Singapore is an expensive place to drink, with a bottle of beer setting you back around $15.00 and a glass of wine or cocktail about the same. But you will be pleased to know that there are several happy hour deals to be had at various bars around the island. Here we highlight a couple of happy hour hotspots to head to, to help your drinking dollar stretch a little further.
If you find yourself up on Orchard Road and thirsty at around 5pm, then make the effort to seek out Emerald Hill. This quaint little lane is lined with shophouses dating back from 1910, which have now been refurbished and turned into – you guessed it – bars. All of these bars run pretty decent happy hours. Starting at the bottom on the right you will find the Alley Bar, which serves up pints of beer for $9.90 and house pour spirits for just $5.50 from 5pm-9pm daily.
No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar – photo: ChantalBoogers/Flickr
Walk a little further and on the left you will find No.5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar which also runs various happy hour deals from 12 noon-9pm and again from 1am-3am. But our favourite deal by far here is the 1-for-1 Martini happy hour that runs from 9pm until midnight, with a whole range of funky martini flavours to choose from such as lychee, Choya and passionfruit. There’s even complimentary peanuts to nibble on while you drink (throw the shells on the floor).
Next door is Ice Cold Beer – as its name suggests this bar specialises in beer – over 50 different types in fact, all served ice cold. Their happy hour runs from 5pm-9pm and again from 1am-3am. Different drinks are on special at different times during the evening, but a common deal is two bottles of beer for $12.00.
Across town, Boat Quay is another Happy Hour hotspot, with all the bars trying to attract the after-work office crowd. Harry’s bar is by far one of the most popular options (their outlets across the island offer the same deal), with Crazy Hour running from 5pm-7pm, when selected pints, wine and cocktails are all on offer for just $10.00. The next door Penny Black also runs a happy hour until 8pm daily, and just a short walk along the river BQ Bar offers up $9.00 martinis until 8pm, Monday to Thursday.