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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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.