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Tantric Bar
Tantric Bar

The best gay bars and clubs in Singapore

Hit up these LGBTQ-friendly bars and clubs for the city's queer-ific nightlife scene

By Time Out Singapore editors
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Singapore may not be the world's capital for queer nightlife, but it is home to some of the best bars and clubs to keep the night young. Besides the annual Pink Dot event to celebrate an all-inclusive love, the LGBTQ scene here is thriving with more pop-up events and art exhibitions for a culture fix. From throwback music playlists and guest DJs to themed, glitzy soirees and exciting drag shows, here are the best gay bars for all you LGBTQ party animals.

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Tantric Bar and May Wong's Café

Clubs Tanjong Pagar

This watering hole is a hit with the boys for its signature Blue Spin – a deadly cocktail that will have you spinning on the dancefloor before you even know it. Slow weekday nights see people chilling on the large benches in the green-lit courtyard, while on weekends the joint is jam-packed, standing-room only. The upbeat pop tunes and signature Long Island Teas are guaranteed to keep you buzzing all night.

For a laidback alternative, head upstairs to May Wong's Cafe and sink into its comfortable sofa seats with your exotic cocktail. Otherwise, have a friendly game of pool or darts.

Backstage Bar

Clubs Chinatown

You can’t miss this bar with the rainbow flag noticeably perched above its entrance. Regulars come here for the strong Long Island Iced Teas (à la sister bar, Tantric's), double-shot drinks and also for the kitsch paraphernalia of NSFW, semi-nude male pictures and musical-theatre posters that lined the walls. Don't be alarmed by the friendly, personable and flirtatious staff and crowd – after all, we're here to have fun.

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Taboo Club

Clubs Tanjong Pagar

This two-storey joint is an unabashed meat market on weekends – think sweaty bodies dominating the dancefloor, moving to mainstream remixes. A hot favourite amongst the LGBTQ community here, Taboo throws some of the best weekly themed shindigs in town. Need to take a break from all the dancing? Take a breather at the Loft – with a drink in hand, of course.

Dorothy's Bar

Bars and pubs Chinatown

Looking for some fun somewhere over the rainbow? Say no more. Simply follow the yellow brick road for Dorothy’s Bar. The bar is no stranger to the LGBTQ community, where you’ll meet the friendliest bartenders, up to serve you the concoction of your choice. Head upstairs for a towering view of Chinatown, or enjoy the laid-back ambience of its interiors. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the absinthe towers and shots for a hard hit to Emerald City.

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Out Bar

Bars and pubs Tanjong Pagar

Out Bar is an intimate Hollywood-themed bar that keeps things cosy yet playful. Its line-up goes on rotation, from live performances to guest DJs. Disco enthusiasts can look out for a cheeky boogie on the dancefloor as the venue gets filled with the sounds of the blinged era on a regular. Otherwise, it’s a fantastic alternative for drinks after a long day.

Lluvia

Bars and pubs Tanjong Pagar

Tucked in the streets of Chinatown, the all-inclusive Lluvia (‘rain’ in Spanish) holds a special place for unwinding, socialising, and singing – yes, it’s also a karaoke bar! Besides having a rep for being a popular spot for bears and their chasers, the bar also holds special events, exciting drag shows, and works out great for dates if you’re looking for something far from the ordinary.

Party on

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