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.