Enjoy the festival buzz of Chinatown’s coolest block, discover trendy lounges and find your way to the secret speakeasies everyone’s talking about. From sundown until the wee small hours, Singapore’s nightlife has something for everyone.
Colourful Keong Saik
A former red-light district, Chinatown’s Keong Saik Road is now a mix of uber cool bistros, rooftop cocktail bars and fusion restaurants, many housed in colourful art deco shophouses. Trendy Singaporeans and expats alike enjoy craft beers, artisanal coffee shops and superb cheap eats at the likes of Tong Ah Eating House.
Set across four floors in a beautiful heritage building, Potato Head Folk is a mix of eclectic drinking dens and cocktail lounges – it’s the coolest address in town. Gourmet burger joint, Three Buns, occupies the first two floors of the art deco building, with cosy cocktail club Studio 1939 on the third, and a 30-capacity tropical oasis rooftop bar crowning things off nicely.
Regularly voted as one of the top bars in Asia – and the world – it takes a little detective work to locate Operation Dagger. Hidden down a back alley, this classy speakeasy is a stone’s throw from the bustling nightlife of Ann Siang Road. Its unmarked entrance leads to the basement cocktail den, which specialises in house-made meads, house-infused spirits and exceptionally innovative mixology. Exposed brickwork, a cloud-like light bulb installation and urban decor adds to the experience.
Did you know that Singapore has 9 bars in the Asia’s Top 50 Best Bars list! Spoilt for choice.
Singapore’s incredible rooftop bars are the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views of the city. As the name suggest, 1-Altitude boasts some pretty extraordinary views – unsurprisingly, since it’s the city’s highest bar. For infinity pool glamour and cityscape views share some fizz at The Lantern above the Fullerton Bay Hotel or 1927, perched atop the So Sofitel Hotel. Smoke & Mirrors, located above the National Gallery of Singapore, is another captivating spot to see Singapore’s iconic landmarks, including the durian-shaped Esplanade Theatres and Marina Bay Sands.
A quintessential Singapore experience, this colonial oasis is one of the city’s most loved landmarks. The hotel, which has welcomed luminaries such as Rudyard Kipling, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is currently undergoing restoration work – it’s set to reopen in 2018. It’s famously the home of the Singapore Sling cocktail, so try the Singapore Sling experience: served at a pop-up Long Bar located at 3 Seah Street while the restoration is ongoing.