Boat Quay serves as one of the most popular places for a waterside drink or nibble in Singapore, with its wide range of colourful and charismatic bars and alfresco restaurants. The compact area is sandwiched in between Clarke Quay in the north and Marina Bay in the south (both walkable).
While presenting one of the favourite sundowner spots in the city today, the famous quay has a rich history, deeply engraved into the foundations of the county; Boat Quay actually formed part of the busiest port in Singapore, managing the supply of imports and exports that enabled Singapore to become a developed nation.
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The main Boat Quay stretch comprises a pedestrianised lane that loops its way around the curve of the Singapore River, spilling out into Marina Bay and then eventually the Singapore Straits. Most of the bars and restaurants here are set in the iconic old multi-coloured houses, with the lane starting at Elgin Bridge and ending near the Fullerton Hotel.
Besides eating and drinking, Boat Quay is a real photographer’s playground. The coloured houses ooze personality, while the reflections at night across the water are equally as impressive. For the best vantage point head to Elgin Bridge – it’s here where you’ll be able to capture the gleaming CBD skyline towering over the pretty waterside houses in all their glory.
Where to drink at Boat Quay
RedDot BrewHouse – part indoor, part alfresco, this is the go-to spot for a quality ale around the boat quay area. Views are pleasant, but the real winner here is those homebrewed beers. Steaks, burgers and snacks are available too.
Neko no Niwa – cat café! Yes, that right – you can drink discounted tea and coffee (around S$2) all in the company of a furry feline friend for the additional cost of S$12 for an hour-long cuddle. (closed Tuesdays)
The Penny Black – this British-style booze supposedly had all its parts shipped halfway across the world from England. Along with all the traditional pub furniture, there’s live sports (with a strong bias towards Newcastle United FC) as well as some decent bitters on tap.
The Spiffy Dapper – probably the best cocktail spot on Boat Quay; their in-house mixologist puts his unique touch on classics such as the signature Bloody Mary and Old Fashioned. Expect a price tag (S$20+) to match.
Canvas Club – technically not at Boat Quay (just across South Bridge Road along the way to Clarke Quay and you’ll find it), Canvas Club is the reincarnation of the now-departed Home Club. Expect bass-heavy underground music late on, or arrive in the day to check out the cool art gallery space.
- Location: Boat Quay, Singapore 049846, Singapore