
2. Lin Rooftop Bar
Why not check out the latest addition to the rooftop scene at Lin Rooftop Bar? The first of its kind in Tiong Bahru, this is a cool spot for drinking al fresco. Whilst we love the decor, we “heart” the wine offers even more.
Grab a few friends and chat the night away while working your way through these excellent value bottles.
Lin Rooftop Bar: 50 Tiong Bahru Road, Rooftop @ Link Hotel, Singapore 168733 | Tel: +65 9487 4290 | Opening Hours: 5pm – 1am (Mon – Sat), Closed on Sun | Website
3. TWGF (The Wine & Gourmet Friends, Wine & Pork Specialist)
Along the bustling stretch of Bukit Pasoh lies TWGF (The Wine & Gourmet Friends, Wine & Pork Specialist). They pride themselves on being one of the only places in Singapore with not one, but three WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Level 3 certified staff! Those new to or unfamiliar with wines will be in the good hands of their wine and spirit specialists.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with over 300 different types of wines from over 15 different countries in their walk-in wine cellar, specially curated by their well-versed team. Wind down after a long day with their unbeatable specials like house-pour wines at only S$6++ per glass and craft beers for S$9++ per pint during their All-Day Happy Hour promotion.
Bringing a larger crowd for a celebration? Fret not, as they carry affordable wines starting from as low as S$29++!
Not to mention, they can recommend diners the best wines to pair with the dishes in their well-thought-out menu. Every month, special dishes are created to keep the menu exciting and provide a great opportunity for everyone to learn about pairing different types of wine with food.
With just a three-minute walk from Outram MRT station (Exit H), you can’t beat the convenience and the wallet-friendly prices!
TWGF: 48 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089859 | Tel: +65 6224 1982 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon – Sat), Closed on Sun | Facebook
4. The Pit Restaurant & Bar
It might not be the most glamorous place on this list, but for a sneaky cheap glass of wine at a super friendly local watering hole, you can’t go wrong at The Pit Restaurant & Bar in Holland Village.
House pour wine goes for only S$10 a glass, and that’s not even Happy Hour prices! If you want something a little better than your usual Chardonnay or Merlot, you can get the premium house pour which is only an extra S$2. Worth it for a Malbec in my view.
The Pit Restaurant & Bar: 21 Lorong Liput, Singapore 277733 | Tel: +65 6468 3468 | Opening Hours: 3pm – 1am (Mon – Fri), 1pm – 1am (Sat & Sun)
If rooftop bars are your thing then there is no better place to down a few vino‘s than Loof. The earlier you go, the cheaper your wine. At 5pm it’s S$5 a glass, increasing by S$1 every time the clock chimes upon the hour until 8pm when regular prices return.
With wine so cheap, it’s worth getting here early. I’m not sure you really need any further excuse to knock off work an hour earlier.
Loof: 331 North Bridge Road, Odeon Towers, #03-07, Singapore 188720 | Tel: +65 9773 9304 | Opening Hours: 5pm – 1pm (Mon – Thu), 5pm – 2am (Fri & Sat), Closed on Sun | Website
5. Gem Bar
If you’ve had a particularly bad start to the week, why not drown your sorrows on early in the week by taking full advantage of the promos on offer at Gem Bar?
From Monday to Thursday, house pour wines go for S$12 and when it rains, snag yourself a bottle for 20%!
Gem Bar: 10 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069789 | Tel: +65 6423 9562 | Opening Hours: 4pm – 1am (Mon – Thu), 4pm – 2am (Fri), 5pm – 1am (Sat), Closed on Sun | Facebook | Website
6. Privé at CHIJMES
We love sitting in the gorgeous al fresco garden in Privé at CHIJMES whilst sipping on a nice cool glass of vin blanc. Surrounded by luscious greenery and fairy lights, this is a beautiful spot for an afternoon drink or two.
Happy Hour runs from 11am to 8pm where house pour Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot are a mere S$11 per glass. Privé at CHIJMES is the perfect sanctuary for a relaxed afternoon drinking session.
Privé at CHIJMES: 30 Victoria Street, #01-33, Singapore 187996 | Tel: +65 6776 0777 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 12am (Mon – Thu), 11.30am – 1am (Fri), 10am – 1am (Sat), 10am – 12am (Sun) | Website
7. Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar
The philosophy here is that everyone should be able to appreciate fine wine minus the pretentious atmosphere. We couldn’t agree more and Verre is a great spot to drink vino and watch the world go by on the river.
The selection here is good and whilst some wines are pricy, get here before 7pm during the week or before 6pm on the weekend. The 1-for-1 offer on all wines and champagne by the glass really makes it worthwhile and purse-friendly.
Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar: 8 Rodyk Street, #01-05/06, Singapore 238216 | Tel: +65 6509 1917 | Opening Hours: 4pm – 12am (Tue – Fri), 3pm – 12am (Sat), 4pm – 11pm (Sun), Closed on Mon | Website
8. No. 5 Emerald Hill
What better way to reward yourself after a hard days’ shopping than with a well-earned glass of wine. At No. 5 Emerald Hill, house wines are only S$10 a glass until 9pm. We love the unique interior and throwing peanut shells on the floor is strangely satisfying.
Yes, it gets busy here but with wine and other drinks at such low prices, I daren’t complain.
No. 5 Emerald Hill: 5 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229289 | Tel: +65 6733 0818 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2am (Mon – Thu), 12pm – 3am (Fri & Sat), 5pm – 2am (Sun) | Website
9. The Green Door
We love the chill garden vibes at The Green Door in Dempsey.
This bar is a relaxing green sanctuary and a perfect spot for a glass of post-work wine, or a lazy afternoon weekend BBQ session. Make the most of their early bird special from 5pm – 8pm during the week where house pour wines are only S$11 — the sauvignon blanc is particularly respectable.
The Green Door: 13A Dempsey Road, Singapore 247694 | Tel: +65 6476 2922 | Opening Hours: 5pm – 12am (Mon to Thurs), 5pm – 1am (Fri), 4pm – 1am (Sat), 1pm – 12am (Sun) | Website
10. KPO Café Bar
For those of you who enjoy a mid-afternoon tipple, KPO‘s happy hour starts from the moment it opens and doesn’t end until 8pm. With house wine at S$10 per glass, it’s probably best not to make important afternoon plans.
Café by day and cool bar by night, we’ve often found this place can turn into a bit of a wine black hole — you’ll end up never leaving.
KPO Café Bar: 1 Killiney Road, Singapore 239518 | Tel: +65 6733 3648 | Opening Hours: 3pm – 1am (Mon – Thu), 3pm – 2am (Fri), 6pm – 2am (Sat), Closed on Sun | Website
11. Open Farm Community
For the bubbly lovers amongst us, you really can’t go wrong with the champagne countdown deal at Open Farm Community, more affectionately known as OFC.
On weekends during their brunch seating, the first glass of champagne is S$24, reducing in price by S$6 after every glass until you reach your fifth glass and hit the S$0 jackpot.
Swill it down quickly enough and you’ll be quaffing for free in no time.
Open Farm Community: 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819 | Tel: +65 6471 0306 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 4pm & 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Thu), 12pm – 4pm & 6pm – 12am (Fri), 11am – 5pm & 6pm – 12am (Sat), 11am -5pm & 6pm – 11pm (Sun) | Website
12. Lounge @ Hotel Jen
There is always a wine deal going at Lounge @ Hotel Jen and that is why I love it. Every Wednesday and Friday night they offer a great three-hour free-flow deal. It’s S$28 for ladies with free-flow prosecco rosé and draught beer, and S$38 for gents with house draught beer and house wine from 6pm to 9pm.
What’s more, there’s a daily Happy Hour promotion that runs from 12pm to 7pm that entitles every guest to a one-for-one deal on selected house pour wine, draught beer and spirits! There are loads of comfy sofas to unwind on and a cool house DJ spinning the latest tunes de jour. This really is vino heaven.
Lounge @ Hotel Jen: 277 Orchard Road, Level 10, Singapore 238858 | Tel: +65 6708 8900 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am (Sun – Thu), 12pm – 1am (Fri)| Website
13. Wine Connection Bar & Bistro (Robertson Walk)
We can’t very well miss out one of the most popular affordable wine joints in Singapore now, can we?
Offering an extensive wine list with 20 to 30 varieties of wine by the glass, Wine Connection‘s various locations are a great spot for gathering with colleagues after work for a spot of vino. A glass of wine can be as cheap as just S$7 all day, while bottles typically start from S$25 onwards.
The food is pretty average, but the indoor and alfresco areas provide a casual setting to split that bottle of wine. Wine Connection usually gets pretty packed at night, so I’d advise making a reservation beforehand lest you have to leave Wine Connection high and dry.
Wine Connection Bar & Bistro (Robertson Walk): 11 Unity Street, Robertson Walk, #01-06, Singapore 237995 | Tel: +65 6235 5466 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 1am (Mon – Thu), 11.30am – 2am (Fri & Sat), 11.30am – 11pm (Sun) | Website
14. Praelum Wine Bistro
This is a personal favourite hangout when I’m in need of chill vibes, a bottle of decent wine and something yummy to eat. The wine list at Praelum Wine Bistro is extensive and thanks to the machines, there are numerous reasonably priced options served by the glass.
Service here is great and we also love their wine tasting events. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest event details!
Praelum: 4 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089590 | Tel: +65 6238 5287 | Opening Hours: 6pm – 1am (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun | Facebook | Website
With so many attractive wine deals in town, how do you choose just one? Give each one a try every time you’re craving a sip of vino, I suppose!