With such an abundance of food and drink, you’ll never go thirsty or hungry at Clarke Quay.
Curb hunger pangs with tempting food offerings at this popular nightlife district which offers more than just drinks and parties all night long. Clarke Quay was once a bustling fishing village before evolving into a busy trade seaport. Today, the 23,000 sq ft enclave is one of Singapore’s trendiest dining destinations.
Get your head in the game as this Irish bar and restaurant screens live sporting events from rugby, football and tennis matches around the world. Enjoy live music acts during happy hour (Mon-Fri 5-8pm; Sun 3-10pm), while experiencing a taste of Ireland: think beer-battered fish and chips ($24), and strawberry Eton mess ($14). Tel: 6837 0577
TOMO IZAKAYA (#01-04A)
Quench your thirst with friendly happy hour deals here. From 5 to 6.30pm daily, bottoms up with Sapporo draft beer at $3.90 per glass over traditional Japanese fare. Opt for the tatami booth seats and savour rich ramen broth in distinct flavours (from $9.50). Tel: 6336 0100
There’s more to Persian cuisine than gourmet kebabs wrapped with marinated meats here. Shiraz beckons you with tantalising aroma of lamb stew ($32) and the well-balanced flavours of char-grilled chicken, lamb or fish (from $28). There are, of course kebabs too, served with buttered basmati rice that boast a hint of saffron. We love the majestic velvet seats. Tel: 6334 2282
SEÑOR TACO (#01-07A)
Go crazy with a wide variety of Mexican food. Whether it’s the pork belly carnitas ($8) or chicken fajitas ($8), be sure to douse your selected nosh with their homemade sauces such as non-spicy guacamole and mouth-burning habanero, available upon request. Cool down with a tequila ($11) or frozen margarita ($16), as you wait for your salsa dance class to begin (8-9pm at $10 per person). Tel: 6337 6376
CHUPITOS SHOTS BAR (#01-05B)
Raise your glasses to over 130 innovative shots and exotic flavours. Relive your childhood memories with shots containing sweet notes such as the crowd-pleasing paddle pop or milo godzilla ($12 per pair) topped with whipped cream. If you’re up to the challenge, feel the burn with the full range of absinthe (from $15).
THE PUMP ROOM (#01-09/10B)
Eat, drink and party under one roof. Line your stomach with European favourites from smoked salmon quiche ($12) to crispy pork knuckle ($38) before enjoying 1-for-1 deals with an extensive range of beers brewed on site. Other than live band performances, get into the groove as DJs spin from 10pm on Tue-Sun nights. Tel: 6334 2628
PAULANER CLARKE QUAY (#01-12B)
As its name suggests, this German restaurant dispenses fresh Paulaner beer on tap, including Munich Dunkel and Hege-Weissbier (from $16). Sample them all with the Paulaner beer flight ($22), which features five types of draught beer. Can’t decide on what to eat? Order the all-in-one Wirsthaus Jausen platter ($198 for 6 to 8 pax) featuring assorted sausages, cold cuts, assorted cheeses, crispy pork knuckle, pork escalope, barbecue ribs, and fried potato. Tel: 6338 0480
CUBA LIBRE CAFE & BAR (#01-13B)
Get your dose of cocktails before you salsa your way to the dance floor. While ladies get a complimentary Choya mojito on Wednesdays (8pm-12mn), the Havana bar shakes up Cuban classics such as the Cuba Libre ($18)—a concoction of rum, coke and lime. Tel: 6338 8982
VIOLET OON SATAY BAR & GRILL (#01-18B)
The doyenne of Peranakan cuisine serves up unique local tipples such as Jade Bangle ($18)—vodka, coconut milk, pandan essence and toasted coconut, or have a classic Singapore Sling ($20). Pair your drinks with Nyonya favourites like assorted satays (from $14), sayur lodeh ($13) and chendol with durian pengat sauce ($15). Tel: 9834 9935
You wouldn’t want to miss these irresistible drink promotions—think 50% off house pours on half-pint draught beers ($6), wines ($7) and spirits ($5.50 per glass with mixers) from 5 to 8pm daily. Did we mention how they also serve ‘big ass beer’ for you to chug to ($28)? Apart from live performances in the evening, you can dance the night away with DJ Annuar. Fuel up with a wide selection of bar bites, from Wagyu beef sliders ($16) to beer-battered onion rings ($8). Tel: 9829 1922
ZOUK (#01-05; #02-06)
Relocated from Jiak Kim Street, the space Zouk is now in was once home to many successful clubs—Ministry of Sound and Zirca to name a few. The two-storey modern-industrial space spans 30,000 sq ft. and can be combined with Phuture into one dance floor. For supper, pop by Red Tail for quirky bar bites such as chilli crab poppers ($12) and Korean fried chicken ($13). Tel: 6738 2988
RAMEN KEISUKE LOBSTER KING (#01-07C)
Being one of eight unique concepts under the Ramen Keisuke chain, Lobster King dishes out substantial late night grub. Snuggle up to a rich and flavourful bowl of lobster broth ramen ($13.90) achieved by simmering rock lobsters, imported from France, for six hours with their secret blend of herbs and vegetables. Tel: 6255 2928
DA MIAO HOT POT (#01-11)
Piping hot mala soup from Chengdu contains more than 20 spices. If the spicy, rich and creamy broth is not for you, order the pig bone or appetising tomato soup base to go with your preferred choice of meat or vegetables. Sichuan stage artists and skilful tea pourers will liven up the night. Tel: 6250 9969
WINGS BAR (#01-02D)
Prepare for take off at this aviation themed restaurant paved with airport runway markings. Waiters dressed in flight suits, serve over 10 different flavours of signature Buffalo wings ($8.90 per half dozen), and house nachos topped with cheese, sour cream and spicy beef ($13.90) for the journey ahead. If you’re feeling wild, take on the Wings Russian Roulette ($8.90); out of five regular wings, one of which is the Trinidad Scorpion Hurricane Wing. Tel: 6333 4460
TALAY THAI (#01-05E)
Craving for Asian food? Settle down at the al fresco area and watch bumboats sail by, as you tuck in a wide range of Thai tapas. Take on the nam pla prawn ceviche ($16)—raw prawns on a bed of cabbage and bitter-gourd, or go straight for the aroi mak platter ($28) for variety—serves two with five items including golden prawn toast and grilled chicken satay. Tel: 6337 1838
XIAO CHEN GU SHI (#01-08E)
Tucked away from the bustling main thoroughfare of Clarke Quay, satisfy post-party hunger pangs by delighting in comfort food such as braised trotters ($7) and a peppery bowl of bak kut teh ($10) served with white rice, braised peanuts and salted vegetables. Tel: 6336 0939
Things to do
G-MAX & GX-5
Get your adrenaline rushing with the G-MAX reverse bungy ($45) as you free fall from 60m, or go for the GX-5 ($45) which is an adjacent swing that drops from 50m at a max speed of 120 kph.
For $25, explore sights and sounds of Maritime Singapore by taking a 40-minute cruise down Singapore River and around Marina Bay, or spend $5 for (traffic-free!) shuttle services to another jetty.
Did you know?
The River House is one of the oldest buildings in Clarke Quay. Once home to Tan Yeok Nee, a wealthy business owner in the 1880s, the house also served as a clan association and warehouse.
Previously a pineapple canning factory which played an important role in the industrialisation of Singapore and Malaysia, hence its name.
Whampoa Ice House
The current building is a replica of Singapore’s first ice house, which was used as storage for ice blocks imported from New England.
The smells of rubber and pepper that fill the air were the results of towkays doing businesses in 60 of these godowns housed in five colourful blocks that line the Singapore River.
Gone are the days where storytellers would lit a joss stick on this bridge before telling a story. With precise timing, the joss stick burns up at the climax of the story and listeners will have to pay a fee to hear the ending.