This 7-Eleven At Boat Quay Doubles Up As A Bar – Serves Beer On Tap For $4.70

7-Eleven Boat Quay

There’s no shortage of drinking spots in Singapore, but none are as iconic as the clarke/boat quay area.

Though it might lean towards the more expensive side of things (there are definitely cheaper places to get your drink on), tourists and locals alike still flock there every week. And if Zouk sets up shop in your backyard you must be doing something right.

The central location and high traffic make it the perfect place to set up a bar, so much so that even 7-Eleven have set up one of their own.

Well…kind of, at least.

It’s A Store And More

While 7-Eleven has always sold cans and bottles of alcohol, their outlet at 82 Boat Quay is home to a beer tap that serves up fresh pours for $4.70.

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This clearly isn’t a dabao situation either — an open-air seating area has ben set up opposite the convenience store, and a hand-drawn sign below the tap lists the various “munchies” that you can order alongside your drink.

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There isn’t anyone tending the tap, so just head on inside, tell the cashier you want a beer (never thought I’d be ordering one at 7-Eleven), and he/she will head out to serve you.

Just because you could doesn’t mean you should, though, and as I watched the cashier-bartender hybrid pour my beer, one word kept running through my head:


Good Idea, Bad Execution

Turning a 7-Eleven into a makeshift bar might sound like a novel idea on paper, but it’s actually a lot less exciting in reality.

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Firstly, the only brand on tap is Tiger Beer — not exactly the most exciting of choices — and the amount you get is pretty much equivalent to a standard 330ml can.

All 7-Eleven’s sell said can at $4.10, which means that you’re actually paying 60 cents more for the privilege to drink out of a plastic cup. And it doesn’t help that the surrounding restaurants and bars are serving drinks in actual mugs at pretty competitive prices (at happy hour, at least).

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If you can look past the #aesthetics of the fancy sign, you’ll also realise that the food on offer are the same things they’ve had in their ready-to-eat section for years.

Don’t get me wrong — I love me some Butter Chicken Briyani, but if the price and presentation remains unchanged, what’s stopping me from getting it from my neighbourhood outlet instead?

I can’t help but feel like more could be done to make the place feel a little more unique — I left with a bad taste in my mouth, and it wasn’t the beer.

I’m not sure who 7-Eleven was targeting with this half convenience store / half bar concept — CBD businessmen looking for a quick midday drink? Bored tertiary students who have nothing to do after their classes? Tourists who’d be reeled in by the novelty of it all?

I’ll probably never know, but what I do know is that it wasn’t me.

7-11 Boat Quay
Address: 82 Boat Quay, #01-02, Singapore 049870
Opening Hours: 24 Hours (alcohol available from 6am to 11:59pm)

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Don’t Worry, ‘Beer’ Happy – 6 Cheapest Beer Towers In S’pore For $50 And Under

cheapest beer towers

Singapore has no shortage of pubs and bars, thanks to a nation of drinkers.

However, not all places have cheap beer and if you’re out drinking with your mates, it might be a bit of a shock when the bill arrives.

Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with a short list of places with the cheapest beer towers in Singapore, because honestly, with beer towers this cheap, there’s no reason to get your own bottle.

Let’s go!

Inspirit House

Inspirit House kicks off the list, offering beer towers at $50 during their Happy Hours.

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Now, before you get bummed, you should know that their Happy Hour lasts from the time they’re open till 8pm daily.

Yes, DAILY. What’s more, you get to choose from a Hoegaarden White tower or a Rosée tower.

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If you like any of those 2 beers, then you should hit up Inspirit House.

Inspirit House
Address: 3 Punggol Point Road, The Punggol Settlement #01-05, Singapore 828694
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu: 3pm – 12am, Fri: 3pm – 1am, Sat: 9am – 1am, Sun: 9am – 12am, Mon: Closed
Contact no.: 6920 6388
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Happy Hour begins at 11.30am and ends at 9pm daily. What’s more, you can get finger food such as Crispy Chicken Skin ($6) and Mozzarella Cheese Sticks ($10) to go with your beer.

You can view their full menu Two Fat Men Food Bar

Two Fat Men Food Bar is a neighbourhood bar that offers Singha Draught Beer Towers at just $48 during their Happy Hour!

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Happy Hours are from 5 to 9pm on weekdays, and 2 to 9pm on weekends.

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What’s more, they’re also known for their fragrant Basil Chicken Fried Rice ($9), packed with wok hei.

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If you love Thai food and Thai beers, then Two Fat Men Food Bar is THE place for you.

Two Fat Men Food Bar
Address: 376 East Coast Road, Singapore 428984
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 5pm – 12am, Sat – Sun: 2pm – 12am
Contact no.: 6348 0241

Al Capone’s Kallang

You would think that a mall by the sports hub of Singapore would be filled with GNCs and other fitness or wellness shops, but NO.

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Here we have Al Capone’s at Kallang Wave Mall. They’re known for their all-day $39 Heineken Beer Towers.

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Yes, ALL DAY. If that’s not good enough for you, check out their Mabuk Monday promotions on their Facebook page.

Anybody up to get mabuk?

Al Capone’s Kallang
Address: 1 Stadium Place Kallang Wave Mall #01-15, Singapore 397628
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 2am
Contact no.: 6282 5926

Stickies Bar

Stickies Bar is a crowd favourite. If you ask any person who knows their beer, they’ll tell you that Stickies Bar is one of the best places to drink.

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You can get a beer tower for just $35! That’s insanely cheap and one of the best prices you’re going to find in Singapore.

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Also, the service is great and the staff are friendly. If you’re not already drinking at Stickies Bar, then what are you doing?

Stickies Bar
Address: Riverside Piazza #01-10, 11 Keng Cheow Street, Singapore 059608
Opening Hours: Daily: 12pm – 12am
Contact no.: 6443 7564

Sleeping Giants Bar

We thought Stickies Bar had the cheapest beer tower in Singapore. We were so wrong.

Enter Sleeping Giants Bar. They have the cheapest beer towers in Singapore, at just $29.90 for their Housepour Tower! And the 2nd tower onwards goes for just $19.90!

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You can choose from Asahi, Heineken, Cresten and more for your Beer Tower.

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So what’re you waiting for?

Sleeping Giants Bar
Address: 217 East Coast Road, #01-01, Singapore 428915
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 4pm – 1am, Fri – Sun: 3pm – 1am
Contact no.: 8383 5602

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Beerfest Asia Celebrates Its 10th Beer-thday With A Bigger Venue And Limited Edition Booze

If you love your booze, then get your liver ready because SouthEast Asia’s largest beer festival is returning for its 10th edition this August!

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That’s right, Beerfest Asia 2018 will be happening from 30 August to 2 September 2018! And this time, they’ve got a major venue upgrade.

Chug! Chug! Chug!

Beerfest Asia was started so that Singaporeans will be able to taste and sample beers that are not usually available in Singapore.

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This year, the event celebrates a decade of booze and it promises to be bigger and better than any Beerfest of the past years, with 600+ beers and entertainment.

Beerfest Asia is also working with 10 breweries worldwide to create 10 limited edition Beerfest Asia Birthday Beers which will only be available at the festival.

Last year’s Beerfest Asia was held at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, but this year the festival has found a much bigger home. That’s right, Beerfest Asia 2018 will be at The Meadow at Gardens By The Bay!

While participating booze merchants have not been announced, ticketing details are already available.

The Advance Pass comes with 1 complimentary welcome beer. 1 Day Advance Passes costs $20 per person for Thursday and Sunday, and $25 per person for Friday and Saturday.

It’ll be more worth to buy Advance Passes in a group of 4. For $75, you and your friends are allowed entry on one of any of the 4 days as well as 4 complimentary welcome beers.

However, if you’re looking to up your game, then go for the VIP Pass which grants you access to 1 day of free flow VIP beer. The VIP Pass goes for $110 on Thursday and Sunday, and $150 on Friday and Saturday.

You may purchase your BeerFest passes here.

In the meantime, do keep a lookout on Beerfest Asia’s Facebook page for more updates on food vendors and musical acts that will be performing!

Are you ready for Singapore’s largest beer festival?

Beerfest Asia 2018
Venue: The Meadow @ Gardens By The Bay
Date: 30 Aug – 2 Sep 2018

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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo With Chimichanga’s $8 Deals On Tacos And Beer

Nestled within Little India is this quaint Mexican restaurant named after Deadpool’s favourite food, the Chimichanga.

Inspired by the Cantinas of Mexico, Chimichanga serves up affordable classic Mexican fare, complete with quirky and colourful tablecloths and classic enamel tableware.

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What’s even better, this 1000 sq feet Mexican restaurant and bar does not charge GST and service charge!

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Join Chimichanga as they celebrate Cinco De Mayo on 5 May 2018!

All Things Mexican


The party kicks off at 5pm with $8 specials!

They’re offering Twin Tacos for $8 NETT! There are 2 options for you to choose from. There’s the Salt Pork Tinga that’s made with slow roasted 5-hour pork and served with a guacamole spread.

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If you’re craving for something spicier, there’s the Chipotle Chicken, served with fresh lettuce and crunchy red onions for that extra kick.

That’s not all.

They are also offering 2 Tequila Shots for $8 NETT.

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But if you’re not in the mood for shots, go for their bottled beers at, you guessed it, $8 each.

Choose from Corona, Budweiser, San Miguel, Stella Artois, and Hoegaarden.

Be sure to bring a big group of friends because with every $30 spent, you will get a spin on the Loteria wheel and stand a chance to win complimentary dining and drink vouchers!

In the meantime, who’s up for Taco Tuesday?

Address: 36 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209364
Opening Hours: Mon – Tue: 11am – 11pm, Wed – Sat: 11am – 12am, Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 6293 3314

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(Header Image Source: Chimichanga)

Creamier’s New Ice Cream BEER Floats Takes Alcoholic Ice Cream To A Whole New Level

We’ve all heard of ice cream floats, but have you heard of an ice cream beer float?

It’s exactly as it sounds – a scoop of ice cream plopped into a glass of cold beer.

A marriage of two things we all love – ice cream and booze – that’s exactly what Creamier and Stark Craft Beer are bringing to the table at this year’s Beerfest Asia.

A Perfect Union

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Huge fans of the ice cream brand (as are we), the guys behind Stark Craft Beer conceived of this unusual pairing on a hot and humid night in North Bali.

Craving a taste of Creamier’s Tahitian Vanilla ice cream to go with some of their freshly-brewed Dark Wheat Beer, they decided to combine the two into one outrageous dessert, and bring it to the masses.

They reached out, Creamier said yes, and now, we get to enjoy 3 inventive floats!

A union of two artisanal, premium brands, both Creamier and Stark Craft Beer use all-natural ingredients, with no preservatives added into their innovative, delicious products.

Beer + Ice Cream Pairings

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The first beer-ice cream combo is Stark Lychee Ale with Creamier’s Raspberry Love. The ale is fruity, light, with the natural aroma and sweetness of lychee, while the Raspberry Love ice cream is a romantic combination of raspberry berries, rose and sweet cream.

The final result? A taste of summer in a cup that’s light, floral and sweet.

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The next float flavour on the menu is Stark Indonesian Pale Ale with Creamier’s Sea Salt Gula Melaka. The IPA has a distinct hoppy flavour, is slightly bitter, with a sweet and malty aftertaste. This is paired with Sea Salt Gula Melaka ice cream, which gives you a hit of sweet, but not without a hit of savoury flavour. The two combine into a smooth butter beer.

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The last drink is one for the chocaholics – the Stark Dark Wheat with Creamier’s Mochaccino. The Dark Wheat beer is thick, malty and chocolatey, with a hint of bitter roasted coffee. The Mochaccino ice cream amps up the chocolate flavour with its blend of chocolate and espresso, giving you a dessert that’s chocolatey, smoky, slightly bitter, and absolutely decadent.

And on to the most important question: How do you enjoy your ice cream beer float? Either sip the beer and eat the ice cream separately, or stir all that goodness together – both ways, you get to enjoy a tasty, delightful dessert.

These ice cream floats will be available at both of Creamier’s outlets at Toa Payoh and at Gillman Barracks. They will also be available at BeerFest 2017 (17 – 20 August) at the Stark Craft Beer booth.

Each float will set you back $14 and will only be available for the month of August. Make a date with Creamier and give these a spin – you’ll wish they weren’t a limited edition treat!

Address: Blk 128, Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-835, Singapore 310128
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu: 12pm – 10pm; Fri – Sat: 12pm – 11pm; Sun: 12pm – 10pm; Closed on Mon
Contact no.: 6250 1476
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(Header Image Source: Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream & Coffee)

This S’pore Bar Charges You Based On The Hour – The Earlier You Drink, The Happier Your Wallet

Hey there, Singapore After Nine is back with a new find!

Situated just off Clarke Quay, this new gem is located at the peaceful 11 Keng Cheow Road. For those in the know, Stickies Bar has come to be synonymous with 3 things: food, fun and affordability. 

It’s a game cafe, diner and bar, all rolled into one – the Holy Grail for lovers of games, food and booze.

While the merry-making usually begins after dark at most bars, Stickies Bar keeps its fires burning round the clock.

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This means you’ve got a good option for lunch, and a place to chill after the sun goes down. Stickies Bar offers great promotions and dishes up some tasty food, so you don’t go hungry in between shots.

We at DiscoverSG popped in to take a look and lo and behold, it was indeed all fun and games at Stickies Bar.

They’ve got game…

It has a pool table that’s open at all hours, which you can play to no end.

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There’s also a PlayStation 4, with a huge range of games including Mortal Kombat and FIFA 17. The best thing? Stickies Bar doesn’t charge any user fees!

If darts are more up your alley, dart boards are also on the ready.

What’s a game place without some good ol’ party games? Stickies Bar has a shelf packed full of them including Exploding Kittens, Uno-Jenga, Saboteur, and more! If you’re a sucker for the classics, they’ve even got chess!

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And finally, how can we do without party favourite, Beer Pong?

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Games aside, we loved how customers could plug their music devices to the speaker system and play their own songs! Blast your favourite tunes and feel right at home with your own jams playing in the background!

Next, we got a taste of what the kitchen had to offer.

What’s for dinner?

1. Appetizer Party Platter (NA)

To start things off, we were served a very special party platter—special because it’s nowhere on the menu. We got to try a mix of cheesy curly fries ($11), popcorn chicken ($11), chicken karaage ($12) and sesame wings ($14).

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These bites stayed crisp long after they were served and we loved that they didn’t come dripping with oil!

2. Soup of the Day ($4)

The soup of the day when we were there was tomato soup, a rich, tangy soup topped with crisp squares of garlic bread. The tomato flavour was strong, but it was a little too sour for my liking. Then again, if you like your soup with a little more zestiness, this would be it.

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The soup of the day here is changed up regularly. Some days, they serve the classic mushroom soup, and on other days, they serve a cheesy broccoli soup. As for the others…. We’ll leave you to discover them for yourself!

3. 10-inch 4 Cheese Pizza ($13)

Think you know what a pizza looks like? This thin-crusted wonder will surprise you!

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Topped with a decadent mix of 4 cheeses–mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, and nacho cheese–this pizza is a serious game changer. The crust was crisp, and there was (surprisingly!) enough crust to balance out all that cheesy goodness. The cheesy flavours were complemented by the additional top-up of turkey ham, and the pizza came lightly seared.

4. Beef Lasagna ($14)

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Beef layered between sheets of pasta, bathed in flavourful bolognese sauce… If that sounds good, it tasted even better. As we sliced our forks through the layers of meat and pasta, they came away with stringy strands of cheese. The pasta could have done with a little more resistance, but hey, we all have our preferences. The dish was served with a salad on the side, drizzled with a yummy homemade sesame dressing.

5. Flamélicious Spicy Chicken Quesadilla ($18)

This Flamélicious Spicy Chicken Quesadilla was the highlight of our night!

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Spicier than Stickies Bar’s waitresses, this dish had us gulping down cups of water in between mouthfuls. Sandwiched within a crispy, toasted quesadilla shell was a generous helping of gooey, stringy cheese and fiery chicken pieces, tender and marinated with 3 secret spices.

Thankfully, the shell managed to stay intact despite the substantial fillings inside it, making it a much less messy affair than it could have been.

Food & Drink Promotions at Stickies Bar

Besides the array of games and facilities, Stickies Bar has some sweet deals you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Considering the quality of the grub here, these promos are the real deal.

If you love your drinks, Stickies Bar has got your back…

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With that, Stickies Bar definitely makes it to our list of go-to places after hours, both on weekends and on weekdays.

Westies, you won’t have to travel all the way to town for your Stickies fix soon enough! The bar will be opening its second outlet at Sunset Way in May. For more updates, be sure to follow them on Instagram!

To many more happy hours,

Singapore After Nine

Stickies Bar
Address: 1 Keng Cheow St,#01-10, Singapore 059608
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am

In Need Of A Happy Hour? This ‘Atas’ Food Hall In The CBD Has A Bar That Offers Drinks For Just $5

As they say, old is gold.

This time, Singapore After Nine is casting the spotlight on an oldie but a goodie: Five Square (FIV Square) in the busy CBD.

It’ll have you covered from lunch through to dinner and drinks, and with live performances, no less!

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Just like its name, food and drinks here go at the unbeatable rate of $5 each, every hour of everyday.

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Take your pick between dining indoors or out at the alfresco area.

The Bar

Chill out with your pals over sake, wine or beer at just $5 a glass.

To liven up the party, have a go at Five Square’s pool table or dart booths. Sports fans will feel right at home here too, as Five Square often screens games on their large-screen televisions.

Their drink menu features an extensive selection of premium whiskies, a hundred or so different brands of wines, and various labels of icy cold beer.

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The Bazaar

Next to the bar is a large, open food hall that can hold a total of 300 diners. Home to 5 gourmet food stalls with extensive menus, take your pick from international cuisine ranging from Japanese to Spanish!

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The dishes are reasonably priced, making them a popular choice for those working in the CBD, and attracting crowds from farther away.

It’s no wonder, as the dishes beat what regular food courts can offer in terms of taste and quality, yet are not as pricey as those in upscale restaurants.

Cinqo Tapas

A take on the popular Five Tapas Bar at Cuppage Terrace, Cinqo Tapas brings on a whole host of palate pleasers.

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1. Carbonara Fettucine ($9.90)

This plate of pasta was worth every dollar–and every calorie! We swear we’re not exaggerating when we say we could literally smell the aroma of the smoky prosciutto ham and rich cream while it was on its way out from the kitchen!

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The fettucine was topped with thinly shaved parmesan slices and a glistening orb of an egg. The pasta was perfectly al dente, and the rich creaminess of the sauce was complemented by the smoky ham, which was chewy and crisp.

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2. Angus Beef Cubes ($12)

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Fried beef topped with a generous smattering of golden sautéed garlic–yum! The beef cubes were well-marinated and packed a punch of flavour. Texture-wise, however, it was a tad too chewy for my preference. Nevertheless, we enjoyed it, and the fresh rocket leaves at the side were a refreshing accompaniment to the meat.

3. Bacon Mushroom ($6)

Springy, juicy mushrooms wrapped in bacon is what this dish is all about.

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It was a pity the juices from the mushrooms softened the otherwise crispy bacon. Still, it was a winning combination, as the sweet taste of mushroom offset the savoury flavour of the bacon.

Just Pho Fun

Don’t let that name fool you–this place takes its food seriously.

4. Fresh Summer Roll (2 pcs, $5)

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Stuffed with vermicelli, fresh prawns, mint leaves and assorted vegetables, these rolls were a delight to crunch into. If the rice paper wrap had been a little bit softer, it would have been perfect. Nevertheless, the sweet-sour chilli dip lent the roll a kick of flavour, and was very pleasing on the whole.

5. Dry Vermicelli with BBQ Pork ($10)

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The texture of the noodle was good, and the accompanying sweet-spicy-sour sauce was thoroughly interesting on the taste buds. However, the pork leaned slightly on the dry side and could have been more tender. A generous shower of ground nuts, fried shallots, and freshly julienned carrots and turnips added some colour to the dish and was the perfect way to round it off!

6. Rice Noodles with Sliced Beef Soup ($10)

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The rice noodles were cooked to just the right degree of springiness, and the beef slices were cooked to tender perfection. The soup was less savoury than we had hoped, but well-flavoured nevertheless!

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As a bonus, with each main dish ordered at this stall, you get a free mango salad!


A branch-off of its renowned parent outlet at Tanjong Pagar, this stall at Five Square serves equally good grub.

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Without missing a beat, it continues to spread chef Teppei’s legacy in the form of top-notch taste, quality and affordability.

7. Kaisendon, Seafood Donburi ($16)

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The cubes of salmon and tuna sashimi were fresh and tender, well-marinated and flavourful.

Small chunks of sweet scallop were nestled in the middle of the sashimi pyramid. Along with the tobiko, which exploded with savoury goodness with every bite, they went perfectly with the Japanese rice. A lick of wasabi to the side of the dish cleared our palate in between mouthfuls.

8. Seared & Salmon Sashimi, Seafood Donburi ($16.80)

This was really, really good.

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The salmon sashimi was fresh and chopped into thick slices. Marinated with what tasted like a mixture of soy sauce and mirin, it was the perfect balance of sweet and savoury.

The seared salmon, on the other hand, had just the right amount of smokiness to it. Even though we were too full to eat all the rice, we devoured every single bit of the salmon.

The Grill Knife (Western)

An offshoot of The Soup Spoon, The Grill Knife also offers nutrition-packed meals made with fresh ingredients, paired with their delicious homemade sauces.

9. Chicken Combo ($13.80)

Grilled over high heat, the chicken thigh was tender and moist, as were the Bratwurst sausages.

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As the saying goes, the more the merrier! This was true of the Herbivore salad that came with more than 5 different vegetables! Our only gripe was that the fried wanton skins that came with the salad could have been crispier. Apart from that, this dish was a tasty balance of protein and fibre.

Gogibox (Korean)

The Gogibox offers a unique twist on Korean cuisine, with the Gogi Taco ($6.80), and the Gogi Dog ($6.80).

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It also sells bentos such as the Gogi Plate above ($8.50). Take your pick from fried rice, 8 different choices of meat and a salad. Unfortunately, we did not manage to sample food from the Gogibox as it was closed, but we will definitely be back to get some!

All things considered, Five Square is definitely a top contender on our list of chill out spots. Not only does it provide affordable food and drinks with great taste and quality, it’s also conveniently situated near the workplaces in the CBD.

It’s never too late for food and drinks at Five Square. Supper, anyone?

Cheers to the next round of great food and beer,

Singapore After Nine

All prices are subject to 7% GST and 10% Service Charge. 

Five Square
1 Pickering Street, Great Eastern Centre, #01-03, Singapore 04865
Opening hours: Mon – Sat, 10am – 12am (Closed on Sundays and PH)

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8 Best Beers In Singapore All Beer Lovers Must Try!

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Man are you going to get this song stuck in your head.

Our favourite day of the week is here and what better way to celebrate than chilling over a couple of cold ones? With the wide variety of beers and microbreweries now available, it’s tough just having to decide on a bar for some afterwork drinks. So from pubs to microbreweries, here’s our guide to 15 top beers and where you can get them.

1. Dark

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If you’re nearby, check out The Alpine Restaurant & Microbrewery. Located on the second floor of Snow City, this is a cool place for you to dine and relax. Try their dark lager for a refreshing and smooth, malty taste. They have different types of beer including a green beer which is brewed with seaweed.

The Alpine Restaurant & Microbrewery
Address: 2nd Floor, Snow City, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, S609433
65 6566 8389
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 3:30pm-midnight

2. English Bitter

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We found this gem at On Tap at a little corner on the second floor of Chinatown’s food centre. Definitely one of the cheapest beer you can find anywhere (from $5.50 for 330ml)! Their English Bitter is packed with flavour.

On Tap
Address: #02-075 Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre, Blk 335 Smith Street
Opening Hours: Daily 4:30pm-midnight

3. Brewdog 5 A.M Red Ale

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As the winner of 

“Chestnut-amber, almost no head finish. Fruity hop aroma and geranium. Aggresively bitter and slightly vegetal. Very dry finish.”

“Good red colour, good carbonation and beautiful hop nose.”

Address: Serangoon Gardens, 1 Maju Avenue, #01-04, S 556679
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11am-10pm

4. Bell’s Amber Ale

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As the leading craft beer shop in Singapore, Thirsty offers a large selection of craft beers from around the world! We recommend Bell’s Amber Ale – a mixture of toasted grain, light caramel notes, subtle floral taste, capped with a clean bitterness. We love the balance of all the flavours, plus this drink goes superbly well with food.

Address: Serangoon Gardens, 1 Maju Avenue, #01-04, myVillage, Singapore 556679
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 11am-10pm

5. Hitachino Nest Lager

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Visit JiBuru Craft Beer Bar
Address: 313 Orchard Rd #01-26, Singapore, [email protected], Singapore 238895
Tel: 65 6732 6884
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-1230am

6. 33.1 Blond Lager

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With a relaxed ambience and boasting one of the best views of Marina Bay,

LeVel 33
Address: 8 Marina Boulevard #33-01, S018981
Tel: 65 6834 3133
Opening hours: Sun: 12pm-12am; Mon to Wed: 11.30am-12am; Thu to Sat: 11.30-2am

7. Oxhorn Lager

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Oxwell & Co is housed in a heritage shophouse along Ann Siang Hill. That’s also where they brew their drinks in-house. We tried the Oxhorn lager (an infusion of nutmeg leaf and nutmeg) and found a light citrusy note from its calamansi and orange ingredients. It may not be a beer, but their signature home-made G&T is also a must try.

Address: 5 Ann Siang Road, S069688
Tel: 65 6438 3984
Opening hours: Sun, Tue-Fri: 12pm-12am; Mon & Sat: 4pm-12am

8. Jungle Beer’s Kiasu Stout

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Calling all east siders! Situated along Joo Chiat Road is The Cider Pit. They import a large selection of ciders and beers from around the world.

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Try their Kiasu Stout from Jungle Beer, an Imperial style beer brewed with five malts, three hops, chicory and cane sugar. The beer is great by itself or paired with dark chocolate. This beer has also been triple-crowned “Best in the World”, “Best in Singapore” and Gold in the Stout category at Beerfest Asia 2013.

The Cider Pit
Address: 328 Joo Chiat Road #01-03, S427585
Tel: 65 6440 0504
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 5pm-1am; Sat & Sun: 1pm-1am    

So what better way to celebrate a Friday than embarking on a beer hunt? Hit us down on the comments below if you have any other recommendations!

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5 Best Craft Beer Bars For True Blue Beer Lovers In Singapore

Nickeldime Drafthouse, Jiburu and Smith Street Taps; as beer enthusiasts, we’re sure that you’d be familiar with these popular craft beer bars scattered across our island.

But as fellow true beer lovers, we know that you require something more exquisite (and possibly easier on the wallet) to quench your thirst for craft beers. From a mind-boggling range of beers to kickass views of Singapore’s skyline, below are five discreet craft beer bars that serve lip-smacking beers that don’t cost a week’s salary.

Next Door Café

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Featuring over a hundred different beers from half a dozen countries, Next Door Café definitely has any beer lover covered. Besides its extensive drinks menu, Next Door also serves some of the most authentic Adriatic cuisine such as Grilled Lamb and Spicy Cheese Sausages. For recommendations on drinks that best complement your food, feel free to approach the café’s friendly and knowledgeable staff. With beers available from $8.80 during happy hours, all you have to do is to head Next Door for your after-work brew.

Address: 699 East Coast Road S459061
Tel: 6291 1351
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours: Tue-Sun 6pm-12am, Sat 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-12am


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Hidden within Innotel Hotel is Hopheads, an inconspicuous bar nestled in the heart of town. From craft ciders such as Thatchers Katy Cider to classic IPAs from Stone, this modest bar offers a surprisingly wide variety of drinks. Beers are decently priced at $7-$15 and 1-for-1 Macs Great White Cloudy Wheat Beer going all day long during weekends and from 6.30pm-9.30pm during weekdays ($14 for two pints). The selection of bottled and draft beers rotate every week so do keep a lookout for their latest menu on their Facebook page!

Address: 11 Penang Lane, Innotel Hotel S238485
Tel: 6635 7120
Operating Hours: Daily 11.30pm-12am

Brussel Sprouts

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Unlike most of its counterparts, Brussel Sprouts is a family-friendly restaurant that provides all parents a short respite from their children. We’re obviously talking about the well-equipped play areas for the children and not about the restaurant’s menu that consists of over 150 different Belgian beers. Obviously.

Besides its boast worthy menu, the restaurant has also different daily promotions e.g. one-for-one draught beers on Mondays, for all seven days of the week. If this is not the opportunity to try out as many beers as you can head here for your next family day, we don’t know what is.

Address: 80 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-12, S239013/31 Ocean Way #01-01, S098375 (closed on Mondays)
Tel: 6887 4344
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat & Sun 12pm-11pm

Level 33

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Imagine sipping at a pint of freshly brewed as you take in the gorgeous view of Singapore’s skyline. Looking for a watering hole with chilled-out-after-work vibes? This bar situated at the penthouse of Marina Bay Financial Centre has got your back and beer belly. Although the bar has only a couple of beers on the menu, the towering brewing tanks found onsite will ensure you the freshest beer possible. Coupled with the kickass view and happy hours (300ml at $9.35+ before 8pm and $13.35+ after 8pm, 500ml at $12.35+ before 8pm and $17.35+ after 8pm), we’re pretty sure few will mind the less than variable menu. Guys, now you know where to impress your dates without having to break the bank. You’re welcome.

Address: 8 Marina Boulevard #033-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre, S018981
Tel: 6834 3133
Operating Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-12am, Fri & Sat 12pm-2am 

Little Island Brewing Co

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Our favourite craft beer bar of the lot, Little Island is a spacious warehouse-like microbrewery that serves wheat beers, pale and golden ales. What really makes this brewery stand out is its pay-as-you-pour system, where beers are charged by the amount poured. By being your own bartender, you’ll be able to save on cash and have more tummy space to try more brews (we admittedly tried all beers before crowning Singapore Pale Ale our favorite). Brews at Little Island are typically priced at $2-$3 per 100ml so yes, it’s a sign to drink your fill. Besides craft beers and wines, Little Island also serves affordable tapas such as Fries & Aioli ($5) to complement your beer-tasting session. We’re not sure about you, but our trip to the far east is definitely worth it.

Address: Block 6 Changi Village Road #01-01/02 S509907
Tel: 65439100
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours: Tue-Thur 12pm-11pm, Fri-Sun 12pm-12am

The next time you and your drinking kakis run out of breweries and bars to visit, you know where to go. Don’t say we neh share.