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Clarke Quay, Boat Quay & Robertson Quay

The 3 quays are the epitome of alfresco dining by the iconic Singapore River after dusk falls. You will be thoroughly spoilt for choice when looking for a suitable place to dine. Though there is a good mix of bars and restaurants at each of the quays, the atmosphere and design certainly differ.

Clarke Quay (A)

Clarke Quay brings in arguably the largest crowds on weekend evenings. Consisting of five restored warehouses, bars and restaurants now dominate the scene, perfect for bar-hopping under one plastic, jelly-looking roof. Visiting Clarke Quay on weekends, you'll notice almost every inch of space along the riverside promenade taken up by the locals, expatriates and tourists. The bars are packed with people looking for a fantastic night out with friends, and live music can occasionally be heard through the bustling crowds.

Riverside Point, a small shopping mall, is located on the opposite bank to the main Clarke Quay warehouses. A large seafood restaurant, Jumbo, offers another dining option to all the bars. Brewerkz the microbrewery famous for superbly brewed on site beers is next door. Read Bridge connects the two banks, with makeshift stalls set up during festivals like Chinese New Year choosing to locate here. The centre of the bridge offers you a great photo opportunity, though the huge crowds can be a put-off.

Starting in March 2010, every first Thursday night from 7.30pm till 10pm, be treated to live music from the best jazz bands at Central Square while you are dining and enjoying your night out.

Getting There - Take a train and alight at Clarke Quay MRT station. You'll exit through a new shopping mall called Central before reaching Clarke Quay.

Boat Quay (B)

This portion of the riverside can stake its claim to be the most photographed area of Singapore. A row of carefully conserved shophouses fronts a backdrop of towering skyscrapers. Today, these shophouses have been converted to sports bars, pubs, seafood restaurants and other alfresco joints. Boat Quay tends not to be as crowded and rowdy as Clarke Quay, though it is the expatriate's choice for simply relaxing and having a drink.

Boat Quay was once the main focal point of Singapore's entrepot trade business. Sir Stamford Raffles, Singapore's founder, first landed on the banks of Boat Quay, near the present-day Cavenagh Bridge. Cross the bridge to the spacious promenade of the opposite bank. The Asian Civilisations Museum is located here, together with the Victoria Concert Hall and Theatre. There are 2 restaurants worth a visit here. Indo-chine, the posh, romantic place serving Asian cuisine and Timbre, a great place for a drink while enjoying the live music every night.

Getting There - Take a train and alight at Raffles Place MRT station. Take Exit G within the station to reach Boat Quay on the bank opposite the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Robertson Quay (C)

The quiet cousin of Clarke and Boat Quay, Robertson Quay is a laid back, tree-lined stretch perfect for those who simply want a break from the loud music and crowds. Compared to Clarke Quay, the greenery extends to even within alfresco areas, with lamps on tree branches providing warm lighting for a quiet dining experience. In fact, late-night goers are particularly attracted to the inner courtyard joints. However, if you only have one night to visit Robertson Quay, it is best to pick a restaurant of your liking just by the river for a tranquil dinner. Cafe Brio's of the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel offers tables just 2 steps away from the river, serving international cuisine in a neat setting. Brussels Sprouts offers fresh, live imported mussels and shellfish accompanied with a variety of Belgian beers unique to the restaurant.

Though this quay is the least touristy of the 3, this party strip has recently surpassed even Clarke and Boat Quay. You'll find numerous pubs and dance clubs, each with its unique theme and style. Furthermore, most clubs do not have a cover charge, which is perfect for late-night clubbers looking to club-hop for free.

Getting There - Robertson Quay is a good 15 minute walk from Clarke Quay MRT station. Alternatively, take bus service 123 from Orchard Road and alight along Havelock Road. 

Robertson Quay

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