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Budget Singapore. Insider tips for Happy Hour in Singapore - Part One

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In the world according to Benjamin Franklin, a scientist and one of the Founding Fathers of the US, “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.” 

Hmmm, seems like an excuse to leave all that heavy office work behind for a table at Happy Hour. However, the bill for a night out in Singapore can leave you feeling somewhat less than happy. So here are Budget Direct Insurance’s (well researched) ways to save money on alcohol, or just hang out somewhere cool. You’re welcome!

If you want to go…..

1. Backpacker-ish

Then head for the Prince of Wales in Boat Quay. This rustic Singapore institution is modeled after similarly laid back pubs in Melbourne, Australia. The Prince of Wales has stayed true to its roots as an Indie Live Music Venue, providing regular showcases for up and coming local bands. There are tons of fun activities and drinks at prices that won’t break the bank. 

What’s on?

Sunday BBQ prices from $10 nett
Quiz night
Burger and beer
Free flow night

Happy Hour - daily 9am (!) to 9pm. It’s evening somewhere…

Address Raffles Place, 51 Boat Quay 

2. Culture + groovy live tunes

The Alley Bar is located in a street rich with Peranakan heritage. Peranakan culture contains a vibrant mix of Chinese and Malay influences. Take a wander to enjoy examples of Peranakan and Colonial charm including intricate glazed tiles, pastel wash and other classic touches. Then relax at Alley Bar with a chilled Martini and the live groove of deep house and lounge beats.

What’s on?

Live music
Secret Martini specials at $9.90 nett

Regular events and promotions

House pour liquors - $6, bottled beers - 3 for $22, draft beers - $10.90 to $12 (all nett)

Happy Hour - daily 5pm to 9pm 

Address Peranakan Place, 180 Orchard Road

3. Late Night

As British as a Bacon Butty. London in Boat Quay has decided that the best time for Happy hour is after 9.30 pm until the pub closes. It also does excellent modern pub grub (from $15) and value-for-money set lunches (from $14).

What’s On?

10% off draught beers - from usual price of $7.60 a half pint, house wines - from $9 a glass, house spirits - from $8 a glass. Plus selected bottled beers  - from $9. All after 9.30pm

Good value set lunches - from $14

No taxes or service charge!

Home of the Singapore Spurs Supporters' Club - meet ups on Tottenham game days 

Address 55 Boat Quay, Singapore 049844 

Website here

4. Gourmet coffee + bar 

Founded in 2008, Oriole Coffee + Bar is part of the Third Wave coffee movement. The café boasts an extensive menu of tempting coffee options prepared by award-winning baristas. Plus a rather elegant sounding Haute Chocolate!

In addition, you can choose from a delicious range of all day breakfasts served from 8am to 6pm, perfect if you need to get over jet lag, or a nasty hangover. There are also plenty of other tasty treats on the menu at Oriole. 

What’s On? 

1-for-1 draft beers, house wines and spirits

Happy hour from 3-9pm
Three bottles from a selection of popular beer and cider brands, priced at just $30 

Address 96 Somerset Road, # 01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Singapore 238 163 

For more tips on making the most of Happy Hour in Singapore, look out for Part Two in this series.

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