You’re in a city with an incredible collection of wine-centric restaurants and bars, but keeping it affordable can often be tough if you don’t know where to go or where the deals are good. Well, here’s your go-to list of 11 accessible wine bars for pocket-friendly vino in Singapore.
Wine & Chef
Is Italian wine your poison of choice? Get your fill of the stuff at Wine & Chef with over 400 labels from boutique vineyards in Italy, at pocket friendly prices too. Order one of the many affordable bottles on hand to pair with dinner (think Italian charcuterie and Asian-inspired small plates), or if you just want a glass, a fruit-driven Barbera d’Asti or floral Pinot Grigio starting from $7. Even the little ones can indulge with non-alcoholic grape juice at $8.
Wine & Chef is located at 7 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089115, p. +65 6221 9279. Open Mon-Sat 11am – 11pm. Closed Sun.
So Frances is part bistro, part gourmet grocer, and part wine bar, which is what makes it so fun to visit. Look forward to some 100 of the best of French wines, hand-selected from artisanal producers dedicated to their craft. And surprise, surprise — glasses start from a mere $8 so you can discover new and different grape varieties from the region. Best enjoyed with the equally affordable French hors d’oeuvres from the kitchen.
So France is located at 7 Fraser Street Duo Galleria #01-51/56 Bugis MRT, Singapore 189356, p. +65 6909 6449. Open Mon-Thu 4.30pm – 11pm, Fri-Sat 4.30pm – 12am. Closed Sun.
Ginett is a towering space complete with an open mezzanine and private booths, and it’s one of our favourite spots for French wines by the glass at pocket-friendly prices. We’re talking a list of over 70 labels starting from $6 per glass and $30 a bottle — to be relished over hearty European classics and farm to table special. On Wednesdays, toast to 1-for-1 specials with selected Grand Cru wines from 6pm.
Ginett is located at 200 Middle Rd, Singapore 188980, p. +65 6809 7989. Open Sun-Thu 7am – 11.30pm, Fri-Sat 7am – 12.30am.
Wine Connection Bistro
Wine Connection is like the Keisuke of wines: they’re everywhere, and offer great value when it comes to cheap wines. Featuring a list of more than 30 varieties from all over the globe, you’ll find many as cheap as $7 per glass or $25 for a full bottle. They might not be the best you’ve tasted, but for gathering with friends over platters of cheese, they serve their purpose and might even surprise you.
Elbow Room by Drinks & Co
Elbow Room by Drinks & Co is a fun concept where the food is good and the drinks even better — wines included. Home to a bit of the banking and corporate crowd, this retail shop and bar space can’t be beat when it comes to keeping it low. Starting at $17 for a whole bottle of white during happy hour, this is the place to knock back a few in a relaxed atmosphere.
Elbow Room by Drinks & Co is located at 44 Club St, Singapore 069421, p. +65 6222 2005. Open Mon-Sat 3pm – 11.45pm. Closed Sun.
This pretty French brasserie, which first opened in Tiong Bahru, doubles as a wine bar with a rather affordable French wine list. Of course, having a gorgeous patio garden area out back helps to amp up the tippling experience. While more popular labels like the Domaine Bonnet Huteau Muscadet 2015 and Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf du Pape 2013 go from $58 per bottle, you can also order appellations that start at $8 per glass.
Praelum Wine Bistro
Praelum is the home of the interactive wine experience, offering everything from taster glasses (from $2.50) up to full pours that range between the super reasonable all the way to $125 for really exclusive labels. Wines are sold by the glass via the cool Enomatic and Coravin systems, with new wines being added every week you visit. And trust us, their 1000 bottle-strong walk-in cellar is quite the sight.
Praelum Wine Bistro is located at 4 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089590, p. +65 6238 5287. Open Mon-Fri 12pm – 1am, Sat 5pm – 1am. Closed Sun.
Napoleon Food & Wine Bar
Lined with expensive Enomatic wine dispenser machines, Napoleon lets you enjoy wine just the way you like it. Try a 25ml taster from $2, a 75ml half portion from $4, or a full portion from $8. Appealing to amateurs and connoisseurs alike, the impressive collection sees 32 Old World wines at any given time, rotated each week alongside a premium Grand Cru selection. $18 for a 2000 Château Latour or 2005 Mouton Rothschild? What a steal.
Napoleon Food & Wine Bar is located at 206 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068641, p. +65 6221 9282. Open Mon-Sat 11.45am – 12am. Closed Sun.
Merchants Wine Cellar
Located in one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in town, wines by the glass here might come in slightly more expensive from $12. Still the bottles are extremely affordable, starting at $30 a bottle. What’s special about Merchants is that it’s a collection of independent winemakers from 26 regions in Australia and New Zealand. As such, prices on every bottle are determined by winemakers themselves!
Merchants Wine Cellar is located at 52 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089516, p. +65 6222 1162. Open Mon-Tue 10am – 11pm, Wed-Thu 10am – 12am, Fri 10am – 1am, Sat 12pm – 1am, Sun 12pm – 10pm.
13% Gastro Wine
Touted as one of the friendliest wine bars in Singapore, 13% Gastro Wine is where you’ll find good old fashioned service paired with a particularly knowledgeable team. Oh, and quality wines at very reasonable prices. The list here boasts a fantastic selection of European labels and New World labels, primarily from Germany and Australia. Start from $10 a glass or $36 for a bottle — either way, you won’t find a better deal for what you’re getting. Read our review here.
Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar
Verre doesn’t serve up wine at dirt cheap prices, but it doesn’t serve dirty cheap wines either. Think casual wine-drinking, a walk-in cellar with a whopping 750 labels (they specialise in Bordeaux and Burgundy varietals) and a relaxed riverside vibe that’s best taken advantaged of during happy hour every day. Because who doesn’t like 1-for-1 wines by the glass?
Verre Modern Bistro & Wine Bar is located at 8 Rodyk St, #01-05/06, Singapore 238216, p. +65 6509 1917. Open Mon-Thu 4pm – 12am, Fri 4pm – 1am, Sat 3pm – 11pm.