Singapore may have a reputation for being prim and proper (yes, everyone remembers the no chewing gum rule), but that doesn’t mean the people here are not into partying. Here are Five Stones Hostel’s top 5 choices for the party animal in you:
1. Clarke Quay
We’re not just putting this as the top of the list because that’s where we are located. We choose to be located here for a very good reason, it’s the centre of all Singaporean nightlife. A wide variety of clubs and bars line the picturesque Singapore River, providing party-goers with liquids and grub late into the night.
How to get there and back from FSH: Walk there! It’s only 5 mins away. When you call it a night, simply stagger back into bed :)
2. Orchard Road
Singapore’s famous shopping belt is also home to a pulsating nightlife scene. Emerald Hill, a tucked-away strip flanked by elegant Perenakan row houses, is the place to go for atmospheric pubs and bars with chilled-out alfresco lounges and tasty cocktails. Further at the other end of Orchard road, Orchard Towers has four floors full of girlie bars and clubs with live music and dance shows – imagine an entire red-light zone housed in one building. For a touch of sophistication, try Brix at the luxurious Grand Hyatt, Marriott’s Bar None, Indochine at Wisma Atria or head for boisterous fun at Irish pub Muddy Murphy’s at the basement of Orchard Hotel.
How to get there and back from FSH: Head over to Clarke Quay MRT which is 2mins away, take the train to Somerset station for Emerald Hill or Orchard station for Orchard Tower and the hotels.
Even though Zouk is located slightly away from downtown or any MRT stations, this hugely popular club, which has been compared with some of the best in Europe, plays mainly House music to a mostly young crowd. Zouk’s music is spun by its seven resident DJs, while regular live acts from visiting artistes – such as Galliano, Chemical Brothers, Heart and Kylie Minogue — are an added draw. Wednesday is Mambo Jambo night, when the club shakes off its techno garb and plays a mix of 70s to 90s pop.
How to get there and back from FSH: Zouk is located at 17, Jiak Kim Street, 7382988. To get there, simply hop on to bus 195 at the Clarke Quay station, which will take you there in 10 mins. To get back, take a nightrider, 1N,2N,3N,4N,5N,6N will all bring you to the bus stop right in front of the hostel, else hop into a taxi, which will cost about S$10 with midnight surcharges.
4. Club Street
Club Street got its name from the various Chinese clubs sited on this street in the olden days, but the area around Club St and Ann Siang Hill has seen many upmarket restaurants and bars mushrooming in recent years. These watering holes mainly cater to expats and affluent locals. Many of the second-floor bars and clubs in the area are also gay-friendly, so look out for the rainbow flags.
How to get there and back from FSH: You can walk to Club Street if you don’t mind a 15-20mins walk, otherwise, simply hope on to Bus 145 right at the bus stop right outside FSH building and alight a few stops later at the Maxwell Food Centre (opp the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple). To get home after the buses stop running, take a leisurely stroll along South Bridge Road.
5. Dempsey Hill
Ground zero for the city’s new breed of night life is the Dempsey Hill neighborhood. Where army barracks once stood surrounded by tropical jungle, bars and restaurants have been sprouting at a breakneck pace. The result combines a laid-back atmosphere with alfresco settings, all just a few miles from downtown. Try PS-Cafe, Hacienda or CPMB
How to get there and back from FSH: Dempsey Hill is kind of out of the way, so the best and fastest way to get there is by taxi, which will set you back approximately $15.
For a new party venue every night, check out the following venues as well:
– Boat Quay (just 3 mins away from FSH)
– St James Power Station
– Mohammad Sultan Road
– Holland Village
-Marina Bay Sands Ku De Ta