DO: HEAD INTO THE NIGHT
We stayed in the Swissotel Merchant Court on Clarke Quay where they brought us beer as we lazed in the pool. And I’m not talking about a paper cup I’m talking a glass of beer. Head to Singapore, you want to stay somewhere like it. Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay, Boat Quay equals Fun City.
We dined on Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine close to water. Head into any restaurant on the river, ask for the seafood banquet and boom, out comes half-dozen courses of seafood surprise. Incredible food. Great with beer or cold white, or even red wine. We loved our night at Our Village, an Indian place with views of the skyline. Sparkling views, great food, long table, all your mates – super evening.
Singapore has six of the world’s top-50 bars. One of these bars, Atlas, stocks over 1,000 varieties of gin. There’s a bar and restaurant attached to Sentosa Golf Club, Pan Americana, that sells “adult Fanta” they pour into your mouth, and “Rock and Rye”, which is whiskey poured over a chunk of ice like a cricket ball. The food just keeps on coming. We enjoyed this afternoon very much also.
But perhaps our most fun après-golf was a night at Kranji Racecourse. For about $50 a head we enjoyed a five-course meal and “free flow” beer, which continued to come served by beautiful young women. Race meetings are held on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, and the odd Tuesday.
Sports? We watched Wallabies-Ireland in a pub called Molly Malone’s. The Singapore Sevens (late April) has plenty of what makes Hong Kong great. The Formula One Grand Prix (mid September) runs though the city. At night. You can play golf at night. Singapore is sultry at night. It’s a night city. The best time of the day is the night.