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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Avalon

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A welcome addition to the architecturally vibrant Marina Bay, this mammoth two-level party space takes up 17,000 square feet (1,600 square...

Bar Opiume

  • Bars/Pubs

Movers and shakers head here to relax and take in spectacular views of the Singapore River and business district skyline. The opulent—if...

Harry's

  • Bars/Pubs

At this long-standing bar by the water you can watch rugby, Australian football, and soccer matches. English-style lunches (fish-and-chips,...

Molly Malone's Irish Pub & Brasserie

  • Bars/Pubs

Hearty sandwiches and fish-and-chips join the beers and cocktails at this friendly bar, where the TVs show soccer and rugby matches throughout...

New Asia

  • Bars/Pubs

To get to the top level of this bar on the 71st and 72nd floors of the Stamford, you'll need advance reservations; the striking views...

Bisous

  • Bars/Pubs

This is a sophisticated, but relaxed bar for the mature who like to converse, not shout. If you come for an early drink, you can also...

Embargo

  • Bars/Pubs

Wash down your tapas with sangria while taking in a stunning harbor view in this airy seafront bar, near the Esplanade complex. The cool...

Father Flanagan's

  • Bars/Pubs

Aptly (or inaptly?) located in the historic 19th-century Chijmes convent complex, this Irish pub serves fish-and-chips or beef and Guinness...

INK Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

This chic cocoon is a hotspot for jazz enthusiasts. The cocktail menu includes creative concoctions squeezed from naturally grown fruits...

China Jump

  • Dance Clubs

What's by day a Tex-Mex restaurant becomes a busy club after dark. Veteran band Jive Talking plays every night but Wednesday starting...

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