With so many choices on offer, it''s a difficult task deciding
what to do for an evening out in Singapore and to experience its
nightlife best. From cultural performances and traditional dancing
and music to nightclubs, bars and partying it up amongst hardcore
revellers, Singapore is a city that never sleeps.
Start an evening out at one of the many international touring
Broadway shows or head to the nightlife hub of the city such as
Boat Quay where a variety of bars, karaoke bars, clubs, discos and
lounges can be found, as well as some of the city''s glitterati, who
can be seen hanging out and mingling with the who''s who. Muhammad
Sultan Road is another key area where clubs and bars are scattered
as well as the Zouk complex, where many gay and lesbian clubs and
bars can be found.
A night out in Singapore isn''t complete without a visit to the
Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel, where the infamous cocktail the
Singapore Sling was invented sometime between 1910 and 1915.
Drinking in Singapore is an expensive pastime however, as the
country''s heavy sin taxes push the price of drinks up to $15-25 in
Clarke Quay is the place for hardcore clubbers, where the
Ministry of Sound is based as well as a handful of hip new dance
clubs. There are other areas of the city that have become eclectic
in their entertainment choices and live jazz, acid jazz,
international guest DJs and live music is easy to come by. Sentosa
has a number of cocktail bars on the beach, and the Central
Business District has plenty of chic nightclubs. One of the largest
and longest-running clubs is the sprawling Zouk in Jiak Kim Street,
which hosts visiting international artists and has a variety of
floors ranging from house to hip hop, pop and even a dinner-dance
Singapore is a relatively safe place at night, even for women
alone. Many clubs stay open until very late, closing 1 or 2am on
weekdays and 3 or 4am on weekends. Taxis can be found fairly
easily, but be prepared for a rush of people, and an increase of
fares, after midnight when the clubs start to close.