Do your part and stay home as much as possible during the Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) period. When restrictions ease. head out and enjoy all that Singapore has to offer! Remember to observe good hygiene measures and practice safe distancing. Stay safe!
It’s been a year since restrictions were put in place globally to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Now, as transmission rates and restrictions have eased in recovery for Singapore, you can finally resume those weekend plans that you had put on hold! Who’s to say that all the fun ends when the sun sets? Here’s how you can make the best of your free time in the evenings, all the way into the wee hours of the night.
Like any metropolis, Singapore is famed for its nightlife. From pubs lining hotspots like Clarke Quay to swanky nightclubs on the rooftops of the Central Business District (CBD), we’re a city that knows how to let its hair down.
Whether you’re just bored at night or think you’ve seen it all, the city is still filled with many unique afterhours experiences and things to do for curious locals.
Soak up the hustle and bustle of Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre
Located in the west, the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre is a sprawling 600-shop complex selling fruits, vegetables, dried goods, fish and seafood. Over 40% of Singapore’s produce goes through here, so the marketplace runs 24/7, with its busiest hours being between 12 – 6AM! Wholesalers such as local market store owners and other food and beverage business owners purchase their fresh food here before setting up for the day. So, the next time you’re running out of ingredients and have time to spare in the middle of the night, consider your grocery run an exciting outdoor activity and tag a friend along!
Visitors can get their hands on produce that goes into Singapore’s famed cuisine, from popular hawkers to glitzy restaurants. Trolleys filled with boxes upon boxes bustle around constantly, so don’t be surprised to see stocks cleared as early as two in the morning!
There's even an auction house, where the freshest fruit and vegetable imports are put up for bidding!
The Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre is one of the best places that demonstrate Singapore’s authenticity and local culture. The dedicated seafood section is worth the trip – with everything from seabass, stingrays to even sharks up for sale. The best part? All stocks are caught or farmed within the island’s waters.
Pro tip: Wear covered shoes to the market as it can get slippery. Make sure your handphone is kept in waterproof cases as your hands may get dirty.
Address: 1 Wholesale Centre, Singapore 110001
Opening hours: Open 24 hours from Monday to Saturday, Closed on Sundays.
How to get there: Catch the last train to the nearby Haw Par Villa MRT station. You can also hail a taxi or book a private-hire service like Grab. Check here for more information on getting around Singapore.
Rent a rod and pull up a chair for night-time fishing at ORTO
For an activity that’s more hands-on, you can try prawning this weekend, a beloved pastime among locals. Reel in tiger head prawns, crayfish or more challenging catches like barramundi at ORTO. This nature resort is open all day, and is conveniently located beside Khatib MRT station.
Whatever you catch can be grilled on the spot or you can see how the pros do it at the beer gardens and restaurants in the park. Wondering if prawning is a suitable activity to do with kids? Fret not. Kids can also dip their feet in the shallows with longkang (‘drain’ in Malay) fishing, where schools of small fish like guppies are plentiful.
Take the weekend of fun activities in Singapore a notch higher with high-octane fun at ORTO through paintball, futsal, an indoor trampoline park and even go-karting!
Address: 81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-09, Singapore 769198
Opening hours: Opens 24 hours daily.
Prices: 1 Hour – S$20, 2 Hours – S$30, 3 Hours – S$36, 10 Hours – S$108
How to get there: Take a 10-minute walk along the guided footpath from Exit B of Khatib MRT Station. You can also hail a taxi or book a private-hire service like Grab.
Rub shoulders with new faces on the Singapore Pub Crawl
If you love meeting new people, this next activity’s for you. Hop onto the Singapore Pub Crawl for the best nightlife experience. Each crawl takes you through four bars around the island, before topping it off with a nightcap at the 1-Altitude rooftop bar at One Raffles Place.
Packages include exclusive drink promos and complimentary welcome shooters at every venue*. They also offer themed packages, like a romp with the best Mexican cocktails and food you can find for Cinco De Mayo. A night pub crawl is one of the fun activities in Singapore where you can meet new people and forge new friendships. Nothing beats the combination of a drink and some good banter! Be sure to bring that monopod along for some great photo opportunities.
Sign up on their website and meetup with their hosts and fellow revellers at one of the business district’s most well-known landmarks – The Fat Pigeon statue. Packages range from as low as S$19.90 to S$140, check their website for a full list of crawls available. Good to note that apart from complimentary drinks that come with the package, other drinks are not paid for.
*Due to the heightened alert phase and restrictions in place, do check back on their website to be updated on when the next pub crawl would be!
Meetup point: The Fat Pigeon Statue (80 Raffles Place, Singapore 048624)
How to get there: Take a short walk from Exit G of Raffles Place MRT Station. If you get lost, don’t hesitate to shoot your hosts a text or call at +65 9640 5611.
Find your groove while cosmic bowling @ K Bowling Club
Imagine knocking down glow-in-the-dark bowling pins under neon lights and thumping beats. Cosmic bowling has been a growing after-hours trend, serving as a great stress-reliever and indoor activity for the office crowd in Singapore. Our recommendation? Head to the K Bowling Club inside 313@Somerset.
Whether you’re hitting strike after strike, or fizzing out in the gutter, the upbeat disco atmosphere will lift anyone’s spirits. There’s plenty of good food and drinks too, with finger food, pizza and even fancy fare like ratatouille to compliment the extensive bar selection.
Non-bowlers can also try their hand out at easy-going games like pool, darts, a fully equipped arcade and karaoke! Running out of date ideas for the weekend? We find cosmic bowling to be one of the best couple activities in Singapore - especially for the first date! Adrenaline makes everything better.
Rates go for as low as S$11 per person on Mondays to Thursday, check their website for a full pricing list.
Address: 313 Orchard Road, #03-27, 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: Friday and Saturday - 10:00am to 4:00am, Sunday to Thursday - 10:00am to 3:00am.
How to get there: Head up to level 3 of 313@Somerset from Exit B of Somerset MRT Station. You can also take a cab or book a private-hire service like Grab to the mall.
Admire the cosmos from the heartlands at Woodlands Galaxy Community Club
Not a fan of crowds or loud activities? For quieter types, a different kind of cosmic awaits with stargazing at the Woodlands Galaxy Club. Perched atop Woodlands Community Centre, this observatory is run by and designed with input from residents and local astronomy enthusiasts. Rain or shine, this indoor activity is perfect for families of all sizes, couples, and those going solo!
On clear nights, the 30cm telescope displays the moon, nearby planets and constellations in all their glory. This weekend or next, guided tours here change depending on astronomical events, so there’s something new on every visit. Seminars on the nature of the universe are hosted here too — not something you’d expect to see in the heartlands!
Address: 31 Woodlands Ave 6 Woodlands, Singapore 738991
Opening hours: Friday and Saturday - 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Contact: Email email@example.com or call +65 6366 2218 for more information
How to get there: Take a short walk from Exit D of Admiralty MRT Station. You can also hop on a cab or book a private-hire service like Grab to the community centre.
From appreciating the inner workings of the city, enjoying new company to stargazing, there are many non-conventional ways and fun activities to get a taste of Singapore’s nightlife. So, clear your plans for a sleep-in the next day and head out to explore Singapore, after dark.
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