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A NIGHT OUT IN CLARKE QUAY

Further up the Singapore River from Marina Bay and Boat Quay is another one-of-a-kind destination with a little more of a party vibe. Clarke Quay, named after Singapore’s second Governor Andrew Clarke, is a dining and party destination which has housed some of the city’s most-loved nightlife institutions. Whether you’re looking for adrenaline, great food, live music, or clubbing, this vibrant slice of life along the river can offer all of it. 
Clarke Quay wasn’t always fun and games, though. As you walk through the colourful streets, remember that these were commercial and residential quarters in the 1800s and early 1900s. The ground floors of the shophouses usually contained offices, and the top floors would be crowded living spaces for coolies. Small river boats known as tongkangs would transport goods from the large ships in the harbour to be stored in Clarke Quay's godowns and granaries. It was a space of promise, of profits for business owners, and better lives for labourers from around Asia. But there was entertainment too: live Chinese opera performances and other street entertainment, that livened up the place at night. 
 
Hands Playing Guitar

Today, Clarke Quay offers entertainment of a different variety, but just as dynamic and exciting. Crazy Elephant is known for its live blues and rock bands and open mics on Sunday nights. If you need a bit of liquid courage before heading onstage, stop over at Chupitos Shots Bar, the only specialised shooters bar in the city with more than 130 shots on the menu, including risqué options for the more daring!

Speaking of adventure, adrenaline junkies may want to head over to the G-Max Reverse Bungy and GX-5 Extreme Swing, where you’ll be propelled into the air or dropped from a height of 50 metres, experiencing high speeds and G-force in a safe setting with highly-trained staff.

Cocktails with a Skyline View

If less strenuous activities are more your thing, explore the many dining options on the ground – with colourful sitting areas, outdoor dining, and street stalls scattered all over Clarke Quay and even on the river. TongKang Riverboat Dining gives you the chance to experience dining on the last surviving pair of tongkang boats in Singapore, a real journey into the past!

Keeping your feet on the ground can also be pretty exciting in Clarke Quay. Sip champagne in a sophisticated setting at Le Noir, where the view of the river is matched only by the view of the beautiful people inside. Dance the night away at Attica, one of Singapore’s favourite party destinations, where you might just catch a world-renowned DJ in action. 

There’s no such thing as a dull night in Clarke Quay, especially if you’re surrounded by great company. A night out in this part of town could become one of the most memorable of your life, so make it count!