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The cheapest happy hours in Singapore

With drinks these cheap, it's no wonder they're called happy hours

By Natasha Hong, Nicole-Marie Ng and Jude Elliot Tan

Drinking in Singapore is definitely not cheap. An average price of a pint here is $12 and a cocktail runs between $22 to $30. But that doesn't mean that you can't score a good deal at some of Singapore's top drinking holes. We scour the island for the best happy hour deals so you don't burn a hole in your pocket.

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Photo: Panamericana


Restaurants American Sentosa

Fri 5-9pm 

Think drinking on Sentosa is expensive? Think again. Skip the over-crowded and pricey watering holes in town for a scenic escape complete with a picturesque view of the sea. At Panamericana, Asahi beer, bubbly, selected cocktails and hour-pour wine and spirits start from a cool $5 at 5pm. Prices increase by a dollar with every passing hour – but that means that drinks are still an affordable $9 even at 9pm. Come bask in Sentosa’s evening glow and toast to the end of the week. 

Time Out Singapore in partnership with Panamericana


Restaurants City Hall

Mon-Thu, Sun 5pm-8pm 

Happy hour starts when Mischief opens its doors, with drinks going for just under $10. A pint of Carlsberg is priced at $7.90 while house pour wines and spirits are $9.90 a glass. Beyond Happy Hour, the all-day promotions are just as affordable. Bottled beers are $48 for five and $88 for ten, and two towers go for $99. Not a fan of beer? Switch out your tower for Mischief’s house pour ($59), which includes the Drunken Milo with vodka, Baileys, and milo or the Dark & Stormy with ginger ale, rum, and lime.

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Restaurants Raffles Place

Daily 8am-8pm

On top of its convenient location within walking distance from Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, Rookery also has all-day happy hour promotions that run from 8am to 8pm so there’s always a reason to swing by. From the minute its doors open, beers, house-pour spirits and wines start from $9.90, and signature cocktails like the bourbon-based Old But Not Forgotten and elderflower mojito are priced at $14. It also has special themed nights: beers are $7.90 a pint on Mondays, and ladies can enjoy half-priced drinks from 5pm till late every Wednesday. Thursdays feature its resident live band, Sandz and Gideon – and you get to enjoy two bottles of Glenfiddich 12-year-old single malt whisky for $238.

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Alley Bar

Bars and pubs Central

Daily 5pm-8pm

Don’t let its name fool you, Alley Bar has found the perfect balance between classy and homey. To make things much more comfortable, you’ll get to enjoy happy hours daily from 5pm to 8pm – with friendly servers who are just as excited as you are. Do you blame them? With house spirits at only $7, house wines at $9, draught beers from $10, and classic cocktails at $13, this is definitely an alley you’ll want to spend all night at.


Acid Bar

Bars and pubs Central

Daily 5pm-8pm

The alcohol is not the only thing to get high on at Acid Bar. With live music performances every night, happy hours are made extra delightful – if that’s even possible with the prices already so cheap. From 5pm to 8pm daily, enjoy house spirits at only $7, house wines at $9, and draught beer from $10, and classic cocktails at $13. Don’t worry, if the melodic tunes got you glued to your seat even till past 8pm, you can still indulge in 5-bottle beer buckets for only $45.

Alchemist Beer Lab

Bars and pubs City Hall

Mon-Thu 4pm-7pm

You’re sure to be a mad (and tipsy) scientist at Alchemist Beer Lab – and not because of its worth-it happy hours. With up to 8 infusion towers, the natural flavors of fruits, flowers, and other complementary snacks are fused into your beers – and other liquors – for a unique drinking experience. From 4pm to 7pm every Monday to Thursday, enjoy beers for as cheap as $13, and other alcoholic beverages from $10.


No.5 Emerald Hill

Bars and pubs Newton

Daily noon-9pm

Located right beside the modern complexities of Orchard, No. 5 Emerald Hill proves that there is nothing wrong sticking with the old and traditional. In this authentic rustic cocktail bar, drinks become a real steal during its happy hours. From noon to 9pm daily, customers are bestowed with ‘gentlemen’s pours’ – 45ml of cocktails instead of the standard 30ml – for just $8, and house wines at $10. Don’t be upset when happy hour ends, cause there is always still second-happy hour from 9pm to 1am: martinis have a 1-for-1 deal!

The Exchange
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The Exchange

Restaurants Raffles Place

Mon-Fri 9am-8pm

It’s never too early for a little alcohol, especially at The Exchange. At this restaurant-bar nestled in CBD, Happy Hours start at an early 9am all the way to 8pm, coincidentally on the days you work – the perfect way to spice up that boring job, amiright. However, with house-pour spirits at $8.50, house wines at $12.50, and a bucket of beer from $40, be careful not to go ham or you’ll be given a reason to drink. Perhaps, stick to it being an after-work joint only would be for the best.


FRY Rooftop Bistro & Bar

Bars and pubs Chinatown

Mon-Sat 5.30pm-9pm

Besides a pretty decent happy hour, Fry Bistro knows just how to wish you the happiest birthday on your special day. On every day except Sunday from 5.30pm to 9pm, bottled beers, glasses of wines, house pours and cocktails are all 20% off. But wait, there’s more! If you decide to spend your birthday at this bistro, you are entitled a total of five bottles of its house wines – either red or white, each retailing at the price of your age (minimum spending of $25/bottle). With a different sort of deal going on every night, from 50% off house pour wines to $10 martinis for ladies, we suggest you check this bistro-bar out yourself.

Caffe Fernet
Photograph: Caffe Fernet

Caffe Fernet

Restaurants Italian Raffles Place

Mon-Sat 5pm-7.30pm

Easy, breezy, beautiful, Caffe Fernet is what every girl aspires to be. Happy hour from 5pm to 7.30pm where frosés go at $12, spritzes for $13 and specialty cocktails like its signature negroni at $15 – a real steal for those looking for a sundowner poised against an unbeatable backdrop.

Photo: Ahmad Iskandar Photography

Morton's Atrium Bar

Clubs City Hall

Daily 5pm-7pm

Topped by a pagoda roof and opening onto the hotel’s atrium, the Morton's Atrium Bar is striking. Its martinis ($15.95) are the biggest and best in town and free steak sandwiches are served during happy hour. The friendly crowd (regulars, hotel guests and business types) and staff keep the place down-to-earth.

Loof NYE 2015
Photograph: Loof


Bars and pubs City Hall

Mon-Fri 5pm-8pm

Forget sitting around idle in the office to 'show face' to your boss. Loof's Beat the Clock promo rewards early leavers with prices starting at $5 for house spirits and wines from 5 to 5.59pm, and rising by a dollar every hour ’til 7.59pm. 


Tanuki Raw (National Design Centre)

Restaurants Rochor

Daily 5pm-7pm

Snack on a free truffle yakiniku slider or $2 raw oysters with happy hour drinks, priced at $10 a cocktail and $12 a pint of beer. A plus for fashion types: you'll have plenty of pretty goods to eyeball with kapok's shelves just within reach.

Martini Bar

Bars and pubs Hotel bars Orchard

Daily 5pm-9pm

Martini Bar welcomes regulars and curious newcomers during “mezzatime”, which happens from 5pm to 9pm daily. During these four hours, all martinis, handcrafted gin and tonics, wines and house pours are priced at $14 per glass. And fret not if you come after 9pm, drinks are still affordably priced from $18 per glass.

Oxwell & Co.
Photograph: Oxwell and Co

Oxwell & Co

Restaurants British Tanjong Pagar

Mon-Fri noon-8pm, Sat-Sun 4pm-8pm

At this people-watching corner of Ann Siang Road, Gin and Chronics, Pimms, piña colada, Coopers Ale, Sapporo and Albens Cider – all on tap – pour for $10. And on Mondays, Oxwell's version of the G&T go for $8 in as part of its Mother Ruin's Monday promo. The eye candy is free. 

The Black Swan

Restaurants Steakhouse Raffles Place

Mon-Sat 5pm-8pm

The distinctive Art Deco space that used to be Kwangtung Provincial Bank is still a favourite among the finance guys and lawyers around the area. Drinks are $9 during happy hour and you can get oysters for $2 too. Alternatively, you can head to The Powder Room, which offers cocktails on weekdays from 5pm to 9pm at just $12.

Photo: Chupitos


Bars and pubs Raffles Place

Daily 6.30pm-9pm

Pick from a curated list of shots, bottled beers and housepours for $6 a pop. And if you're out on the prowl on a Wednesday night, remember to return to knock back $1 shots – the flavour changes weekly – from 1 to 2am. 

Five Izakaya Bar

Clubs Raffles Place

Mon-Fri noon-midnight, Sat 6pm-midnight

You know the drill. Kronenbourg 1664 half pints, house sakes, yumeshu, and red and white wines ring in at $5 all night at the chain's four bars in central and eastern Singapore. 



Hotels Orchard

Daily 10am-7pm

Up on the tenth storey of Hotel Jen at Orchardgateway, happy hour's a rotational list of drinks of the day, priced at $8. If you like your grapes crushed, schedule a trip up every Wednesday or Friday: ladies get free flow sparkling and house wines at $25 from 6 to 9pm. For the blokes, $35 nets you all-you-can-drink draft beer and house wine during the same time span.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Photo by: Yasin Rahim

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Marina Bay

Daily 10pm till closing

Affordable drinking isn't something you'd usually associate with Marina Bay Sands but at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar the Happy Hour promotions are just as compelling as elsewhere in the city. From 10pm till closing, enjoy wines, spirits, beer, and house pours at $10 as you soak in the marvellous view of the cityscape. Go ham – or bacon – on some of the more unique infused whiskies like the bacon American whiskey, peanut butter American whiskey or dark chocolate American whiskey at those glorious prices.

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