10 Best Gay Clubs in Singapore for dancing, drinking and fun times

Conservative Singapore is a land of contradictions when it comes to homosexuality. While male homosexual sex remains illegal in Singapore, homosexuality is openly tolerated, as per Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s parliamentary speech in 2007: “"We recognise that homosexuals are part of our society. They have a place in our society and are entitled to their private lives."


Indeed since this Prime Ministerial declaration, Singapore’s gay nightlife scene has thrived, and become one of the most vibrant and fun in Asia. Even Avalon, Singapore’s most popular high-end nightclub dedicates Sunday nights to the city’s gay crowd at the hot and happening “Avalon on Sundays”.


The majority of Singapore’s gay bars are clustered around the Chinatown district, particularly on Neil Road. Here you will find two of the city’s most popular gay dance clubs – Tantric and Taboo, which both pack in revelers at weekends, who crowd the dance floor to thumping tunes.


Neil Road is also home to lounge bars May Wong’s Café (downstairs from Tantric) and DYMK (which has its own upstairs dance club), popular karaoke bar and lounge ebar, and the relaxed Buddha-inspired bar and bistro Nirvana.  Elsewhere in Chinatown you will find the ever-popular Backstage Bar (sister to Tantric Bar), buzzing dance bar Play and casual lesbian hangout Cow & Coolies

Cow & Coolies is a karaoke pub located in the heart of Chinatown that attracts a largely lesbian crowd. There's nothing fancy about Cow & Coolies, but the party crowd is kept happy with affordable drinks (a happy hour runs daily from...  Read More

Set in a Chinatown shophouse in amongst the city's most popular gay bars, Nirvana Bistro & Bar offers a relaxed atmosphere for food and drinks at reasonable prices. The menu features predominantly comfort food, including soups, sandwiches...  Read More

ebar Karaoke lounge and bar is located on Neil Road, in amongst the majority of Singapore's popular gay bars and clubs, and opposite the ever-popular Tantric Bar. Situated within a beautifully restored heritage shophouse, this classy karaoke...  Read More

Backstage Bar

Recognized by the rainbow flag above its entrance, the Backstage Bar is one of Singapore's most popular gay bars. Located on Trengannu Street in the heart of tourist Chinatown, the Backstage Bar draws in a eclectic mix of older expats and...  Read More

DYMK (stands for "Does Your Mother Know?") is a chill-out bar attracting a largely gay and lesbian crowd. Located among many other popular gay bays on Neil Road in the heart of Chinatown, DYMK has its home in a beautifully restored double-storey...  Read More

May Wong's Cafe

May Wong's Café is a tribute to the first Asian American actress of the same name to become an international star. The bar's décor is warm and inviting with comfy sofas and features many photos and film memorabilia from May Wong's career,...  Read More

Taboo is a boutique dance club located on Neil Road in the heart of Chinatown. Traditionally attracting a largely gay and lesbian crowd, the club has seen an increase in fun-loving mainstream clubbers in recent times. Taboo gets packed at...  Read More

Tantric Bar

Tantric Bar is one of Singapore's most popular gay bars, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights, when it is packed with revellers enjoying cocktails and double-shot housepours. Thumping tunes fill the indoor bar while the open-air courtyard...  Read More


Meet Marianne Rogerson

Marianne is a freelance travel writer, who has lived in Singapore for six years. She is the author of a travel guidebook to Singapore and has written about Singapore for a range of...  More About Marianne

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