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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

Written by
Time Out Singapore editors

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.

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  • Nightlife
  • Clubs
  • Marina Bay

What is it? A colossal nightclub that stretches over 2,300-square-metres across three floors with sky-high ceilings that tower up to 30 metres – plenty of room 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. The nocturnal playground also comes complete with three-storey slides. Just be sure to hold on tight to your belongings as you make your way down.

Don't miss Killer sets that feature heavyweight entertainers and DJs from the dance music spectrum. Previous trailblazing acts include Tiesto, Afrojack, A$AP Rocky, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki and Armin van Buuren. Backed with a slick sound system and a 20-metre-high, 8K-resolution LED screen that frames the DJ booth with stunning visuals (think EDM festivals), it’s a heady experience you won’t want to miss.

  • Music
  • City Hall

What is it? The city’s premier performing arts centre with exteriors that resemble two giant durians.

Why go? It holds a 1,600-seat concert hall, a 2,000-seat theatre and several intimate performance venues. It has played host to a plethora of mega events such as musicals We Will Rock You and Les Misérables, as well as local music favourites including Baybeats and the Mosaic Music Series.

Don't miss Besides ticketed programmes, the Esplanade also hosts free performances every evening at the Esplanade Concourse, and every weekend and public holiday at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. It’s an ace way to discover local talents under a blanket of stars.

  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • Raffles Place

What is it? A relatively new addition to Singapore's nightlife scene, Offtrack is music-centric bar that you'll keep going back to.

Why go? Besides the good vibes, Offtrack also serves up delicious pan-Asian food. Think Massaman curry made with young jackfruit, Korean gnocchi, and charcoal grilled banana cake. 

Don't miss: The brainchild of local electronic label Darker than Wax and party collective Ice Cream Sundays, you can bet that Offtrack will have a great line-up of local and international DJs spinning its decks. Stay updated about live DJ nights at its Instagram page

  • 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: Make a splash at the pool for that refreshing cool-down. Plus, stay to catch the sunset by the beach. Reservations are strongly encouraged to enter Tanjong Beach Club.

  • 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 screened anywhere else in the city.

Don’t miss: Look out for its special-themed nights as well as exclusive showcases. Tickets tend to sell out fast, so best book 'em in advance before it's too late.

  • Theatre
  • Public and national theatres
  • City Hall

What is it? A cinema where long-time movie fans and a new generation of audiences are able to discover and appreciate a curated mix of acclaimed classic and contemporary Asian films in its true cinematic experience.

Why go? Housed in the restored National Archives of Singapore building, the wheelchair accessible, 134-seater theatre has 4K digital and 35mm film format projections for all your viewing pleasure.

Don't miss: Relive the magic of Singapore's golden era in film. Presented by the Asian Film Archive, the old films are repaired, digitised and screened with subtitles so that they can be enjoyed by a wider audience. Past screenings include the thriller Sumpah Orang Minyak starring P. Ramlee and the epic duel of Hang Jebat.

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