The best restaurants and bars in Clarke Quay

Where to eat, drink and party at Singapore's riverfront entertainment enclave 

The best restaurants and bars in Clarke Quay
The best restaurants and bars in Clarke Quay
28 May 2019

The best restaurants and bars in Clarke Quay

Now that we’ve covered our top picks for Robertson Quay, it’s just obvious to explore the food and drink scene in Singapore’s rowdiest, most famous Quay, Clarke Quay. Whether you’re looking for the best seafood to celebrate hump day or the weirdest bar the city has to offer, we’ve traversed the seizure-inducing lights and deafening noises just for you!

Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill
Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill
28 May 2019

Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill

Craving Peranakan fare? Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill has expended their repertoire of Nyonya goodies to include satay and more grilled goods. Try the 150-day grain-fed Beef Satay ($17), served with a spicy peanut sauce, or juicy tiger prawns marinated in coconut rempah: Prawn Satay ($20). If you want to try their grilled specialities, order the Hae Bee Hiam Sea Bass with chinchalok relish ($42). Wash down all that hearty fare with their extensive list of cocktails – Baba Negroni ($22) with assam essence, or the coconut- and pandan-infused Jade Bangle ($18).

Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill is located at 3B River Valley Road, #01-18, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021, p.+65 9834 9935. Opens 6pm — 12am from Monday to Friday.

Tsui Wah Singapore
Tsui Wah Singapore
28 May 2019

Tsui Wah Singapore

Supper culture is so prominent in Singapore that Tsui Wah has became an instant hit among locals. Open till the wee hours every day, the Hong Kong-based eatery presents no-fuss, casual dining options that range from comforting soups and classic Canto fare to hearty steaks and sandwiches. Looking for something to buffer a nightcap? Snack on their Deep Fried Wontons ($9.50 for 12) or Crispy Bun with Condensed Milk ($4). For the truly ravenous, take a stab at the Lamb Chop Curry with Steamed Rice ($29).

Tsui Wah Singapore is located at 3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-03, Singapore 179020, p.+65 6250 9270. Opens 11am - 1.30am from Sunday to Thursday, and 11am - 4am from Friday and Saturday.

Red House Seafood
Red House Seafood
28 May 2019

Red House Seafood

Looking for a feast? Swing by Red House Seafood, one of the oldest seafood restaurants in Singapore. Dishing out tried-and-tested Chinese classics with quintessential Cantonese and Hainan influences, newer recipes like Braised Spinach Tofu & Honshimeji Mushroom Topped with Crisp Conpoy also make the list. Their Vegetarian Menu ($58 for 2 people) offers a full six-course meal too. Red House doesn’t only keep with local favourites like Red House Chilli Crab. With fresh imports from all over, how about the Scottish Brown Crab and Australian Lobster Sashimi for more unusual options?

Red House Seafood (Clarke Quay) is located at 3C River Valley Road, #01-02/03 The Cannery, Singapore 179022, p.+65 6442 3112. Opens 11.30am - 2.30pm, 5.30pm - 10.30pm from Monday to Sunday.

Ramen Keisuke Lobster King
Ramen Keisuke Lobster King
28 May 2019

Ramen Keisuke Lobster King

Japanese food is so loved here, it’s no wonder ramen shops are abundant in every crevice. Ramen juggernaut Ramen Keisuke first opened the doors to its Clarke Quay outlet in 2016, and continues to be a crowd favourite. Not much else really gets us going like a thick prawn stock, and Lobster King is here to deliver, as prawn mee lovers will agree. Savour the awesome flavours with the Miso Lobster Broth Ramen ($14.90), or go all-out umami with the Lobster Broth Ramen ($14.90).

Ramen Keisuke Lobster King is located at 3C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-07 The Cannery, Singapore 179022, p.+65 6255 2928. Opens 6pm - 5am from Monday to Sunday.

Peony Jade
Peony Jade
28 May 2019

Peony Jade

Unleash your inner Dim Sum Dolly at Peony Jade. Having won two consecutive Michelin Bib Gourmands, their menu offers dumplings in all shapes and forms - from traditional staples like Siu Mai and Har Kau to new creations like the Taro wrapped with Fresh Scallops. Offering buffets and a-la-carte meals alike, it’s also home to the hyped ‘Gudetama’ Steamed Molten Lava Bao and Mao Shan Wang Durian Mochi.

Peony Jade (Clarke Quay) is located at 3 River Valley Rd, Level 2, Singapore 179020, p.+65 6276 8327. Opens 11am - 2.30pm, 6pm - 10.30pm from Monday to Sunday.

Octapas
Octapas
28 May 2019

Octapas

If you’re in the mood for live music, Octapas doles out the Spanish experience in full force, where tapas, paellas and sangrias are just the tip of the iceberg. For a sweet and salty cold appetiser, try the Melón con Jamón Iberico($15), rockmelon cubes with slices of Iberico ham. Ever had savoury churros? The Churros con Mejillones en Salsa ($15) replaces the typical dessert with creamy saffron mussels. Finish up with a fruity Flamenco ($16.50), or a shot of tequila.

Octapas is located at Block D, River Valley Road, #01-08 Clarke Quay, Singapore 179023, p.+65 6837 2938. Opens 12pm - 1am from Monday to Thursday, 12pm - 2am from Friday, Saturday and Eve of public holidays, and 12pm - 1am from Sundays and public holidays.

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot
Hai Di Lao Hot Pot
28 May 2019

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot

Immensely popular for its impeccable service and noodle-whipping spectacle, Hai Di Lao doesn’t need much introduction. This Sichuan-style restaurant serves up soup bases in increasing levels of spiciness, a massive selection of sauces, and an iconic noodle show (that you’ve probably seen on Instagram by now). Even if you partied till 4am with nowhere to go, the Clarke Quay outlet is open till 6am. Keep in mind that it isn’t the cheapest option, and the option of two soup bases alone can cost upwards of $20.

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot (Clarke Quay) is located at 3D River Valley Road, #02-04, Singapore 179023, p.+65 6337 8627. Open 1030am - 6am from Monday to Sunday.

Kushikatsu Tanaka
Kushikatsu Tanaka
28 May 2019

Kushikatsu Tanaka

Japanese food Kushikatsu Tanaka’s casual ambience is perfect for a night with friends. Kushikatsu, meaning skewered meat, is the main item here: sticks of battered eel Unagi Kushi ($2.50), fishcake Hanpen Kushi($1.50) and even extra-long mozzarella-stuffed skewers. It’s also the place to put your chef skills to the test with DIY Takoyaki (from $10). Apart from basic sakes and highballs, we say give newer creations like the Cacao Orange Highball a shot.

Kushikatsu Tanaka is located at 3A River Valley Road, Merchant Court, Clarke Quay, #01-01B, Singapore 179020, p.+65 6258 3789. Opens 12pm - 2.30pm, 5pm -  12am from Mondays to Wednesdays, 12pm - 2.15pm, 5pm - 12am from Thursday to Friday, 12pm - 1am on Saturday, and 12pm - 12am on Sunday.

Motorino Pizza
Motorino Pizza
28 May 2019

Motorino Pizza

Located beside Irish pub McGettigan’s, the famous American pizzeria has launched an outlet smack in the middle of Clarke Quay madness. With rave reviews from those who’ve tasted the New York original, there’s no need to worry about suffering from watered-down franchise syndrome. The dough preserves its smoky char, bubbly crisp and lovely chew – no soggy bottoms here. The Prosciutto & Roquette ($29) is a perpetual highlight, but you can also opt for something simple like a classic Marinara ($17).

Motorino Pizza is located at 3A River Valley Road, #01-01A, Singapore 179020, p.+65 6334 4968. Opens 11.30am - 11pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 11.30am - 11.30pm from Friday to Saturday.

Spice World Hotpot
Spice World Hotpot
28 May 2019

Spice World Hotpot

Need a cheaper alternative for your hot pot cravings? Spice World does just that, with the added charm with having your soup base pressed into a Hello Kitty mould ($9.90, limited to 10 a day). Don’t worry if spicy food isn’t for you, they have a range of seven bases to choose from: Tom Yum, Curry, Wild Mushroom, three levels of Mala, and three meat bases. Spice World also offers interesting flavour options that you rarely find elsewhere, like juicy Pig’s Brain ($15.90) and Fresh Aorta ($16.90). Little Monsters can appreciate the Premium Barbie Wagyu Beef ($38.90), a miniature rendition of Gaga’s Meat Dress. It’s kind of weird.

Spice World Hotpot is located at 3B River Valley Road, #01-06/07, Singapore 179021, p.+65 6265 9777. Opens 10.30am - 4am from Monday to Sunday.

Bars in Clarke Quay
Bars in Clarke Quay
28 May 2019

Bars in Clarke Quay

Queens (Zouk)

As its name suggests, Zouk’s latest concept draws inspiration from New York’s grittier borough, a melting pot of diversity and the birthplace of hip hop. With a playlist fittingly playing hits from the Golden Age (think RUN-D.M.C. and A Tribe Called Quest), entry is limited to those in the know or with an invite-only membership. Yet, tipples go for a pretty reasonable charge of $25. For a start, try their Signature Old Fashioned, the Wu-Tang Clan. Ever tried green pea-infused vodka? The Willdabeast (pictured) keeps it fresh with celery juice, lemon and sugar.

Queens is located at 3C River Valley Road, Capital Zouk, #02-05 The Cannery, Singapore 179022, p.+65 6738 2988. Opens 7pm - 2am on Thursdays, 7pm - 3am on Fridays, and 7pm - 4am on Saturdays.

Chupitos Shots Bar
Chupitos Shots Bar
28 May 2019

Chupitos Shots Bar

With over 130 colourful libations on the menu, Chupitos is where you bring that one friend who thinks ‘shots’ just means doing body shots with cheap tequila. More fun than fancy, the drinks are split into four categories of Dare, Deadly, Fruity and Yummy. Playing a game of Truth or Dare? Treat your buddy to a nice tall glass of Pee ($12) or relive the childhood with a nice Paddle Pop ($12 pairs). If you really want to go all out for a wild night, step it up with a flaming Russian Roulette ($60 for 5).

Chupitos Shots Bar is located at 3B River Valley Road, Clarke Quay #01-05, Singapore 179021, p.+65 6333 4513. Opens 6.30pm - 1.30am from Sunday to Tuesday and Thursday, 6.30pm - 3am on Wednesday and Friday, and 6.30pm - 3.30am on Saturdays. 

Holey Moley Golf Club
Holey Moley Golf Club
28 May 2019

Holey Moley Golf Club

For a little change in scenery, visit Holey Moley Golf Club! Tee off with your buds over mini golf, where the pop culture references are aplenty. Take a shot at the Iron Throne, or sink some presidential holes to Make Your Golf Game Great Again. You’ll want to stay hydrated some Mai Tais ($21), Kaffir Lime Margaritas ($20), or new creations like the Shark Tanq ($21) – a cocktail comprising Tanqueray Gin and blue curacao. Hungry? The Caddyshack also serves up greasy goodies like burgers and fries to battle the midnight munchies.

Holey Moley Golf Club is located at 3B River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024, p.+800 492 2410. Opens 12pm - 1am from Monday to Thursday, 10am - 2am from Friday to Saturday, and 10am - 10pm on Sundays.

Crazy Elephant
Crazy Elephant
28 May 2019

Crazy Elephant

Established over 20 years ago, this no-frills Rock n Roll Blues bar has no cover and no dress code, just like those old school dive bars. Featuring a fixed schedule of live music you can chill out to while working on an ice cold beer, the lineup includes resident bands like The No-Daddies and Greg Nunan & The Blues Machine. Don’t expect deluxe service or lavish cocktails, but the casual vibe is good all the same. Basic beers like Stella Artois go for $11 and $15, and most drinks go for anywhere above $12.

Crazy Elephant is located at 3E River Valley Road, #01-03/04, Singapore 179024, p. +65 6337 7859. Opens 5pm - 1am on Mondays, 5pm - 2am from Tuesdays to Thursdays, and 5pm - 3am Fridays to Sundays.

Get Juiced
Get Juiced
28 May 2019

Get Juiced

On the other end of the spectrum, Get Juiced is touted as the ‘future of entertainment’. Their cashless approach keeps things streamlined and efficient, and their own app lets you order anything (even song requests) from anywhere in the establishments. They’ve got great deals too, whether its 50 cent Wings on Tuesdays, or $5 beers and cocktails. With 8,000 sq ft to spare, this place has separate areas for hip hop and electronica, and a chill lounge to rest your tired legs after.

Get Juiced is located at 3E River Valley Road, Block E Clarke Quay #02-01, Singapore 179024, p.+65 6208 7293. Opens 6pm - 1am on Tuesdays, 6pm - 3am on Wednesdays and Fridays, 6pm - 2am on Thursdays, and 7pm - 4am on Saturdays. Closed Mondays and Sundays.

Highlander
Highlander
28 May 2019

Highlander

Whiskey lovers have probably heard of Highlander long before the casual whiskey bar became a one-stop entertainment venue. With Scottish music, men in kilts, and an array of over 250 international whiskies, every inch reflects true Scottsman heritage. Beers on tap go for $17 a pint, and the whiskies go for around $20 a glass. With an extensive dine-in menu, you’ll be temped to have your Scotch with a humble serving hearty Chix and Haggis ($32).

Highlander is located at 3B River Valley Road #01-11, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021, p.+65 6235 9528. Opens 6pm - 2.45am from Sunday to Monday, 5pm - 2.45am from Tuesday to Friday and public holidays, and 5pm - 3.45am Saturday and eve of public holidays. 

Level Up
Level Up
28 May 2019

Level Up

Ever wonder how fun it would be if you could went to the arcade drunk? That’s what Level Up is here to do. This arcade-bar concept lets you get hammered as you hammer some moles, metaphorically speaking. Operated by tokens as usual (15 for $10, $6 for 5 and $2 for 2) and featuring classic arcade favourites like Metal Slug and X-men VS Street Fighter, you’ll also fine the fan-favourite basketball machines. Take a break with their range of bar bites like Truffle Shoestring Fries ($12) and Typhoon Tater Tots ($12). Their cocktails go for $16, and daily promotions keep the good times flowing.

Level Up is located at 3A River Valley Road, #02-04, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020, p.+65 6266 2276. Opens 5pm - 2am from Monday to Thursday, 5pm - 3am Friday to Saturday, and 4pm - 1am on Sunday.

McGettigan’s
McGettigan’s
28 May 2019

McGettigan’s

If you’re looking for a place to watch the next big game on big screens, look no further. With a full schedule available on their website, this sports bar plays host to Premiership and Championship League Football, NFL, horse racing, tennis and more! Their all-day menu also puts up great mains like Fish & Chips ($24) and McGettigan’s Full Irish Breakfast ($25). And if you’re thirsty from all the cheering, Mondays ring in Burger and a Pint deals for $25.

McGettican’s Singapore is located at 3A River Valley Road, Merchant’s Court, Singapore 179020, p.+65 6837 0577. Opens from 12pm - 1am from Monday to Tuesday, 12pm - 3am from Wednesday to Friday, 10am - 3am on Saturday, and 10am -1am on Sunday.

The Pump Room
The Pump Room
28 May 2019

The Pump Room

Labelling itself as Clarke Quay’s first ever microbrewery, The Pump Room’s original craft beers take the cake with resident Brewmaster Randy Liew throwing his own spin on things. A local favourite, the Singapore Golden Ale is sweeter and not as ‘bitter’ as most beers with a refreshingly zesty finish. If you like your lagers dark, go for their meaty, medium-bodied Scotch Ale, a maltier version of the Scottish Ale. Their menu also boasts a selection of steaks, from a Black Angus Sirloin ($40 for 300g) to the impressive Black Angus Tomahawk ($98 for 800 to 900g).

The Pump Room is located at 3B River Valley Rd, #01-09/10, The Foundry, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021, p. +65 6334 2628. Open 6pm - 3am from Sunday to Friday, and 6pm - 4am on Saturday, eve of public holidays and public holidays. Open 6pm - 4am on every third and fourth Friday of the month.

This story first appeared in City Nomads.

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