The gay nightlife scene in Singapore has had its ups and downs, with plenty of long-running LGBT-friendly clubs and bars being forced to shut due to a number of reasons. However, that’s not to say there aren’t still places that thrive off the pink dollar – far from it.
Most of the gay bars and clubs in Singapore are focussed around the famous Neil Street (in Chinatown, walking distance from Outram MRT). Just rock up here after the sun goes down and you’ll find a number of gay-friendly venues, from chilled out bistros to banging nightclubs (we’ve picked a few of the best below). Singapore also hosts regular gay parties, but again, these come and go so the best way of staying up-to-date is to ask around. We’ve also included one wild-card selection should you wish to escape the city and party on the beach with a diverse, anything-goes kind of crowd. Here're five fun gay bars in Singapore!
Tantric Bar / May Wong’s Cafe / Backstage BarChinatown
This three-in-one venue is a quite an institution in Singapore’s gay nightlife scene. Located on Neil Road – which is pretty much the LGBT epicentre of the country – the lively trio of bars is easy walking distance from Outram Park in Chinatown, a stone’s throw away from the looming skyscrapers of the CBD. This place started off as just the ‘Backstage Bar’, but its newer Tantric Bar seems to be the most popular choice nowadays, with hip dance music and potent cocktails keeping the diverse crowd happy until throwing out time (when most of the guys stumble across the street to carry on the party at Taboo Club…)
- Opening Hours: 20:00 - 03:00 daily
- Address: 78 Neil Road, Chinatown, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6423 9232
While other gay clubs come and go in Singapore, Taboo Club is one of a handful that have stood the test of time and still thrive today. This is partly thanks to its location on Singapore’s pinkest street – Neil Road – surrounded by half-a-dozen or so other gay-friendly (but much more chill) bars and bistros. Things only really get going here after midnight, when the boys roll up tipsy after a night of bar hopping. Expect T-shirts to come off, a bit of groping here and there, guys that look like girls, girls that look like guys, and everything in between – all to the sound of a thumping big house soundtrack and camp 80s décor.
- Opening Hours: 22:00 - 05:00
- Address: 65 Neil Road, Singapore 088897
- Tel: +65 6225 6256
If throbbing bass and flirty, in-your-face guys aren’t exactly your thing, try heading over to Neil Road’s more chilled out DYMK bar. The setting is great, located in a lovingly-restored old shop house with a focus more on relaxed tunes and creative cocktails mixed by the friendly bartenders. Come in the daytime to relax, although be warned: as the night gets later things do heat up (especially on Thursdays when they throw a dedicated S&M party). Music is generally mainstream hits, cheese and retro 80s compared to the relentless house beats at Taboo and Tantric on the same street. Oh, and the name? “Does Your Mother Know”
- Address: 41 Neil Road, Chinatown, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6224 3965
Tanjong Beach ClubSentosa
Tanjong Beach Club still stands proud as one of the longest running and well-loved party places on the island. This all-in-one-venue (bar, restaurant, and club) has all the essential ingredients needed to make the perfect beach bar: sumptuous sea views, a great swimming pool for guests and a fine list of food and drinks (we particularly love their cocktails). Tanjong Beach Club also has another trick up its sleeve which pulls in the punters: beach parties! This is no gay bar in its own right, but expect a very diverse crowd with plenty of hot beach bods on display of all nationalities and orientations. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tue - Fri 11:00 - 23:00, Sat - Sun 10:00 - 00:00 (party times differ)
- Address: 20 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6270 1355
Cow & CooliesChinatown
If you are looking to pick up the microphone and belt out a ballad then this bar is the place to come. It’s easygoing and friendly with a mixed crowd of office workers, guests from the nearby backpacker hostel and those attracted by the rainbow flag that flies outside. Unlike many places in Singapore, there's no airs or graces here: it’s loud, jolly and a little bit rough around the edges. It’s an anything goes kind of place so come with an open mind and you’ll be in for a good time.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 17:00 – 01:00, Fri- Sat 17:00 – 02:00
- Address: 30 Mosque St, Singapore 059508
- Tel: +65 6221 1239