Alcohol consumption in Singapore is on the rise. Apart from the traditional Tiger Lager beer and Singapore Sling, many consumers have now migrated to other beers, wines, spirits and cocktails. It is correct to say that with the influx of foreign visitors, immigrants and culture, Singapore has a rich drink menu and culture. However, drinks do not come cheap into Singapore. So finding a place to get affordable drinks, especially after happy hour can be challenging.
Things You Ought to Know
Beforeinforming you about places where you can obtain cheap drinks after happy hour,it is important to acquaint you with some guidelines concerning the supply, purchaseand consumption of liquor in Singapore. Liquoris defined as any drink containing more than 0.5% alcohol. Ignorance is no excuse in law, so if you arecaught, “I am sorry,” or “I did not know” is not going to help you out.
Liquor can only be consumed by persons aged 18 years and above – whether in private or public places. You are free to consume liquor within the privacy of your home regardless of hours. However, liquor consumption is restricted in public places between the hours of 10.30 pm to 7am daily can only be sold in licensed places such as restaurants, bars, cafes and coffee shops. A hotel is not considered as a public place by the law.
FindingCheap Drink Outlets outside Happy Hour
Happy Hour generally runs from 5pm to 9pm, Mondays through Saturdays. So, to help you easily locate venues, and to save you some money, here are the list of some
Duty-free Alcohol at the Airport
Ifyou are coming into Singapore, then the first place to get cheap drinks wouldbe at the Duty-free shop at the Airport. You must have been out of Singapore for more than 48 hours, not cominginto Singapore from Malaysia and the liquor must be for your personalconsumption and not on the city-state’s prohibited Liquor List. That said, you are only allowed to bring in amaximum of 3 litres of liquor in a combination of spirits, wines and beers asindicated below:
Option Spirits Wines Beers
A 1 litre 1 litre 1litre
B — 2 litres 1litre
C — 1 litre 2litres
Here are not some outlets that you check obtain cheap and affordable drinks:
Holiday Inn Atrium Hotel, 317 Outram Road
Drinks are surprisingly low at the liquor bottle shop at the Hotel Atrium that some have wrongly inferred that their drinks must be fake. But if you taste their drinks, you will know that such is not true. The shop is frequently visited by young Singaporeans but is open to people of all ages.
Al Capone’s Ristorante & Bar, 2 orchard Link, Scape building #O2-38
This is an ideal place for lovers of Heineken beer and football. Named after the actor “Al Capone”, this bar offers 3 bottles of Heineken for just SGD $13. It is opened from 5.30pm to 3am daily.
Five Izakaya, 16 Collyer Quay (formerly Hitachi Tower), #01-05B
Izakaya is open all day long and also gives you SGD $5 on Kronenburg beer, house pours and wines. As a result, you can expect that the place is always crowded.
No. 5 Emerald Hill, 5 Emerald Hill Road
Are you looking for that special place to entertain that female partner of yours? No. 5 Emerald Hill might just be the place. The place is famous for its superb internal décor, cheap and affordable 1-for-1 martinis that sell for SGD $10, house wines for SGD $8 and house pours for SGD $10. The bar is open on Mondays to Thursdays from 12 noon to 2am and on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays from 12 noon to 3am. On Sundays and public holidays, they are open from 5pm to 2am.
Bistro1855, Suntec City Tower 4, #01-643, 3 Temasek Boulevard
This is another wonderful place for cheap martinis and beers. The house wines and spirits, bottled or draught beer sells between SGD $6 – $9. They are open Mondays through Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11am to 11pm and Fridays from 11am to 1 am. They are closed on Sundays.
The Jolly Roger: 15 Chu Lin Road
Situated in a homey and friendly neighbourhood, The Jolly Roger offers cheap prices for pint of beer at SGD $8.50 to $10 and house pours at SGD $7.5 per glass.
Tanuki Raw, Orchard Central, #04-01, 181 Orchard Rd
Here is an affordable bar that offers you cheap drinks combined with seafood. Martinis and cocktails are offered for SGD $10, pints of beer for SGD $12 and, wait for it, fresh oysters at SGD $2.
Bar Bar Black Sheep: Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-05C
This is a good place you can get a variety of beers. They offer a pint of English Ale (Tetley) and Kronenburg Blanc for SGD $13. You can also get half pints of 1664, Calsberg and Blanc for SGD $7.
Wine Connection, 11 Unity Street, #01-19/20 Robertson Walk
As the name implies, this is the location for all you wine lovers and here you are likely to find the cheapest wines in Singapore. A bottle of wine sells for as little as SGD $30. The red brick décor makes Wine Connection a convenient and relaxed place for you to enjoy yourself. You can also, if you like, relax at home and order your wine from their online store.
Cocotto and Kanpai 789
These are twolocations that offer dining and drinks in the Japanese tradition and culture atreasonable prices. They are suited forlarge crowds and famous for their Asahi and Kronenburg beer towers which sellsat $40 per tower. Because of the largecrowd, you may need to make a reservation. Cocotto is situated at 38 Pekin Street #01-01 S048768 and opens Mondays to Sundays from11am to 2pm while Kanpai is locatedat 11 Unity Street Singapore 237995. Kanpai opens on Mondays to Thursdays from 11am to 2am and on Fridays andSaturdays from 11am to 3am.
Mr. Punch and Restaurant Wine bar, Rooftop Mint Museum of Toys, 26 Seah Street
Mr. Punch has its “Punch Hour” all night on Mondays and from 6pm to 9pm on other days. Pints of Guinness and Heineken are sold are SGD $11.50 and $11 respectively. 1-for-1 martinis are offered all night on Tuesdays. On Saturdays, a pint of shooter is offered all day at SGD $5 and also a pint of Erdinger for $12. They are open from Mondays to Thursdays from 6pm to 2am and on Saturdays and Sundays from 6pm to 3 am.
Go out and enjoy with your loved and dear ones. Don’t worry about hours as you can hit the above places and find cheap drink even after the happy hours.
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(By Molly Joshi)