Stiff competition for diners’ dollars means that the chilled out cousin of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay has some of the best happy hour deals this side of the island.
1. Barraka Bar & Restaurant
11 Unity Street, #01-18/29
Never mind the slightly confused cuisine served here … the first time we visited Barraka about three weeks ago, Spanish food was on the menu, including a generously portioned, kickass paella. But a return visit the following week saw a complete revamp of the menu. Italian food such as pizzas, pasta and risotto have now taken the place of Spanish cuisine. However, we’re glad that the original happy hour deals are in place. Ladies get to enjoy free flow martinis and sangria on Mondays and Tuesdays respectively, from 5pm – 7pm. From 7pm – 9pm, these drinks are one-for-one (for ladies only). Oh, and there’s no service charge here.
2. Amber Nectar
11 Unity Street, #01-10/11
Okay, so the Go Away team may or may not have gotten merry at Amber Nectar (which happens to be oh-so-conveniently located next to our favourite massage stop, Natureland) on more than one occasion. But really, can you blame us when the deals are just so hard to resist? Hopbraü and Schlenkerla pints go for just $8 every night till 8pm, while wines and house spirits are priced at just $5. Just missed out on happy hour? Well, from 8pm – 10pm, Mondays to Thursdays, pints are still more than reasonably priced at just $10.
3. The Merry Men
86 Robertson Quay, #01-02
We’re glad that one of the older haunts along the Robertson Quay stretch is still going strong, with half pints of Pure Blonde going for $5 from opening till 8pm. Happy hour stretches all night long every Tuesday and Wednesday. Also look out for their daily deals: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, for instance, martinis and mojitos respectively can be had for $12. Although not included as part of their happy hour deals, we also like that The Merry Men has a wide selection of whiskys, from the various Nikkas (both blended and single malts), to Glenfiddich and Laphroaig – at prices that won’t break the bank.
4. Azmaya Honten
30 Robertson Quay, #01-12/13
This shabu shabu joint is packed to the gills with Japanese on most nights, so we concluded that the food must be pretty damn good, though we’ve yet to try it for ourselves. What caught our eye, however, was the awesome booze deals. A bucket of 5 Sapporos go for just $29.50, a glass of highball for $5.90, and a super-sized 180ml glass of sake for just $12.90.
5. Rosso Vino
15 Merbau Road
Another stalwart in this area, Italian restaurant Rosso Vino has one-for-one deals for all cocktails and draught beers from 4pm – 7pm every night: Tiger and Guinness pints are priced at $14.50 and $16.50 respectively, while cocktails are at $15. Mojitos can be had for $8 all night long on Wednesdays.
6. Brussels Sprouts
80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-12 The Pier@Robertson
Deals here change every night. On Monday, enjoy one-for-one draught beers all night long, three half-pints of Hoegaarden or Stella Artois for $24 on Tuesday, 50% off the second bottle of house wine ordered on Thursday, $12 beers when you order a main course on Thursday. The weekend deals are also pretty awesome. From Friday to Sunday, the following are one-for-one from 10pm till the restaurant closes: Draught beers, house wines (glass), house pour spirits (glass) and liquors (glass). Hooray for late night happy hour!
Ippin Cafe Bar
18 Mohamed Sultan Road
Bottles of Kirin priced at $10 are one-for-one till 8pm, but what keeps us coming back here is the excellent service and sake tasting flights. Although the tasting flights are not a happy hour deal, for just $15, you get to sample three different sakes – and the portions are definitely more than a couple of sips too. With the wide variety of sakes on offer, you can make multiple visits to Ippin and not taste the same sake twice. We also appreciate the cheery service offered by owner Ayumi, who’ll take the time to tell us more about each and every sake she serves up. For those in the know, please feel free to tell her your sake preferences. We, however, usually leave it up to her to make recommendations, as they are usually spot on. If you’re planning to drop by after 7.30pm, it’s best to make reservations in advance as this place gets crowded quickly at night.