The Best Places for Nightlife in Singapore

Our picks for 12 of the city's coolest after-hours destinations in Singapore, from craft cocktails to dance clubs, rooftop bars and tapas restaurants.

Singapore’s nightlife scene has never been hotter. Whether you want to sip on one-of-a-kind cocktails, have sunset drinks from an unbeatable vantage point, party it up in the latest "It" clubs—or all of the above—you’ll be spoilt for choice. To get started, follow our guide to 12 of the best destinations for nightlife in Singapore.

Cocktail Bars: Local Favorites

Hopscotch craft cocktail bar in Singapore
Hopscotch is among a new breed of bars serving finely crafted cocktails. (Courtesy Hopscotch)

Like many big cities around the world, there’s no lack of respectable cocktail bars delivering world-class drinks here. But why sip on a Manhattan when you’re in sunny Singapore?

Hopscotch: Set up by a group of passionate local bartenders, taste the island's heritage that's inspired by memories of growing up here. Highlights on the menu include Arab Street, evoking the famed avenue with saffron rosewater and cherry shisha smoke; and Kopi Stout, which involves local kopitiam coffee and a Guinness reduction.

Nutmeg & Clove: Another great place to sip on local flavors is Taiwanese bartender Kae Yin’s Chinese medicine hall-inspired bar. It may be a collaboration with famed London bar Nightjar, but the cocktails are assuredly Asian with ingredients like lapsang souchong tea, goji berries and Chinese hawthorne. 

The Food and Nightlife Scene in Chinatown

Thanks to all the hip restaurants in charming conserved shop houses, Chinatown has been the place to see and be seen for quite a few years now, but with new destinations opening up, it's even cooler than before. Put these three destinations on your list.

Potato Head Folk: The first overseas opening of this Bali institution on Keong Saik Road ups the ante even more. It’s already a hot favorite with the see-and-been set, but even if you’re not keen on the scene, there’s bound to be something for everyone across these four floors of burgers, cocktails and dancing. Our tip: head upstairs to the lovely rooftop garden space for the best ambience.

My Little Tapas Bar: Meanwhile, diverse Club Street is still the place to be for bar-hoppers. New entrants to visit include this bustling for Spanish wines and sherries.

Operation Dagger: A quiet underground cocktail den helmed by Aussie barkeep Luke Whearty, who creates experimental concoctions in his mad scientist-like lab.

Sky-high Glamor at Singapore's Rooftop Bars

Altimate nightclub in Singapore
Sky-high views from the 61st floor? That would be Altimate, a spin-off from the luxury nightclub 1-Altitude. (Courtesy Altimate)

Visitors have no lack of fantastic vantage points for sunset drinks, thanks to a recent slew of new rooftop bars and clubs in town.

Altimate: Longtime favorite 1-Altitude now has a luxe club where you can get amazing views from the 61st floor while partying it up to upbeat house music and club hits.

Empire: Nearby, there’s also this penthouse club-lounge, which offers pretty competitive views from the 45th story.

Hi-So: No less swanky are lower-slung rooftop bars perched on the rooftop of the new Sofitel So hotel downtown and features a glamorous, gold-tiled infinity pool and a fantastic ladies’ night every Wednesday.

Southbridge rooftop bar and lounge in Boat Quay, Singapore
Order the oysters and a glass of champagne to feel on top of the world. (Courtesy Southbridge)

Southbridge: Bustling Boat Quay welcomes its latest hotspot, where you can enjoy champagne, oysters and gorgeous views of the bay. Plus the vibe's pretty down tempo and dim.

Dance All Night: Singapore's Dance Clubs

Bang Bang dance club in Singapore
Bang Bang, a destination for clubbing and wild dance parties (Courtesy Bang Bang)

The dance club scene has really taken off in the past year, with plenty of new spaces ready to give veteran superclub Zouk a run for its money (well, almost).

Bang Bang: This snazzy club, successor to clubbing institution Mink at the Pan Pacific, is just as fit for Champagne-fuelled fun.

Canvas: Alternatively, head to this club and art gallery to enjoy a more laidback vibe and a curated musical selection of critically-acclaimed house, techno and UK garage alongside arty video projections on the walls.