10 reasons why you should stay out late in Singapore

Singapore’s nightlife scene is always thumping with fresh beats and sick tunes. These amazing spots around town keep us dancing ‘til the AM
Blu Jaz Café
By Time Out Singapore editors |

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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Tanjong Beach Club

Dance in the moonlight at Tanjong Beach Club

icon-location-pin 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 round 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 play 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.

Blu Jaz Cafe
Music, Music venues

Hang with the cool cats at Blu Jaz Cafe

icon-location-pin Rochor

What is it? Decked out in vibrant bohemian-inspired decor, this popular live music spot sits at the corner of Bali Lane in the Kampong Glam district and draws a crowd of young and old.

Why go? Besides opening up the stage for local music, comedy and poetry, the versatile venue is also one of the best places to broaden your music horizons. Move your body to bass-quaking reggae, afrobeat and Latin music alongside smooth jazz, hard-hitting hip-hop acts and special guest DJs.

Don’t miss: Grab a seat for its TalkCock Comedy series where stand-up wisecrackers deliver their side-splitting rants, dance along with the Havana Social Club on Cuban Nights and jive to the swingin’ sounds of its regular jazz sessions. Alternatively, look out for pop-up jamborees to fill your party schedule.

Zouk Singapore

Party all night at Zouk

icon-location-pin Clarke Quay

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
Cinemas, Independent

Get your indie film fix at The Projector

icon-location-pin 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.

Restaurants, Italian

Have cocktails on cloud nine at Lavo

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?

Going Om
Bars and pubs

Listen to the city’s best buskers at Going Om

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What it 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.

lulu's lounge
Clubs, Hip hop and R&B

Catch a drag show at LuLu’s Lounge

icon-location-pin 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.

Molly Malone's

Test your knowledge at Molly Malone’s

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

What is it? Crowned as the first Irish pub, it is said that Molly Malone’s was designed and built in Ireland before reassembling at Circular Road in 1995. Talk about authenticity!

Why go? It has everything – live music performances, live sports screenings, open-mic comedy sessions, and of course, the craic. And from its draughts to Irish stews, there are no gimmicks to distract you from having a truly Irish experience.

Don’t miss: 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.

Comedy Masala
Bars and pubs, Wineries

Bust a gut at Comedy Masala

icon-location-pin 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.

K BOX Manekineko
Nightlife, Karaoke

Hit the right notes at Manekineko Orchard Cineleisure

icon-location-pin 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.

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