It’s October, and you know what that means; it’s time for the annual beer-drinking Oktoberfest! While the Oktoberfest may have originated from Germany, Japan have been rocking the festival in Tokyo and other parts of the country every year! Add a Japanese touch to your festival this year by skipping the usual Oktoberfest hotspots, and hit up these Japanese drinking places in Singapore with your friends!
There’s no better place to start your beer fest than a restaurant opened by the famed Sapporo Lion Group. Well-known for their Sapporo beer products, Ginza Lion was opened as a beer hall for the masses to stop by for a pint or two. Don’t miss their daily Beer ‘O’ Clock Happy Hour promo where a pint is going from $5 to $8 depending on the time; no drinks sesh is complete without a bite or two; opt for mains such as the basil-topped Margherita Pizza ($22), or go for a German experience with their Grilled Sausage Platter ($24).
Ginza Lion,3 Temasek Boulevard #1-649/650, Suntec City Mall Tower 4.
Open from Monday to Friday 11.30am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm, and Saturday to Sunday 12pm – 10pm
JiBiru Japanese Craft Beer Bar
Translated to ‘Local Beer’ in Japanese, JiBiru Craft Beer Bar differentiates itself in two areas – its fine selection of Japanese craft beer from the growing craft beer scene in Japan, and its Saitama style of yakitori which also uses pork in addition to the usual chicken yakitori. Help yourself to the bar bites with a large mug of Sapporo beer, or go for Japanese craft beer brands such as Ibaraki’s Hitachino Nest or Nagano’s Yo-Ho.
JiBiru Japanese Craft Beer Bar, 313 Orchard Road #01-26, Singapore 238895
Phone: 6732 6884
Open from Sunday to Thursday 12pm – 12am, and Friday to Saturday 12pm – 1am
We confess; Shukuu Izakaya is on the list not just for their beer, but also for their broad selection of izakaya food. Asides from reasonably priced Sapporo and Asahi, this cosy drinking place at Stanley Street also has a comfortable selection of shochu, sake, and Chu-Hai as well. We’d go for the Tori Karaage ($10) with our beer, followed by a mix of chicken, beef, and seafood for our K. ushiyaki platter. But if you’re having dinner or supper at the same time, do go for their mains like the Buta Shogayaki Don ($10) and Inaniwa Udon ($14).
Shukuu Izakaya, 8 Stanley Street, Singapore 068727
Phone: 6327 9240
Open from Monday to Friday 11.30am – 2pm, and Saturday 6pm – 10.30pm
The Flying Squirrel
A Japanese Bar need not have a Japanese name to serve good food (and beer!), and The Flying Squirrel is a stellar example. Tucked away in the corner of Amoy Street, this hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves up a good bowl of Chirashi along with your beer. Order a bowl of Summer Chirashi Don ($23), a large bowl of diced sashimi cubes accompanied with fluffy Japanese rice, or ask for a Sashimi Platter ($62) to share if you’re drinking with friends. If you are looking for a cosy place and a drink or two with friends during Oktoberfest, The Flying Squirrel is definitely your cup of tea.
The Flying Squirrel, 92 Amoy Street #01-02, Singapore 069911
Phone: 6226 2203
Open from Monday to Friday 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm, and Saturday 12.30pm – 12am
Sometimes it’s ‘Go big or go home’ when it comes to beer drinking; in that case we’d like ours with a big serving of Katsudon as well! Managed under the Sapporo Lion group as well, Tonkichi replaces your usual bar bites for their signature mains of crispy breaded Katsudon. Order up a tasty pork Rosu Katsu Set ($19), or share a Tonkatsu Mori ($39/$53) with your drinking pals before going Kanpai with a pint of Sapporo beer!
Having quality Asahi at affordable prices is what we love about Five! With four different outlets around Singapore, you’ll have no excuse not to stop by for a round or two for Oktoberfest. Share a beer tower or two, or maybe even three, and pair it with $5 bar bite selections such as the Fiv五 Sio Bak ($5) and Fiv五 Wings ($5). If you’re looking for something more filling with your brew, try their pizzas which goes for $16 each, or their Snack Platter ($18) to share with your drink pals. Their outlets can get packed really quickly, so head down early to ‘chope’ a spot!
Five Tapas Bar, 25 Cuppage Road, Singapore 229454
Five Izakaya Bar, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1 #01-66/67, Singapore 486038
Five Oriental Bar, 16 Collyer Quay #01-05B, Singapore 049318
Five Square Bar, 1 Pickering Street #01-03, Singapore 048659
Check out their website here for opening hours
Have you dined at a non-acoholic Izakaya? Check out our review on Hararu Izakaya.