Clarke Quay has it all – from crafty cocktails and live music to colourful shots and salsa music. Out for a drink in Singapore but can’t decide where to go? Make Clarke Quay your first pick
So Clarke Quay may be a tourist trap but even we can’t resist going to these bars for a fun night out by the riverside. Whether you’re looking for happy hours in Singapore, or a girls night out with your friends, the first that comes to mind is undoubtedly Singapore’s most famous nightlife district. With countless bars serving up artisanal cocktails, good bar food, craft beers, and more, there’s something for everyone in this buzzy part of the CBD.
This Scottish bar hits all the right spots if you’re seeking a piece of Scotland in the heart of Singapore’s night scene. Even the staff are clad in kilts. The selection of 250 whiskeys, as well as micro-brewed beers and specialty cocktails will satisfy any fussy drinker. And of course, the alfresco area is perfect for people watching (which we find very entertaining towards the night).
Highlander, #01-11, 3B River Valley Road, Clarke Quay , Singapore 179021
We love an arcade bar and Level Up’s getting us all nostalgic with its mix of arcade games like Time Crisis, Bishi Bashi and air hockey as well as perennial party favourites; beer pong, foosball and billiards. And did we mention the 80s and 90s-esque aesthetic? Quite a bonus. We can’t forget the drinks! Drafts bars, classic and signature cocktails and jug options for bigger groups go hand-in-hand with Asian-inspired bar fare.
Level Up, #02-04, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020
Le Noir’s strategic location isn’t the only thing that reels the crowd in. The live band and DJs, as well as great double bottle promo deals for the group will keep you coming back for more. Keeping up with the EPL season? EPL matches are screen here. Have a glass of ice cold beers on tap, make a friend and busk in good vibes all night long.
Le Noir, 3C River Valley Road, Singapore 179022
Yes, Octapas is first and foremost a Tapas Bar but with daily 1-for-1 drink deals, signature Spanish cocktails and a large selection of wine, we say why not camp here for the drinks? Traditional tapas and modern Spanish cuisine aside, we also can’t ignore the gorgeous interior of exposed brick walls, terracotta floor tiles and the elegant sea of red from the ceiling lamps.
Octapas, #01-08, D, River Valley Road, Singapore 179023
For beers that taste too good to simply chug, try Pump Room’s micro-brewed crafts beers. Brewed right here in Singapore with the best quality grains, the beers are rich in flavour and scent. Our picks; Singapore Golden Ale for a refreshing crisp flavour with a zesty twist and Scotch Ale for weightier flavours with a sweet, caramel finish.
Pump Room, #01-09/10, 3B River Valley Road, The Foundry, Clarke Quay Singapore 179021
Red Tail Bar
Need a place to pre-drink before adjourning to Zouk? The party peeps at Zouk have read our minds, and have astutely launched a bar that’s a stone’s throw away from the iconic superclub. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls let you peer at the madness outside, while you cosily mix and mingle amidst bamboo murals and high tables, armed with cocktails categorised by distinctive party hubs throughout Asia. Miss Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong? Try the Party Like It’s ’97 ($18) that’s a heady mix of Jagermëister, Bourbon and dark rum. Otherwise, the soju-infused Wild Pearl ($18) will trigger flashbacks of Seoul’s Itaewon, while the fruity Jungle Juice ($22) will take you back to Bali’s Jalan Legian.
Red Tail Bar, 3C River Valley Road, Singapore 179022, p. 6738 2988
While most other jamming haunts get rowdy with renditions of radio faves, Crazy Elephant (you can’t miss its neon signage displaying an elephant’s butt) sticks to the unwavering tradition of blues. But no, it’s not sad and mopey here; Crazy Elephant features resident bands who infuse blues with good ol’ rock & roll – screeching guitar solos, humming bass lines, and maybe you’ll even spot some harmonica-howling action here!
Crazy Elephant, #01-03/04 Clarke Quay, 3E River Valley Road, Singapore 179024, p. 6337 7859.
Ice-cold pints of Tiger are great, no doubt, but we do like ourselves some proper German lager sometimes – and it’s a bonus if that doesn’t burn a hole in our wallets. At Sque, indulge in one-for-one pints (that’s $18 for two!) of Schneider Weisse, Benediktiner Weissbier, Stella Artois, as well as lighter Asian brews like Singha and San Miguel between 11.30am – 7pm, and 9pm – 11pm.
Sque, #01- 70, The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817.
This shot bar is well-known for its selection of shots and even crazier happy hour deals, which will get you $6 shots (selected shots only) from 6.30pm ’til 9.30pm daily. It also opens ’til 3.30am on party nights (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday), and that means you have time to sample all 130 shots at The Chupitos Bar. Drinks here are categorised according to different drinking palates and tolerance levels: Deadly, Fruity, Yummy and Daredevil. The bestsellers are the Milo Godzilla and Black Absinthe Bohemian.
The Chupitos Bar, #01-05, 3B River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021.
Meaning “friend” in Japanese, Tomo is indeed an ideal waterhole to see the best (or embarrassing) sides of your gals when they’re hammered. With irresistible happy hours for beers (5pm-7pm, every day including weekends), it’s easy to see why this place is ideal for bonding and catch-ups. As for grub, expect izakaya fare like deep-fried king prawns, grilled squid and garlic fried rice.
Tomo Izakaya, #01-04 Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020
No need to scramble for your margarita fix here, ’cos this contemporary Mexican bar by the riverside’s got a couple of them. House margaritas – choose from a myriad of fruity flavours such as traditional lime, raspberry, blueberry, peach, strawberry, mango, soursop and more – are just $7 a glass and $28 a jug during lunchtime (12pm-3pm), and $10 a glass and $40 a jug during the late afternoon (3pm-7pm). Just don’t let your boss know why your work breaks are getting longer.
Café Iguana, #01-03 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, Singapore 05828
This convivial Cuban cantina is much-loved for its rum cocktails like the Moscow Mule and Coco Rum, as well as its vibrant salsa music. On the menu, you’ll find nosh like Cuban sandwiches, Cuban roasts, as well as a bevy of Mexican- and Spanish-style dishes.
Cuba Libre, #01-13, Block B River Valley Road, Singapore 179021
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