Singapore comes alive in the night time and has one of the most vibrant night lives in South East Asia. Aside from upscale bars and watering holes, the tiny red dot is brimming with fun things to do for locals and tourists alike.
Clarke Quay is one of the most iconic spots in Singapore. Conveniently located along the Singapore Riverside Planning Area, Clarke Quay is a must-see spot for tourists and a regular weekend go-to place for locals and expatriates working nearby. Since Singapore was founded in 1819, the Singapore River has been the center of trade with barges and merchants trading goods and delivering them to warehouses along the quay. Singapore’s rich and vibrant history merges with the modern world in this vibrant place as evidenced by the beautiful architecture of the buildings and the river taxis.
At present, the scenic Clarke Quay offers a wide range of activities for families, teens, and young professionals. You and your family can enjoy a gastronomic feast with the restaurants that line the quay. After dinner, head on down to the Turkish ice cream stall and be entertained while waiting for your scoop. Pubs and watering holes are all over the place but for those who want to dance the night away in one of Singapore’s famous clubs, head to Attica for a night of drinking, mingling and wild parties. Are you looking for some crazy adrenaline rush? How about being shot at the sky in a giant sling? The G-Max reverse bungee is definitely a must-try for those who want to see the Singapore skyline in the most electrifying way. Be warned though, this is not for the faint hearted.
Clarke Quay is a prime location so you can expect to dish out some decent cash. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy if you’re on a budget. You can find food stalls, fast food joints and a 24-hour 7-Eleven inside the Central Mall.
The Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay
If you are looking for a more laid back venue to enjoy good bites and a couple of drinks with friends, the bars and restaurants at the Esplanade is a good alternative to the bustling crowd of the regular drinking spots. You can indulge on satay, fried carrot cakes, cereal prawns, and other local favorites on the famous food strip Makan Sutra. There is also free entertainment at the Esplanade on most weekends; usually recitals and performances by students and aspiring musicians. You can also enjoy the free light and water show presented by the Marina Bay Sands from the waterfront of the Esplanade. Show times on Fridays and Saturdays are 8:00PM, 9:30PM, and 11:00PM and 8:00PM and 9:30PM on Sundays until Thursdays.
Ku De Ta
If you are looking for the ultimate nightlife experience, your go-to place is Ku De Ta, an upscale entertainment, dining, and drinking spot famous for everything luxurious and high end. Located at the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands, you can enjoy good food and great music with the stunning view of the Singapore skyline. After your fine dining experience at the Ku De Ta Restaurant, enjoy a glass of wine at the outdoor lounge or dance to the beats of the most renowned DJs of the region in the bar.
Ku De Ta is a famous hang out place for the who’s who of Singapore so you can expect people to be in their best cocktail or party outfits. If you want to rub elbows with the society’s elites, dress the part and make reservations for weekends. The best time to be at the lounge is around 7PM. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunset as the light leaves the metropolis and transforms the city down below to a sea of lights.
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Avalon is the biggest and one of the most popular dance clubs in Singapore. It is located in the crystal pavilion of the Marina Bay Sands and offers partygoers with a beautiful view of the Singapore River. The dance club is equipped with state-of-the-art strobe lights and sound systems, has a big dance floor, bar staff are fast and efficient, chic layouts for tables and VIP area, and generally a fun a crowd. Famous DJs from around the globe has also grazed the DJ’s booth. Avalon is definitely the perfect place for serious partying.
Wednesday nights are ladies’ nights at the Avalon. The prices for drinks are more affordable compared to other high end bars in the area but are still on the pricey side. Since its opening day, Avalon is attracting more and more partygoers so it may be difficult to get inside the club on weekends, let alone get a table.