HAPPEN to be around Clarke Quay and nursing a serious thirst before dinner? Here’s where you want to be to get that party started early – with the best happy hours by the river.
Easily a second home to those who want a fast hit. Chupito’s staggering menu of some 100-plus shooters is sure to get you inebriated as fast as you’d like. Happy hour sees selected shots, highballs and beers flying off the counter for a song ($6). No wonder it’s got a steady following.
Daily, 6.30pm – 9pm.
Chupitos, 3B River Valley Road, #01-05, S179021
02: Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar
It’s almost Verre’s mission to get you tipsy before dinner. The no-frills wine bar throws down happy hours every single day of the wwek wwith a generous 1-for-1 deal on all house pours and wine cocktails. Maybe it’s their hope that you’ll splurge on suckling pig or mouthwatering burgers and pizzas once you’re six glasses in.
Mon – Thu: 5pm – 8pm
Fri: 5pm – 6pm
Sat & Sun (includes PH and eves): 4pm – 6pm
03: Super Loco (Robertson Quay)
On top of an extremely chill environment and delish Mexican plates, Super Loco dishes out the happy every weekday. Cava, house pours, beers and the seasonal margaritas drop to $9 for just two hours a night. Be sure to pop in around November when the Day of the Dead festivities set in – the place goes turbo with decorations and costumed celebrants.
Weeknights, 5pm – 7pm
04: Braci’s Rooftop Bar
You’re likely really here for the one Micheln-starred food downstairs, but pre-dinner drinks are the order of the day at Braci’s rooftop affair, which affords diners a splendid, sweeping view of the quay. Happy hour sees the price of select wines and champagnes slashed by healthy amounts – exact details vary with the changing drinks menu.
Weeknights, 5pm – 8pm
05: Errazuriz Wine Bar
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No social media presence, no website, no phone number – mighty strange (yet somewhat charming) for a bar/stand that literally everyone that’s been to Clarke Quay knows about. So do you – it’s that kiosk you trudge past while on your way to your appointment on either end of the bridge. We probably just assumed we’d get fleeced by the drinks prices. Now, that used to be a fair assessment some years ago, but drinks prices everywhere have caught up. You know the score.
Far from the ‘hidden gem’ status conferred upon it by reviews, this treasure in plain sight offers up a great view of the river, a fantastic vantage point to people watch, and even cops free live music performances from the bridge buskers. Happy hour sees cocktails shed $4 off their $18 hour price – in addition, house pours and beer on tap go one-for-one, which takes the sting out of the prices. As long as there’s good weather, take a chance on this one.
Weekdays, 6 – 7.30pm.
Errazuriz – no address / website. Consult map below.