Cheap bars in Singapore are not so easy to come by; this is a city that’s not exactly renowned for its cheap drinks and budget-friendly party scene. However, drinking in Singapore on a budget is possible, and with a range of bars, pubs and clubs geared more towards the backpacker market you can make that Singapore dollar go a lot further.

    These cheap bars in Singapore all bring something different to the table, as well as affordable drinks prices. Some offer low-cost house pours (from S$5) all day, every day, while others run tantalising promotions and happy hours. Read on to discover where to go and what you’ll be paying at Singapore's budget-friendly drinking spots.

    Loof is not only a great cheap place to drink in Singapore, but it also offers a cool rooftop setting to frugal punters, along with DJ sessions and drinking games! The views from the top of Odeon Towers may be modest, but so are the prices.

    Their ‘Beat the Clock’ happy hours offer hours pours and wines at S$5 from 5pm, and then you pay S$1 more each hour until 8pm when the prices freeze. Pints start at S$10 which is also quite a rarity too for Singapore. Weekend beer pong sessions also spice up proceedings, making getting wasted after work or a day of sightseeing all the more fun.

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    Location: 331 North Bridge Rd, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 5 pm to 1 am, Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +65 6337 9416


    Mr Punch Restaurant and Wine Bar

    Mr Punch Public House sits at the top of the interesting (but usually ignored) Mint Museum of Toys on Seah Street. Walls are plaster in old-school art and advertisements and there’s a refreshing breeze on most days that sweeps through the wooden clad bar area. However, the main draw of this lofty spot is the range of drinks promos.

    It’s ‘Punch Hour’ every day from 6pm to 9pm (and all night long on Mondays) with pints of Heineken and Guinness at starting at S$11, Tuesdays are buy-one-get-one-free on Martinis all night, and Saturday you can get a pint of Erdinger for S$12 and shooters for S$5 all day. Don’t forget to check out the Toy Museum below before your drinks (or after to make it more fun).

    Location: Rooftop Mint Museum of Toys, 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 3 pm to 11.30 pm, Friday from 12 pm to midnight, Saturday 12 pm to 11.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +65 8339 8966


    Standing Sushi Bar

    Standing Sushi Bar is one of the cheapest places to eat and drink in Singapore...if you go in the evening from Monday to Thursday. This Tokyo-inspired joint at the popular Singapore art museum has small S$2 sake and S$5 beer/wine every weeknight and there are also some bargains to be had on their food.

    Away from the drinks, the bar offers S$3 salmon sashimi (Mondays and Thursdays) and half-price deals (Tuesday and Wednesday) on certain sushi rolls. There are 3 outlets of Standing Sushi Bar in Singapore: the Odeon Towers, Marina One, and Marina Bay Link Mall.

    Location: 331 North Bridge Road, Unit 01-04 Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720

    Open: Monday–Friday from 12 pm to 2.30 pm and from 6 pm to 10.30 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 12 pm to 10.30 pm (hours vary by outlet)

    Phone: +65 6333 1335


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    Ice-Cold B’s

    Ice-Cold B’s Bar proves hugely popular with the student crowd from Lee Kong Chian School of Business and surrounding colleges, which can only mean one thing: cheap beer!

    Pints of Stella go for as little as S$9, and you’ll pay about S$1 more for Hoegaarden and jugs for sharing going for just over S$20. This retro-American style diner and bar also lays on cheap comfort food and bar snacks and has a pool table for some tipsy cueing with your friends or anyone who wants to play.

    Location: 50 Stamford Rd #01-01 Singapore 178899

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to midnight, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 1 am, Sunday from 4 pm to midnight

    Phone: +65 6837 3585


    Five Izakaya Bar

    Forget limited happy hours that force you to strategically plan your arrival time and struggle to get served amid the crowds of other drinkers thirsty for a discounted booze.

    Fives Izakaya bar – or just ‘Fives’ as it's affectionately known – offers house pours (small glass of beer, wine or spirit/mixer) from S$5, no matter whether you’re the first in the door at midday or last person ordering at midnight. You’ll also pay around S$10 for a pint of Asahi (which is about half of what you’d pay in many of the surrounding city-worker bars) and you can get a burger to soak up the booze for S$5.95, along with plenty of Japanese snacks.

    Location: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, #01-66/67, Singapore 486038

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 12 pm to midnight, Sundays from 3 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +65 6604 8255


    The Good Beer Company


    Ditch the stereotype that drinking in Singapore is reserved only for the wealthy and well-dressed at the scruffy Good Beer Company, located in Chinatown Complex hawker centre.

    You’re more likely to see uncles drinking with their buddies alongside broke backpackers, rather than the city crowd who like to frequent the nearby CBD bars down the road. The Good Beer Company specialises in a whole host of imported beers and ciders, which usually means there is a hefty price tag. However, beers here start from just S$6 (up to around S$14), making this one of the cheapest bars in Singapore. You can also grab yourself some hawker food from one of the nearby stalls to complete your fun yet frugal evening out.

    Location: 2 Science Park Drive, #01-23 Ascent, Singapore, Singapore 118222

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 4 pm to 11 pm, Friday–Saturday from 4 pm to 11.45 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +65 9859 7386

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveller

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