Five Izakaya Bar Hot
Singapore’s first Tachinomi Izakaya inspired bar! FIV五 is Singapore’s answer to the ever-popular Izakayas in Japan. Modelled after the 300-Yen bars, we offer $5 specials all-day-everyday, forever! Enjoy ‘live’ music, breathtaking waterfront views and great food and drinks at great prices. This is the perfect place to catch up and chill out after a long day at work.
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Drinks Are A Steal!
After your 9am-5pm shift at the CBD, all you want to do is kick back and down a few drinks with fellow co-workers. Five Izakaya Bar is the perfect place to go for that. Its central location right smack in the middle of Clifford Centre makes it super convenient for both office-goers and uni students alike to head down to.
The Tachinomi Izakaya-esque concept and live band add a completely hip dimension to your drinking experience. However, one must mention the price point of Five Bar where almost all drinks and appetizers go for $5! Yes, you read that correctly. Quintessential must-haves include Asahi on the tap and their luncheon meat fries ($5) which basically tie everything together.
My only gripe is the big crowd due to the immense popularity of the bar. If you’re lucky, a 10 minute wait is all you’ll have to deal with. If not, be sure to get there by 6pm as the place tends to fill up by 7pm!
Cheap Booze and Pub Grub
I visited Five on a Saturday evening and surprisingly, there were seats! My friends who went one Friday night had to queue for an hour before they were finally given a table.
We ordered a 3 litre Asahi Dry tower which cost $50, a bucket of Somersby Apple Cider (forgot how much this costs but their buckets start from $35) and pub grubs like the Tortilla Chips with Mexican Salsa Dip, Truffles Fries and Wings. Most of their sides are priced at only $5 and you get quite a decent portion. I recommend that you guys order a few to share! That way you'd be able to have variety.
They have different live bands playing every night; all of them written on a chalkboard for your reference! The band is located indoors but the audio can still be well heard out on the patio. Five is certainly a relaxing place to hangout with your pals whenever you're not feeling as rich.
Five Izakaya Bar
What's not to love about $5 drinks? Especially if and when you're on a tight budget, or a student, selected food and drinks here are cheap and worth the money. That is to say, not as watered down, as I expected.
For the amount that I paid, it was a worthy experience. The bar grub was relatively tasty; my fries came with this unique honey wasabi sauce that I quite liked. You feel the burning sensation from the wasabi yet your tongue gets to relish the sweetness of the honey. My friends had the chicken wings, and there aren't many things that can go wrong with chicken wings.
Having been to the one in Somerset four times already, I’d like to think of myself as a semi-regular customer. Also, I like to order shots with the most outrageous names and see who caves and smirks first – me or the waiter. Having had the cocksucking cowboy, slippery nipple, butterscotch blowjob and a whole host of other sexually named drinks, I can safely say that the names are the most exciting part of the drinks. Not exceptionally strong, we had to keep ordering drinks to feel satisfied. This held true for the spirits and beers as well.
So why do I say it’s worth the money? The bar is almost always packed with after work executives meeting their friends and I must say there is a “feel good” vibe about the place. For average drinks and slightly above average food, we did not pay much. To chill, eat and drink I never spend more than $35 each trip. As for the watered down drinks, the trick is to order everything on the rocks. If you’re a strong drinker that is.
A cool hangout place
Five Izakaya Bar is a nice place to chill out with friends or colleagues after a long work day or to wind down after a tiring week.
The drinks are definitely very affordable with their $5 promotion. I tried some of those drinks and well, as they say, you get what you pay for and the drinks were slightly below mediocre. I would however recommend trying the sake. After all it IS a Japanese bar and many of us do not have the opportunity to try sake as they tend to be rather pricey or simply lack the opportunity to do so. So for $5 and from a Japanese bar, I would say why not?
You get what you pay for.
Yes, many people have raved about how cheap Five Izakaya is, but I feel an obligation as a man of the bar to let consumers know what you are truly paying for.
With $5 promotions all day long, Five really does cater to the casual, after work white collars with its convenient location at Raffles Place. And at this price as a draw, many young executives flock here like teenage girls to a One Direction concert to spend their newly earned salary. The crowd gets pretty insane after 7pm, packed like sardines and oh so desperate for a drink that people stand along the walkway for a sip of heavenly Asahi lager. But is it really what it seems?
So me and a friend visit Five to chill out. Quite interesting restructuring of the original layout, sealing off the escalators that lead to the abyss and converting the huge in-between floor space into a stage for performances. The male duo that performed that evening were pretty good with their acoustic sets, smooth and easy to listen to. Barrels were used as tables, and renovations were pretty minimal with most of the bar set-up sponsored by Absolut Vodka. If you endorse their liquor and sign a supply deal, many brands will sponsor infrastructure along with their brand plastered everywhere. A very strategic cost saving move.
Since its FIVE Izakaya, we ordered the $5 Asahi on tap. When the beer arrived I was pretty disappointed, because firstly it was half a pint (not bottled like Sauce bar), which was fine on it's own, but the glass wasn't even full. 2 fingers of foam head from the top, that's the basic rule of beer drafting. Not 3 fingers with an additional finger of air as empty as my ex's heart. So perhaps the barkeep was having an off day and I decided to order another beer to test the consistency. Again, the amount of foam made me think my beer was suffering from rabies. I'm starting to suspect they're deliberately giving less for less value. No matter, I persevered and ordered the house wine instead, also at $5. Half a glass of wine arrived. I'm not even going to go into the standard amount of wine you're supposed to serve, but this bar really brings out my analness in bar standards which seem to be severely lacking. Does the bartender not see that glasses are not full when served? Or are the owners really such sneaky stingy bastards?
But judging from the amount of thirsty visitors cluster banging at Five every night, these people either have really low standards or are just suckers for price marketing, which in reality isn't such a good deal at all. The other beers are still relatively cheap, $8-$10 for Stella Artois, Hoegaarden etc, but I'm now absolutely paranoid about what tea cup they would serve this in. Buyers beware.
Perfect for afterwork drinks
Conveniently located at Raffles Place, Five Izakaya Bar is a perfect place to hang out for a few drinks/snacks after work. The bar snacks are of a good portion and are tasty morsels. There are quite a few drink promotions all night long and its value for money. They offer a wide range of beers.
In the evenings, there’s a live band – when I visited, it was a duo of a singer and guitarist who had great harmony. The music made the atmosphere very relaxing, great for people who need to distress from a hard day at work.
It can be a bit stuffy if you’re seated near the entrance as its open air there.
Great place to chill after a long day at work
Located just on the side of Chevon House, Fiv Izakaya can be deemed the local watering hole for people working in Raffles Place. With cheap beers, Asahi beer going for $5 everyday, all day, Fiv Izakaya is always teeming with people once 6 o'clock has come and gone.
The service is not particularly great, as we had to go up to the counter to place an order and wait there for our beers, but that is not a big concern for us as we just wanted to grab a beer and chill out. For smokers, Fiv Izakaya allows patrons to bring their pints or glasses out of the premises to by the side of the road where they can enjoy a cigarette over their beverage.