Shopping is thirsty work. Thankfully, there's a string of places on or near Orchard Rd in which to refuel. You won't find (many) bargain beer prices, but you will find cool cafes and some good happy hour deals. Of course, you can always grab a cheap beer at many of the shopping mall food courts.

Drinks on the Hill

Car-free Emerald Hill Road offers a refreshing antidote to the mega malls and chains of Orchard Rd. Its cluster of bars – housed in century-old Peranakan shophouses – are popular with the after-work crowd, who kick back with beers and vino at atmospheric, alfresco tables.

While we love Que Pasa for its Iberian vibe, tapas and wine list, top billing goes to neon-pimped Ice Cold Beer, a raucous, boozy dive bar with dart boards, pool table and tongue-in-cheek soft-core pin-ups on the wall. It's a come-as-you-are kind of place where you don't have to be 20- or 30-something to have a rocking good time. Happy-hour deals run from 5pm to 9pm, and it's especially kicking on Friday nights.