Singapore has nighttime activities aplenty for all manner of nocturnal creatures. From knocking down pins in glow-in-the-dark bowling alleys to stargazing at an observatory, Culture Trip has selected 10 top things to do in Singapore at night.
Cosmic bowling has taken the sport to a completely new level with its glow-in-the-dark alleys. In this type of bowling, lights are dim and the music is thumping. One would easily feel like they have stepped into a nightclub – minus the alcohol and suffocating crowd. Bowling pins and balls are illuminated, and even the rentable bowling shoes are glowing! Bowling has seriously never been more exciting. There are currently six cosmic bowling outlets across Singapore – such as Orchid Bowl – that open till an unearthly 3am.
Fish@Bugis+ is Singapore’s only indoor air-conditioned prawn fishing pond. Open till 6am every day, nocturnals can keep themselves occupied with the wide array of activities available here. Drink at the beer garden, watch live screenings of soccer matches, enjoy a fish spa or catch fresh lobsters and prawns. Children under the age of 12 are welcome to partake in drain fishing, where kids are allowed to bring home fish and keep them as pets.
Gardens by the Bay
Spanning 101 hectares, Gardens by the Bay is a magnificent man-made garden. While admission to its Flower Dome and Cloud Forest is not complimentary, visitors can roam around Supertree Grove for free. The public area, which opens daily from 5am to 2am, is characterised by giant artificial trees that stand between 25 to 50 metres. Drop by at 7.45pm or 8.45pm because that is when the mesmerising Garden Rhapsody light and sound show takes place.
At 24,000-square-feet, g.spa is one of Singapore’s biggest spas and is open 24/7. The one-stop relaxation destination offers a comprehensive variety of treatments for both men and women. From soothing body massages to nourishing facials, patrons can indulge in any form of relaxation late at night. The luxurious spa also features excellent amenities – look forward to saunas, steam rooms, hot/cold pools and an on-site restaurant.
While bar hopping is a common nighttime activity in Singapore, Level Up is where many people want to spend their entire night. The concept is ingenious – it is Singapore’s very first arcade-themed bar. Relive childhood memories and challenge your friends to old-school video games such as Pac-Man and Street Fighter, whilst chugging pints of ice-cold beer and immersing in live music performed by local talents.
Located on level five of Orchard Central, K.STAR Karaoke is Singapore’s first thematic KTV (karaoke TV bar). K.STAR Karaoke opens till 3am on weekdays and 6am on weekends – it is safe to say that Singaporeans do not need much sleep. No expenses have been spared to design this family-friendly karaoke bar. There are a total of 25 unique themed rooms – think flamingos and LINE FRIENDS – and they can accommodate parties of varying sizes. Gather your friends and sing to your heart’s content!
Situated in the Little India enclave, Mustafa Shopping Centre is a famous 24-hour mall. Extending over 400,000 square feet and across six levels, shopaholics can easily spend hours at this massive retail complex. The sheer number of items sold here is overwhelming; from Asian snacks, ethnic accessories and traditional costumes to electronic goods, you can shop for just about anything here. Remember to visit Kebabs and Curries at level 7 for an authentic Indian meal.
The award-winning Night Safari is a must-visit for animal lovers. The world’s first nocturnal wildlife park is home to 900 animals, which hail from all over the world. Although the park closes at midnight, it is best to arrive early to catch the Creatures of the Night Show (the last show is scheduled at 10.30pm). After that, board a 40-minute tram and traverse through six different geographical regions designed inside the safari or embark on simple trails to see exotic nocturnal species such as the Malayan tapir.
Science Centre Observatory
Science Centre Observatory is one of the few observatories located next to the Equator, meaning your stargazing experience will grant you views of constellations in both the northern and southern celestial hemispheres. However, due to limited space at the main telescope, visitors are required to obtain a Q card to access the observatory. These cards are distributed after 7.30pm at the registration counter based on a first-come, first-served basis.
Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant
Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant is one of the rare few places in Singapore where you can indulge in dim sum at night. The no-frills Chinese restaurant has been around since 1962 and offers an extensive selection of Cantonese and Shanghainese-style dim sum. Do not leave the restaurant until you have tried their one-of-a-kind mee sua kueh – a vermicelli radish cake that is deep-fried till it is golden and crispy. The char siew pau is another hot favourite – sweet pork stuffed in a soft bun.