Singapore is home to many festivals that let avid revellers and culture connoisseurs discover their passion.
When night falls, the city springs to life—and we’re not just talking about bars and clubs. There are many entertainment options that run well into the wee hours: cosy up to a movie under the stars, chill out to live music, or explore museums at night. Here’s how to make the best of our city after dark.
Watch an indie or arthouse film
Calling all film buffs: If cult classics, psychological horror and world cinema tickle your fancy, then The Projector’s where to spend your night at. Situated on the fifth floor of Golden Mile Tower, the indie movie theatre is housed in the Golden Theatre, our largest cinema during the 1970s. While most of the interior has been redesigned, it still retains its retro theatre flip-up seats. The Projector occasionally screens local indie movies and award-winning flicks, too.
Golden Mile Tower. 6001 Beach Road #05-00, Singapore 199589.
Tue-Fri 6.30-11.30pm; Sat & Sun 1-11.30pm.
Chill out to live music and performances along Haji Lane
Haji Lane’s narrow strip of shophouses is chock-a-block with boutiques, cafés and al fresco bars. But when the sun goes down, this buzzing alley tucked away in Kampong Glam takes on a carnival-like ambience, filled with people and music.
Along the road, you’ll catch gigs or open-mic nights by upcoming homegrown artistes Pull up a stool at Nepali-inspired bar, Going Om, from Tuesdays to Sundays, when acoustic musicians cater to song requests. Or shimmy over to Ciao, an Italian restaurant and bar that stations a live DJ at its al fresco area on selected nights.
Going Om. 63 Haji Lane, Singapore 189256. +65 6396 3592.
Mon-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sun noon-1am.
Ciao. 8 Bali Lane #01-01, Singapore 189201. +65 6296 9688.
Be dazzled by a light and water show at Marina Bay
Rest your aching feet after a long day of shopping at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands® by settling yourself along its event plaza facing Marina Bay. Arrive at 8pm and 9pm each night—or 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays—and you’ll be treated to Spectra, a stunning water and light show that takes place right on the water. The 15-minute opus combines dancing streams, laser beams and visual art projections alongside a dramatic soundtrack composed by local music producer, Kenn C.
For more impressive views of our city at night, head 200 metres above ground to the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck (free for hotel guests; S$20 otherwise) for a bird’s-eye view of the majestic Lion City.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands®. 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956. +65 6688 8868.
Mon-Thu & Sun 10.30am-11pm. Fri-Sat 10.30am-11.30pm.
Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, Marina Bay Sands®. 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956. +65 6688 8868.
Mon-Thu 9.30am-10pm; Fri-Sun 9.30am-11pm.
Attend an outdoor film screening
Looking for something the whole brood can enjoy? Then this drive-in movie concept will do the trick. Held fortnightly, MovieMob hosts outdoor night-time film events at various venues, including Gardens by the Bay and empty parking lots in neighbourhoods such as Pasir Ris and Bedok.
From blockbuster hits to family-friendly flicks, MovieMob screens a range of Hollywood titles such as The Hobbit and Marvel’s The Avengers. Keep tabs on its Facebook page for updates on pop-up locations and film line-ups.
Don’t worry about snacks—MovieMob serves free flow popcorn, candy floss and drinks. You can even snag a comfy beanbag to sink into as you enjoy a film under the stars. And the best part? It’s completely free.
MovieMob. Location varies, check website for updates.
Catch a stand-up comedy show
You’re in for a thigh-slapping good time at Comedy Masala, a stand-up comedy show that runs every Tuesday in the heart of the Central Business District. Founded by local funnyman Umar Rana, the series features international, local and regional comedians, including Malaysia’s Joanne Kam and the US’ Paul Ogata. If you’re up for getting ribbed by these comics, then take a front row seat and you might be the butt of their next punchline.
Hero’s. 69 Circular Road #01-01, Singapore 049423. +65 6438 6058.
Mon-Fri 11-3am; Sat 11-4am; Sun 11am-10pm.
Catch live performance art at ArtScience Museum™
Plan your visit to the ArtScience Museum™ on the third Thursday of the month. That’s when ArtScience Late, the museum’s free after-dark programme, lights up the night. From gigs to art performances to dialogue sessions, the series has seen the likes of electronic musician Dan Deacon, homegrown art-rock band The Observatory and multimedia artist Ryoji Ikeda take the stage.
Before that, however, take advantage of the museum’s one-for-one entry to its galleries. You can step into the vivid universe of Japanese collective teamLab in Future World or explore a virtual reality rainforest in Into the Wild.
ArtScience Museum™. 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974. +65 6688 8888.
Daily 10am-7pm (extended hours for ArtScience Late; performance timings vary).
Spend a night at the museum
Massive light installations, roving art performances and guided museum tours are just a few things to expect at the annual Singapore Night Festival. Over two weekends in August, watch the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct come to life with arts and music as institutions like the National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum open their doors until midnight.
But the good vibes don’t end there. Boogie the rest of the night away as you bust a move at Armenian Street. The stretch closes off to traffic to host a block party, featuring a line-up of DJ sets, gigs, dance classes and street percussion shows.
Singapore Night Festival. Across the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct.
Performance timings vary.