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. You can 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.
Take your post-movie discussions to Intermission Bar, in The Projector’s foyer area. Besides serving up finger food and cocktails, this lively space regularly hosts a range of diverse events, from photography exhibitions to live music sessions.
The Projector at Golden Mile Tower. 6001 Beach Road #05-00, Singapore 199589.
Mon-Fri 4-8.30pm; Sat, Sun & PH 1pm-1am; Sun 1-8.30pm.
Catch an inspiring outdoor performance at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Affectionately known as ‘the durian’ by locals due to its iconic, spiky-looking architecture, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is both home and stage to the performing arts and Singapore.
If you’re on the hunt for inspiration, this beloved space is an ideal spot to catch a performance—Walk past the Esplanade outdoor stage on any given evening, and you’re likely to hear the strains of music or live performances drifting across the water.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981.
Be dazzled by a light and water show at Marina Bay
Ed's note: Due to Covid-19, Spectra will be suspended until further notice.
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 at 8, 9 and 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 8826.
Attend a movie screening at one Singapore’s most iconic clubs
While the dance floor at Zouk has yet to open to the public, this grandaddy of local nightclubs is still your go-to spot for an evening of unforgettable entertainment.
Zouk Cinema Club transforms the club’s dance floor into a pop-up cinema that screens a range of beloved blockbusters from Wednesdays to Saturdays. The club’s stellar sound system adds a whole new dimension to the movies onscreen, so grab a bucket of popcorn, knock back a cocktail and enjoy!
Zouk Cinema Club at The Cannery. 3C River Valley Road, Singapore 179022. +65 6738 2988. Wed-Sat 6-10.30pm.
Catch a stand-up comedy show
Ed’s note: Comedy Masala is temporarily closed in light of Covid-19. Keep an eye on their website for more updates.
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™
Ed’s note: ArtScience Late is currently running in a digital format—check out their website for monthly performances.
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. 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.
Singapore Night Festival. Across the Bras Basah. Bugis Precinct. Performance timings vary.