When the sun goes down, eager efficient Singapore morphs into a pulsing network of bars, in clusters of mania all over the city. Find the hang-outs closest to you.
The Quays (Boat Quay and Clarke Quay) have an endless choice of spots to party away the night in. And the setting is pretty slick as well. Chatting outside by the river with friends and looking up at space-age skyscrapers, while listening to some smooth tunes. Life could be worse. Offering sweeping views of the frantic Clarke Quay nightlife from its rooftop, Helipad (The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street) is one of the city’s hottest new bars. Inside, the resident DJ plays electro and disco for the stylish crowd. The Bamboo Bar (The Forbidden City, Clarke Quay) features an extensive range of wines, liquors, and beers in a relaxed space. True to its name, the bar’s Oriental chill-out atmosphere is enhanced by lush bamboo surroundings. Also, it’s a good spot to watch sport during the day.
Dempsey Hill is a very popular spot with expatriates and Singapore’s own for a night out and is packed with restaurants, bars and nightclubs. A great place to unwind after a hard day’s work is Hacienda (13A Dempsey Road). Relax outside on the garden furniture with a cocktail or a beer, and enjoy the funky music by the resident DJs every weekend until 2am. They also do pretty good food in Hacienda Café, if you’re there earlier. Serving a selection of classic craft beers, Red Dot Brewhouse (Blk 25A 01Dempsey Road) gives a great taste experience as well as a great night out. The layout inside is slick and modern while the garden has a fantastic atmosphere, especially on the weekends.
Another great option 3km down Holland Road is Holland village where the crowds gather for some weekend fun. The main street is pedestrianised to facilitate the fun. You’ll be spoilt for choice, especially on Saturday night when the streets are pulsing. Wala Wala Café (31 Lorong Mambong) is a chilled out bar set over two stories where you can enjoy great food under the stars downstairs or head upstairs to soak up the live music. Chaplin’s (17 Lorong Liput) is another hopping option, playing 80s music until 2am on Friday and Saturday.
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