8 Nightlife Spots That Won’t Break The Bank At This Year’s Singapore Night Festival
The Singapore Night Festival returns once again to light up the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct during August 17 to 25.
As with previous years, there will be spellbinding light installations to explore, as well as live performances by local and international artistes. This year promises a more immersive experience – visitors will be able to interact with particular acts, performers and art installations. You would be able to, for example, pedal a bike to ignite a shower of embers or light up graffiti walls by activating motion sensors.
If you’re taking part in the festivities this year, there are plenty of nearby watering holes you can also visit during your night out. Here are eight places within walking distance you can hit up for cheap drinks:
1. Chupitos Shots Bar
The Chupitos Shots Bar has over a 100 different types of shots that start at S$12. To complement your booze binge, Chupitos also serves bar bites like potato wedges and calamari rings that start at S$12.
Happy Hour is from 6.30pm to 9pm daily, during which it’ll only cost you S$6 for selected shots, bottled beers and house pours.
Every Wednesday, ladies can also enjoy a complimentary shot with any pair of shooters purchased.
Address: 3B River Valley Rd, 01-05, Singapore 179021
2. Harry’s at Chijmes
Harry’s is a casual bar that offers drinks and an array of Western and Asian food, although meals here may set you back about S$20 to S$40. There’s a variety of beers, wines, cocktails and other libations to be had – including their own Harry’s Premium Lager that starts at S$8 for half a pint.
Their “bucket of the month” promotion may make a visit worth it: from now until August 31 2018, you can get a bucket of Veltins Pilsener (5 bottles) for S$49+ (before taxes and service charge).
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-14, Singapore 187996
3. Hood Bar & Music
This live music bar has been hosting local bands since 2009, playing tunes that span across rock, pop, Canto, R&B and soul genres.
Apart from a wide selection of beers, wines, shots and liqueurs, Hood Bar & Music also offers finger food and main meals.
During Happy Hour (5.30pm – 8.30pm on Monday to Friday; all day on Saturday), a pint of Erdinger, Kirin or Tiger can be had for S$10. Hood Bar & Music also has nightly specials throughout weeknights, offering promotions like Buy 2 Free 1 bottles on Wednesday. In addition, ladies enjoy 1 for 1 house drinks on Thursday.
Address: 201 Victoria Street Bugis+ #05-07, Singapore 188067
4. HopHeads Bar
Apart from drinks, this underground bar serves pastas, burgers, pizzas, salads, beer snacks and desserts that range from S$6.90 – S$18.90.
During the month of August, you can get 1 bottle of soju and 5 bottles of Hite beer for S$53+ (before taxes and service charge), 3 bottles of soju for S$53+, 2 pink gin tonics for S$15+ and 2 whiskey cokes for S$15+.
You can also get bottles of gin, vodka and tequila at promotional prices during this month.
Monday to Thursday: 11.30am – 12am
Friday: 11.30am – 2am
Saturday: 5pm – 2am
Except for the following dates:
August 15, Wednesday: 11.30am – 3am
August 17, Friday: 10.30pm – 2am
August 21, Tuesday: 11.30am – 2am
August 22, Wednesday: 5pm – 12am
August 25, Saturday: 10pm – 4am
Address: 178 Clemenceau Ave, #B1-00 Haw Par Glass Tower, Singapore 239926
5. Little Saigon
Little Saigon serves Vietnamese dishes and street food favourites, in addition to Vietnamese-inspired cocktails like the Hanoi Martini and Miss Saigon.
During Happy Hour (4pm to 9pm daily), cocktails, draft beers (Heineken and Tiger) and house wines are 50% off. That’s around S$8 for beer, S$8 for a glass of wine and S$8 – S$9 for a cocktail.
If you’re feeling peckish, selected food items are also 50% from Monday to Friday, 4pm – 6pm.
You can also get a bucket of beer (5 bottles) for S$45+ (before taxes and service charge) all day, every day.
Monday to Thursday: 4pm – 1am
Friday: 4pm – 2am
Saturday: 12pm – 2am
Sunday: 12pm – 1am
Eve of public holiday: 4pm – 2am
Public holiday: 4pm – 1am
Address: Blk E, Clarke Quay #01-02, River Valley Road, Singapore 179024
This rooftop bar serves beer snacks (S$11 – S$24) and burgers (S$18 – S$23), as well as a variety of beers, cocktails, wines, spirits, liqueur and champagne. Loof serves an array of Southeast Asian inspired cocktails, such as Kopi Cat (concocted with salted caramel vodka and condensed milk), that start at S$19.
Loof’s Happy Hour starts from Monday to Friday, 5pm – 8pm. House spirits and wines start at S$5 at 5pm, increasing by a dollar every hour until 7.59pm.
Address: 331 North Bridge Road, #03-07 Odeon Towers, Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720
7. Standing Sushi Bar
Located at the Singapore Art Museum, this sushi bar is possibly one of the cheapest places in Singapore to get a drink. From Monday to Thursday, S$2 can get you sake, while S$5 can get you beer, wine, hot sake, and umeshu.
Apart from that, you’ll get to enjoy S$3 salmon sashimi (5 pieces) on Monday and Thursday, as well as 50% off selected food items on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday.
Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm, last order 2pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm, last order 9.45pm
Weekends (all day): 12pm – 10.30pm, last order 10pm
Public holidays (all day): 12pm – 10.30pm, last order 10pm
Address: 8 Queen St, #01-03 Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 188535
Sque serves Western fare like salads, pastas, pizzas, burgers, quesadillas and meats (chicken, pork knuckle, pork ribs, pork belly and sirloin steak), which can set you back S$9 – S$35.
With Squee’s 2 Bottle Promotion, you can pick up two bottles of beer or cider at promotional prices. Two bottles of James Boag’s Premium Lager, for instance, will cost you S$16.50.
During Happy Hour (Saturdays and Sundays, 11.30am – 7pm and 9pm – 11pm), Sque offers a Buy 1 Get The Same 1 promotion for selected wines, cocktails, mocktails and all draught beers.
Monday to Thursday: 11.30am – 12am
Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday: 11.30am – 1am
Sunday: 11.30am – 11pm
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #01-70 The Central, Singapore 059817
The places listed above are within walking distance of the festival programmes and light exhibitions so you won’t miss out on all the action. Take a look at the official festival map, then check out the map below to plan your booze trail: