Worldwide icon-chevron-right Asia icon-chevron-right Singapore icon-chevron-right 17 reasons why you should stay out late in Singapore
Photograph: Marquee Singapore

17 reasons why you should stay out late in Singapore

Singapore’s nightlife scene is always thumping with the sickest beats. But there's more to life than clubbing. Here are the best places keeping us up ‘til the AM

By Time Out Singapore editors and Cam Khalid

There's never a dull moment in Singapore, even when the sun goes down. As one of the cities that never sleeps, the island-city is loaded with a myriad of things see and do past midnight. And as creatures of the night, we can't help planning a night out with fellow party owls. This time, why not check out other late-night delights instead of the usual suspects at Clarke Quay?

From swanky award-winning clubs and chic bars to laugh-out-loud comedy nights, here are our top picks to keep you busy from dusk till dawn.

RECOMMENDED: The best under-the-radar clubs in Singapore and the best secret bars in Singapore

1. Party on a Ferris wheel at MARQUEE

Nightlife Clubs Marina Bay

What is it? The biggest nightclub in the city for a memorable nocturnal carnival experience. The indoor adult playground stretches over 2,300-square-metres across three floors with sky-high ceilings that tower up to 30 metres – big enough for party animals to run riot. 

Why go? MARQUEE's pride and joy is the giant indoor, eight-armed Ferris wheel that offers revellers an unparalleled view of the nightclub. Complete your rounds and capture magical moments at the photobooth fitted in each pod before making your way down the three-storey slides.

Don’t miss: Heavyweight entertainers and DJs from the dance music spectrum helmING its state-of-the-art Funktion One DJ console. Previous trailblazing acts include Tiesto, Afrojack, A$AP Rocky, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki and Armin van Buuren.

2. Challenge your mates at AVENUE

Nightlife Nightlife venues Marina Bay

What is it? An intimate 372-square-metre bolthole that promises all the glamour you’d expect from a swanky New York cocktail bar.

Why go? It boasts interactive play areas such as a mini-bowling alley, karaoke room, vintage arcade games like a pinball machine and skee ball machine, and a pool table.

Don’t miss: Indulge in tantalising tipples that take inspiration from AVENUE’s American roots and latest Asian home. Sip on the Sunny Island ($22), a tropical blend of BarSol Pisco, St. Germain elderflower, lemon, egg white and Angostura bitters, or the Smokescreen ($22) for whisky and rum lovers. For some bar bites, delight in the truffle waffle fries, tuna tartare tacos and Wagyu sliders.


3. Let your hair down at CÉ LA VI

Bars and pubs Marina Bay

What is it? Perched on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands, this rooftop bar also throws weekly parties and has some of the world’s biggest DJs helming the decks.

Why go? Of all the rooftop bars in all the towns in all the world, CÉ LA VI’s one of the top (geddit?) ones – its inclusion in DJMag’s Top 100 Clubs of 2016 list is a testament to that.

Don’t miss: There's an exciting programme for every night of the week. Plus, exclusive nights where the biggest names in EDM come out to set the dancefloor ablaze.

Cool Cats
Photo: Raymond Toh

4. Jazz things up at Cool Cats

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars City Hall

What is it? The NCO Club's live entertainment lounge which sees a rotation of international acts including big bands and jazz mavens gracing its stage.

Why go? A cool cat’s cave, this jazz venue has a secretive bar that exudes the enigmatic charm of the prohibition era mixed with contemporary chic. The theme of old meets new spills into its offerings as well.

Don’t miss: Stop by the bar and let one of its resident bartenders mix you signature cocktails including a mezcal Negroni and The White Lady, classic cocktails that are given a slight update by using different syrups and ingredients.


5. Go back in time at Nineteen80

Bars and pubs Tanjong Pagar

What is it? A retro arcade bar serving throwback tunes, vintage interiors and magical cocktails bursting with nostalgia.

Why go? It brings you back to the good ol’ days you thought got lost in time. Along with singalong hits from the 80s and 90s à la Whitney Houston, Britney Spears and Spice Girls, the interiors make the perfect backdrop for a #throwbackthursday snapshot. At the entrance, the iconic 'Press Start' button greets you and inside, the bar is decorated with neon lights and pixelated wall murals.

Don’t miss: Have a dig at a wide range of old school arcade games like Street Fighter, Pacman and Space Invaders. Trust us, you’ll be quoting Doc Brown’s “We have to go back!” by the end of the night.

6. Take a swing at Holey Moley

Things to do Games and hobbies Raffles Place

What is it? Holey Moley is a whimsical playground in Clark Quay where you can drink, feast and also enjoy a competitive (or not) game of mini golf.

Why go? Whether it's for a fun first date or for an epic office party, Holey Moley is the perfect setting if you're looking to have fun, get a little competitive and of course wind down (or party on!) with the sharing platters and massive cocktails.

Don’t miss: Attempt the putting hole ‘Upside Down’ which takes on all the deliciousness of a hawker centre dinner – with a literal twist. Don’t forget to look up! Play on more holes and you'll also discover a model of Marina Bay Sands being attacked by Godzilla.


7. Indulge in a sweet treat at 2am:dessert bar

Restaurants Cafés Bukit Timah

What is it? Founded by award-winning pastry chef Janice Wong, this chic contemporary dessert bar specialises in elaborate sweets.

Why go? Despite its hefty price tag, it serves up some impressive treats with gorgeous blends of art and culture, all condensed onto a meticulously crafted masterpiece – the dessert. Treat your sweet tooth to a slice of the chocolate praline poprocks cake, the signature cassis plum and Shades of Green, served with pistachio sponge, coco mousse and pandan ice cream.

Don’t miss: Tickle your taste buds with the Singapore signature series of its chocolate bonbons. Flavours include chilli padi, gula Melaka pandan, kaffir lime caramel, laksa leaf lemongrass, milk tea, gingerflower, mango curry, coffee and barbecue pork praline poprocks.

8. Have cocktails on cloud nine at Lavo

Restaurants Italian

What is it? Located at the iconic Sands SkyPark, the Lavo Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar is a fresh and unprecedented dining concept that incorporates an alluring mix of world-class dining, music and nightlife in one space.

Why go? You don’t have to book a ticket to the Big Apple at Lavo. Dripping with New York vibes, it’s also the perfect place to unwind with cocktails and heavenly plates of pasta and brick-oven pizza while enjoying the killer view of our city skyline.

Don’t miss: Stay late for a late-night boogie at the outdoor bar and terrace where DJs dish out anthems ‘til 2am. Did we mention big names like Jamie Foxx and Jermaine Dupri taking parties to another level here?


9. Dance in the moonlight at Tanjong Beach Club

Clubs Sentosa

What is it? A top-notch restaurant, bar and club decked with plush daybeds and a pool by the sunkissed Sentosa beach.

Why go? Not only does it serve laid-back chill and all-around good vibes to work up a tan by the sea, Tanjong Beach Club also serves refined plates inspired by coastal cuisines from around the world and innovative cocktails for a tropical wind down. Come night time, it turns into a nightlife playground where you can rave the night away to a blaring mix of Balearic house, beach boogie and sunshine soul.

Don’t miss: The beach club also plays hosts to a slew of parties including its Barefoot Tiki Nights series, Smack My Beach Up series and more where local and international guest DJs are invited to helm the decks for an Ibiza-esque shindig.

10. Show off your moves at Zouk

Clubs Raffles Place

What is it? A world-class nightclub at Clarke Quay that spans across two floors featuring a main dance room for EDM lovers, Phuture which pumps out smooth R&B tunes and luxe lounge Capitol for a mix of deep house and nu-disco beats.

Why go? Championing dance music, the city’s longest running nightlife institution has attracted some of the biggest names including Avicii, Paul Oakenfold, Hardwell and the Chemical Brothers. It also invites local DJs up on decks to spin hard-hitting club bangers.

Don’t miss: Regular club nights such as Thursday Night Hustle, Phuture Thursdays, Crowd Control and more featuring special guest DJs from around the globe, as well as ace resident turntablists.

The Projector
Photo: Philipp Aldrup

11. Get your indie film fix at The Projector

Cinemas Independent Kallang

What is it? An alternative cinema decked with bean bags and retro seats, all housed in the historic Golden Theatre atop the Golden Mile Tower.

Why go? The Projector screens a selection of flicks such as cult favourites, arthouse, documentary, foreign and local, as well as new releases that aren’t screen anywhere else in the city.

Don’t miss: Look out for its special-themed nights that are presented alongside homegrown drag collective The Glory Hoes, bringing together a series of queer films with glamourous disco after-parties to boot.

12. Listen to the city’s best buskers at Going Om

Bars and pubs Rochor

What is it? A charming, bohemian-inspired dive bar in Haji Lane, adorned with a kaleidoscope of printed cushions and kaftans over wooden benches.

Why go? Swap your regular cafes and bars for this hippie-esque retreat. But chew on this: Going Om also offers alternative services such as card readings, holistic healing, as well as yoga and meditation classes.

Don’t miss: Between Tuesday and Sunday nights, settle yourself at the alfresco cafe and accompanied by street performers as they belt out their acoustic renditions of Top 40 hits.


13. Catch a drag show at LuLu’s Lounge

Clubs Hip hop and R&B City Hall

What is it? Inspired by the back alley clubs of New York in the 60's, LuLu's Lounge is decked with plush red sofas, ritzy chandeliers and a vintage jukebox.

Why go? Sit back and relax as the club entertains guests with hours of live jazz, special performances and innovative cocktail selections before pumping out boogie music reminiscent of the 70's, as well as hip-hop, with international DJs flying in to spin a mix of R&B and dancehall.

Don't miss: Spend your Wednesday and Saturday nights with resident drag queen Becca D'Bus as she plays hostess to keep you entertained with burlesque, boylesque and other odd delights.

14. Catch some prawns at ORTO

Things to do Yishun

What is it? Open 24/7, this scenic multi-recreational park in Yishun makes the perfect sanctuary for nature lovers.

Why go? ORTO is the largest prawning facility in Singapore. The space has a total of 10 ponds inhabited by big head prawns and yabbies among others. Embrace the thrill of catching your very own fresh batch of seafood with friends and families. Kids can also try their hand in longkang fishing.

Don’t miss: While you’re at it, barbecue your catch at the available electric grills at no extra cost.


15. Bust a gut at Comedy Masala

Bars and pubs Wineries Raffles Place

What is it? A comedy night series hosted at Hero’s – a bar along the Singapore River that also showcases live music performances and screens sports games.

Why go? It’s the perfect place to loosen up your tie and kick back. Get your fair share of playful banter, side-splitting jokes and loads of cheap booze. You can also pull your own pints at the bar’s VIP beer tables equipped with two draft beer taps and order up a hearty fare from the kitchen helmed by gourmet burger company BERGs to satisfy those hunger pangs.

Don’t miss? Held every Tuesday night, Comedy Masala has seen the likes of internationally renowned stand-ups including Lynn Ruth Miller and Tom Cotter grace its stage alongside local comedians like Sam See and Fakkah Fuzz.

16. Hit the right notes at Manekineko Orchard Cineleisure

Nightlife Karaoke Orchard

What is it? A karaoke paradise, Manekineko is loaded with 80 soundproof rooms and five VIP suites complete with pool tables. It is by far the largest K Box flagship in Singapore (and Asia).

Why go? It’s time to channel your inner Britney, Xtina and Celine Dion. Unlike other karaoke hangouts, prices are decent here, starting from $15 for a 2-hour jam. The state-of-the-art karaoke systems boast a library of 150,000 songs that are updated fortnightly, and allow users to select songs, personalise playlists and control the system via the SKIT mobile app.

Don’t miss: Besides belting to all your favourite tunes, Manekineko also offers a bottomless buffet spread filled with fried snacks, sushi and ice-cream on top of your booked karaoke session.


17. Knead your stress away at Gspa

Health and beauty Spas Geylang

What is it? Closest to a public bath in the city, this independent spa complex mirrors that of a Chinese hot springs resort, complete with facilities like a hot pool, sauna, showers and comfy couches with personal TV screens.

Why go? At this 24-hour spa, it’s all about treating yourself. Start off by sweating it out at the sauna. Then pencil in therapeutic deep-tissue massage session to keep the stress at bay. Also make sure to take a dip in the hot and cool pools. Did we mention the all-day buffet dining available?

Don’t miss: Try the Gateway to Vitality treatment, a deep-tissue massage that uses Shiatsu-style techniques, along with the option to select oil for a smoother, more relaxing treatment or non-oil for a more direct pressure-point massage. The treatment also includes free roam of the spa’s facilities and buffet spread.

More things to do after-hours


    You may also like