With its myriad bars, breweries, clubs and restaurants, Singapore is a night owl’s dream. Here’s where to go for the ultimate night out on the town in the Lion City…
Cocktails, Spirits & Good Times
This impressive haunt, which placed #13 at the World’s 50 Best Bars Awards 2018, is known for its exclusive use of regionally-sourced ingredients and an inventive menu that includes their unique cocktail topper of basil leaf frozen with liquid nitrogen and garnished with crunchy ants.
Placing #23 on the World’s Best Bar list, Operation Dagger is another beauty worth checking out. Don’t miss their salted egg cocktail and omakase cocktail experience that gave this hangout its stellar reputation.
Placing even higher than Operation Dagger and Native at 8th on the World’s 50 Best Bar list, Atlas is a must-visit. Home to over 1000 varieties of gin, the luxurious, gothic-inspired bar offers exquisite food to pair with its extensive cocktail menu. Here, you can rub shoulders with the Singapore glitterati in a timeless, art-deco inspired setting.
Smoke & Mirrors is a destination rooftop bar hidden on the 6th floor of Singapore’s National Gallery. In order to reach the bar, you have to take the lift to the 5th floor and then take the escalator up to the 6th floor. Once you’ve found the hidden rooftop bar, you’ll be met with an unblocked panoramic view of the Padang and Marina Bay, which makes Smoke & Mirrors an ideal destination for an afternoon drink or two. Not to mention, the cocktails are inspired by the exhibitions being held in the National Gallery and change as the paintings and artists on display change.
One of Singapore’s most iconic nightlife destinations, Cé la Vi stands 200 metres above ground at the top of Marina Bay Sands’ Tower 3 and offers visitors unrivalled 360-degree views of the city skyline. A Singapore institution, Cé La Vi offers Modern Asian bites and signature cocktails in a cosmopolitan rooftop setting where nightly DJ sets are guaranteed to set you up for a good time.
This is the ultimate destination for dessert connoisseurs. Located in the chic Holland Village, 2am:dessertbar is famous for its sumptuous modern desserts and carefully selected wine list. We’ve heard that their smoked white chocolate with hibiscus jelly and cinnamon beads concoction is the type of dessert those with a sweet tooth would die for, and better yet you can enjoy it 6 nights a week right up until 2am.
BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES
It’s All About the Craft
Known as the World’s Highest Urban Craft-Brewery, enjoy one of the best views of Singapore’s Marina Bay and city skyline as you drink one of their freshly brewed signature beers. All of LeVel 33’s beers are brewed onsite, and there are plenty of dining options to pair your favourites with. No prizes for guessing which floor of the Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower this beer lover’s favourite is located on…
Uniquely Named as Singapore’s first locally-owned, independent commercial microbrewery, the RedDot has a special history. Founded by Ernest Ng in 1997, the concept for RedDot came from a trip to South Africa, where he discovered the world of home-brewing. This ignited a new passion and inevitably sparking the concept for his own microbrewery, now much loved in the Lion City.
Located in Mandai and named after the Singaporean neighbourhood that was once home to many spice plantations, Tanglin Gin is Singapore’s first award-winning gin distillery. The distillery calls its Orchid Gin ‘an old world modern gin’ that uses handpicked spices and botanicals from Malaysia and Indonesia in a product that nods to the past while embodying the spirit of contemporary Singapore.
Set against Singapore’s iconic skyline at 57 stories above ground with a 180-degree view, Lavo is a contemporary dining experience serving contemporary Italian-American cuisine. Go for the food and stay in the luxurious lounge, equipped with a DJ booth, outdoor bar and terrace.
One of the most famous clubs in the world, Zouk has set the pace for Singapore’s nightlife scene for almost 25 years. Playing host to many of the world’s best DJs, Zouk is a hotspot for Asia’s dance music scene and a must-visit for anyone wanting to hit the dancefloor. Zouk relocated in 2016 and is now housed within Clarke Quay’s Cannery Block.
Considered the ultimate living room-style club and known for its unforgettable parties, Kilo Lounge’s cosy space is often used for interactive art showcases, live performances and other events. Situated at 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, it’s a place to catch Singapore’s nightlife vibe in a comfortable and unique setting.
Located between historic Chinatown and the modern Telok Ayer lies an L-shaped enclave known for hip watering holes and laid-back hangouts. On the weekend, the nexus of Club Street and Ann Siang Street is blocked off from cars, so restaurants can set up tables right on the street. Ann Siang Hill is a hip alternative to the traditional nightlife hotspots of Boat and Clarke Quays.
Despite being known as party central, Clarke Quay has plenty of nightlife options that will appeal to every to every sort of traveller. Visit to enjoy the noteworthy live music scene, laid-back and fun sports bars and the romantic, chic rooftop bars that come with panoramic views of the Singapore skyline.
Food, Glorious Food
Tucked away in the cobbled courtyard of Sculpture Square off Middle Road in the heart of Singapore’s Arts and Heritage district, the Artichoke Café & Bar specialises in modern Middle Eastern cuisine with a twist. Probably the least authentic Middle Eastern restaurant you’re likely to visit, the food is inspired by the flavours of the region but is put together by chef Bjorn Shen in totally unique and creative ways that have given this restaurant its title of ‘Singapore’s Most Rebellious Kitchen’.
Cheek by Jowl serves modern Australian cuisine inspired by Chef Rishi’s culinary experiences in Melbourne, where he learned from some of the best chefs in the world. His training has clearly paid off – Cheek by Jowl earned a Michelin star after just one year operation, so needless to say this is a dining experience you won’t want to miss in Singapore.
Boon Tat St
When night falls, the portion of Boon Tat Street adjacent to Lau Pat Sat food centre closes, and between 7pm and 2am transforms into Singapore’s famous “satay street”. Order from various stalls selling mouth-watering satay and other Malay delights like mee goreng and barbecued chicken wings, and then enjoy your meal under the stars surrounded by the balmy cocoon that is Singapore’s year-round climate.
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