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Singapore would not necessarily come to one’s mind as a nightlife capital. However, the small nation has a surprising and exciting array of venues for revelers, whether you are after a couple of post-work drinks or a night out. Singapore boasts some impressive venues, including rooftop bars, live bands, basement techno and much more.

Bars: More than a Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling was invented in the iconic Raffles hotel. A savant mixture of gin, brandy, Cointreau, Dom Benedictine, lime, grenadine, pineapple and a dash of lime, the drink has become one of the most famous exports of the country. However, the bar at the Raffles is only one of the fantastic offerings of the country. Singapore is replete with a variety of trendy bars, including the Library, hidden beyond an anonymous door which could easily be overseen. The Library offers a selection of inventive drinks and cocktails.

Views and vibes

If you would like to enjoy an outstanding view of Singapore whilst sipping a whisky, Ce La Vi, sitting on top of the iconic Marina Bay Sands is the place to be. Another very popular venue from which you will be able to observe the hustle beneath your feet is the One Raffles Place building, which is home to three concept bars which offer excellent views of Singapore. If instead of heights you would like to mingle with locals and expats alike, head to Bali Lane or Haji Lane, located in the vicinity of Arab town, which welcomes DJs at night and in the evening. Haji Lane has grown a reputation for being one of the trendiest parts of town and features a great selection of bars and cafés.

Blu Jaz Café is a good place to hang out, especially if you want to meet fellow expats amidst live jazz bands, DJs, or hip hop. Keong Saik is also home to some excellent bars and has outgrown its past reputation as a sleazy neighbourhood of Singapore, as it used to be a red light district. In addition to the Library, which we mentioned above, Keong Saik is lined with venues in a traditional architectural setting, and one of the must-visits is the rooftop bar of Potato Head Folk and the tapas of Esquina, which are an exquisite pre-dinner venue. Other areas worth checking out include Everton Park, Jalan Besar and Tiong Bahru. Of course, the waterfront is also a great spot, although it tends to be packed with tourists.

Dancing in Singapore

Singapore’s nightclubs are spread in many locations throughout the island but some of the more popular focal points are Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay and the financial district. For a basement club, head to Club Kyo, which frequently draws hordes of young expats, tourists as well as locals seeking either techno and house music. For more mainstream music, Attica is a busy club open throughout the week and will feed a constant stream of popular hits. However, for those who get bored with mainstream, there are also other rooms within the club which blast electronic music. For a late-night venue, hit Trace Lounge – it boasts impressive lasers and closes at 4am. Most of the clubs have a cover charge that includes a drink, and bear in mind that Wednesday is a strategic day on which to hit the clubs as most of them will hold Ladies Nights, during which drinks are either free, cheap or discounted drinks for women.

 Good to know: Some clubs also hold Ladies nights on other days of the week.

Outdoor partying is also an option, given the tropical climes of Singapore. If you would like to party outside, head to Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach Club, which holds famous parties including Full Moon parties. Whilst the atmosphere will (understandably) not be equivalent to Thailand’s mythic offerings, you are sure to have a great time, surrounded by an eclectic and fired up group of revelers. Beer pong, live DJs and a desire to relax after a hectic week of work make these outdoor parties especially exciting.

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