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Ask a Singaporean about entertainment, and you will surely hear the unanimous reply: eating! But after a good meal, there's still a lot to do - you can dance the away in a discotheque, sing your heart out at a karaoke c lub, or, if you prefer, stay in and watch television.

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Most of the clubs and pubs found here are styled after European and American establishments, but there's always something different happening in some part of town. For instance, you can visit an Indian pub in Little India , and listen to bhangra music in Indian styled décor.

Several pubs impose a cover charge, which is higher on weekends and public holidays. Charges range from S$15++ to S$50++ and some of the more ritzy discos border on the expensive. The dress code varies from establishment to establishment; so call ahead to make inquiries on dress code and cover charges at the pub or club you plan to visit.

Hot Dance Spots and All-In-One Entertainment

Entertainment these days is a combination of pub, karaoke, and disco and live entertainment all under one roof. Fire in Orchard Point, Sparks in Ngee Ann City, and Canto Pub & Disco in Marina Village offer great all-in-o ne entertainment.

Also well-known is the Europe chain: Europa Ridley's three-in-one establishment at ANA Hotel, which includes a disco, bistro and a pub, Europa Changi in Changi Village at the eastern end of the island, and Europa East Coa st, located along the beach near East Coast Parkway.

Other hot -spots in town are Top Ten and Caesar's in Orchard Towers, Velvet Underground in Jiak Kim Street, Modestos at Orchard Parade Hotel, and Beverly Club at Marina Mandarin.

Live Music

If life music is what makes you happy, then the Hard Rock Café, Anywhere in Tanglin Shopping Center and Where Else in Cairnhill Place have great bands. The Boom Boom Room in Bugis Village is a live entertainment venue with a two-tiered seating area and stage, complete with a Chinese cabaret-style décor. The center of attraction here is a stand-up entertainer called Kumar who never fails to raise a laugh.

Jazz

Several places in Singapore offer lovers of jazz a place to listen to good jazz musicians. These include a few spots which occasionally feature jazz greats from abroad to perform. Jazz enthusiasts can make their way to the Saxophone in CuppageTerrace, Somerset's Bar in Westin Stamford, Jeremy's Jazz and Blues Club in International Building or BJ's at the Conrad International Hotel.

Cyberheart Café

You can surf the Net, dine and drink at Cyberheart Café in the Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade. There's fast Internet access as well as a full menu. The café is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Hotel Spots

Almost all the hotels in Singapore have lobby lounges and/or discos of their own. Some of the more popular places are along Scotts Road and Orchard Road.

BARS AND PUBS

Tanjong Pager Area A short distance away from the financial district of Shenton Way and Orchard Road shopping hub is Tanjong Pagar with its wide variety of watering holes.

JJ Mahoney

This pub at 58 Duxton Road captures the flavour of bygone London. The three storied establishment is fashioned in teakwood, stained glass and a mix of unusual fixtures that give it a warm, Victorian English atmosphere. The bar list includes a variety of wines, specialty beers and liqueur coffees. JJ also serves different kinds of sausages, such as pork bratwurst and chicken chipolata. The live band entertains with R & B music and soul classics.

Flag and Whistle

Located at one end of Duxton Hill, this is a tastefully furnished English-style pub where hardwood flooring and stained glass décor create a cosy atmosphere. You can play an assortment of bar-room games, such as balut, pool and darts here. It is one of the few places in Singapore which serves cider on tap.

Chicago Bar and Grill

A favourite among both locals and expatriates, this American-style hangout has a live band that performs rhythm and blues classics in the evenings.

Bermuda Triangle

This cosy pub combines the best of bar and games-room entertainment, and even provides karaoke lessons!

Duxton's Deli and Wine Bar

Snacks can be ordered with drinks in this wine bar, which is decorated in an Asian curio-shop style.

Clarke Quay Area

Clarke Quay was once an unloading area on the Singapore River. Its ancient warehouses have been restored, and now converted into restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafes and bars - each with its own unique character.

JP Bastiani

Sophisticated and alluring, JP Bastiani offers more than a hundred different kinds of wine from all over the world. Friday s from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm feature a free flow wine buffet for S$45.00

Wild West Tavern

This is an American-Western styled saloon bar where you can enjoy music played by live bands. Customers can also opt for the open-air seating area below the tavern.

Quay Bar

Different Theme are held every day of the week. Mondays have been designated as Crew Nite when flight crews of all airlines are entitled to a 50 per cent discount on all house wines. Besides the bar, there are karaoke rooms, a dance floor, a mini-theatre and even a pool table.

Charlestone Showbar

This is a champagne-and-cocktail bar which stages live cabaret shows where even the owner joins in the performance. The bar has a pool table and a dartboard. A wide repertoire of music from the 1920s to the 1950s is played here.

Crazy Elephant 108.1 FM

A pub that offers listeners a selection of music ranging from rhythm and blues to classic rock and roll is the main theme here. Various bands - such as Heritage and Elephant Jam - also perform on a differences.

Tongkangs

This pub consists of four Tongkangs (traditional Chinese sailing boats) which have been refurbished to function as a floating pub and restaurant. So, if dining and wining under the stars appeals to you, visit the pub that offers Turkish kebabs, barbecued seafood, and hamburgers as well as other dishes, which are served while its band plays contemporary music.

Hooters

At Hooters, they say, the food is as tempting as its waitresses are! It's party-time even on weekday s here, and '50s and '60s rock and roll classics add to the mood. A franchisee of an American chain of restaurants famed for its well-endowed waitresses. Hooters even sells its own souvenirs and merchandise.

Bogart's Bar

If you are a fan of Humphrey Bogart, you will certainly like this cosy, Bogart inspired bar. Posters of the actor decorate the wall, and Bogart classics are played through the .

Boat Quay Area

A favorite haunt among Singaporeans, expatriates as well as tourists who enjoy riverside wining and dining, this is one of the hottest entertainment areas in Singapore. Among places to choose from are:

Off Quay

Solid rock, jazz as well as blues as blues jam sessions by regulars entertain patrons of this cosy pub on the second-storey of a refurbished warehouse.

Escobar

Reflecting contemporary Mediterranean charm in its interior décor, this hot spot is alive with the pounding beat of recorded Latin-American music.

Harry's

This is popular with expatriates in Singapore. Harry's is usually packed with a crowd of white-collar revelers every . A live band plays blues music most s.

Riverbank

Loud rock music and '80s hits blare out continuously at this pub, which also has live music on its third level.

The Zoo Formerly known as Club Barracuda, this spot is a hit among those with a passion for disco dancing.

Tilted Tankard

Visit here if you want to relax to country and western music while socializing with friends. Patrons can also try their hand at a game of darts at this spacious outdoors pub.

The Barrel Pub

This pub targets executives in Singapore, providing a place for weary minds to down cool German beer, warble with the karaoke, and throw darts, shoot pool and try their luck at pinball machines.

Holland Village

The village, where Holland Avenue meets Holland Road, has become a popular place for wining, dining and entertainment over the years.

Chaplin's

It you have penchant for dancing, get down to Chaplin's. They play lively 1980's music, and you can dine either in the open air or inside in cool air-conditioned comfort. The crowd here consists predominantly of young working adults.

Wala-Wala

Serving Italian food and speciality coffees and beers to the rhythm of popular music played discreetly in the background, this place is frequented by both locals and tourists.

After Five

Once relatively quiet, this area has witnessed a gradual mushrooming of pubs and -spots over the last few years. Next Page, on Mohamed Sultan Road, is popular with expatriates and media people. The Yard, Zeus and Wong San s are other favourites in the area.

OTHER HOTSPOTS
Celebrities Asia Located in Orchard Cineleisure, Celebrities Asia is Singapore's answer to Planet Hollywood. Its menu features fusion cuisine by celebrity chefs Martin Yan and Violet Oon.

Zouk

Year after year, Zouk has retained the title of Singapore's hottest spot. Tucked away on Jiak Kim Street, Zouk is one of the few places to draw a huge crowd even on weekday s. A regular stream of top international acts and foreign deejays spices things up at Zouk, which also features the brand new Phuture bar-cum-club, disco and wine bar as well as the chic Velvet Underground lounge cum-disco.

Hard Rock Café

A name synonymous with great music and great food the world over, Hard Rock Café's outlet on Cuscaden Road dishes put more of the same. While there, check out its resident band. Jive Talking, and the rare rock and roll me morabilia that adorn the interior.

Planet Hollywood

Dine amidst the glitz and glamour of this restaurant inspired by the world of film and fantasy. A star attraction at this fun restaurant is the selection of movie memorabilia which graces its walls. There are over 170 items from 80 Hollywood films. Californian cuisine, including pastas, salads and gourmet pizzas, is on the menu together with local favorites.

Karaoke

Karaoke lounges abound in Singapore. Most lounges have private rooms for shy patrons. Among the more popular karaoke lounges are The New Warehouse in the Riverview Hotel and Singsation in Plaza Hotel. A comprehensive lit of other karaoke spots can be found in the Buying Guide of the Yellow Pages.

Chinatown by

If pubbing and karaoke are not your style. While away your in Chinatown. This is a great place to hang out at . Visit the quaint little coffee shops that serve food and drinks into the wee hours of the morning, or try out the hawker stalls that offer a wide range of local food and snacks.




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