Clarke Quay, Singapore

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    Clarke Quay

    by Airpunk Updated May 29, 2013

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    Picking up a concept which has proven successful in other cities, the old harbour area around Clarke Quay was converted into a leisure area with cafés, shops, bars etc. The high density of them makes it an easy area for club hopping and pub crawling. Though some parts needed to be filled with life, it feels a little more authentic than in Sentosa. There are even many old low-rise buildings preserved and the area is not far away from the historic core around Raffles Hotel. As a bar and restaurant area, you can expect that life at night differs a lot from what you see in daytime. However, still in daytime there are many places from which you can enjoy a drink with a seaview.

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    At night is more lively

    by fachd Written Dec 31, 2012

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    Clarke Quay during the day is good but at night is very lively (but sorry I don't have night photos). Locals and holiday makers from all over the world gathered here.

    There are lots of shops selling everything from silkwear and batik prints to home furnishings and antiques.

    The night scenery is exciting, vibrant with carnival atmosphere. You can stroll and look around at the shops, have coffee, drink at the bar or dine at one of the restaurants. The disco/night club comes to live where the party goer lining to enter. Along the bridge you’ll see people sitting drinking while watching busker perform. There are live band in most bar some doing country rock and some doing funk, jazz music. You can even try the reverse bungee or hop on a river cruise and take lots of photos.

    It is one of the best places in Singapore and I highly recommended.

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    Plant your Bum on One of These!

    by arianne_1504 Updated Jul 23, 2011

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    If you're down at Clarke Quay and wouldn't mind seeing Singapore from another vantage point, grab a bumboat ride. Fully narrated with a history of the River and it's importance in Singapore's development, it is well worth it, especially on a hot day.

    A 30 mins cruise costs $15.

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    Best nightlife in Singapore

    by Henrik_rrb Written Jun 15, 2011

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    The Singapore river has been an important spot for trade ever since Singapore was founded in 1819. At Clarke Quay and Boat Quay the traders came in with boats and sold their goods to shops and inhabitants.

    Nowadays the area has transformed into a nightlife scene which is the best in Singapore. Five blocks are filled with restaurants, pubs and nightclubs with many different styles. You can choose to sit next to the river for a dinner or a beer, or head into one of the side streets for more options. The whole area is vibrant and full of people both day and night. It's colorful and full of happenings and events.

    Due to the status prices are a bit higher than normally in Singapore, and that means it's pretty high. The alcohol tax in the country makes sure you'll get a rather big hole in your wallet after a night out.
    Good thing with this is that is rarely people get really drunk, so it's safe and nice in the area.

    Along the river there are plenty of nice restaurants. My favourites when it comes to bars is Beer Market where the price settings works as on the stock market. When a beer/drink is popular the price goes up, but if you instead choose a drink that less people wants you can find it for a lower price.
    The Clinic is also a cool place, where you'll be seated either in a wheelchair or in a hospital bed. And why not get your drink served in a needle? No worries though, you'll put it in your mouth, not in your arm...

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    Singapore River Cruises

    by machomikemd Updated May 27, 2011

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    you can take a Singapore river cruise by your own at Clarke Quay or at Boat Quay areas using the assorted river boats and river taxis along the Singapore river. The stops are Merlion/Fullerton, Boat Quay, Liang Court, Roberston Quay and prices for a one way transport is $ 4 , $ 8 and $ 12 depending on the distance. the maximum amount of persons is 10.

    Address is: High Street Centre
    1 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179094
    6333 9019

    the taxi stations are in: Boat Quay and Liang Court and Merlion and lastly at Robertson Quay.

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    1. Merlion Park
    2. The Fullerton Singapore
    3. Boat Quay
    4. Riverside Point
    5. Grand Copthorne Waterfront
    6.Robertson Quay
    7.Liang Court
    8. Raffles Landing Site

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    Relax after a busy working day..

    by Stentorian Written May 4, 2011

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    Great place for hang out with friends or family. Lots of bars and restaurant with live music. Grab a pint of beer and through away all the tiredness after a busy day. There is a place for bungee jumping. And the most exotic HOOTERS are there to rock you.

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    Lots of Bars and Restaurants Part 2

    by machomikemd Updated May 3, 2011
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    First of All, A Definition of a Quay, A Quay is is a wharf or bank where ships and other vessels are loaded. A quay may be constructed parallel or perpendicular to the bank of a waterway. The word is commonly used in United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and in some of the former British colonies (except the Unites States). Clarke Quay is a River Wharf in the Singapore River named afters Charles Clarke who was insrumental in Making Singapore a Sea Transport Hub. Today the quay is more popularly known as one of the Shopping and dining areas in Singapore, with about 5 blocks of assorted restaurants, bars, dessert places, clubs and the like. On the Other side of the Singapore River is Boat Quay. My Favorite Hooters has a branch here and they have other themed bars like the boomarang, clinic, Singapore Sling and others.

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    Lots of Bars and Sights

    by machomikemd Updated May 1, 2011

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    Fisrt of All, A Definition of a Quay, A Quay is is a wharf or bank where ships and other vessels are loaded. A quay may be constructed parallel or perpendicular to the bank of a waterway. The word is commonly used in United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and in some of the former British colonies (except the Unites States). Clarke Quay is a River Wharf in the Singapore River named afters Charles Clarke who was insrumental in Making Singapore a Sea Transport Hub. Today the quay is more popularly known as one of the Shopping and dining areas in Singapore, with about 5 blocks of assorted restaurants, bars, dessert places, clubs and the like. On the Other side of the Singapore River is Boat Quay. My Favorite Hooters has a branch here!

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    Party like it's your birthday!! @Attica

    by screamcheese Written Oct 18, 2010

    So my friends frequent this bar. It's their weekly thing! Lucky me I got in for free coz their friends with someone from inside the bar!

    Cool place! Plus you can choose which room to party! There's hiphop, trance...etc!

    Good Vibes!

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    Clarke Quay

    by Chellenz Written Nov 21, 2008

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    Clarke is a great area nice even just to walk around in the evening...full of rest and bars...amazing bars too....The Clinic (setup with wheelchairs to sit in, dips alike to have your drinks in) The fashion bar (fashion parade wednesdays) Ruppee Room and a bar that was an 80's with rows of fluro lights.....along the river is restuarants including the lotus which is on a fixed boat (they have lotus all through bali didn't go to this one but have been to all but one in bali)
    There is also the upward bungee and a slingapore swing (its massive) worth checking it out!!

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    Night Life in Singapore?

    by DannyGoh Written Nov 16, 2008

    Singapore generally has not much to view, except for the city view, high rise building, but yet, I do found a place, not so bad for night view and some happening night life in Clark Quay. I used to stay in Service Apartment in near to UE Square, Park Avenue Suite. Price is average, comfort is moderate, clean but cleaners are mainly from China. The night view was nice though in Clark Quay.

    There are many bars and restaurant, but mainly expats like to have dinner or drinks in Clark Quay.

    I may update you more specific places worth visiting in Singapore... for now, go shopping!

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  • Clark Quay

    by albertgeorge Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    Clary Quay is a beautiful place to spend some time in the evenings. There are a number of bars and restaurants that serve good food and drinks to go along. Take a boat ride on the singapore river which goes around the Merlion statue. Its an intresting place to visit and have a good time.

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    Stars, skyscrapers, sea, restaurants by the bay

    by WanderingFinn Written Feb 1, 2007

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    Qlarke Quay has something magical in its feeling. At least I felt very comfortable and nice there; around this half circle shaped area full of restaurants partly outside. Both dinner places and music places, next to each other.

    I enjoyed sitting outside, watching the sky and the stars at dark, the sea was there just nearby mirroring many things. All the skyscrapers and the city lights - it made Singapore look a real big city even if it is a very small one.

    Near the quay there were people selling clothes, postcards and souvenirs even late at night.

    The downtown, the city of Singapore, was such a perfect opposite to the peaceful Sentosa paradise island nearby.

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    Restaurants at Night!!

    by yoolya Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Clarke Quay Restaurants At Night

    Clarke Quay is a great place to go in the evening... whether it be for dinner, or drinks (or both!!)

    Plenty of restaurants of different types, Spanish, Italian, Asian, Mexican..... large variety. And a good one for the boys too.... HOOTERS!!!! Yep, the American franchise has branched out into Singapore too!! We ate at Hooters, it's just seemed to be a fun place to eat. The food was excellent!!!! And they curly fries was sensational (and the dipping sauce too)!!!

    This whole area is situated along the Singapore River, so a lot of the restaurants are outdoors with river views!! But you can also opt to sit indoors in the air-con, although the heat is bearable in the evenings!

    There are plenty of bars around for drinks too!!

    A good hotel to stay around here (well there are a few), but I suggest Novotel Clarke Quay, a very moderate price, and within an easy 30 second walk to the restaurants!!!

    Clarke Quay is a great night spot to go and have dinner!!!! And within walking distance from many places (including The Galelry Hotel, which I recommend too)!!!

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    Take the River Cruise

    by litekimchi Written Aug 17, 2006

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    I find myself visiting the river whenever I'm abroad. I've been on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and the river in Shanghai. I didn't get to see much of the Singapore River when I was there last January, so I made sure that I stayed on the river this time around. I also decided to take the River Cruise.

    The best time to take the cruise is in the early mornings. There aren't too many gawking tourists, it isn't too hot and you can enjoy the tour peacefully. I went to the River Cruise station just across Liang Court and right beside Clarke Quay. There were only 3 passengers---a couple and me. Our driver, Kim, was very friendly and kind---he even offered to take pictures of us with great views behind. I think that was sweet of him.

    You have two cruise options. The Singapore River Experience, 30-minute cruise, costs about SGD12 and takes you from Liang Court to Clifford Pier, and then back to Liang Court. Along the way, you pass by Riverside Point, Clarke Quay and Coleman Bridge, Boat Quay and the Financial District, Raffles' Landing Site and the Asian Civilizations Musuem, the Fullerton and Cavenaugh Bridge, the Merlion and the Esplanade.

    The 45-minute cruise is called the New River Experience, which takes off from the Liang Court to Robertson Quay. This costs SGD15. The couple only took the 30-minute cruise, while I opted the 45-minute one. So, from Liang Court to Robertson Quay, I had the boat all to myself. It was one of the most enjoyable things I did. Thist cruise takes you to the Alkaff Bridge, the Riverview Hotela and the Grand Copthorne Waterfront.

    The Alkaff Bridge is one of my favorite bridges (Cavenaugh is another), because it is the most colorful and most fun I've seen. It was painted by the late Filipino artist, Pacita Abad, who passed away several months after finishing her last magnum opus.

    Take the cruise, you won't regret it.

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