By Joyell Nevins
“Oh, it’s ladies night, And the feelings right…”
The band, Kool and the Gang, knew what was up. Even though the popular bar ploy started as a way to get men in the door and spend their cash, it’s still a great day to grab your gals and celebrate being alive. It also remains true that where women go, men will follow – so if you’re looking for a dance partner, there’ll be plenty of guys willing to join you on the dance floor!
In Singapore, these restaurants and nightclubs’ “Ladies Nights” offer a range of freebies to imbibe and enjoy. From dress up to dress down, from chill to crazy, we’ve got some of the best hot spots to hit up with your gal pals. So grab your purse, your besties, and let’s have a night on the town.
Hump Day is Now Fun Day
It’s the middle of the week, and work and responsibilities have got you dragging. No fear, these swinging joints will spice up your Wednesday with their features just for the females.
Start your night with some sweet drinks and savoury snacks (or a full-course meal if you’re ravenous) at The Exchange in the heart of the Central Business District. This upscale bar and restaurant goes for a mixture of modern Australian and old-world Soho character. High ceilings, Chesterfield sofas, and cheese and charcuterie plates served on marble-clad surfaces are so posh.
On Wednesdays, from 6 to 10 p.m., women can quench their thirst with a choice of free-flow lime margaritas, vodka, white and red wine, Aperol Spritzers, and Pink Gin.
What’s been described as “part suave, part grimy, and all ‘round charming” is a burlesque lounge that seeks to feel like a 1960’s New York backstreet club. The playlist includes everything from jazz to rock ‘n’ roll, with a little pop and hip-hop thrown in the mix. You can shake it on the dance floor, or just chill on the private garden patio.
On Wednesdays, dress nice – no shorts, flip flops, or caps – for the “Le Beat Bespoke” ladies night. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., women pay no cover, and receive free-flowing Aperol spritz, sometimes served by Lulu’s resident drag queens. If orange liqueur isn’t your flavor, we recommend you try their “Whisky Pucker Up:” a whisky sour complete with a lipstick kiss drawn on top.
Lipstick is the theme again at the extravagantly decorated f. Club’s “Lipstick Mafia” Wednesdays. Ladies get complimentary entry (it’s normally a $30 to $50 cover fee) and 10 free drinks. The fun starts at 9:30 p.m., and goes until the party’s over.
Lounge on one of the rich velvet couches, twerk and grind in the hip-hop themed Ruby Room, or rave to house music in the Diamond Room. Be sure to look the part–f. Club has a “no effort, no entry” dress code, which means absolutely no slippers, sweats, or shorts.
According to Attica, this is “where the party people play.” Embrace the energy of the dance music and live like there’s no tomorrow at their Glam Ladies Nights.
You can get complimentary entry and five drinks if you arrive before 11:30 p.m. (three drinks after 11:30 p.m.), and have your nails buffed and polished with their free manicures. Door prizes and sweet treats are often lavished on the ladies as well. And if you bring a group of five or more, Attica throws in a free bottle of bubbly.
For all these goodies though, you must RSVP 24 hours in advance. And dress to impress–no flip flops or beach casual here.
If you’re looking for a space to sip and chill in between getting your groove on, try Prive Clarke Quay. Their house band C Street Band plays high-energy chart toppers all night on “Prime Time Live” ladies nights, but you can also escape to a side table. There, you can snack on yummy morsels like parmesan truffle fries, chicken satay, and potato samosas.
Prive Clarke Quay also requires an RSVP to get the special discount. The first 100 women to sign up receive five complimentary cocktails from 9 p.m. until midnight.
For something totally different – hang up your dress, slide on the flip flops, and bring on the sporting events at McGettigan’s Irish sports pub. This site, also located in Clarke Quay, has no dress code and no pretense.
From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., women receive four complimentary drinks from a special selection of wines, spirits, and cocktails, and 20 percent off of drinks after that. They also get a 20 percent discount on food: bite into a juicy burger, or snack on pork belly popcorn with honey and sesame seeds.
A review of Singapore’s night life would not be complete without Ce La Vi, located at the rooftop of the legendary Marina Bay Sands hotel 57 stories above the city. Listen to a killer dance soundtrack while enjoying a spectacular view of the Singapore skyline. You can hang out inside the Club Lounge, or gaze at the stars on the Skydeck.
The dress code is smart casual, so leave your torn jeans at home, and bring funds to play. On Wednesdays, ladies skip the usual cover charge and get one free drink. After that, drinks will start you at $24 Singapore dollars.
Let’s Go Abroad
Looking to get out of the city for a hen night or girls’ weekend? We’ve got some suggestions for must-try clubs within a quick flight of Singapore.
TREC: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
TREC stands for Taste, Relish, Experience, and Celebrate. It’s like a gigantic outdoor shopping mall – except every place is for food, beverage, or entertainment. There are five different zones: Electric Boulevard, with a theme of bright lights in the big city; Terraces, where every place has a rooftop view; Hive, with an alfresco and breezy vibe; and Alley, featuring the underground ‘creative’ clubs. Zouk Club, Asia’s largest superclub, takes a zone all to itself with eight different rooms and world-famous DJs spinning their tracks.
TREC’s “Girls Rule!” ladies night means that every Wednesday, more than 20 of those venues scattered across all five zones offer free entry and free cocktails for the women. Plus, don’t worry about driving back to your hotel, as TREC sponsors free Grab rides those nights, too.
Maggie Choo’s: Bangkok, Thailand
This one doesn’t have an official ladies night…it’s just cool as hell. Maggie Choo’s doesn’t just pour drinks; it tells a story. The underground cabaret lounge opened a few years ago, and has already generated quite the buzz.
It is themed around the legend of Shanghai singer Maggie Choo, and brings you back in time to 1930s Shanghai. The bar evokes colonial outposts, the Pax Britannica of Queen Victoria, and the decadence of gambling dens. There are secret passageways and two-way mirrors, Chinese paper umbrellas, and upholstered swings.
During most weekdays, live jazz starts after 10 p.m. On Thursdays, you can experience Chinese Delirium Theater. The theatre performances celebrate romance with sensuous music, dance, and visual splendor for a one-of-a-kind experience. And on Saturdays, come back to modern times with the Bangkok Invaders and Maggie Choo’s “Hip-Hop Saturday” parties.
So, what are you waiting for? Whether you’re going for a night or a weekend, there is nothing better to shake off your stress than an evening of booze, bites, and your besties. Show the men how it’s really done, and live it up at a ladies’ night!