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Sometimes, you don’t realise and appreciate what you have until it’s gone. That has been quite obvious in the past few months when music in restaurants and bars were banned. The rationale — background noise encourages people to speak louder, thus a higher risk of spreading Covid-19.
Good news for music lovers then — the ban has been lifted, and establishments can once again play recorded music! Softly, nonetheless, but it’s better than deafening silence.
To ring in the return of good tunes to our favourite F&B hotspots, it’s time to explore the many places and indoor activities in Singapore where music can take centre stage, from funky roller rinks to hip vinyl record stores. Rock on (safely) people!
1. Candy K-Bar
A karaoke session with friends is one of the many fun things to do in Singapore — up until the pandemic ruined it for us. So you’d be surprised to know that this family karaoke joint in Somerset remains very much open, sans the actual karaoke singing. That’s because Candy K-Bar is now operating as a restaurant and bar, with the karaoke rooms turned into private dining rooms.
While there won’t be any microphones at the ready for folks to croon their hearts out as before, they’ll still be able to curate a song playlist through the karaoke system. Liven up the melodies with generous boozy packages, including beer towers (S$48), Soju bundles (S$79.80 for five bottles) as well as wine starting from S$58 per bottle.
The food menu is nothing to blink at either — they’ve bolstered their offerings with proper main dishes like Aglio Olio with Bacon (S$22), Tom Yum Seafood Pasta (S$24) and the Pork Leg Rice Vermicelli (S$22). You’ll probably work up an appetite after all the sing-alongs.
Address: TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Rd, #02-08, Singapore 238164
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday — 6:00pm to 2:00am
2. Splat Paint House
Be your own Picasso — more like Jackson Pollock in this case — at Singapore’s only splatter paint studio: Splat Paint House. Throw out everything you’ve ever learnt in art class — the walls are your canvas here, so get ready to feel like a kid again. Arm yourselves with squirt bottles and soaker guns, fill it up with paint, and go wild!
Trust us, things will get messy. That’s why disposable ponchos, hair nets, shoe covers and safety glasses are provided, but it’s best to put on clothes that you don’t mind getting stained.
Get your creative juices flowing with music playing over the speakers, and paint to your heart’s content on the provided canvas. Song requests are welcome, and so is dancing — just not on the tables!
As Splat Paint House notes, the walls (and each other) are fair game to splash your colours. Once the session’s over, let the artwork dry for up to 48 hours at the studio before you can bring it back home, ready to be hung on your walls. If this isn’t the most fun activity for the weekend, what is?
Address: 207A Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574346
Opening hours: Closed Monday to Tuesday; Wednesday to Friday — 3:00pm to 9:00pm; Saturday — 11:00am to 9:00pm; Sunday — 11:00am to 7:00pm
3. Vertigo 26
Looking for where to go in Singapore if you like your music a little more alternative and underground? Go literally below ground at Vertigo 26, a quaint vinyl record bar in the basement of Mint Museum of Toy.
A record store by day and a cocktail bar by night, this is a new spot for music lovers and audiophiles to find an impressive collection of vinyl records to accompany their snacks and booze. With the return of music in F&B establishments, patrons can now soak in the warm tunes played through Vertigo 26’s vintage JBL speaker system.
Even the signature cocktails are music-themed. Taste a Sweet Child O’ Mine, a sugary drink inspired by the Guns N’ Roses classic with flavours drawn from a Milo-infused Glenfiddich whisky, milk and butterscotch. For something more contemporary, there’s always Watermelon Sugar High (yes, by Harry Styles), an off-menu watermelon slushy that’s sure to refresh your highly-refined tastebuds.
Address: MINT Museum of Toys, 26 Seah St, Basement, Singapore 188382
Opening hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday to Saturday — noon to 10:30pm; Sunday — noon to 6:00pm
4. Holey Moley Golf Club
If competitive fun, music and goofing off is what you’re after, Holey Moley Golf Club is the place to be! Singapore’s first all-in-one mini golf club and bar has been a space for tomfoolery and good vibes with friends since it opened its doors at Clarke Quay in 2018.
No golf skills needed; you just have to know how to swing a club good enough to hit a ball in the most creative way possible and land it in a hole. They really did put the fun in the activity here. Who knew indoor golf could be a whole lot exciting? It really does steal the deal, even for couples looking for something to do together… and even as a first date idea!
Creativity is the name of the game across 27 themed golf holes at Holey Moley. That’s because each station will have you navigating the golf ball through vibrant putt putt courses paying homages to The Simpsons, Game of Thrones, ET, The Wizard of Oz and more.
As you can tell, they’re all perfectly Instagram-worthy to boot, injecting even more fun into your booze-fuelled golfing attempts. Set up your tripod at the side and capture that glorious swing! No live DJs playing hits like before, but the thumping pop remixes belting over the speakers should get you swinging those clubs to the beat.
Speaking of which, the Caddyshack Bar will take care of all your drinking needs with beers, wines, and themed cocktails to liven up the party. Get a rush of sweetness with the Sugar Caddy, a vodka cocktail infused with passionfruit, lime, peach liquor and a candy kebab of sorts. If mini-golf, Instagrammable set pieces, sugary cocktails, and metre-long pizzas sound like a good time, Holey Moley recommends booking party packages for folks to celebrate together in style. Just remember not to swing that golf club too hard!
Address: 3B River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
Opening hours: Monday to Friday — 3:00pm to 11:00pm; Saturday and Sunday — noon to 11:00pm
5. Hi Roller Singapore
Roller discos are a relic of the ‘70s and ‘80s, but Hi Roller Singapore proves that the love for old-school skating discotheques are alive and well today. Founded by the same people behind inline and roller skating store Hvper Sport, this indoor skating rink at Downtown East is everything that the skating community would love about the sport.
It’s all about the retro nostalgia here: classic pop hits and disco lights warmly invite you into the venue, regardless of whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned skater. Don’t worry if you’ve never even tried on a pair of rollerblades or roller skates — there’s a zone for beginners to get used to having them on and learn the ropes of moving about on wheels. Not feeling confident just yet? It’s best to rent some helmets and pads to go along with your skates.
The best way to soak in the groovy vibes is by dropping by the rink on weekends when the lights get turned down and a medley of old disco-pop get pumped in. You’ll be whizzing around in no time while trying to mime the dance moves of Village People’s YMCA. This is one of the many activities in Singapore you won’t even have to think twice about bringing your kids down too — it’s fine if retro beats aren’t their thing, just get them on the ice!
Hi Roller’s wholesome vibes attract a lot of visitors and since Covid restrictions limit the capacity at 50 people each two-hour session, it’s best that you book a slot well in advance before dropping by!
Address: Market Square @ Downtown East, E!Hub, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Level 5, Singapore 519599
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday — 11:00am to 9:00pm
6. K Bowling Club
If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a Timezone for adults in Singapore, there totally is in the heart of Orchard Road. Located on the upper levels of 313@Somerset, K Bowling Club is more than just a bowling rink — it’s a neon-lit haven of fun and entertainment with friends, food and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
But of course, the main attraction are the bowling lanes, which are covered in flashing neon lights with techno in the background for a full cyberpunk-ian feel. After scoring some strikes, get your game on at other stations, including darts, pool, old-school arcade games and claw machines to win a plushie or two.
Over at another lounge, Playstation 4 consoles are rigged up for patrons to play couch multiplayer video games, like the ever-infuriating Overcooked. All while pumping dance music flow through the air.
The activities should work up your thirst and hunger, and K Bowling Club delivers an array of Heineken beer towers (S$88 each), cocktails and finger food to cover all your partying bases.
Address: 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, #03-27, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday — 10:00am to 3:00am, Friday to Sunday — 10:00am to 3:00am
7. The Flying V Metal Bar
As a self-proclaimed heavy metal headquarter in Singapore, you best believe the music playing over here involves quite a bit of headbanging. Turn the volume up to 11 at The Flying V, where beer and pizza flows as freely as the guitar riffs over the speakers.
The dedication to heavy metal is clear from the moment you step inside the bar, where the walls are plastered with concert posters of iconic metal bands such as Metallica, Judas Priest, Scorpions and Slayer. It wouldn’t be a heavy metal bar without the heavy metal tunes, so drop by only if you’re not afraid of some good ‘ol rock music.
Pizza forms the bulk of the food menu — all of which goes very well with the abundant options of beer available, both bottled and on tap. If you’re a true blue metal fan, make sure you don’t leave the bar till you’ve had the Iron Maiden Trooper (S$7 for a half pint, S$12 for a pint, S$22 for a jug), the premium ale produced by legendary British band Iron Maiden.
Address: The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, B1-29/30, Singapore 179803
Opening hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday to Sunday — 3:00pm to 10:30pm
Rock the beats this weekend!
We’ll never know when concerts and gigs might return to our lives in Singapore, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have other ways to sing and dance our hearts out like before.
Music lovers will find that there are still plenty of places to go and activities to do in Singapore to vibe with their favourite tunes — you just need to look! If music be the food of love, play on, people.
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