10 Amazing Bars with Affordable Cocktails at SGD20 or less in Singapore
Currency may come as a premium for those travelling to Singapore. But for the who live and breathe the air here, the city is not short of bars with amazingly affordable cocktails for those on a shoestring budget.
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SINGAPORE, THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE CITY
Singapore has topped the list yet again. According to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Singapore and New York share the rank as the most expensive city to live in. It is the first time that New York tops the list but for Singapore, it really comes as no surprise. It is the eighth time in a decade the city-state has landed itself at the peak.
One of the many areas of comparison in the survey is alcohol. While living in the city may not come cheap in terms of per square foot rental or car ownership, it is however not difficult to find amazing bars with affordable cocktails if you know where to look.
10 AMAZING BARS WITH AFFORDABLE COCKTAILS
1. SAGO HOUSE - SGD20++ per cocktail
Ranked number 51 in The World’s 50 Best Bars list and 31 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars, Sago House’s menu changes weekly, depending on the ingredients available in the market which is just next to the bar. The menu always showcases six classic styles of cocktails: Old Fashioned, Martini, Sidecar, flip, highballs and sours. It is always a new interpretation every week. The rotational menu makes each visit fun and refreshing.
40B Sago St, Singapore 059029
2. NEMESIS - SGD25++ per cocktail (20% off 10pm - 2am)
Spirited Singapore describes stepping into Nemesis “like entering the set of a psychedelic horror movie.” Totally true. Splashes of neon colour against the classical artworks give the bar an irreverent feel. What could not be truer is how well the cocktails are executed. Just launched recently is 20 percent off cocktails from 10pm to 2am. Give Nemesis a shot!
37 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089615
3. THE ELEPHANT ROOM – Happy Hour: SGD20nett per cocktail
From 6pm to 8pm, indulge in cocktails inspired by Singapore’s rich Indian heritage. Owned and run by Yugnes Susela, The Elephant Room sources all the ingredients from Little India. These herbs and spices are used to create dazzling and unique cocktails at SGD20nett per cocktail.
20A Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
4. EMPLOYEES ONLY (EO) – 99 Classic Club - SGD18++ per classic cocktail
Employees Only (EO) arrived on Singapore’s shores in June 2016, bringing along with them their legendary cocktails menu. Happening nightly from 5pm to 7pm is their SGD18 classic cocktails: Whiskey Smash, 20th Century, Old Cuban, Hanky Panky, Vesper and Death In The Afternoon.
112 Amoy St, Singapore 069932
5. FOXTAIL- SGD18++ per cocktail
Discreetly tucked on the second storey along Keong Saik Road, Foxtail is an unassuming mezcal bar. Don’t be fooled by the whitewashed fluorescent stairwell. Through the door on the second floor, the intimate outdoor rooftop dive bar welcomes with incandescent neon lights. What is to love about this bar? Price aside, it’s the only bar in Singapore that sources mezcal directly from Mexico and showcases the complexity through their affordable cocktails.
1 Keong Saik Road #02-01 Singapore 089109
6. JIGGER & PONY– Happy Hour: SGD16++ per cocktail
Jigger & Pony needs no further introduction to the barflies. It is named Best Bar in Asia, the highest-ranking bar in Asia. It has also clinched 12th position in the World’s 50 Best Bar list. At SGD16++, it probably the best cocktail money can buy at this price. Do take note, happy hour is from 6.00pm to 7.30pm.
165 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088539
7. OVEREASY - Happy Hour: SGD14++ per cocktail
An all-American diner, OverEasy is known for its diner classics and nostalgic favourites like burgers and milkshakes. It is heavily influenced by the edgy, vibrant spirit of the 1960s and ‘70s. Head down between 5pm to 7pm and get their American-inspired cocktails at only SGD 14++ each.
1 Fullerton #01-06 Singapore 049213
8. TESS BAR & KITCHEN – SGD12++ per cocktail
True to their motto, Tess Bar & Kitchen is all-day craft cocktails and simple food done well. Nestled along Seah Street, the European modern bar is designed to be a platform for young Asian talents to showcase their crafts. With good cocktails at this price, who needs happy hour for cheap cocktails?
38 Seah Street, Singapore 188394
9. THE STORE – Happy Hour: SGD11++ per cocktail
The Store is a hidden gem with happy hour $11 per cocktail! The only catch is that happy hour starts from 4.00pm and ends 6.00pm. But for the cocktail early birds, it is something to rejoice as most bars start their operation between 5.00pm to 6.00pm. The Store changes their menu monthly. Most of the cocktails are spins on classics and with Hirman Asnadi, industry veteran and former Head of Brand Development and Training at Tito’s vodka, helming the bar. Be warned, staying beyond happy hour will be the norm.
11 Neil Road Singapore 088809
10. DEADFALL – SGD10++ (Tues & Wed)
SGD10++ full sized Margarita on Tuesday and SGD10++ Whiskey Highballs on Wednesday. Beat that. Deadfall occupies the ground floor of what was previously Barbary Coast. The dog-friendly bar retains and reinstates the original beam and ceiling. Cheap and casual, Deadfall is a concept based on the eponymous drinking holes that thrived in San Francisco during the California Gold Rush era in the mid 1800’s.
16 North Canal Rd, #02-01, Singapore 048828
AFFORDABLE VS CHEAP COCKTAILS IN SINGAPORE
If it’s a proper cocktail bar with a bartender making cocktails behind the bar counter, the drink that is served regardless of price is not cheap. There is no such thing as cheap cocktails. Affordable yes, not cheap. To say that cocktails are cheap is really discrediting the efforts that go into the development of a recipe, techniques in the making and refinement in the serving of a drink so wonderfully delicious. P.S.
We simply abhor this combination of words cheap cocktails.
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