Fridays are the best and worst days for an after-work pint. The image of sipping an ice-cold IPA becomes your main motivation to get that one last email out, but the sheer amount of thirsty people stalking that seat at the bar, or the one table that looks like they’re on the verge of leaving is enough to put anyone off.

In comes the city’s most neglected secret: hotel bars. Compared to trendy speakeasys, bars at a hotel appear to be intimidating transition points between bed and exit, not somewhere you can loosen your tie, kick off your heels and unwind.  Rid yourself of the misconception, and embrace fantastic Friday happy hour deals, without the hindrance of jostling with a crowd. Here are five of the best happy hours at hotel bars you can stake out this Friday.

1
Bar & Billard Room

Bar & Billard Room’s recently launched Tipple O’Clock initiative proffers all you can drink beers, cocktails and wines between 6-8pm, from Tuesdays to Saturdays at $36++ per person, making this a top notch spot to hang loose after a particularly hectic work week. 

Bar & Billard Room is located at Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, tel: 64121816.

2
Martini Bar @ Mezza9

Martini aficionados, get your fix at Martini Bar at half-price between 5-9pm on Mondays to Saturdays. The 50% off golden ticket is extended to all house pours (excluding bottles) and cocktails too. Housed in the mezzanine level, like its restaurant’s namesake suggests, you get a view of Orchard Road while you swill their delectable tiramisu and lychee martinis. Just leave your James Bond impressions at the door. 

Martini Bar @ Mezza9 is located at Grand Hyatt Hotel, 10 Scotts Road, tel: 6732 1234.

3
One Ninety Bar and Terraza by Javier De Las Muelas

Indulge in a brief departure from the city when you step into the Terrzaza of One Ninety Bar. Surrounded by rich foliage, it’s a relaxing set-up for you to enjoy cocktails from award-winning creators, like Javier De Las Muelas, owner of one of the world’s 50 best bars, Dry Martini in Barcelona. From 6-8pm on Friday, you get a one-for-one deal on all the cocktails on the menu — a must-visit for any cocktail enthusiast. There’s also indoor seating, if the heat or the haze poses a deterrent.

One Ninety Bar and Terraza by Javier De Las Muelas is located at Four Seasons, 190 Orchard Boulevard, tel: 6734 1110.

4
Woobar at W Singapore

Need a reason to venture to Sentosa? Try free-flow champagne for $36 at Woo Bar. Every Friday, from 7.30-9pm, enjoy all you can drink champagne and immerse yourself in everything TGIF embodies. It’s a particularly great bar if you’re in a celebratory mood, because nothing spells glad tidings like bottomless bubbly.

Woobar is located at W Singapore, 21 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, tel: 68087258.

5
Marina Bay Sands

We’ve technically cheated a little here, but can you fault us for wanting to help out fellow revellers? Marina Bay Sands’ Social Hour is a Tuesdays-only exclusive, where you’re entitled to 50% off cocktails at bars around the hotel compound between 6-9pm. It’s not just a great deal, but a fantastic opportunity to bar hop across some of the country’s hottest boozy establishments to sample their signature cocktails. See here for a full list of bars participating in Social Hour.

Marina Bay Sands is located at 10 Bayfront Ave, tel: 6688 8868. 

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.