Life in Singapore can get spendy, it’s an unfortunate reality of living in one of the world’s most expensive cities. And there’s one thing sure to burn a hole in your pocket faster than anything else: booze. Which is kinda annoying given that eating and drinking are two of our favourite past times! But for the savvy among us there are ways to indulge without breaking the bank. Whether your tipple du jour is beer, wine, bubbles, or spirits we’ve sussed out the best free-flow deals that take the happy past the happy hour. Pass the bottle – hic!
1. Le Beat Bespoke at Lulu’s Lounge
Wednesday at the hot new Lulu’s Lounge brings with it Le Beat Bespoke. The experience begins with two “social hours” of laidback live jazz performances and complimentary canapes to get guests in the mood. The 9 o’clock hour then rings in the start of complimentary free-flow prosecco for ladies. Lulu’s resident jazz duo Noelle and Josephine, along with the likes of Kaye from Singaporean electronic music label Darker Than Wax get the groove going well into Thursday morning.
Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 9829 1922
Hours: Wed, 7pm – 4am & Sat – Sun, 9pm – 6am
2. Bakery & Bar (previously The Muffinry)
You may know 112 Telok Ayer as The Muffinry, a shophouse bakery offering delicious homemade muffins and sweet treats. Well they’ve recently undergone a facelift and rebranded themselves as Bakery & Bar, a cool cafe and restaurant where you can still get those famous fluffy muffins, as well as fresh homemade breads and savoury dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come during the day for coffee, sandwiches and salads or pop by in the evening for a craft beer, glass of wine, tasty tapas and pizzas. Pop in for happy hour from 5pm – 8pm from Mon – Fri and enjoy $8 G&Ts or glasses or Prosecco or on Saturday from 2pm – 5pm. On those rough days opt in for their 2 hour free flow for $38.
112 Telok Ayer Street
Tel: +65 6509 6462
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8am – 10:30pm, Sat: 8am – 5:30pm
3. All You Can Drink Thursdays at Don’t Tell Mama
Makgeolli, that chalky-looking Korean libation made from rice or wheat and nuruk (a fermentation starter – think sourdough, but for drinks), was once sniffed at as a drink for peasants. These days, it is rather in fashion probably because in this era of ever more creative cocktails, its myriad flavours are draw. At Korean-Mexican bistro Don’t Tell Mama, makgeolli cocktails are free flow at $35 for men and $29 for women on Thursday nights between 6pm and 9pm. If you’ve never had a makgeolli cocktail, or can’t get enough of them, here’s your chance.
52 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: +65 9829 1922
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4. Liquid Buffet at Taboo (Weekends)
One of Singapore’s most popular gay clubs is also popular for its Liquid Buffet, which happens on weekends, from 10pm to 12am. $35 gets you a free flow of house pours and beers, so drink up and then shake it all off on the dance floor.
Tel: +65 6225 6256
Hours: Wed – Thurs, 10pm – 2am, Fri, 10pm – 3am and Sat, 10pm – 4am
5. Brain Freeze Fridays at Ding Dong
Fridays are happy days at Ding Dong if you’re a fast-drinking daiquiri fan. For $55, you get a free-flow of Ding Dong Daiquiris made with coconut, white chocolate, yuzu and rum.
Tel: +65 6225 6256
Hours: Mon – Sat, 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – midnight
6. Free-Flow Saturdays at Empire
A mere $25 will get you a free flow of house spirits between 7pm and 10pm at this swish penthouse lounge with a stunning view of the Marina Bay area. Stick around past 10pm and you’ll be sloshed enough to really get into the late-night Elevation party series on Fridays.
Tel: +65 9336 1443
Hours: Mon – Thurs, 5pm – 1am, Fri 5pm – 3am and Sat, 6pm – 3am
7. Gin Treasury at Cin Cin
For the month of July, sample up to 125 different labels of gin and a select range of tonics every Saturday from 8pm to 11pm at this gorgeous Art Deco-inspired gem of a bar. As part of this liquid buffet they call Gin Treasury, guests will receive a nifty gin log book so they can note the various gin combinations as they sample them, which should speak to the hearts of Type A drinkers. Your first Gin Treasury experience will cost you $58 and includes a complimentary bar snack. Subsequent Gin Treasury experiences are priced at $52.
Tel: +65 6385 6204
Hours: Sun – Thus, 5pm – 12am and Fri – Sat, 5pm – 1am
8. Jen’s Ladies Night
The fairer sex are not the only ones that benefit from Ladies Night at [email protected] on the 10th floor of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, the lounge hosts Ladies Nights on Wednesdays, Fridays and on the eve of public holidays between 6pm and 9pm. Women get a free flow of sparkling and house wines for $28, while gentlemen pay $38 for a free flow of house draught beer and house wines.
Tel: +65 6708 8900
Hours: Daily, 10am – 1am
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