Clarke Quay & Riverside Nightlife

What to Do and Where to Go at Night in Clarke Quay & Riverside

clarke-quay-nightlife-1000Glittering lights, beautiful people and buzzing nightclubs – these are some of the things that imprint themselves on your mind the first time you visit Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and a kaleidoscope of concept bars and pubs along the Singapore River. A mind-boggling selection of themes and attractions round out your choice of after-sunset indulgence. Originally a centre of commerce along the Singapore River, Clarke Quay is nowadays a labyrinth of restaurants, concept bars, retail stores and recreation outlets. Try Bar Cocoon or Bamboo Bar at The Forbidden City, Lunar Asian Fusion Bar for great shows, or Bar Opiume at the Empress Place by the riverside. Clarke Quay is highly recommended for a great night out in the heart of Singapore!


atticaLove it or hate it, Attica is up there with Singapore’s most popular clubs. Easily reachable on Clarke Quay’s waterfront, Attica epitomises a certain type of Singapore venue, one in which fashionistas come to look pretty, chart-friendly tunes appease the masses, and young professionals let their money do most of the talking. To give credit where it’s due, Attica’s recently revamped interior certainly looks the part, and they do occasionally play host to some international names like Paul Oakenfold. It’s huge too, and with four different areas you can easily switch to the more underground-feeling hip-hop, house and electronic zones if you get bored of the party pop soundtrack in the main room.

Bar Cocoon @The Forbidden City

bar-cocoon-600Bar CoCoon offers a cozy venue for lounging, socializing and clubbing with the unusual addition of massive opium beds enveloped by silk lanterns and drapery with lit incense, creating – you guessed it – a cocoon-like effect. Boasting the dubious distinction of being on the ‘Best Bars to Break up In’ list, Cocoon has a curious mixture of antiquity and modernity and part of the property is devoted to Singapore’s first ice bar. With an extreme conditioned, temperature-controlled unit, the bar has a running temperature of -15 degrees Celsius, making it Singapore’s largest and coldest ice bar.

Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 15:00 – 03:00, Fri – Sat & Public Holidays 15:00 – 06:00
Address: 3A Merchant’s Court, River Valley Road, #01-02
Tel: +65 6557 6268

Bar Opiume

bar-opiume-600This is Asia’s first ever prosecco and vodka bar. Bar Opiume at IndoChine Empress Place is frequented by the top flyers of Singaporean social life and has hosted an impressive list of world-class acts and corporate events such as the MTV Asia Post- Awards parties and most recently, the International Olympic Committee 2012 New York and London bids. One of the best outdoor chill-out lounges in town, the bar features soft comfortable sofas and an incomparable view out over the Singapore River. The bar has a resident jazz band that helps smooth out the wrinkles of many a punter after a hard day at the office.

Packed on the weekends with a young, trendy and sophisticated crowd, while on weekdays the atmosphere is more chilled-out. The bar has won numerous awards for both the design of the bar and the overall concept.

Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 17:00 – 02:00, Fri – Sat 17:00 – 03:00, Sun 17:00 – 01:00
Address: 1 Empress Place, Asian Civilisations Museum
Tel: +65 6339 2876


borgata-336Borgata Trattoria Osteria, LifeBrandz’s latest brainchild, is a brand-new, homegrown concept that incorporates a first-of-its-kind Italian restobar by the river, serving up a full, hearty Italian menu in a rustic and cheery bar setting, complete with the Italian touch.

Opening Hours: Mon – Tue & Thu 18:00 – 23:00,
Wed & Fri – Sat 18:00 – 01:00 (closed on Sundays)
Address: Blk 3C River Valley Rd. #01-02

China One

china-oneChina One is what you would class as an all-in-one venue. In the early evening, it’s a great place to sink a few reasonably priced pints whilst playing a quiet game of pool. Arrive later (after 8pm) and you’ll find the place buzzing with office workers who flood in for their daily dose of alcohol-fuelled, post-work conversations. China One’s third stage usually happens on the weekend (or ladies’ night every Wednesday) when the office workers have gone home and the groups of party animals come out to play. Expect the crowd to migrate to the dance floor after midnight, with the house DJ playing a mix of electro, hip-hop, and chart remixes.

Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 17:00 – 02:00, Fri – Sat 17:00 – 05:00
Address: 3E River Valley Rd, #02-01
Tel: +65 6339 0280


clinic-600Located right in the heart of Clarke Quay, Clinic’s unique alfresco is easily identified by its hospital whites, colourful pills, syringes, drips, test-tubes and paraphernalia in all manner of the clinical, all in tribute to the tongue-in-cheek pop art of Damien Hirst. The mood is at once controversial and conspiratorial. If you’re in on the joke, the ironic pharma-kitsch décor will appeal to you. The diverse space allows a crowd with varied tastes to enjoy their own brand of entertainment.

Opening Hours: 17:30 – late
Address: Block 3C River Valley Road, #01-03 The Cannery
Tel: +65 6887 3733

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