We westsiders may not boast about our late night spots but they definitely do exist – just not the kind with head-banging music and tequila shots. Instead, we head out and have supper. Here are some of the best ways you can spend a late night out in the west side.
1. Boon Lay POWER Nasi Lemak
The crème de la crème of nasi lemaks in the west… this is a nasi lemak so good that so good that queues are a common sight at 2am. The perfect way to spend a late night with your friends: Just queue, point and makan lah.
Address: Blk 221B Boon Lay Place, #01-106, Singapore 642221
Operating hours: 6pm to 4am (Mon) 6am to 3pm, 6pm to 4am (Tue to Sun)
2. University Bites
When students mug hard, they get hungry. University students are widely known to congregate for cheap and decent nasi lemak in the wee hours of the night at Fong Seng Fast Food Nasi Lemak. (Pro tip: It’s halal too.) Just make sure you park properly with your coupons at the NUS carpark.
Fong Seng Fast Food Nasi Lemak, 22 Clementi Rd, Singapore 129751
New hang out place to add to your list – Ah Lian Bee Hoon near Pioneer MRT station, often with a plate of fried bee hoon and chicken wings. The bee hoon stands out for its (relative) non-greasiness, so tuck in with less guilt. It’s a really popular spot though, so be patient with the ever-present queue.
Ah Lian Bee Hoon, Blk 651, Jurong West Street 63, Singapore 648310
3. Teo Heng KTV Studio
Sometimes, you just have to let off steam. While at that, the best way to do it is by screaming your way through a rendition of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off with a group of friends. With its wide selection of both mandarin, english and even Korean songs, Teo Heng is a favourite for anyone who enjoys singing their heart out at an affordable price. Best of all, you can even bring in your own snacks! Thirst will be the least of your worries since drinks are only $1! Definitely worth making the trip because you will probably be singing to the amount that you have saved, all the way home.
Address: JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-14/15/16, Singapore 609731
4. Haibin Prawning
Prawn fishing is one of the easiest and most relaxing things you can possibly do together as a group. What’s more, you can use the time waiting for a bite to catch up with the buddies. Plus, there’s almost zero learning curve. Even the ones who have never fished before should be able to quickly master this. (Hint: Stay close to the bubbles, the prawns typically hang out there. You’ll get a consistent flow of nibbles by staying around there.) Finish off the night with a barbecue of your fishing loot.
Address: 241 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, The Village, Singapore 629143
5. Cheong Chin Nam Road
Anyone who has studied at Ngee Ann Polytechnic or UniSIM will know about this stretch of road that has whole street of eateries serving up delicious fare. Two of the favourite late night haunts for students and insomniacs alike though, are the Indian-Muslim eateries Al-Azhar and Al-Ameen. Which is better? Have some prata, a plate of maggi goreng, a mug of milo dinosaur and decide for yourself. For fans of late night porridge, there’s frog porridge at G7 Sin Ma and Joo Seng Teochew Porridge on the same street.
Pro-Tip: If you’re keen to have the Teochew Porridge, go in a larger group (of about four or more pals) because the wide selection is going to leave everyone sated.
Address: Al-Ameen: 4 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599729
Al-Azhar: 11 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599736
G7 Sin Ma: 5 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599730
Joo Seng Teochew Porridge: 10 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599736
6. 2am: dessertbar
Even amongst the many dining and drinking options in Holland Village, 2am: dessertbar stands out. Chef Janice Wong (aka Asia’s Best Pastry Chef 2013 and 2014) serves up her unique and inventive creations such as popcorn, a tangy, sweet and salty yuzu dessert. Oh, classics such as Cheese Cake and Tiramisu are also available for the more traditional customers. As a bonus, the bar also features some cutting edge décor, including a ceiling made of bergamot, seaweed and marshmallow, lychee-infused gummy walls and even a bread chandelier.
Address: 21 Lorong Liput, Singapore 277733
What better beer can you get if not from the Germans themselves? Brotzeit brings authentic German cuisine and renowned quality beers like the Paulaner brews from Bavaria (fresh from the tap!) in a modern day setting. All that is left for on your to-do list is check the friends you want for company. Why go all the way to town when the west has a watering-hole of this calibre?
Address: Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, #01-04, Singapore 608532
8. IMAX Experience
Movies just cannot get better than the IMAX experience. When you think of IMAX, you think of the giant screen or the incredible sound system. Basically, there are many theaters but there’s only one IMAX – an incredible cinematic experience so astounding you’d want your popcorn to be premium, if that’s even possible.
Address: JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, #04-11,Singapore 609731