Our 10 Best Nightlife in Clarke Quay (and Riverside) highlights all the top bars, restaurants and clubs in what is Singapore’s most vibrant after-dark playground.
As soon as the working day is over, Clarke Quay is the buzz word on everybody’s lips; lying in close proximity to the Central Business District, this cute collection of bars and restaurants is Singapore’s go-to area for chilled out alfresco wining and dining. The colourful intertwining boulevards are perfect for bar hopping on any night of the week, and there’s also a good helping of all-out nightclubs for those that that want to keep the party going well into the morning.
Food, drink and partying are what this area specialises in - we give you the cream of the crop in our 10 Best Nightlife Spots in Clarke Quay and Riverside – all a short walk from Clarke Quay MRT Station.
Serious about your dance music? Then you should probably take note of this one. Zouk, Singapore’s first real super club, is, and always has been, at the forefront of the nightlife scene in the country, welcoming pioneering local DJs, as well as big-hitting international names like David Guetta, The Chemical Brothers and Tiesto. You’ll find a mixed crowd, most of whom couldn’t care less about the price of your brand of vodka, but rather who’s on the night’s line-up. The venue is comprised of various interconnecting clubs and zones allowing revellers to switch areas with ease (most just refer to the whole complex as ‘Zouk’). The massive converted warehouse-club can be found upriver from Clarke Quay on Jiak Kim Street. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Wed, Fri - Sat 22:00 - 04:00
- BTS: 17 Jiak Kim Street, Singapore 169420
- Address: +65 6738 2988
Trace Lounge is one of the latest clubs to set up at Clarke Quay, the epicenter of Singapore’s after-dark action. Located on Magazine Road next to Central Mall and just a few minutes’ walk up the river from Clarke Quay MRT, Trace goes heavy on the EDM and hip hop, with some top notch lighting effects (we love the lasers) and sound system to match. Following the trend of many big clubs in Singapore, Trace is only open for three nights of the week: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Expect hip hop for their lady’s night on Wednesday, while the weekend is all about the hands-in-the air EDM which continues until 04:00. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Wed 22:00 - 03:00, Fri - Sat 22:00 - 03:00 or 04:00
- Address: Trace Lounge, #01-03 5 Magazine Road
- Tel: +65 (0) 6443 4500
The Chupitos Bar
Those with even the most basic grasp of Spanish will know what this bar is all about: shots, shots and more shots! Just don’t expect the miniature glasses of liquor to be served in any ordinary fashion. Many of the shooters come with their own themed trick or gimmick, often with fire or funny props involved in the process. Some shots are delightfully exotic (lychee martini), some are a bit disgusting (liquid steak), and others are just downright dangerous – gas chamber, absinth trilogy and torture bong, among others. It’s lots of fun and a great place to impress your friends, but probably not the best bar to spend an entire evening; with shots starting at S$12, both your wallet and your stomach won’t thank you in the morning.
- Opening Hours: Sun - Tue & Thu 18:30 - 01:30, Wed & Fri - Sat 18:30 - 03:30
- Address: 3B River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-05
- Tel: +65 6333 4513
The Crazy Elephant
The Crazy Elephant in Clark Quay throws class and sophistication right out the window, replacing it instead with a nightly dose of quality live rock music and a non-pretentious, casual atmosphere. Nestled alongside lines of swanky new ‘boutique’ and ‘bistro’ bars on the Clarke Quay riverfront, The Crazy Elephant stands out with its scruffy graffiti-lined walls and long-haired rockers nodding away to the blues and classic rock bands until the early hours. Drinks are reasonably priced too; at just over S$10 for a beer, this is one of the cheapest spots in the area. Arrive before the music starts (around 22:00) to grab a good spot, and don’t forget to bring your air guitar.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 03:00
- Address: 3E River Valley Road, Clarke Quay
- Tel: +65 6337 7859
Love it or hate it, Attica is up there with Singapore’s most popular clubs. Easily reachable on Clarke Quay’s waterfront, Attica epitomises a certain type of Singapore venue, one in which fashionistas come to look pretty, chart-friendly tunes appease the masses, and young professionals let their money do most of the talking. To give credit where it’s due, Attica’s recently revamped interior certainly looks the part, and they do occasionally play host to some international names like Paul Oakenfold. It’s huge too, and with four different areas you can easily switch to the more underground-feeling hip-hop, house and electronic zones if you get bored of the party pop soundtrack in the main room. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Wed - Sat 22:30 - 04:00, Sun - Tues 17:30 - 23.00
- Address: 3A Rivervalley Road
- Tel: +65 6333 9973
Beer Market in the heart of Clarke Quay has adopted a pretty quirky concept which replicates the stock exchange: if a certain brand of beer is selling well at any given time, the higher the price will be. Beers that are less in demand will become cheaper, and all the fluctuating prices are displayed throughout on large plasma TVs. It’s a fun concept, and particularly good for the more frugal customers looking to grab themselves a bargain when the prices crash. The selection of larger and craft beers is solid, and there’s also a huge international food menu, perfect for lining your stomachs to avoid any crashes of a different kind.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 01:00
- Address: 3B River Valley Road
- Tel: +65 9661 8283
China One is what you would class as an all-in-one venue. In the early evening, it’s a great place to sink a few reasonably priced pints whilst playing a quiet game of pool. Arrive later (after 8pm) and you’ll find the place buzzing with office workers who flood in for their daily dose of alcohol-fuelled, post-work conversations. China One’s third stage usually happens on the weekend (or ladies’ night every Wednesday) when the office workers have gone home and the groups of party animals come out to play. Expect the crowd to migrate to the dance floor after midnight, with the house DJ playing a mix of electro, hip-hop, and chart remixes.
- Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 17:00 - 02:00, Fri - Sat 17:00 - 05:00
- Address: 3E River Valley Rd, #02-01
- Tel: +65 6339 0280
G-Max Reverse Bungy
As long as you’re not afraid of heights, G-Max Reverse Bungy is a great alternative to Clarke Quay’s usual activities of eating and drinking at the many picturesque waterside bars or restaurants. This is Singapore’s first ever bungy, and offers some great views of the city as well as an adrenaline fix to satisfy even the biggest of thrill seekers. The daredevils that try it out (or just those who have plucked up enough Dutch courage at a nearby bar) are launched skywards at 200kms per hour to a height of 60 metres. Although open from 14:00 every day, G-Max is best enjoyed when the sun goes down and the city is lit up in spectacular fashion.
- Opening Hours: 14:00 – late
- Address: 3E River Valley Road
- Tel: +65 6535 6746
Shuffle Bistro Bar
This spacious pub/restaurant is a good bet for groups or couples looking for a more chilled out venue with no shocks when the bill arrives at the end. Shuffle Bistro Bar boasts 150 seats, meaning the common Clarke Quay predicament of limited seating space at peak times is not so much of a problem here. They also serve up a tasty menu, mostly comprised of comfort food like chicken wings, pizzas and burgers - all coming in at a very reasonable S$10-15. At the back there’s a small stage welcoming local bands who play a mix of Chinese classics and chart covers – not exactly rocking the place like other Clarke Quay joints, but certainly creating a more relaxed vibe that many people prefer.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 18:00 - 01:00, Fri - Sat 18:00 - 03:00
- Address: D Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Rd #02-03 Blk
- Tel: +65 6338 9438
Bar Opiume at IndoChine Empress Place is frequented by the top flyers of Singaporean social life and has hosted an impressive list of world-class acts and corporate events such as the MTV Asia Post- Awards parties and VIP birthdays. One of the best outdoor chill-out lounges in town, the bar features soft comfortable sofas and an incomparable view out over the Singapore River. The bar has a resident jazz band that helps smooth out the wrinkles of many a punter after a hard day at the office. Packed on the weekends with a young, trendy and sophisticated crowd, while on weekdays the atmosphere is more chilled-out. The bar has also won numerous awards for both the design of the bar and the overall concept.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 17:00 – 02:00, Fri - Sat 17:00 – 03:00, Sun 17:00 – 01:00
- Address: 1 Empress Place, Asian Civilisations Museum
- Tel: +65 6339 2876