Chinatown Nightlife

What to Do and Where to Go at Night in Chinatown

Nightlife in Chinatown Singapore offers something a little bit different to other areas in the city. Some consider this area to be bit of a dark horse when it comes to after-dark activities, especially when compared to the pulsating nightlife scenes of nearby Clarke Quay and Marina Bay. However, ‘different’ certainly means ‘good’ in our book; step into any of the quirky independent bars, restaurants and clubs in Chinatown and you’ll soon realise why.

Most of the best night spots are centred on Ann Siang Hill and Club Street; a very popular wining and dining area which has attracted some world-renowned chefs and cocktail mixologists in recent years. For a more traditional scene, head to Pagoda Street to see Chinatown in its best light; one that shines bright red with glowing lanterns and the smell of delicious Chinese delicacies in the air.

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83 Bar

83 has closed. 

Deriving its name from its address (so there’s no excuses for not finding 83 on Club Street), this quirky bar offers slightly more generous seating options than some of its neighbours, and the whole decor of the place is pretty funky too. The huge comic book-esque poster sits next to an Art Deco installation, some of the seating looks like it’s been picked up from a car boot sale, yet the main bar and light fixtures are distinctly modern.  

The cocktail list here is pretty extensive and they also do lots of tasty European beers as well as a satisfying array of pub bites like fish and chips (S$14) and a trio of mini burgers (S$24). If that’s not enough to convince you that 83 is one of the best bars on Club Street, then their mammoth four-hour happy hour from 17:00 every day surely will, with spirits from S$5++ and pints from S$9++. 

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 17:00 until late (Closed on Sundays)
  • Address: 83 Club Street, Singapore 069451
  • Tel: +65 6690 7563
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B28 / BTwentyEight

There are only a few dedicated whisky bars in Singapore, and B28 (named so as it is found in the basement of number 28 Ann Siang Road) will satisfy even the most demanding dram drinker. This dim underground space is extremely atmospheric and has a private members’ club feel to it despite being open to the public. There are over 100 different malts from Canada, America, Ireland and Scotland here, starting at $10 for a nip and ranging up to $6,725 for a bottle of discontinued Macallan from 1965. It’s also a great place to bring your non whisky-drinking pals, with a great $15 cocktail happy hour and an interesting wine list.

  • Opening Hours: Tue - Sat 17:00 – 02:00
  • Address: 28 Ann Siang Rd, The Club (Basement), Singapore 069708
  • Tel: +65 9026 3466
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Backstage Bar

Tantric Bar / May Wong’s Cafe / Backstage Bar - 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
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Barrio Chino

Just in case you weren’t paying attention in Spanish lessons, the name of this bar means Chinatown. The prices at happy hour are some of the best we’ve seen in the area: pints for $10 and a glass of wine or house pour spirits at just $7. The bar décor walks a fine line between traditional and stereotyped Spanish, but the bargain drinks mean that the crowd here are always up for a good time. Come at the weekends for live Latin music. Even if you can’t sway your hips quite like the locals in Madrid, the up-tempo beat is too infectious to ignore.

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 17:00 – 02:00
  • Address: 60 Club St, Singapore 069435
  • Tel: +65 6324 3245
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Located at Scarlet Hotel near Club Street, this rooftop bar is a popular evening spot for those wanting to start the evening alfresco. It lives up to its name: the welcoming cool air providing respite from the busy streets below. From here there’s a fantastic view over Chinatown’s temples and pagodas. The intimate seating areas are Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 18:00 – 01:00, Fri - Sat 18:00 – 02:00 and Sun 17:00 – 23:00
  • MRT: Telok Ayer
  • Address: 4/F The Scarlet Hotel, 33 Erskine Rd., Singapore 069333
  • Tel: +65 6511 3333
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Chinatown Street Market

One of the fastest ways to acquaint oneself with Chinatown is to go on a walking tour of the shops and stalls on these streets – Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Lane, Smith Street and Temple Street. These busy streets encapsulate all the sights and sounds visitors expect of Chinatown, with hundreds of stalls selling everything Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 until 22:00
  • Location: Pagoda Street and surrounding roads
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Club Kyo

Kyo is a popular underground club, both in terms of its music policy, as well as its location (it’s housed in a former bank vault in the basement of Keck Seng Tower). Sitting right in the heart of the business district and boasting a Japanese-esque, minimalistic theme, kyo is one of the best clubs in Singapore Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Weds - Fri 21:00 - 04:00, Sat 21:00 - 06:00
  • Address: 133 Cecil Street, Keck Seng Tower #B1-02, Singapore
  • Tel: +66 8299 8735
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Cow & Coolies Pub

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. Outside, the bar fits in with the other shophouses due to its Chinese theme, and the focus inside is the karaoke machine. Don’t worry if you don’t have the vocal range of Whitney Houston, you’ll still get rapturous applause after your performance.

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 17:00 – 01:00, Fri- Sat 17:00 – 02:00
  • Address: 30 Mosque St, Singapore 059508
  • Tel: +65 6221 1239
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Club Street

We’ve included this street as well as highlighting some of the best venues on it because we feel that it best represents nightlife in Singapore Chinatown. This small road only runs for about 200 metres but it is right at the heart of Singapore’s indie bar revival. At the weekend this road and those nearby are Read More...

  • Location: Located in Chinatown, links Cross Street with Ann Siang Hill which leads to South Bridge Road.
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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
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Gem Bar

Ann Siang Hill is one of the best places to enjoy Chinatown’s buzzing nightlife, and if we had to pick one bar on this narrow street to visit it would have to be Gem Bar. This relaxed bar is on the corner of the road, it takes over all three floors of the shophouse. There are happy hours every evening and snacks to soak up the cheap booze, with cocktails inspired by Asia fruit including the sour plum mojito and star fruit martini. On the ground floor you can sit outside on the terrace or lounge on the red velour armchairs close to the bar. Head upstairs for live music on the second floor (from Wednesday to Saturday), or chill out in the pool hall on the third floor.

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 12:00 – 02:00
  • Address: 10 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069789
  • Tel: +65 6423 9562
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Los Primos

Whilst we love the distinctly Spanish atmosphere, authentic decor, and long list of cocktails concocted by their in-house mixologists, what really makes Los Primos one of our go-to Club Street bars is the fact that their kitchen stays open late, perfect for a post-club alternative to McDonalds.

Whilst most bars on Club Street – and all across Singapore – stop serving food at around 22:00, you can order off Los Primos’ impressive a la carte menu until midnight, and the tapas is available until as late as 02:00. The tastiest late night treat here in our book is the Jamon Serrono (S$20.90 for 100 grams) although their Spanish tortilla or meatballs (both S$14.90) soak up all the beer just as well. Sit inside for their air-conditioning or outside on the street to watch the world go by. Happy Hour: 18:00-20:00 every day.

  • Opening Hours: Lunch: Mon - Fri 12:00 – 15:00 (Closed on Sat & Sun); Dinner: Sun - Thu 18:00 - 23:30, Fri - Sat 18:00 - 01:00
  • Address: 81 Club Street #01-01 Singapore 069449
  • Tel: +65 6423 1773
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O'Batignolles Wine Bar & French Bistro

With some rather refined decor including plush marble tables, wooden floors and rattan chairs, you wouldn’t have thought this spot just off Club Street would be considered a cheap place to go drinking in Singapore. However, with quality French wine by the glass from $7 and whole bottles from $35, this is up easily one of the most affordable wine bars around.

If you’re not into your wine, O'Batignolles does have a selection of beers and spirits which unfortunately aren’t as cheap as the plonk. Food, like the wine, is mostly French and therefore you’ll expect to meet with a good number of French expats on any night of the week, as well as a handful of city workers who migrate to Chinatown from the CBD.

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 - 24:00; Sat 11:00 - 24:00; Sun 11:00 - 21:00
  • Address: 2 Gemmill Lane 069247 Singapore
  • Tel: +65 6438 3913
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Oxwell and Co

One of the most recognisable bars around Club Street with its almost billboard-like exterior fronting a grey-on-white colonial building, Oxwell and Co. serves up a fine range of cocktails and mains all in some rather flamboyant settings.

Sitting near the corner of Ann Siang Hill and Club Street, this self-proclaimed gastrobar has numerous area all offering something a little a different, including a rooftop dinging area for a more formal setting, downstairs bar and some alfresco seating outside. House drinks are all poured from some pretty quirky plumbing-style taps, including their own Oxhorn Larger (S$12), as well as Pimms, sangria and Prosecco. There’s also a study range of pub grub as well as free bar bites when you spend enough.

  • Opening Hours: Tues - Sat 10:00-late
  • Address: 5 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore
  • Tel: +65 6438 3984
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SaVanh Bistro & Lounge

Step inside this converted shop house and you’ll instantly feel like you’ve escaped the city, with its bright warm colours, tropical garden greenery, jungle props and giant Buddhist statues dotted around the spacious bar.

Downstairs you’ll find more of a relaxed vibe, with a mix of city workers and young locals lounging around with a pint or cocktail in hand, whilst the upstairs IndoChine Restaurant presents a slightly more formal dining experience. In fitting with the decor, the menu encompasses most parts of Southeast Asia, full of Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian and Cambodian delights that we can’t pronounce. Fortunately, there is a translation provided and so we can recommend their green curry with duck (S$24), crispy soft shell crab (S$30) and of course, sticky rice with mango for dessert (S$10).

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 12:00 - 01:00; Fri 12:00 - 02:00; Sat 15:00 - 02:00
  • Address: 47 Club Street, Singapore
  • Tel: +65 6323 0503
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HI-SO Rooftop Bar at Sofitel SO Singapore

Opened in 2014 on top of the Sofitel So Singapore, HI-SO Rooftop is a relative newcomer in Singapore’s booming rooftop bar scene. The hotel, which is a beautifully restored heritage building, is not particularly tall, meaning the surrounding CBD skyscrapers tower over the bar and adjacent pool, creating an intimate and almost cosy kind of feeling. We love the garden decor they’ve created and there’s also take a dip in the daytime (it opens at 11:00). With a team of mixologists behind the bar, emphasis here is on the cocktails rather than the beers, and ladies also get a free glass of expensive champagne from 18:00-21:00 on Wednesdays (then S$10 a glass for the rest of the night).

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 24:00
  • Address: Sofitel SO Singapore, 35 Robinson Road
  • Tel: +65 6701 6800
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Taboo Club

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
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Tantric Bar

Tantric Bar / May Wong’s Cafe / Backstage Bar - 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
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The Cufflink Club

The Cufflink Club may suggest that this is an after work joint for the city boys, but never fear, this bar welcomes everyone. The staff behind the counter have great banter, the cocktails are excellent and the look is decidedly retro with green tiles lining the bar and dark benches lining the walls. The focus here is very much on the drinks, which all come with quirky names: Cuppa Joe is a coffee cocktail with vanilla vodka served in a takeaway paper cup and Mai Thai Bride brings together the flavours of Siam including lemongrass and kaffir lime. There’s room to sit outside and light bites if you fancy a snack.

  • Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00
  • Address: 6 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089262
  • Tel: +65 9694 9623
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The Good Beer Company

Ditch the stereotype that drinking in Singapore is reserved only for the wealthy and well-dressed at the scruffy Good Beer Company, located in Chinatown Complex hawker centre.

You’re more likely to see uncles drinking with their buddies alongside broke backpackers, rather than the city crowd who like to frequent the nearby CBD bars down the road. The Good Beer Company specialises in a whole host of imported beers and ciders, which usually means there is a hefty price tag. However, beers here start from just $6 (up to around $14), making this one of the cheapest bars in Singapore. You can also grab yourself some hawker food from one of the nearby stalls to have an even more frugal evening out.

  • Opening Hours: 18:00 - 23:00 daily
  • Address: 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex #02-58
  • Tel: +65 9430 2750
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The Screening Room

Classic ‘dinner and a movie’ nights out take on a whole new meaning at Screening Room in Singapore, because here the house chef pairs the menu with the film. The open-air rooftop is a beautiful spot for after-screening drinks offering great views over the Temple of the Tooth and Club Street. Screening Room is easy to Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Screening Room (Level 3) 09:00 - 18:00, Rooftop (Level 4) 18:00 Onwards
  • MRT: Chinatown
  • Address: 12 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069692
  • Tel: +65 6221 1694
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Tippling Club

This experimental cocktail bar on Duxton Hill transports you to another world thanks to the amazing display of glass bottles that hang from the ceiling, which have a slightly Alice in Wonderland feel to them. There’s plenty of comfortable bistro style seating here, and the friendly face behind the bar is one of the city’s top Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Fri & Sun 18:00 – 00:00, Sat 12:00 -15:00
  • Address: 38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461
  • Tel: +65 6475 2217
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