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Equinox: The best view of the country
Located on the top floors (77th and 78th if I remember correctly) of the Raffles the Stamford hotel the Equinox complex offers a pristine view of Singapore.
The lower of the two floors (pictured) is a lounge with a pianist and singer on the weekend. It is a gorgeous lounge with very comfortable plush chairs. The main draw about this lounge is that about 1/3 of its side is floor to ceiling glass so you get a fantastic view of the island.
On the upper floor you will find a dance floor filled with young people dancing to the top 40 music.
Full bar with good selection of whisky and wine; I make sure I visit the equinox on each trip I take to Singapore.
Equinox complex: Party on the 90th floor!
Situated in the Swissotel Stamford, this nightlife spot has restaurants and bars on top of Singapore! Literally on top, as it's Singapore's highest spot, on the 90th floor of the hotel. There's a number of outlets, including a number of restaurants, a nightclub and two bars, one with a panoramic view over Singapore.
Dress Code: No shorts, make sure you're wearing long trousers. Jeans are okay!
11 Unique Ideas: SUNDOWN IN SINGAPORE
1. Eat satay (meat kebabs) under the stars and watch the world go by at Clarke Quay or Lau Pa Sat.
2. Go clubbing - or if you like, bar-top dancing - at the popular nightspots along Singapore's favourite party stretch, Mohamed Sultan Road.
3. Enjoy a romantic dinner at the Au Jardin Les Amis restuarant at the Singapore Botanic Gardens where fine French cuisine can be enjoyed with a spectacular night view of the beautifully-lit Gardens.
4. Take a sunset dinner cruise onboard a Chinese Junk.
5. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the night skyline as you dine at the Equinox restuarant (Swissotel The Stamford) or Top of the M (Meritus Mandarin Hotel).
6. Catch nocturnal animals roaming in their natural environment at the Night Safari.
7. Catch an evening concert or drama performance at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
8. Participate in the "Secrets of the Red Lantern" tour as you meander through the colourful streets of Chinatown, once home to seedy opium and gambling dens.
9. Draw inspiration from artworks abd artefacts when visiting the Asian Civilisations Museums and Sinagpore Art Museum (Friday nights until 9pm).
10. Shop at the bustling well-stocked Mustafa Centre in Little India, which opens 24 hours.
11. Be dazzled by the 3-D laser, light, sound and colour extravaganza at Suntec City's Fountain of Wealth. Don't forget to touch the water for some good luck.
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Equinox Bar, The Stamford: A beer with a view!
Equinox Bar is located on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, a tall hotel located in the colonial district of Singapore.
Large glass windows allow for an excellent view over Singapore. I visited the bar early in the evening (between 6 and 7pm) just as the sun was going down, so was able to experience the great view in both light and darkness.
At this time the bar was very busy and all the tables were occupied, but I was able to perch next to a window in order to soak in the amazing view while enjoying my pint.
To get up to the bar, go to the hotel's reception and the helpful staff will point you in the direction of the lifts which transport you directly to Equinox Bar (and the restaurant on the 69th floor).
There is a dress code for entering the bar (no shorts or sandals), but you don't need to book in advance. Prices are above average, but still not too inflated - I paid S$8.75 (approx 3 GBP / 4.50 Euros) for a draught pint of Tiger beer, although there were no complimentary nibbles with my drink!
The restaurant on the 69th floor has better views than the bar (the restaurant faces towards the river and the skyscrapers of the CBD, while the bar faces away from the river towards Orchard Road), but the food is very expensive, the atmosphere appeared too formal for my liking and you will need to pre-book a table.
Pop in to the Equinox Bar for the novelty of having a beer (or wine) overlooking Singapore, but there are better places for a night out.
After leaving Equinox Bar, I crossed the road and headed straight to Raffles for a Singapore Sling (I decided that I was only getting dressed up one night during my stay, so I visited all the places with a dress code on the same night). Unlike the Equinox Bar, Raffles does charge an extortionate price for its drinks - but it also provides a stash of complimentary peanuts!
Dress Code: Long trousers, shoes and a smart shirt.
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