American expats missing that neighborhood dive bar feel will love Skinny’s Lounge for it’s ghetto fabulous vibe with corkboard walls, vinyl booths, and good old American beers like Miller and Coors Light. However, you still know you’re solidly placed in Asia from the KTV room in the back where you can belt out all your favourite tunes as loud as you like. If you’re looking for a laid back place to quaff affordable drinks and hang out with friends over a game of pool, a karaoke sesh or casual chats at the bar, this is your spot.
Why you should come here:
Owner Nick Haas goes back to his American roots here with easy going drinks that include imported beers and modern takes on classic cocktails that are as affordable as they are tasty. Their Fast and Cheap drinks go for just $15 a pop, or you can add $3 to Make it Nice with premium spirits. They also have a scaled down menu of snacks like hot dogs and soft pretzels. If you come with a large group, try the Pimm’s Cup punch made with Pimm’s No. 1, chopped cucumber and citrus fruit and fizzy ginger ale and served in a beer tower. It serves 12 people and rings in at $200, which is also the magic number that gets you an hour in the KTV room.
What we love:
We miss our favorite dive bars from back in NYC so much, so for us this is just what we need in Singapore. Here you can play Drunk Jenga, beer pong or pool while 80s and 90s classic tunes play in the background. Plus, the convenient location in Boat Quay makes it a super easy place to head to anytime and just chill out with good drinks and peeps. We also like that they stay open late, and that it tends to get busy later on, especially with off-duty bartenders and service industry types.
Definitely come here during their happy hours from Monday to Saturday between 5pm and 8pm when cocktails are 2 + 1 and you can grab a ‘beerdog’, a bottle of Miller and a Murican hotdog for $15. Theme nights are also popular like their Tinder Tuesdays where you get a free drink if you come with a Tinder date, and Ladies’ Nights on Wednesdays where groups of four ladies (or men dressed in drag) get a free bottle of sparkling rose.
Cocktails start at $15.
Where: 82 Boat Quay, Singapore 049870
Tel: +65 9653 8886
Hours: Mon – Fri: 5pm – 3am, Sat: 7pm – 4am
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