Although far from being a city that never sleeps, Singapore is reasonably awake and alive on a Friday night. There is enough to do, see, watch and visit – whatever your tastes, mood and budget. Here are five activities to kickstart the weekend in style.
Clubs, bars and drinking escapades.
Alchohol prices in Singapore are known to be a downer on any tipple induced high, but come Friday night you can’t really resist heading down to the neighbourhood wine bar, the newest cocktail spot, the speakeasy of sorts or the clubs with the never-ending queues to get your drink (and maybe dance) fix. Singapore really does have something for the drinker of every-kind. Happy hours aplenty for the cash strapped students, a-lister worthy night clubs, almost daily DJ-gigs at Zouk, microbreweries, secret cocktail bars and a whole by the river party zone; Clarke Quay – where, come Friday night the party is as much inside the clubs as out on the streets.
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Round up a gang of friends and unleash your latent competitive spirit at games cafes like – The Mind Café and Settlers Café. These offer a veritable smorgasbord of games, from classics like Scrabble and Monopoly, to newer and quirkier games like Boomtown, Elixir, Balderdash and Cranium. These places serve finger food and drinks to keep you going through your games quest. Gaming of another kind (the video/electronic kind) can be done at Gaminghow or Timezone. Have a Halo session, or play World of Warcraft at this arcade; they are usually open till late in Weekends. If gaming really is your thing stock up on your favorites, invest in that PS3 and host games night at home on Fridays.
Make like the tourists
Ask any visitor what night time activities in Singapore they did and chances are – Night Safari will top that list. Take a safari through the world’s only wildlife park for nocturnal animals. Make sure the Creatures of the Night Show is part of your programme. You can also Hop on a boat and enjoy a scenic ride down the Singapore River while soaking in the bright lights, sounds and sights amid the chugging of the bumboat engine. It definitely makes for a different kind of night experience. Also, did we mention that it’s a great way to travel around the Singapore River precinct and enjoy the balmy evening? Hey, you might even make friends with a visitor or two as well. You can even throw your very little party to enjoy cocktails on the bay with Singapore River Cruises 10-seater Duffy Boat.
Late night cinema
Late night movies
Movie buffs – this one is for you. Singapore cineplexes offer a wide selection of movies with screenings going into the wee hours of the morning. Check out showtimings at Golden Village and Shaw Theatres. The Cathay even screens movies 24-hours on weekends. If you are lucky, you could even catch a free movie screenings at ION Orchard (only on a Saturday though).
This is the activity with maximum props and minimum cost. Although running is good anytime, anyday, the cruel Singapore weather makes a night time run all the more bearable. The route along the Singapore River is scenic, well lit and dotted with rest stops. Who knows, you could even begin training now for the nighttime race; The Sundown Marathon.