After hours of being cooped up in a cubicle or being yelled at by your bosses, a drink is what you need—urgently—so that you can keep your sanity. (Well, even if you don’t have a cubicle or an over-demanding boss, you know you still deserve a good drink for some reason or another.) And if you work in the very heart of the CBD area (you know, the Shenton Way and Raffles Place vicinity), check out our list of hot picks to get a quick chill time after or during work. Don’t get stressed—get drunk.
#01-42/45 146 Market St., 6557-0040.
Open Mon-Wed 11am-midnight; Thu-Sat 11am-1am.
Decked in scarlet hues, the first floor of this glass-encased restaurant and bar is trendy, sophisticated and plush. Head upstairs for a more comfy and casual rooftop bar. There’s no lift, so try not to get drunk and roll down the stairs. Signature drinks include the Rum and Jam Cocktail and the Breakfast Cocktail.
Best time to come: Evenings on Wed, Thu and Fri are ideal. Rogues will be serving guests complimentary mini burgers and vodka shots during this period, though the exact times they will be served are not fixed yet.
9/F, M Hotel, 81 Anson Rd., 6421-6233.
Open Mon-Thu, Sat 5pm-1am; Fri 5pm-2am.
Popular J Bar still draws the crowds because of its intimate and loungy vibes, making it a good place to wind down with colleagues and catch up on the latest gossip. Hang out at its patio or simply chill out at its cozy semi tatami space which has scenic views of the port. The duo Vibe dishes contemporary, soul, R&B and jazz from Mon to Wed while the band By Definition plays rock, alternative and pop from Thu to Sat.
Best time to come: Between 5-8:30pm is good. You’ll get to enjoy the one-for-one deal for house pours and selected bottles. Martinis and Mumm’s Champagne are going at one for one all night too.
Harry’s Bar @ Raffles Quay
#01-01 Robinson Tower, 30 Robinson Rd., 6324-8076.
Open Mon-Thu 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am.
When neckties begin to seem more like a noose, its time to head over to Harry’s Bar @ Raffles Quay. Sprawl-friendly sofas and comfy chairs make up the seating arrangement here. And with food meant to line the stomach and a reasonably priced bar on offer, this is a great place to loosen those neckties and have that post-work pint or two with friends.
Best time to come: With a happy hour from 11am-9pm everyday where drinks are cheaper, and a crazy hour from Mon-Fri 5-7pm, where its one-for-one on house pours, wine and spirits for $10, anytime of the day is good.
67 Chulia St., 6223-0038.
Open Mon-Fri 9:30am-midnight.
An alfresco bistro cafe by day and a bar by night, it’s a 1,000 sq. ft. space with clean, minimalist furnishings and breezy vibes. And to up its hip quotient, owner Michel Lu has recently launched new menu items to tantalize the taste buds of the lunchtime crowd, and a decent selection of single malt whiskies to sate the thirsty.
Best time to come: Arrive between 5-7pm on weekdays and enjoy a complimentary mini Wagyu burger with every drink you order. And best of all, grab a glass of champagne or martini at only $10 before 9pm.
G/F, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Sq., 6877-8135.
Open Mon-Fri 3pm-2am; Sat-Sun 5pm-2am.
Loved for its killer mojitos and shaken martinis, the stylish Post Bar, which comes revamped with a cool alfresco space last Nov, is still a classic favorite among expats, PMEBs and the well-heeled. Latest happenings in this bar include the introduction of two new cocktails—Monte Carlo Hairpin and Fullerton Hairpin—to kick off Formula 1 Grand Prix 2007.
Best time to come: Thu nights. Not too packed and not too empty, Post Bar attracts a good crowd at this time, radiating a feel-good buzz that’ll keep conversations at your table going.
#01-22 Republic Plaza Tower 1, 9 Raffles Place, 6438-0591.
Open Mon-Fri 11am-9pm.
Found right at the heart of rat race central, Cuvée has an extensive wine list that reads like a who’s who of the wine world. Alongside that, they have a menu prepared by one of the best chefs in Singapore, Felicien Cueff of Tower Club.
Best time to come: Anytime, but for those wanting their hard-earned dollar to go that bit further, come after 5pm where you can indulge in a set of three mini beef sandwiches for $10. On Tue and Wed after 5pm, enjoy a glass of wine for just $5.
Good excuses to get off work early for a drink
Biddy Low, 27, Teacher
“You can always say you’re going for a business meeting!”
Jessie Song, 24, Analyst
“I need to clear the excess cash in my wallet.”
Iswardy Hamzah, 25, Investor/Chef
“Complain to your boss that you have a really bad stomachache. Even if you’re asked to go to the doctor, it’s hard to get detected.”
Ian Toh, 22, Teacher
“Just tell the boss the truth. Any humane and logical boss will allow it. Everyone has needs. Or, invite him along to the bar. And dump him halfway there.”
Lin Jun Jie, 26, Manager
“My neighbor just informed me that my cat jumped out of the window.”