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THE SINGAPORE NIGHTLIFE NOCTURNALLY SPEAKING

From festive lights-up and shopping in Orchard Road to culinary indulgence to 12-hour partying at ZoukOut, Singapore is better known for its nightlife. After hours, Singapore practically transforms itself from a super-efficient business hub to a buzzing network of pubs and nightclubs. People indulge freely in late night bar-hopping, leaving behind the burden of the day’s stress. Pubbing and clubbing at Singapore is a must if you want to feel the night-pulse of the city—experience the city only by day and you get just half of the picture.

One such nightspot with breathtaking views of Singapore’s night lights is the New Asia Bar, located on the 71st and 72nd floor of Singapore’s tallest building – the Swissôtel Stamford. New Asia Bar offers guests a spectacular 360° view of Singapore. The lift takes you up to public access Level 71st while access to 72nd is by invitation-only. Check out also  the brilliant city lights as seen from the Singapore Flyer.

Other night spots I visited include the glittering lights, beautiful people and buzzing bars of Clarke Quay. A lot of its facade seems to have changed since my last visit years ago and with its kaleidoscope of hip bars and nightspots along the Singapore River, Clarke Quay is certainly a great nightlife location. Originally a centre of commerce along the Singapore River, Clarke Quay is nowadays a labyrinth of restaurants, concept bars, retail stores and recreation outlets. Clubs like Zirca Mega Club and Attica are famous names on the local night circuit, while restaurants and bars with a mind-boggling selection of themes and attractions round out your choice of after-sunset indulgence.

Located 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. Stressed out folks can check in at The Clinic for a much needed shot.

Cool looking membrane roof structures, these permament transparent (ethylenetetrafluoroethylene) ETFE cushion street roofs, provide shading and cooling between shops and houses, are patterned with custom decorative fritting and emphasised with colour lighting.

“The Cannery unveils Mulligan’s, a classical, traditional Irish bar that provides a meeting point for like-minded individuals and sports enthusiasts who appreciate great value Irish food and beverage culture, and authentic Irish live music, a first in Clarke Quay.” source: e-clubbing.com

One of Clarke Quay’s so called “little entertainment attraction” is the Turkish Ice Cream man who constantly fiddles with his ice cream and if you’re one of the fortunate ones on the receiving end of his acrobatic acts, everyone has a laugh at your expense. That’s quite a good deal 🙂

If you need an adrenaline boost, try the hair-raising GMAX Reverse Bungy which reaches 60 metres in the air at speeds of up to 200 kph and hits G Force 5 — your hair might never look the same again.

Being hosted @ Clarke Quay meant I was able to take pictures where normally frown upon or prohibited inside. It’s Friday night and the energy was simply electric everywhere. Here, folks danced to a live performance of Sean Kingston’s Fire Burnin’ On The Dancefloor! Other clubs we visited included Lunar Asia Fusion Bar, YelloJello, Rebel Boutique Club and we ended the night at Zirca where we were treated to an audio visual spectacle with interactive and engaging live performances.

Rebel is a cool urban boutique club which features customised street art pieces by renowned Melbourne artist, Meggs.

As we left for the evening, more people had just arrived to start their evening …

16 thoughts on “THE SINGAPORE NIGHTLIFE NOCTURNALLY SPEAKING

  1. Oh goodness! I love your first and fourth pictures best!! No wonder you’re sent to take snapshots, they are simply marvelously taken!!! Pictures are so radiant yet smooth. The night city is so vibrant with the lights! Nice job indeed!!! =D

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    1. Hey Radhi,

      The excellent low light performance of the 5DII made this possible. Skills without capable equipment just makes the job more challenging. To think that I nearly chose to travel light with just one lens, I’m glad I followed my instincts and brought the full trio: 17-40, 24-70 and 70-200 heavy they may be. The only thing that would make the job easier is a second body though somewhat overkill in some situation.

      I wonder if any brides would be daring enough to toss her bouquet to a waiting crowd below this way. Although a novel idea, I think at such heights the whole idea becomes dangerous. We don’t want to end up on one of those American TV shows for all the wrong reason.

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  2. Clarke Quay, ahhhHh my fav nightspot in Singapore. Well done Jan! your great pics bring back all the memories as if it was only yesterday. I really like the variety of clubs, restaurants and pubs here, each has its unique kind of flavor/ambience for people with different taste but with one common goal – to have a good time. Now I’m seriously looking forward to my next Singapore trip heheh. Great post! 🙂

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