In the past few years, this once-forgotten back alley has taken on legendary proportions. Once a ramshackle row of old Chinese godowns, the street has been transformed into a vital, throbbing artery of Singapore's nightlife. The godowns have retained their colourful Peranakan facades, and many of the bars in this area have adopted a Shanghai-Old World type of interior. Recently, the less famous and markedly more modern side of the road has sprouted its own bars and nightclubs with a more sophisticated and minimalist feel.
Needless to say, Mohammed Sultan is pub-crawler paradise. As good a place to start as any is Wong San's (No 12, 7384024). The décor here revels in its Chinese warehouse-like ambience -- scarred wooden furniture, antique calendars, faded photos of a bygone era. The crowd is hip and young, the music pop and retro. There are monthly parties that play around a theme, such as - what else? - The World of Suzie Wong.
Another joint with an Oriental ambience is Madam Wong's (No 28/29, 8340107), which is swamped every Friday night. There's a rumour that the place is haunted by Madam Wong, but that doesn't seem to worry the people jiving to the retro music on the dance floor. The clientele is definitely on the young side. Expect lots of dancing on table-tops.
If you're tired of the Oriental thing, Sugar (No 13, 8351693) is a funky place to be. One of the few gay clubs in Singapore, this nightspot stands at the cutting-edge of hip and draws in a more creative and avant garde crowd. Sugar is also known for changing its décor every few months - a recent makeover had make-believe chickens, plucked and headless, hanging from the walls.
Across the road, try out the Siam Supperclub for a more upmarket ambience. While the bar is housed within the steel-and-glass monolith of a condominium, the mood inside is definitely Far Eastern with a modern twist. The walls are adorned with antique stone figurines from Thailand and Vietnam, set off by the lighting from huge red lampshades -- Asia for the new millenium. If you wish to go even more upscale, hop onto the minimalist dance floors of Lush or Amoeba (207, River Valley Road, #01-5/60, 7356193), both places where you can usually spot a local celebrity or two. The look here is spare but definitely posh.
Mohammed Sultan Road Nightlife