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Inspired by the dynamics of the stock exchange, Beer Market is a bar/restaurant/club whereby drinks prices move up and down according to demand, creating an exciting atmosphere and interactive experience. Get ready for market crashes and bull runs.
In 2014, they introduced a brand new food menu making them arguably one of the best bars for food. You can read our full review here.
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Decent prices, even better food
Beer Market is one of the newer players on the bar/pub scene, with an interesting twist. Beer prices fluctuate and change depending on the demand for that particular beer that day. Don't expect prices to hit rock bottom though, you're bound to pay at least $9 a pint. That's the lowest I've ever seen the price of any beer go on the occasions that I've been there, at least.
Thankfully for me, I'm not a beer drinker, so I usually opt for their house wine, which is pretty darn decent. The wine is pretty smooth and goes down rather easily, helping to lubricate awkward conversations and make the night that much more fun.
Other than the alcohol, this is definitely the place where you'll want to order some pub grub. The chicken wings are heavenly - sweet and spicy, all at the same time. THIS is what I'd call finger lickin' good, cos you'd really find yourself licking your fingers just to savor what's left.
For lovers of live music, you'll be glad to know that they do have a live band. For those who don't particularly adore live music, you can look for a table further away from the action.
Be sure to go down at 9 or earlier though, especially if you're in a big group. This place fills up really fast, so you don't want to be standing around unhappily with no place to sit, especially on a TGIF!
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Definitely cheaper than the stock market
If you are looking for good food to go with alcohol, you should not miss Beer Market. Located near the taxi stand at Clarke Quay, it is easy to spot Beer Market. The interesting concept of this place would be the prices of the alcohol fluctuate, just like how prices do in the stock market. Look out of the screens for the prices of the various alcohols. Prices change every half an hour in accordance to its popularity.
The food there is as good too. The promotion, Happy Hungry Hour launched last year has been well-received by many customers. On Tuesdays and Sundays from 6 – 8 P.M. as well as Sundays, choose three sides at slight more than S$10. I prefer their barbecued wings, luncheon fries and mini sausages. Other than their promotional period, the other items on the menu will be slightly pricey. Though their pasta, steak and pizza is worth a mention!
They have got pretty awesome live bands playing too. It can get pretty loud if you are sitting near the speakers. It can get really crowded during Friday nights and weekends. Otherwise, it is overall an enjoyable experience and I will be back again.
Go for the Happy Hungry Hour!
This is one of my favourite places to go to for a good night's out. It has good food, great beers and a live band. Almost all my favourite things in a place.
My friends and I will try to catch the Happy Hungry Hour if we can because it's really worth it. A plate of 3 (or 4? I can't really remember) of chicken wings only cost $4 and 3 side dishes go for $10. They used to be $3 per plate, but I don't think that little increase of price hurt our enthusiasm in devouring those chickie wings. In fact, we're still constantly amazed by how cheap it is. I like their new half and half Erdinger and Somersby Apple Cider. It's good that the price of those do not fluctuate throughout the night unlike their other beer offerings. But $17 for a glass of that requires some consideration.
Otherwise, I think it's the perfect place to chill at if you're off from work early on a weekday (to catch their Happy Hungry Hour) or a Sunday. Their choices of live bands are quite amazing as well so, no complaints!
Beer market is an awesome place to just hangout and chill. I've been to both the branch at Clarke Quay and the one at Bukit Timah (Crown Centre).
This place is one of my first choices for a meet-up with friends on EPL nights. You see, the soccer fanatics will never agree to have drinks at a place without the live telecast but I want my live music. Beer market is that middle ground that makes us all happy.
Some nights we just sit around to HTHT, other nights TCSS. Don’t expect too much from the live band though, they don’t really interact with the crowd like at other places nor do they sound too fantastic. Maybe I’m just there on the wrong days *shrugs*.
A small tip on the beer index: if everyone in your group is getting the same drink, buy it within the same trading session. The immediate spike in demand for the drink won’t influence prices the next session commences. Each session is usually 30 minutes.
A beer type for everyone!
Utilize whatever knowledge you possess of the stock exchange when you dine at Beer Market! A concept that differentiates itself from the many drinking places that dot Clarke Quay, this place still attracts a steady stream of customers on Friday nights, so make sure you have a reservation especially if you're intending to go in a large group.
I loved the fact that they have such a wide variety of beers. I'd usually get an Erdinger or Kirin because I personally do not like the strong stouts. The last time I went there, I got the Fruli Strawberry Beer, which is said to be a hit amongst the ladies! This was fruity and refreshing, allowing you to taste the beer without it being too overpowering. I would recommend this to friends who prefer their beers light or fruity! I was deciding between a Somersby Apple Cider (they have other wines and hard liquors available on their drinks menu as well) but eventually settled on the Fruli.
We ordered a basket of Beer Market Fries, which turned out to be so good. It's basically fries with a wasabi cum 'special seasoning' dip. Their fries were the thick and non-stringy kind. I pick on fried food alot because I don't like them, but this was great as it wasn't dripping with oil. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who tells me in future that they're going to Beer Market! We had Honey BBQ Glazed Wings as well, which had portions that could serve 2 of us sufficiently. This was almost a staple on many tables. Still, Wasabi Dipped Fries over that, anytime. To add to that, the prices were also satisfyingly reasonable.
Hold your thirst!
This place is really awesome! The screens around showing the prices of its beers really do add a lot more excitement in drinking. We love to see how the red and green arrows interchange every 30minutes and would order only if we think the price is right for the various beers. There is a countdown at the last 10 seconds of every 30-minute and this adds a little gamble stint as to whether we get to drink in the next 30 minutes. The prices seem to be fluctuating according to the number of beers purchased in every last 30 minutes I guess. I especially love hanging out at Beer Market with my friends who work in the stock exchange as this place makes them look so silly with its 'volatility' and they would always relate it to the real stocks.
Finger food here in beer market are pretty tasty and are served at reasonable price. The fries and chicken wings are nice and I think a whole lot more fun and excitement would be added if they start to 'stock market' their food menu as well.
Prices always go up!
I was introduced to this bar quite some time back and I liked the concept. There were many TV screens in the bar and prices of different beer was labelled with green and red arrows at the sides. I was later told that the prices of beer would shift similar to stock market! I was very intrigued by this concept! To my disappointment, the prices never seemed to drop much every time it refreshes.
Nevertheless, there is always live band performance with great vocals too! Never mind the price, I still love hanging out in the bar and making friends. The ambience is perfect to relieve stress, be it from school, work or of any sort!
Drinking made exciting
With numerous stock market boards and TV screens with fluctuating beer prices, this is quite a refreshing change from the usual bars that I frequent. Every 15 minutes, me and my pals will wait eagerly in front of the TV screens in anticipation of the latest prices fluctuation. No, we are not gamblers, but at least we can get a small taste of the thrill that gambling gives.
The sheer amount of variety served also means that you can get to savor and appreciate beers from all over the world. And all these while enjoying the live bands that play regularly till late in the night.
With all that being said, prices are prices of the beers here are pretty high to begin with. So enjoy the experience, but don't get too excited and order more than your night allows you to drink.
It's like investment!
Simply adore the concept of bidding. Beer market brings drinking to a whole new level. My friends and I were glued to the set like most adult do when they observe the fluctuation of stocks! I would also say that their Asian food is worth a try. Great food, great concept and nevertheless, great live band! I was totally taken aback when I saw the violinist being part of the group.
This group stands out from any other band undeniably. Just a tip, prices of the beer go up drastically after 9pm onwards, if you want do not want to pay the usual price and would like to try out other types of beer, you could probably hang out the area at about 6-7 plus?
A merry place to be at.
It's a lovely place to be at, especially with the presence of local live bands that play till late. The bartenders are quick with their drinks, and they're always serving (to those who sit at the bar top) with a smile on their face. Definitely appreciated when you're heading there to unwind from things that are happening around in life. They also leave you alone, with your food and drinks, unlike in certain pubs where the waiters would continuously 'interrupt' by clearing plates and cups and tissues, even though they probably mean well.
The dip that comes with their Beermarket fries, is to die for. I love the dip! I would definitely recommend this to my friends for a good night out with alcohol, tapas and good live music. A
Like other reviewers, the interesting part about this bar, which also sets it apart from other live band bars, is that the prices of their drinks are never fixed, as they adopt a stock market approach - hence the name 'beer market.' At times, you can get a bottle of beer for about 8 bucks, and sometimes, that exact bottle will cost about 14 bucks. I guess it's an incentive to stay alert and sober if you want drinks at a cheaper price.
Interesting concept but expensive!
Beer market is based on the concept of the stock market, where the prices of the beers are subjected to the forces of demand and supply in real time. This means that every now and then, the change in beer prices are reflected on the TV monitors. Whilst this is a pretty cool concept, it got old pretty quickly; watching the price of beer fluctuate by a few cents when they cost about $14 isn't really exciting. The beers are generally pricey as well as compared to other establishments.
Thankfully there are other sources of entertainment like a live band which was pretty decent that day. They do screen EPL matches as well, which is important when your friends choose to hang out on a day of a big match.
I definitely won't be going back here again. The place is pricey and the whole stock market thing is just a novelty. I would rather go to a place that is either cheaper, or offers superior live bands.