Practical information : Going out Singapore City
Singapore's nightlife is getting better every year. Nightclubs are generally open Wednesday to Saturday from 10pm to 3am (later for afterhours). For activities with friends (cinema, billiards, bowling, go-karting, escape games, etc.), schedules vary greatly depending on the type of establishment. Since the authorisation of casinos on the island in 2005, Singaporeans have been having a blast. The one at Marina Bay Sands is open 24 hours a day!
Budget & Tips
Going out clubbing is generally more expensive than in Europe, especially if you are a cocktail lover. Depending on the establishment, admission may be free before a certain time, mainly for ladies. For the cinema, count about S$12 per ticket and for the shows, unfortunately few good deals are offered. If you would like to try out paid activities at Sentosa, take a look at the flyers available at some hotels, at the tourist office or before boarding the Sentosa Express, they may offer you discounts or family rates.
All means of payment are accepted, and as in the restaurants the service is included, so do not tip, you might get offended..
To be booked
For shows, remember to book your tickets on the internet (www.marinabaysands.com, www.theartshouse.com). This will save you from queuing at the venue, if you can, the easiest way is to present the ticket via your smartphone. For leisure activities, in Sentosa for example, or for boat tours in the bay, you can go directly to the venue, no need to book
The best way to get around at a late hour is by taxi. There are plenty of them, the prices remain reasonable even if you will have to pay a night surcharge. Be careful however on Friday and Saturday evenings, it is more difficult to find one available, be patient! Public transport, bus and metro operate until 00:30 am, and 7 night bus lines operate from 11:30 pm to 2:00 am (NR) on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays.
The legal drinking age is 18. Remember to keep your papers with you if you look young. Since 2015 the sale of alcohol is forbidden in shops from 10.30 pm to 7 am, you can only consume in bars
What's very local
Many rather select establishments require a dress code; this is indicated at the entrance. So you can dress appropriately for any eventuality, avoid flip-flops and shorts when going out clubbing!Singaporeans are fond of gambling, so they appreciate the casinos that have been set up on the island since 2005. The entrance is paying for them, not for the tourists..
It is forbidden to smoke in public places, some places on the terrace, but very few allow you to do so. A piece of advice, find out before lighting a cigarette, a fine can cost you a lot!
You'll meet a couple of drummers in the very touristy neighborhoods, but nothing too bad.