Singapore Nightlife Guide: Hip Hip Hop-a You Don’t Stop

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Singapore Nightlife Guide is part of the Reunion Tour Trip Report.


I had been to Singapore twice. The first time as with my parents in 2010 (see Touring the Culinary Scene of Asia) and the second was that year when I was moving to Shanghai as an ‘expat.’ Back then, I could not afford the expensive drinks. Today, I still cannot rationalize the price of those drinks. Nevertheless, with one night in Singapore, and a Saturday night at that, thanks to my Vietnamese visa debacle (see Vietnam E-Visa Not Processed: Another TPOL Duck Up?), I had to make the most of it. Here’s what I did:

Stop 1: Cherry

The place is located in China Town and advertised old school hip-hop. I was sold until I got out of the Grab taxi (see Grab: The Rideshare App in Singapore And Thailand) and saw children waiting in the line. Perhaps I was too old for this place.

Stop 2: Clark Quay

I had good memories of Clark Quay. From drinking the most expensive round of Tiger beers with my dad at Hooters to buying a bottle of wine and sitting by the water, Clark Quay was a good time. This time, I was not impressed. It was rammed with people who were happy to finally be free of lockdown. After one drink, I moved on.

Still have a copy of the Hooters receipt

Stop 3: Marina Bay Sands

This trip was scheduled for 24 days with stops in economical destinations like Hanoi. Instead, I found myself at Ce La Vie, paying for entrance and $17 a drink. Contrary to what I said above, it was worth it. This is a bar that any nightlife lover should visit. The view is spectacular and the structure is as impressive as it is on TV. The music was also on point. For the first time in a long time, life felt normal.

I can only imagine how much fun it would be to drink and swim at the infinity pool on a summer day. Perhaps I will return to Singapore and find out. I must be getting old because I never thought I would say I want to go to Singapore.

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