Famous as a party hub of Singapore, Clark Quay comes to life during the night. Once a hub of commerce during 19th century, today it lives up to its legacy of being a busy center, just with more polish and sheen.
Situated at the mouth of Singapore River, the Clarke Quay is a major tourist attraction flanked by stylish restaurants, high-end boutiques, pushcart vendors with a fusion of Asian and European culture. Also lined up along the river are buzzing nightclubs, river cruise bumboats and floating cafes that make the place SingaporeÍs major wining and dining area. Different eating joints serve various cuisines including fine French and Italian to brew houses and outdoor bars with riverfront view. Bamboo Bar at the Forbidden City, Bar Opiume at the Empress Place, Lunar Asian Fusion Bar and Attica or Canvas are some of the most happening places for after-hour party lovers.
History of Clarke Quay
The dynamic and vibrant Clarke Quay that you know of today wasn't always like this. There's a whole history behind the transformation. In 1819, when Singapore was under the British colonial rule, it was a centre of the high amount of sea trading between Europe and Asia. The Singapore river played a major role in the trading between the two continents. The riverfront was then called boat Quay, where the European ships could dock for trades. By the 20th century, the amount of trade carried in Singapore had made enormous damage to the river. That's when government interrupted and banned the trade on the riverfront. Cleansing of the Singapore River was one of the major projects undertaken by the government of Singapore. That's how the Clarke Quay was built into one of the most popular tourist destinations of Singapore.
Attractions at Clarke Quay
Singapore River is undoubtedly the lifeline of Singapore and Clarke Quay's has given new meaning to the river. The river not only holds an economic importance in the country but the recent developments have turned this river into country's most popular tourist destination. The riverside is always filled with the lively locals and vibrant tourists. Located on the Singapore riverfront is Clarke Quay which injects life to the river and to the city with its number of bars and nightclubs, bizarre nightlife, shopping destinations and cruises. Take a stroll along the river in Singapore while gazing at the breathtaking skyline. You can also go for a cruise in the river.
G Max reverse bungy jumping
Surely, the thrilling sport of the bungy jumping excites you a lot. Wait, till you see the G max reverse bungy jumping. Instead of jumping from a platform or cliff, you are thrown up in the air until you are brought back by the bungee cords. It no less than a human catapult and gives the pump to the adrenalin like no other extreme sports. The length of the bungee cord is 50 M and you it is operated at a speed of 120 KMPH. This extreme sport has been built on the technology based in New Zealand and works on complete safety measures. Singapore has one of the seven reverse bungy jumping sites in the world, it gives you another reason not to miss this thrill while you are here. There is also a trampoline bungee which is yet another thrilling sports in the vicinity.
Cost: Extreme Swing: SGD 45/person, Student rate: SGD 35/ person
The once magnificent British edifice has now been converted into an Asian civilisations museum which gives insights into the history of Asian civilisations of Singapore through its preserved art and artefacts. The museum has 11 different galleries and houses more than 1000 well-preserved ancient artefacts and sculptors. It has galleries dedicated to Asian trade, maritime trade, shipwrecks, religion, faith and belief of ancient Asia. If you are a history enthusiast, then you would be keen to know about the beautiful artefacts and their stories. Plan your visit and dedicate good time to explore the ins and outs of the history. Also, look out for the events and programmes in the museums, if lucky, you might get to learn something new in an interesting way.
Boat Quay is a vibrant space stuffed between Clarke Quay in north and Marina Bay in South. It is a short walk away from both the locations and is brimming with people due to its imminent position. There is nothing that you won't find in Boat Quay. From the serene riverside, to the dazzling Clarke Quay. It has the beautiful skyline of the Lion city and it has in numerous bars, nightclubs, restaurants and eating joints. Boat Quay which was once the most important trading port in the 19th and 20th century has now become Singapore's favourite spot attracting thousands of tourists every day. This is the place where you can party on the riverside or simply enjoy a romantic dinner by the river.
Clarke Quay Nightlife
Clarke Quay's nightlife is one of a kind and should definitely be on your bucket list if you are a party person.
Located on the banks of Singapore River, Clarke Quay is one of the most happening places in the country to make the best of your night. The riverside is filled with the lively places from nightclubs to bars and upscale cafes and fine-dine restaurants. With the twinkling Singapore river by its side, the night at the Clarke Quay's wears a new look altogether. The streets are brightened by the array of nightclubs and bars, the river shining to its brightest by the reflection of the millions of city lights, the cruises making their way into the river and the party going till wee hours. You can go bar hopping all night getting tipsy on the beauty of the city. If that's not your plan for the night, a peaceful dinner with the skyline of the city is the next best thing to do here. Explore the riverside strolling through the vivid streets of the Quay before you finally hit a place to party. The best five nightclubs for the nightlife experience of Singapore are listed below.
1. Trace Club
The nightclub is a new addition to the big name of Singapore. The laser lights and uber interiors are a hit among the crowd.
Known for: EDM and Hip hop music, laser lighting system and plush interiors. Timings: Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 PM - 3:00 AM, Saturday: 10:00 PM - 4:00 AM Ladies night with free drinks on Wednesdays.
A nightclub located on Clarke Quay's waterfront which has hosted the famous DJs from all around the world.
Known for: Hip-hop, R&B, techno, young crowd, cocktails and spirits, VIP lounge, performances by international DJ's. Timings: Wednesday - Saturday: 10:30 PM - 4:00 AM, Sunday - Tuesday: 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM, Ladies night with free drinks on Wednesdays.
3. The Chupito Bar
A Spanish bar that will surely get you drunk with its unique drinks and cocktails.
Known for: Spanish cuisine, a wide range of alcoholic drinks, affordable prices. Timings: Sunday - Tuesday, Thursday: 6:30 PM - 1:30 AM, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 6:30 PM - 3:30 AM
One of Singapore's oldest and most famous nightclubs with great DJs, music and cream crowd.
Known for: Local and international DJs, dance music, three different sections for the dance floor (Phuture), underground music (Velvet underground), resto-bar (Wine bar), state of the art interiors. Timings: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00 PM - 4:00 AM
5. The Crazy Elephant
A casual bar with an affordable food and menu drink with live rock sessions.
Known for: Live rock music, casual outing, affordable prices Timings: 5:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Clarke Quay Restaurants
Clarke Quay doesn't fail to surprise the foodies when it comes to a fine-dine experience. The riverside is lined up with some of the best restaurants in the country which serves international cuisines, has spectacular interiors and if you can get a place at the terrace, thank your stars because you are up for a night show. The riverside looks extremely amazing with the dazzling lights, city's skyline and the buzz of the night by the people. If you are not looking for a party in Clarke Quay, you can enjoy a romantic dinner or a casual outing with your companions. Here are some of the best restaurants you'd find in Clarke Quay.
1. Coriander Leaf Bistro
A multi-cuisine restaurant with sophisticated open restaurant and bar with plush seating.
Known for: Asian cuisines from different parts of the continent, Middle-eastern delicacies, a variety of food, open seating, formal interiors. Timings: Monday - Friday: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM, Saturday: 6:30 PM- 10:30 PM Best suited for: Formal meetings, Lunch dates, brunch and if you are looking for great food varieties and dining experience.
2. Ramen Santouka
Chain of ramen noodles outlets which are famous worldwide. Also, Singapore's only outlet.
Known for: varieties of noodle delicacies and affordable food. Timings: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Best suited for: Affordable food and ramen noodles.
3. Little Saigon
Vietnam-inspired restaurant serving the country's best dishes and cocktails.
Known for: Vietnamese food and drinks and traditional country interiors. Timings: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 PM - 1:00 AM, Friday: 3:00 PM - 3:00 AM, Saturday: 12:00 PM - 3:00 AM, Sunday: 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM Best suited for: Vietnamese cuisine and fine dining.
4. Peony Jade
Known for: Chinese cuisine, state of the art interiors, impeccable service Timings: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM Best suited for: A splendid dining experience and Cantonese food.
5. Red House Seafood Restaurant
A riverside seafood restaurant with the spectacular open dining experience. Known for: Chinese cuisine, state of the art interiors, impeccable service Timings: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM Best suited for: A splendid dining experience and Cantonese food.
6. Boomarang Bistro and Bar
An Australian restaurant and bar famous for the country's meat dishes and country's culture all over the place. Known for: Australian non-vegetarian delicacies and drinks. Timings: 7:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Clarke Quay Shopping
Bringing together all the expensive stores, high street boutiques and affordable flea market, shopping experience in Clarke Quay in unbeatable. No matter what you want to shop, there is something for everyone here. With the Central Mall located in its heart, it remains the most sought-after shopping destinations for the tourists and locals alike. But, that's just the beginning of it. As you walk through the streets of Clarke Quay's you will be surprised by the other big malls and independent stores, local craft stores, the boutiques and handicrafts of the country. Have a look at the best places to shop in Clarke Quay:
1. Central Clarke Mall
A great place to shop for the most famous international brands and enjoy multi-cuisine restaurants under one roof. Known for: Famous branded outlets, very convenient and accessible, adventure games for kids and family. Timings: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
2. Liang Court
A small mall located on the riverside from the Novotel chain of hotels. It has 20 different restaurants and multiple fashion stores and boutiques. Known for: Riverside location and choices of restaurants. Timings: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
3. Great World City
A hub of shops, offices, restaurants, and offices. Known for: High-end fashion stores, outlets of world famous brand, six-screen cinema, kids arena and variety of restaurants. Timings: 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM.
4. UE Square Shopping Mall
Located at a short walk from Riverside, UE Square Shopping Mall is a three-level building where you can find fashion stores, an entertainment section, and dine-in places. Known for: A shopping hub for locals and tourists. Timings: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
5. Clarke Quay street stalls
A hub of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants along with local street shops for handicrafts, souvenirs and fashion. Known for: Flea market shopping experience Timings: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6. Riverside point
Riverside point is home to a number of independent fashion stores, boutiques and shops located on the riverfront. You can enjoy various street performances while you buy souvenirs. Known for: A variety of shops and dining experience and street performers. Timings: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tips for Visiting Clarke Quay
Places in Clarke Quay get very crowded on weekends. Make sure you have a reservation before you go.
Wednesday is a ladies night at some of the nightclubs. Go grab free alcohol girls!
Book your tickets in advance for adventure activities to avoid the rush and save time.
Instead of going to one place, go bar hopping to get the best of nightlife experience.
By MRT: The nearest MRT station to Clarke Quay is NE5 Clarke Quay station located on the North East Line. It is located 5 minutes of walk away from the station. By Bus: Buses 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, 32, 54, 195, NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5, NR6, NR7 and NR8 arrive directly at the Clarke Quay Bus Stop.