Late-Hour Bars in Singapore

By Katie Schaefer

The people of Singapore take their play every bit as seriously as their work. While it may be difficult to find a bar in the States open past 1 a.m., you will have no trouble finding several to choose from in Singapore. Whether you seek a more laid-back evening of chilled wines and jazz, an intimate corner with a quiet cocktail or a party that only breaks with the dawn, rest assured---or don't---you will find what you're looking for in Singapore.

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Alley Bar

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Once an alley not always an alley

The Alley Bar, as its name implies, occupies a narrow, formally derelict space between two buildings. Lighting is provided by low-hanging lamps and reflected by a bold gilt-framed mirror behind the terrazzo bar. Comfortable seating, candlelit tables and acid jazz add to the calm ambiance. Alley Bar is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 3 a.m. every Friday, Saturday and public holidays. Happy hour is daily from 5 to 9 p.m.

Alley Bar 180 Orchard Road Peranakan Place Singapore 179555 011 (+65) 6738 8818 peranakanplace.com

Bar Opiume

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A touch of sophistication

Bar Opiume, Asia's first prosecco and vodka bar, features alfresco seating and a more sophisticated vibe than neighboring bars. Décor includes plush leather sofas, Czech crystal chandeliers and Sukothai Buddhas. Bar Opiume features live music nightly, be it jazz, simple acoustic or experimental. Hours of operation are from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and until 3 a.m. Friday through Saturday.

Bar Opiume 1 Empress Place Asian Civilizations Museum Singapore 179555 011 (+65) 6339 2876 indochine.com.sg/2009/locsingapore-wfbaropiume.php

The Butter Factory

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Get buttered

The Butter Factory is a bar/discotheque open from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. every Wednesday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays and until 4 a.m. Friday through Saturday. Featuring a hip-hip room and a flash electro room, the music is loud and the ambiance is social, to say the least. Hours are often extended for public holidays and special VIP parties.

The Butter Factory 48 Riverside Robertson Quay Singapore, 238237 011 (+65) 6333 8243 thebutterfactory.com

Bar Cocoon

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Dance the night away

For those determined to see the sun before bed, Bar Cocoon is open from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 6 a.m. Friday through Saturday. The atmosphere of Bar Cocoon lives up to its name; blue lights rise up from the floor and brilliant reds plunge from the ceiling amid an array of candlelit tables separated by scarf-like draperies. Music is provided by a DJ and caters largely to the dance crowd. The dance platform is lit from the bottom in the same aquamarine hues as the rest of the floor. Bar Cocoon is located inside Forbidden City, beneath the IndoChine Waterfront Restaurant.

Bar Cocoon #01-02 11 River Valley Road Singapore 179028 011 (+65) 6557 6268