3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024Getting there
River Taxi: From Raffles Place MRT Station (Standard Chartered Bank Exit)
By Bus: No. 54 from Scotts Road or 32 and 195 from City Hall MRT Station
NE5 Clarke Quay MRT (about 5 mins walk)
NS25/EW13 City Hall MRT (about 10 mins walk)
NS26/EW14 Raffles Place MRT (about 10 mins walk)
10am - 10pm
Nightlife in Clarke Quay is what this party hub of Singapore is really famous. Dazzling lights, beautiful people and buzzing nightclubs – these are some of the things that imprint themselves on your mind the first time you visit Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and a kaleidoscope of concept bars and pubs along the Singapore River. A mind-boggling selection of themes and attractions round out your choice of after-sunset indulgence.
Originally a centre of commerce along the Singapore River, Clarke Quay is nowadays a labyrinth of restaurants, concept bars, retail stores and recreation outlets. Try Bar Cocoon or Bamboo Bar at The Forbidden City, Lunar Asian Fusion Bar for great shows, or Bar Opiume at the Empress Place by the riverside and then Attica or Canvas for an after-hours rave.
The Singapore River has been the centre of trade since modern Singapore was founded in 1819. During the colonial era, Boat Quay was the commercial centre where barge lighters would transport goods upstream to warehouses at Clarke Quay.
At the height of its prosperity, dozens of bumboats jostled for mooring space beside Clarke Quay. This continued well into the later half of the 20th century. By this time, the Singapore River had also become very polluted. The government decided to relocate cargo services to a new modern facility in Pasir Panjang. The bumboats and lorries departed to their new home and Clarke Quay fell silent.
The government then cleaned up the Singapore River and its environment from 1977 to 1987. Plans were made to revamp the area and turn it into a flourishing commercial, residential and entertainment precinct. These plans took into serious consideration the historical value of Clarke Quay, making it mandatory that new buildings complement the historical character of the area and that certain old buildings be restored.
Clarke Quay Festival Village, the biggest conservation project for the Singapore River, was developed and officially opened on 10 December 1993. In later years, Clarke Quay was managed and owned by CapitaLand.
Ten years later, works were commenced to revamp the Clarke Quay area in order to give the place a better tenant mix. The development also saw major changes to the exterior and riverside areas.
Alsop Architects an International Architecture practice was commissioned to redesign the shophouse facades, streetscapes and riverfront dining areas in two development phases. The newly redeveloped Clarke Quay consistently attracts over 2 million visitors a year and is a major social and tourist component of brand Singapore. Crucial to its success is the ingenious moderation of the micro-climate through the design of sophisticated shading and cooling systems which reduce the ambient temperature by 4 degrees Celsius while enhancing the riverfront and streets with tremendous visual interests. The project won in 2007 Cityscape Architectural Review Award (Tourism, Travel & Transport – Built) and the Cityscape Asia Awards, Best Waterfront Development in 2008.
The Satay Club and a number of establishments vacated Clarke Quay to make way for new tenants. The upgraded Clarke Quay features the Zirca, The Clinic, Forbidden City by the Indochine Group and the whole development was completed in October 2006.
The Clarke Quay area at present is drastically different from the preservation/conservation effort from 1993.
Clarke Quay restaurants, bars & clubs
Stretching along the banks of the Singapore River, Clarke Quay is a hive of activity and a beautiful spot to enjoy a bite to eat or night out. From intimate fine dining, authentic Cantonese, kitsch American or gastro-pub fare, Clarke Quay’s wide array of dining options has something to suit all palates. There are also a number of themed bars, clubs and lounges, as well as world-class nightclubs.
Clarke Quay central
Home to over 170 shops, restaurants and bars, Clarke Quay Central is a chic leisure destination on the banks of the Singapore River. Speciality Japanese restaurants rub shoulders with independent fashion boutiques, with a number of trendy retailers located within the shopping mall. Clarke Quay Central is located directly above the Clarke Quay MRT station, making it an easy destination for visitors travelling from all over the city.
Clarke Quay attractions
Apart from the waterfront dining and entertainment options located along the scenic Singapore River, Clarke Quay is also home to various attractions such as the exhilarating reverse bungy and relaxing river cruise.
Singapore river cruise
Take a scenic boat ride down the Singapore River and catch sight of the historical Merlion Park and the unique durian-shaped Esplanade Theatres on the Bay as you cruise from Marina Bay, across Clarke Quay to Robertson Quay. A number of cruises are available on-board traditional Singaporean Bumboats, offering an unforgettable heritage experience and a unique perspective of the city.
G Max reverse bungy & GX-5 extreme swing
Originating from New Zealand, the G MAX Reverse Bungy and Extreme Swing is an adventure not for the faint-hearted. The Reverse Bungy sends thrill seekers 60m into the air while the Extreme Swing falls from a height of 50m, stopping curious bystanders in their tracks.
Attractions near Clake Quay
Occupying an enviable location on the banks of the Singapore River, Clarke Quay is located within easy reach of attractions such as the Asian Civilisations Museum, Fort Canning Park and the National Gallery of Singapore. Alternatively, stroll along the river and experience the wider attractions of Boat Quay and Marina Bay. Just a short walk away, PARKROYAL on Pickering is the perfect hotel near Clarke Quay, offering a comfortable and contemporary base in the heart of Singapore's most exciting attractions.
Reviews by visitors
We visited Clarke Quay each night for dinner.
It is a vibrant area of Singapore and walking distance from our Hotel Grand Pacific.
There are boats taking tours along the river, restaurants a plenty & live music in many of the bars.
We walked safely around the quay enjoying the atmosphere.
A great place to enjoy the cooler evening after a hot day.
vibrant and great place to hang around, absolutely safe for solo travellers, the taxis drop off and pick point is just outside clarke, live bands and performance with special DJ nights is the highlight.
beware of cover charges for a few clubs who dont even allow to go and have a look at the place.
To visit the place , get down at Clarke Quay MRT ( NE5 ).. pl do visit the place after the dusk...The best way to move around the place is to take a boat trip.. The view from the boat is mesmerizing and one must not miss it..You may walk along the river for around a km.. This part of the city never sleeps and will provide you all kind of entertainment like best of the foods ( you may find the joints expensive, but anyway Singapore is expensive).. You may try the Srilankan giant crabs from the riverside food stalls in case you don;t like to bear the expense of fine dining... or cuppa coffee from Starbuck...to enjoy the place on foot , do take the Boat Quay , Fullerton route to reach Esplanade to see the fascinating panoramic view, including the iconic Merlion.. in case you are interested, you may take part in activities like reverse Bungy, which throws you up at a lightning speed...4 - 5 hours will simply fly off in this amazing place..
In case you prefer to travel by MRT.. do keep in your mind that that last MRT from NE5 will be 12 (north bound ) and 11.50 (south bound), after that you need to hire a taxi to come back..
What a place to walk and take in street music, bars, foodie places. Some is under cover but you can walk through the shops at Clarke Quay mall, and then get lunch or dinner in one of the many bars and restaurants on offer. Look out for the ones doing happy hour (tends to be longer than an hour). Don't forget to do a dance through the water fountains in the middle. And say hello to Hooters, first in Asia, opening soon!
Having the ability to walk a few meters and find a new bar with a new theme is great. You have sports bars, shots bars, whiskey bars and most every type of food under the sun. There is quite a few bands playing live music so you can just walk around until you find music more in line with your taste.
Watch as there are quite a few clusters of prostitutes in the area.
This river city is non stop. The place is interesting and entertaining. The place is noisy too. There is live music players in almost each hotels and bars. I enjoyed sea food in this place. I liked the place overall.
Looking for some good eating options? Clarke Quay in Singapore has a lot of eateries and it is a buzzing place. Some restaurants have happy hour going on till 9 pm which is great. Not very cheap but many options to satisfy your palate
This place transforms itself when the sun sets...Colorful neon lights, water front promenade, lively discos & jazzy restaurants.You can easily spend 3-4 hours out here.For adventurous ppl, try the 5G ride to get your adrenaline pumping.
Clarke Quay is very happening place in Singapore , Best time to go is late evenings or night. Best days to go is Pre weekends or weekends. Lots of restaurants , Night Clubs, River side view. Great for party and fun. People party till 5 am in the morning. Must try place in Singapore. Overall experience is awesome.
This neighborhood is very trendy with the best restaurants in the city. It overlooking the river and offers live music and clubs. There is free wifi accessible as soon as you enter the area. Accessible via the North East Line, it offers the freshest food you will taste in the city. There is ample ladies night promotions which are on wednesdays, you can take advantage of these offers. Most restaurants will have a few complementary drinks for ladies. As in any other place, where there are snobs, you won't make a lot of friends. Clarke Quay is typical. Great For an evening out and you won't be disappointed with the food.
A vibrant and lively area where there are Bars and clubs for everyone to enjoy. They have live music bands, bungee jumping and many other attractions such as the boat ride and many more.
We visited Clarke Quay during our 3 day visit to Singapore and loved every minute, what a fantastic place for a night out - buzzing, huge choice of bars and restaurants and what a fabulous atmosphere. This is a must if you are visiting Singapore - one of the finest cities on earth.
Observed activities from the Boat Quay side of the Singapore River - boat trips were taking off and returning to the Clarke Quay jetties.
Restaurants became busier as dusk arrived - the buildings, boats and bridges lit up.
Previously I have wandered around Clarke Quay and enjoyed my first Singapore Sling at a small bar with a guitarist entertaining.
Recommend a walk around both sides of the river. The Clarke Quay side has many older Chinese Shop Houses which makes it more authentic to Singapore History.
Clark Quay has a been my favorite place in Singapore. It actually becomes lively only after 7 PM . Its the best place in Singapore for a great ambiance , amazing view great food and riverside bars.
One can simply sit by the river and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the place. If in Singapore, this is absolutely a must to visit place. For the thrill seekers, there is reverse bungy, which catapults you to dizzying heights in micro seconds. There is central mall with a food court in the basement although there are enough eating options along the river. Just one suggestion, visit Clark Quay during evening when it shows you the best of it's colours.
We were at Clarke Quay to take the river cruise that takes off from there. Ended up spending more time at the Quay than in the cruise! Pleasant way to spend an evening. Lots of eateries to choose from for dinner. The water feature in the centre is a great way to cool off!
I just love this place. It is very nice place to take a stroll and look around. Also, great place to just sit and relax, have a beer at one of the pubs. Great restaurants, bars, and pubs everywhere!
It is a good place to enjoy with friends. But definitely not a very good place for family dining. Food is expensive. Better to be there at night with lots of lighting present. Overall nothing too attractive.
Yes, this is not an ideal place for families, but if you a drink or capture the beauty of the area, then its ideal to just take a stroll around the area. There are some amazing places to visit along Clark Quay. The restaurants, the lighted shops and bridges along with the River Cruise and the Merlion, its one place you can spend hours in.
Dont forget to have an evening at this place, where you can view Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer.
Clarke Quay is one of the most talked place for enjoying nightlife in Singapore. With a large number of options of bars, pubs, eateries, cafes and dessert shops, this place has a vibe to itself. Its good to hang around and socialize. What adds to the charm is the view of river and architectural beauty in and around the place. So get your party shoes on, and enjoy the atmosphere!!!
Singapore is a relatively difficult place to walk around due to the heat/ humidity, but it is worth a walk around this area to see the Fullerton hotel (very grand atrium) the Scottish built bridge (ok biased) and the mix of other colonial buildings and tree lined boulevards set against the backdrop of the marina & business district. A relatively short 30 minute walk around, but a great ground view
Stopped here for a drink and some food, loads of options and as evening comes it fills up generating a really buzzing atmosphere. A great place to socialise and watch the sun go down while enjoying a drink.
Bring your friends and have a great night out in Singapore. Full of young and old grabbing beers and food. Can be a little packed on a Friday or Saturday night, but the bustle makes it fun. The prices are high, with covers to get into the clubs; but worth it for a night out.
Worked and lived there for approx a year, Great atmosphere, Great food and drink, Great night life, Great entertainment, Great just to stroll along to river. Just GGGG&G Treat yourself Go To Singapore Very sad to leave
I didn't have a chance to visit this place at the first time in Singapore. Absolutely It was in my "where to go" list when I came back Singapore. I had one beer, sat on the riverside with my friend, saw the stunning sunset and its shadow in the river, and watched people who were playing "Swing Singapore" shooting crazily. Next time I will definitely try it, $50 for once.
We had heard a lot about this place and visited around evening. The walk through the various restaurants showed how versatile the place is and every global culinary delight is catered to. Once the lights come on at dusk this place becomes magical. If you have a DSLR camera you can capture for fond memories. Signed off with a river cruise and it was time very well spent.
Such a great place to visit for a night out. Lots of bars and restuarants. Almost every bar has live music and the vibe is electric. There was a little night market on when we visited too which had some lovely quirky bargains. If you are in the area I 100% recommend you pay it a visit. Fave restaurant was the taco place called Senor Taco
Located beside the river the many resturants offer a variety of foods you can find just about anything!! Prices are reasonable at most resturants there is some exceptions. There is indoor and outdoor dining just stroll along the boardwalk and choose from the menus. Resturants are open till about 11.00pm and the they sell a street food menu till 3.00am in some resturants. After 9.00pm music starts and the atmosphere leads to relaxing with drinks. For aussies there is a bar that shows both rugby and aussie rules footy live. Beautiful place to enjoy beautiful food
It's pretty at night and good for happy hour drinks, but seems like an odd choice if you come here on holiday from a western country. It's just like being at home! There's no Singapore local culture to be seen, if you want that, head to satay street (Boon Tat Street) for al fresco dining SG style.
Saturday eve is amazing here, good food -music- by the river..
Multi cuisine food serve here..
Good restaurants, slightly over priced.. Turkish ice creams on the go.. Would lighten up your mood and the lively environment will bring you back to life..
A place for all age groups to enjoy and have a great time..
Indian, Italian, continental, etc good restaurants are here.
Weekends are amazing.. Good place to be with your family and friends
Clarke Quay is a hip little area on the Singapore River where you can go for delicious food, good drinks and nightlife. At least that's what we were there for.
It's gorgeous at night all lit up with neon lights, long boats go by, people are dancing in bars, drinks are served in chic open air restaurants and the food is amazing.
A lot to walk around and see for free, good shopping and good downtown Singapore vibe. Definitely worth a visit.
Great area to visit after the sun has gone down, but get there earlier as a lot of places have 2 for 1 drinks or half price/cheap deals from 5-9pm, depending where you go.
Can get expensive once happy hour is over.
Singapore was almost second home to me for 7 + years and for my husband 14 years! so Clarke Quay was not a new attraction when we revisited Singapore in 2015 Dec after retirement in 2012. Clarke Quay has almost become a very iconic attraction but as it happens with progress the eating places are now getting to be a rip off-One has to be real careful where they go to dine and check if the prices are not a tourist rip off( happened to us despite having been locals almost years ago!
I love this pace as it full of energy and its not just weekends but each day the vibrancy starts around 6.30 Pm and continues till early hours if you are up to it-
One can walk and admire the opposite side Robertson Quay or take a ferry ride or just cross the bridge
I can fill pages singing praises of various places in Singapore but I shall stop and not get carried away
The best place to sit leisurely with a glass of wine and enjoy the night pub culture of Singapore. It offers choice of restaurants and nightclubs. There are also moored Chinese junks that have been refurbished into floating pubs and restaurants. Have a look at The Cannery, The Arena, The Circa, The G-MAX reverse bungee, Hooters and Indochine. If you have more time enjoy cruise on the Singapore River. One of its most popular attractions is its exciting host of CQ's signature events happening once every quarter.
Clarke quay riverside is best place to visit during evening... there are lot of restaurants and pubs along Riverside which makes it a perfect place for dinner... i would recommend this place to any of the tourist... just be aware that the meal price of restaurants is little bit on higher side.
I was last here in 2012 and really enjoyed Clarke Quay. So, it was one of my first picks for this trip. I wish I hadn't bothered.
What used to be a vibrant colourful and fun area, is now run-down drab and slightly boring.
Half of the restaurants were closed - the others were like a flag without wind - limp. Food wasn't that great either.
Clarke Quay is truly a happening place especially at the weekend.
We took the MRT - a single stop from Dhoby Ghaut and walked along first to Boat Quay and then to Clarke Quay. A couple of beers and a good walkabout taking in the sights and sounds of people having a fun evening.
The Persian Restaurant Shiraz even had a belly dancer performing outdoors .....
The river boats were cruising the Singapore River.
We spent a couple of hours here only as we depart Singapore tomorrow morning.
A great way to end our brief visit.
Like Marina bay sands this is also one of the fascinating place in Singapore attracting tourist and must visit. Located on yhe bank of Singapore river and between China town and city this place offers perfect night out or even day out especially for youngsters. Full of night life this one must be one of the best in the world for night life.
Must visit for boozers and those who loves night life.
So many restaurants and riverside cafe's! This is the place to go for a lively nightlife! A daytime visit isn't as crowded but equally entertaining. We went to place one of our love locks on the other side of the river but stayed for the great food and entertainment!
This is the place you go if you want to enjoy Singapore's nightlife. It is the area were the expats meet and were everything happens.
It is both an area to relax and to enjoy the night. I went the couple of nights during my stay in Singapore. It is one of the best areas of Singapore, from the relaxing restaurants in the waterfront area with live music while you watch the cruise boats pass by to the bars and clubs to party later on.
Definitely a place to go for food and drinks at night time. You won't be disappointed.
Plus during the daytime there are lots of shops to go spend your money.
Clarke quay and Boat quay are on opposite sides of the river in the shadow of the China bank. Both are lively colourful places to visit, for drinks food but Clark quay has lots if music too. It also has shaded streets with tree like canopies, and clooling jets of air. In the centre is a water feature where children of all ages seem drawn to splash and play and pose for selfies. It is easy to get to, well served by boats on the river side and taxis on the river valley road.
Venues from "wings" a USAF Themed bar with servers dressed in scanty air force uniforms and a replica plane over the bar. Lots of outside seating and live music, happy hour typically till 7pm half price drinks. By 9 am it's bustling and more music and dj music spilling out on to the streets. We visited The Warehouse bar and resturant that is home to one of Singapore’s best rock bands Tania. Headed by legendary guitarist Zul, they are popular for covering classic rock hits from Pink Floyd to the Beatles, they perform on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday nights. Be prepared for loud music, and bring a torch to read the menu as like all good music venues, it's quite dark.
Some venues offer karaoke, some have age restrictions bring photo id to gain access to these.
When you want the toilets they are outside the venues in shared facilities.
A great place to watch the world go by. You can see all the expat workers come for a drink after work or a bite to eat. There is cuisine from all corners of the globe. Great in the afternoon or early evening. Lovely colourful buildings.
Its such a great environment at the quay by the river. you get free wifi if you are close to the mall for an hour. We loved just sitting by the river side and watching the ferry pass by. There are many eating open café and restaurants. Jumbo crabs is the most popular. spending an evening with friends with open bar and good music is amazing.
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