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  • Crazy Elephant
    4.5 stars

    Clarke Quay's only live music

    #01-03 Blk 3E River Valley Road, Clarke Quay
    T: 6337 7859

    Even if it weren't the only live music bar at Clarke Quay the Crazy Elephant would still be the best. The resident blues band takes the stage at 22:00 and on weekends the soulful songs draw such a crowd the bar overflows and people line the Singapore River to listen. Once the music starts even a ... read more

  • Lau Pa Sat hawker centre
    4 stars

    Iconic and delicious

    18 Raffles Quay, Singapore
    T: 6220 2138

    Iconic Lau Pa Sat hawker centre, nestled into the heart of Singapore’s financial district and a great spot to sample local cuisine as well as international dishes, reopened in mid-2014 after a nine-month renovation that left it bigger, brighter and better than ever. The makeover gave the food ... read more

  • Clarke Quay
    4 stars

    Singapore's trendiest restaurants and bars

    Home to Singapore's trendiest restaurants and bars, Clarke Quay is the place to see and be seen. The tables alongside the river go fast and, in spite of their size, favourite sun-down drinking spots like Brewerkz, Cafe Iguana and Harry's Bar are always full. Of course, popularity translates to ... read more

  • Robertson Quay
    4 stars

    Wine bars and family-friendly restaurants

    With wine bars and family-friendly restaurants (kids eat free at a few), Robertson is by far the most laid-back of the three Quays. The area is home to a lot of expensive expat housing and looks more like Sydney than Singapore on a Sunday afternoon when the parents brunch by the river and blonde ... read more

  • Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
    4 stars

    Perpetually busy

    11 New Bridge Rd
    T: 6533 6128

    Opposite Clarke Quay MRT, Song Fa is a perpetually busy spot specialising in bak kut teh — literally pork bone tea. Fatty pork ribs, a secret blend of herbs, and many hours of boiling result in a soup so flavourful you'll want to eat a large bowl despite the heat. The soup is eaten with ... read more

  • Ricotti The Riverwalk
    4 stars

    A winning Italian option

    #B1-49 The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Rd
    T: 6533 9060

    With a picturesque setting by the Singapore River and fresh Italian fare at very reasonable prices, Ricotti Restaurant will instantly win you over. Gnocchi, linguine, penne, and other pasta dishes are so tender you know they've been made in-house and are accompanied with rich tomato or cream ... read more

  • Café Iguana
    4 stars

    Singapore's go-to Mexican restaurant

    30 Merchant Rd, #01-03 Riverside Point
    T: 6236 1275

    Fresh ingredients and prime real estate along the river make Café Iguana Singapore's go-to Mexican restaurant. In addition to the usual tacos, burritos, quesadillas and sizzling fajita plates the menu offers some authentic Latin fare like chile rellenos (whole chilies stuffed with sausage and ... read more

  • Alegro Spanish Street Food
    4 stars

    One of the rare deals at Clarke Quay

    #01-13 3D River Valley Road

    This al fresco Spanish spot is one of the rare deals at Clarke Quay. Chewy baguettes stuffed with premium ingredients like Serrano ham or chorizo sausage are big enough for a full meal and lots of tasty finger foods will tempt, like empanadas, calamari and potato wedges. If you've got a sweet ... read more

  • Prince of Wales
    4 stars

    Reliable live music joint

    51 Boat Quay
    T: 6536 9697

    At their second location beside the river the Prince of Wales feels less like a backpacker bar and more like an Aussie pub. Like the Little India location it's a reliable spot for live music with a changing line-up of local bands and international indie bands plus a Sunday afternoon jam session. ... read more

  • Actors the Jam Bar
    4 stars

    Great or terrible

    13A-15A South Bridge Rd
    T: 6535 3270

    If you've always wanted to perform for a crowd but were held back by your lack of talent, this is the bar for you. Anyone is welcome to pick up the mike or an instrument and jam with the house band as long as they add their name to the performer's queue. Depending who takes the stage and how many ... read more

  • Home Club
    4 stars

    Wildly popular open mike nights

    B#01-01/06 , 20 Upper Circular Rd
    T: 6538 2928

    After the closure of Singapore's last comedy club, Home Club filled the void with their open mike "Comedy Masala" every Tuesday night. With a seriously funny MC and anyone able to participate, it's become wildly popular. The club has lots of comfy seating so you can relax and enjoy the show and ... read more

  • Archipelago Craft Beer Hub
    4 stars

    Singapore's real best beer

    79 Circular Rd
    T: 6327 8408

    Ignore the touts at Boat Quay offering discounts on Tiger and try Singapore's real best beer at this pub just off the river. Archipelago has been around since 1931 and is known for using Asian ingredients like palm sugar and tamarind to create complex flavours. Beers are brewed in small batches on ... read more

  • Brewerkz Riverside Point
    4 stars

    Handcrafted brews

    30 Merchant Road, #01-05/06 Riverside Point
    T: 6438 7438

    Singapore's best known microbrewery handcrafts its beer at this huge restaurant at Clarke Quay — the al fresco area alone can seat 300. Some beers, like the golden ale and European-style pilsner, are always on the menu while more experimental brews, like one flavoured with dragonfruit, may not ... read more

  • Zirca Mega Club
    4 stars

    Get ready to party

    #01-02/05 Blk C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay
    T: 6305 6768

    This massive club at Clarke Quay plays electro, house, trance and anything else worth dancing to. The infectious beats are accompanied by light shows and aerial performances that make clubbing here a multi-sensory experience. Zirca isn't as exclusive as neighbouring Attica, but it's equally ... read more

  • Attica
    4 stars

    Boogie with the beautiful

    #01-03 Blk 3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay
    T: 6333 9973

    Boogie with the beautiful people at this Clarke Quay hotspot. In the early evening Attica will let almost anyone have a drink at their riverside patio, but later in the night a long queue forms outside the main door and the bouncer can be very particular — definitely dress to impress. The music ... read more

  • Viet Inn
    4 stars

    Pho plus

    49 Circular Rd
    T: 6536 1847

    Go with the pho at this authentic Vietnemese joint near Boat Quay. If the beef broth with fresh herbs, springy noodles and generous slices of meat isn't flavourful enough for you, add even more zing with sliced chilies and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If you find Singapore is too hot for soup, ... read more

  • Tomo Tempura Bar
    4 stars

    Casual Japanese dining

    3D River Valley Road, #01-14 Clarke Quay
    T: 6333 0100

    Everything from shitake mushrooms and sweet potatoes to king prawns and sausage get the tempura treatment to make a casual Japanese-style meal at this Clarke Quay spot. Prices start from S$1.20 per skewer and there's a small selection of sushi and sashimi. Japanese beer and sake are as integral a ... read more

  • Annalaksmhi
    4 stars

    Great food, pay what you can

    #01-04 Central Square, 20 Havelock Rd
    T: 6339 9993

    Don't be confused by the absence of prices, elegant Annalakshmi Vegetarian Restaurant operates on an "eat what you want, pay as you feel" philosophy. Start the meal with some fried samosas then move on to north Indian mains like vegetable jalfrezi (mixed vegetable curry) or paneer butter masala ... read more

  • Shah Alam
    4 stars

    A near-Boat Quay bargain

    20 Circular Rd
    T: 6536 1672

    This 24-hour greasy spoon near Boat Quay is popular with the post-bar crowd and its full tables attest that nothing soaks up alcohol like roti prata and curry. If you need more to sate your appetite try the mee goreng (fried noodles) or chicken briyani leftover from lunch — it's amazing when it's ... read more

  • Boat Quay
    3.5 stars

    Infested with touts

    This riverside strip of restaurants has the best views of the Singapore River but an unfortunate infestation of touts. It's impossible to walk along Boat Quay without being harassed to eat at each restaurant, but if you're willing to deal with them you may get a free drink or a discount from the ... read more

  • Singapore Sling Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Chilli crab pizza and spaghetti - really

    #01-05 3B River Valley Road
    T: 6334 4033

    More of a Singapore-themed restaurant than a Singaporean restaurant, this spot deserves a mention for their fusion creations of chilli crab pizza and spaghetti. Both dishes, the most popular items on their very limited menu, are surprisingly tasty and pack in all the chilli crab flavour without ... read more

  • Tom Yum Kung Fu
    3.5 stars

    Thai classics on a budget in the Quays

    16 Circular Rd
    T: 6536 1646

    This hole-in-the-wall restaurant amid the bars on Circular Road does many of the standard Thai classics. Expect fried rice, spicy soups and phad Thai plus some not-so-Thai dishes like steamboat — a do-it-yourself meal of meat and veggies cooked in soup broth. The tom yum goong contains a generous ... read more

  • Tampopo
    3.5 stars

    Go for the ramen

    177 River Valley Road, Liang Court Shopping Centre
    T: 6338 3186

    Though the huge menu covers everything from Japanese curry to sushi, Tampopo has made a name for itself with its ramen. This noodle soup is nothing like the stuff you forced down in college or uni and has rich broth, springy noodles and generous portions of meat or seafood. Their signature soup is ... read more

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