From swanky award-winning nightclubs and chic bars to laugh-out-loud comedy clubs, there's always something to do on this island-city even when the sun goes down. Here are our top picks of the best things you can do after dusk.
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Shoes on? Shoes off – because at this nightlife playground footwear is totally optional. Sink your toes into Sentosa beach’s soft sand and transport yourself to the cool shores of Ibiza as you rave the night away to a blaring mix of Balearic house, beach boogie and sunshine soul. Oh, and we definitely recommend modelling your cutest swimwear.
At Blu Jaz Café
Witness pianist Aya Sekine’s intense key-smashing or treat your ears to Singaporean jazz stalwart Alemay Fernandez soulful croonings at Blujaz Café. Decked out in vibrant bohemian-inspired décor, the popular live music spot sits at the corner of Bali Lane in the Kampong Glam district and draws a crowd of young and old.
Zouk’s no stranger to all you party animals. Whether you jam to trance, techno or hip-hop, this nightlife institution’s got your back. Making its shiny new digs at Clarke Quay, the world-class club spans across two floors featuring a main dance room and Phuture, which pumps out smooth R&B tunes. For a mix of deep house and nu-disco beats, make your way up to its luxe lounge Capital.
Housed in the historic Golden Theatre, The Projector screens a selection of flicks such as cult favourites, arthouse, documentary, foreign and local. 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.
Perch yourself on this Italian restaurant-cum-rooftop bar for a killer view of our city skyline. Set 57 storeys above the ground, Lavo’s where you can sip on cocktails and tuck into heavenly plates of pasta and brick oven pizza up in the clouds. Then shimmy over to the outdoor bar and terrace where DJs dish out anthems ‘til 2am.
At Going Om
Forget Orchard Road, Haji Lane has its own pool of Ed Sheeran wannabes that fill the air with their acoustic renditions of Top 40 hits. Between Tuesday and Sunday nights, settle yourself at alfresco café Going Om and be accompanied by street performers as they belt out tunes.
Think you’re a whizz at pop culture, science and everything in between? Then it’s time to show off that noggin’ at Molly Malone’s quiz nights. Hosting weekly trivia sessions every Monday, the Irish pub spews topics from American politics and food facts to Hollywood films. Winners get beer.
At this 24-hour spa, it’s all about treating yourself. Start off by sweating it out at the sauna. Then pencil in a therapeutic deep-tissue massage session to keep the stress at bay. Also make sure to take a dip in the hot and cold pools. There’s even all-day buffet dining so you never have to leave.
Loosen up your tie and kick back at Hero’s for a post-work evening filled with playful banter, side-splitting jokes and lots of cheap booze. 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.
It’s time to channel your inner Britney, Xtina and Celine Dion. Boasting more than 80 rooms – with five VIP suites fitted with pool tables – Manekineko’s flagship karaoke outlet offers over 150,000 songs in its library that’s updated monthly so you can sing along to all the latest hits. And more good news? Manekineko even has a bottomless buffet spread filled with fried snacks, sushi and ice cream. So come hungry.