8 bars (with happy hours) in the CBD for late-night business meetings


Here’s one thing we all agree on: business meetings suck, especially when they’re scheduled after hours. But with the recent lifting of the ban on late night alcohol consumption in dining venues, we now have the option of taking our meetings outside of the meeting room and chatting in a light setting around food and drink.

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Here are 8 bars in the CBD (with happy hours) or in centralized locations that will make your late-night business meetings much more enjoyable.

#1 Oriole Cafe + Bar

Source: Oriole Cafe + Bar

Coffee shop by day, lively bar by night, Oriole Coffee + Bar offers a wide selection of delicious food, appetizers and desserts including fish tacos ($20), Gula Melaka lava cake ($12). Happy Hour specials include $8 draft beers, $9 wines, and exclusive 1-for-1 promotions.

The good thing about Oriole Coffee + Bar is that there are many options for you to choose from if you are not a drinker, such as a selection of 0% non-alcoholic wines, cold pressed juices and Japanese Taisho coffee, so there’s no need for you or your co-workers to feel left out even if you’re in alcohol rehab. The extensive all-day dining menu is also helpful!

Happy Hours: Sunday to Thursday (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Friday and Saturday (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; 8 p.m. until late)

Address: 96 Somerset Rd, #01-01, Singapore 238163

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday (11am – 10.30pm), Friday (11am – 11.30pm), Saturday (10am – 11.30pm), Sunday (10am – 9.30pm)

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#2 KPO Cafe Bar

Source: KPO

Located at the junction of Killiney, Penang and Orchard Roads, KPO is a post-war modernist style building that features a cozy interior with sophisticated vibes. The two-story bar offers an international menu that includes hearty eastern and western dishes such as KPO Hokkien Mee ($17), Pizza Yorkshire ($25) among others. The beverage offering includes craft beers on tap, as well as a range of spirits, cocktails and wines. Happy Hour specials include $10 draft beer, $11 house spirits, and 15% off all premium bottles.

If you are a car enthusiast or a Daniel Mac-wannabe, KPO is also a great place to check out the supercars which are usually parked at the cafe/bar entrance.

Happy Hours: Monday to Friday (2pm-8pm), Saturday (4pm-8pm)

Address: 1 Killiney Road, Singapore 239518

Opening hours: Monday to Friday (2:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.), Saturday (4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.), closed on Sunday

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#3 Exchange

Source: The Stock Exchange

Located in Marina Bay, The Exchange serves modern Australian cuisine including pastas, burgers and desserts. Marble-clad surfaces, Chesterfield sofas, and pendant lights compose the interior of the metropolitan space, giving off elegant yet chill vibes. Happy Hour specials include beers from $10, spirits from $11, and wine from $13.50.

Happy Hours: Monday to Friday (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Address: 8 Marina View, #01-05, Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960

Opening hours: Monday to Friday (8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.), closed on weekends

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Acid Bar #4

Via the Acid Bar & Restaurant

Located opposite [email protected], Acid Bar offers a tantalizing menu of local dishes, including Harjeong Soft Shell Crab ($24), Lobster Kueh Pie Tee ($26), among others. Happy Hour specials include 1-for-1 draft beers and spirits, plus $15 house whiskeys every Friday.

Happy Hours: Sunday to Thursday (all day)

Address: 180 Orchard Road, Peranakan Place, Singapore 238846

Opening hours: Daily (4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.)

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#5 Jekyll and Hyde

Source: Jekyll & Hyde

One of Singapore’s pioneering cocktail bars, Jekyll and Hyde has been revived as a restaurant that serves jazzed up versions of zi char-inspired menu items such as Wagyu Char Kway Teow ($25), Kurobuta Fried Carrot Cake ($22) among others.

But don’t let the unique menu fool you. It’s still pretty much where you want to go for their collection of curated cocktails inspired by Singapore’s unique flavors. Happy Hour specials include classic cocktails, house beer, $12 red and white wine.

Happy Hours: Tuesday to Friday (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Address: 74 Neil Road, Singapore 088839

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday (6 p.m. – 12 a.m.), Saturday (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.; 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.), Sunday (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

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#6 Tess Bar & Kitchen

Source: Tess Bar & Kitchen, Instagram

Tess Bar & Kitchen is an industrial-style establishment that serves an eclectic selection of European dishes and a range of drinks, including bespoke cocktails concocted by award-winning bartender Christyne Lee. Happy Hour specials include $10 beer, wine, and spirits and $12 cocktails.

Happy Hours: Every day (12 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

Address: 38 Seah St, Singapore 188394

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday and Sunday (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.), Friday and Saturday (12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

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#7 Emerald Hill #5

Source: 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar

Housed in a Peranakan-style building along Emerald Hill Road, the bar, adorned with antique carvings and Chinese-style tasselled lanterns, exudes a rustic vibe, providing an intimate and cozy environment for patrons. This is also where you can try their famous OL’School Tong Shui Dessert martinis such as Qing Teng Martini and Chendol Martini. Great for those of us who love dessert (and drink). Promotions include 1-for-1 martinis with prices starting at 2 for $22.

Happy Hours: Every day (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Address: 5 Emerald Hill Rd, Singapore 229289

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday (12 p.m. to 2 a.m.), Friday to Saturday (12 p.m. to 3 a.m.)

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#8 The secret mermaid

Source: The Secret Mermaid

Tucked away in a basement corner of the Ocean Financial Center, The Secret Mermaid has a library of craft American liquors that includes gins, whiskeys, vodkas and tequilas. Accompanying their whimsical concoctions are bar snacks such as Beef Croquette ($14), Napoleon Dynamites ($6) among others. Happy hour specials include $10 draft beers, $12 wines, and $14 cocktails.

Happy Hour: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Address: Ocean Financial Center #B1-09 10 Collyer Quay S049315

Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday (5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.), Tuesday (5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.), closed on weekends

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