With Singapore’s high taxes on alcohol, drinking can be a luxury for those on a tight budget. Luckily, affordable drinking spots are on the rise throughout Singapore. Here are 7 spots with affordable drinks of all varieties.
Smööbar is found not far off from both Dhoby Ghaut and Bencoolen station. With $15 house pour jugs and $28 yakult soju jugs, it’s a classic drinking spot for larger parties who are looking for more than just beer and shots. We recommend their signature Mentaiko fries to go along with drinks, which are also affordable!
The bar is also cash-lite, utilising a payment app that eliminates the need to call for the servers. There’s even a $5-off code for every $50 spent! If you’re planning to drop by on busy nights, do remember to call in ahead to book a reservation.
Smööbar: 44A Prinsep Street S(188674) | +65 68846884 | https://www.facebook.com/sm00bar/
Another classic drinking joint found not too far off Smööbar, Idle is making its mark in the industry with its superbly priced liquid buffet, which runs from 5pm-11pm and offers free flow house pour alongside any promotions.
Idle charges different prices for ladies and men, and special promotions depending on the day of the week. On Mondays, ladies pay $20 nett while men pay $25 nett, and there is free-flow wine on top of the house pour. We recommend their smoked chicken and bacon pizza after a couple of drinks!
Idle: 50 Prinsep St, Singapore 188672 | +65 9384 4557 | https://www.idle.com.sg/
For anyone looking for a high night of games and laughter, Hopheads has a chic homely aesthetic coupled with affordable drinks. Every Thursday, Hopheads offers a 1-for-1 promotion for their drinks. Their craft beers are often on rotation every month and are priced at roughly $15 a pint.
They have a beer pong table, foosball, and darts machines to spice up the night. Look out for their promotions that change every month.
Hopheads: 00 Haw Par Glass Tower B1, 178 Clemenceau Ave S(239926) | +65 6904 4019 | https://www.hopheadsbar.com/
Located near Clarke Quay Central, Sque is a favourite amongst the after-office crowd with great affordable beer pints and good food alongside. Happy hour is from 11:30am to 7pm and 9pm to 11pm for all draught beers, wine selections, selected cocktails and mocktails, during which drinks will cost only around $10!
We recommend the London Pride or Weihenstephan for those who prefer light beers. Their wines and cocktails offer a good alternative for those with less of a taste for the bitterness of beer. Their signature beef cubes are a must-try while you’re at Sque!
Sque: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, #01-70, S(059817) | +65 6222 1887 | https://www.sque.com.sg/
5. Kanpai 789
Kanpai is a mega favourite amongst university students looking for cheap beer towers. It boasts all-day $40 beer towers, offering Kronenbourg Blanc amongst other beers. They offer a decent selection of finger food and main dishes; We recommend trying their truffle fries alongside drinks. Alternatively, try their shoestring fries. Fried to a crisp and drizzled with truffle oil, they make a great complement to the taste of any alcoholic beverage.
Do call and book a reservation if you plan to visit on weekends and wednesday nights, when they are the busiest. Alternatively, their other branches, as well as their sister bar Cocotto, also serve similar menus!
Kanpai 789: 11 Unity Street, 29 Robertson Walk, #01-18, 237995 | 8738 7996 | https://kanpai.com.sg/
A clear crowd favourite amongst the younger crowd for their cheap drinks and games selection, Stickies is a gamechanger for those looking for another bar to hit up! Located near Clarke Quay, Stickies offers promotional $10 beer jugs and $7 guinness pints.
Up for a challenge? Take part in their Count Up Challenge to win a free beer tower! Do make a reservation beforehand if you can as it can get very crowded there. Alternatively, the Stickies lounge located next to the bar has an hourly liquid buffet!
Stickies: 11 Keng Cheow Street #01-10 Riverside Piazza S(059608) | +65 6443 7564 | https://www.stickiesbar.com
A newcomer to the scene, Hickory has been open for less than 6 months, but is proving to be a great spot for people to hang out at. Located opposite Clarke Quay Central, Hickory offers beer on tap. Their current promotion offers beer on tap for as low as $2!
Turn your drink into a float with an added scoop for ice cream, while watching the latest season of rugby!
Hickory: 43 Hongkong St S(059682) | +65 8776 5145 | https://hickory.com.sg/