Singapore Nightlife

Singapore’s late-night options have expanded in recent years to include more highbrow lounges with million-dollar views, mixologists shaking up the trendiest ingredients, and bars tapping into some of the beers from all over. After work, professionals and expats typically congregate at watering holes on Club Street and pubs in Boat Quay, as well as at some of the cocktail bars that have been

popping up around Chinatown and Haji Lane.

Nightclubs featuring electronic dance music have a massive following here, and that's been true since the opening of Zouk, back in 1996. Additional clubs can be found around Clarke Quay and throughout the CBD.

First-time visitors should be prepared for the exorbitantly expensive prices that clubs charge. Beer guzzlers on a budget are best off sipping on a few at the hawker centers, one of the only places to find reasonable rates.

Be aware that although the once-bawdy Bugis Street has been sanitized, a seedy underworld still exists elsewhere in town. Red-light districts, which are mostly found in parts of Geylang, have buildings that really are lit by red lanterns. Soliciting for prostitution is illegal, but the deed itself isn't; it's actually tolerated, monitored, and contained, with most prostitutes registered and subject to regular medical checks. If karaoke is what you seek, keep in mind that it is common for "KTV" lounges to be a cover for prostitution.

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Prince of Wales

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As you might expect for a place with a backpacker hostel upstairs, this Australian-run bar is laid-back and casual. Live music acts often...

Que Pasa

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Wine lovers lounge in deep Chesterfield chairs at this bar resembling a Spanish provisions store. You can have tapas to accompany a glass...

Screening Room

  • Bars/Pubs

This five-floor film, food, and bar complex is part of a cluster of trendy shophouse bars and restaurants. An Arabian restaurant and...

Tanjong Beach Club

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Frolic in the sun with bikini babes and shirtless blokes at this hip beachside hangout. The restaurant-bar is set up with a swimming...

The Cider Pit

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

Home to an expansive range of English ale and cider, this casual bar is run by a British owner passionate about his brew. The music tends...

The Vault

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The original bronze-and-steel vault door is still intact in this former bank, now a two-floor bistro, bar, and occasional art space with...

Tiong Bahru Bar

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As one participant in the ongoing gentrification of Tiong Bahru, this former Chinese seafood restaurant was gutted and transformed into...

Wala Wala

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Holland Village has seen many bars open and close, but this wildly popular watering hole has stayed the same for decades, pairing its...

Zouk

  • Dance Clubs

The long-running Zouk always manages to reinvent itself. The huge dance club, carved out of renovated riverside warehouses, is four venues...

Zsofi Tapas Bar

  • Tapas Bars

Although tapas bars are now found throughout Singapore, Zsofi was one of the first. Its tucked-away Little India location and rooftop...

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