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101 things to do in Singapore: Nightlife

Where to head to when the sun goes down


Party on Singapore’s highest point

At 282m above ground, the triangular-shaped outdoor bar at this self-proclaimed ‘highest alfresco bar in the world’ is indeed a magnificent vantage point, with unobstructed views of the city lights. Bordered securely by glass and furnished with wood flooring and lounging cabana beds, this rooftop bar is one with not just Altitude but attitude – it even has a lowered dance floor in the centre for partygoers to show off their moves under palm trees. The revelry is supported by an extensive, and in parts, unusual drinks list, as well as a resident DJ.

Drinks from $16.

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Raffles Place

Get lost looking for a bar

It’s easy to walk past The Library and not know there’s a bustling secret bar behind its working by-appointment tailor facade. Look out for the weekly changing password online, whisper the words to the bar custodians, and an entrance will magically whisk you into a world of fun and innovative cocktails.

Cocktails from $17.

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Outram Park

Sip on a Singapore Sling

One cannot come to Singapore and not try its claim to mixology fame. Comprised of a medley of gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Dom Benedictine, Grenadine, then mellowed with lime and pineapple juice, the Singapore Sling arrives in a highball glass garnished with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry. For the full experience, make your way to The Long Bar at the iconic Raffles Hotel, where the drink was originally developed in 1915 as an alternative to straight gin for the ladies.

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City Hall

Party at Zouk

Having hosted some of the biggest and most cutting-edge acts around, the grand dame continues to push the boundaries of electronic dance music. On Wednesdays, make like a mad thing for TGIW, which showcases five clubbing experiences for the price of one entry fee (free for ladies). At weekends, let yourself go to the music of international DJs. Come quick – its lease is ending and the future is uncertain. 1

Cover charge $28 for ladies, $33 for men; Wed free entry for ladies, $28 for men. Charges vary with special events.

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Sip on a (better) Singapore Sling

After you’ve tried the original, get into Singapore’s plentiful cocktail scene, filled with unique creations from our growing ranks of world-class mixologists. Case in point: Nutmeg & Clove’s Barrel Aged Singapura Sling ($20), designed by Taiwanese bartender Kae Yin and his team, which updates the original with a spiced hibiscus-infused Tanqueray London Dry gin with Cherry Heering, Benedictine DOM (also found in the original), as well as goji & red date syrup, orange cream citrate and Old Time Aromatic bitters in a wooden cask for a mix that goes down sweet and easy. Bonus: it’s served out of a porcelain cup, perched on a rattan rickshaw for an additional breath of quirky authenticity.

Cocktails from $16.

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Telok Ayer

Try a TCM cocktail

Who said cocktails are bad for you? Jekyll & Hyde borrows ancient Chinese wisdom – or its flavours, at least – for its menu of cocktails that your sinseh might approve of. Selecting the more flavourful ingredients from the Traditional Chinese Medicine canon like wolfberries, shiitake mushrooms and chrysanthemums to pair with fun-fortifying spirits like sake, white rum and vodka, try the Chicolate Soup ($25) of chocolate, butterscotch and hazelnut liqueurs, given a savoury edge with the addition of Brand’s Essence of Chicken elixir. Mother-approved!

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Tanjong Pagar

Get sandy at a full moon beach party

No, you don’t have to go to Koh Phangan to dance under the full moon. Rave to infectious beats at Tanjong Beach Club’s thrice year Full Steam Ahead, a massive full moon party held on Tanjong Beach. Leave the little black dress and those sky-high dancing shoes at home, and boogie barefoot in your swimmers.

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Relive your Bali holiday

Reminisce Seminyak sunsets at Bali’s Potato Head with the Indonesian brand’s Singaporean debut, Potato Head Folk. Housed in a Keong Saik Road pre-war shophouse, the vibe is definitely more arty than beachy, but the drinks and food great. Ditch the flip-flops and dress a little smarter.

Drinks from $10

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Outram Park

Knock back $5 beers

Inspired by Tokyo’s cheap afterwork drinking and snacking joints, FIVE Izakaya Bar is hooking people up with $5 drink specials on Asahi beers and wine. Pay a bit extra to sip on a Sake-hito (sake + mojito) or a Choya-tini (made of Choya Shiso, dry vermouth and orange juice).

Outlets include #01-05B, 16 Collyer Quay (6536 8955, www.fivebar.sg). Raffles Place. Mon-Fri noonmidnight; Sat 6pm-midnight. Drinks from $5.

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Raffles Place
Hang with hippies

Hang with hippies

Going Om is something of a spiritual haven for the city’s minuscule hippy community. Nepalese culture has inspired the giant pillows and wall paintings that decorate both floors of the shophouse venue, and the outdoor seating area is covered in overgrown foliage. The place truly comes alive at night and on the weekends, when the welcoming hosts attract a diverse crowd, often showcasing fire twirlers, dancers and acoustic musicians for entertainment along the eternally hip Haji Lane.

63 Haji Ln (6396 3592, www.goingom. com.sg). Bugis. Sun-Thu noon- 1am; Fri & Sat noon-3am

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