These days, drinking games no longer revolve around King’s cup and a bunch of card games. Sure, those games are everyone’s go-to especially after having countless rounds of ‘Never Have I Ever’ with your old friends during your catch up sessions, but when nights like these become mundane, all we need is an extra boost other than alcohol.
Yes, while we may all agree that everything seems more fun and intense after having chugged down a pint (or two) of beer in a couple of seconds, there are several arcade-style bars in Singapore that have taken nightlife a notch up.
Now, retro-themed arcade consoles, electronic beer pong tables and plenty of dart machines take centre stage in elevating your nightlife, making sure that you have one hell of a memorable time.
For those of you who are searching for a place that offers more than just average bar grub, live music and irresistible happy hour deals, look no further than at these 7 arcade-style bars in Singapore.
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Looking for a bar whose walls are fully decked with utterly Instagrammable neon lights, multi-coloured LED chairs and tables as well as entertainment that will keep you busy throughout the night? Club Castle has got them all on top of a wide variety of drinking roulette and dice games.
Besides the myriad of games available, you can look forward to a series of wacky cocktails presented in the most absurd of ways from hospital needle shots to Chinese wine jugs!
217 Lavender Street (2nd Storey)
Tel: +65 9722 4018
Mon to Fri, Sun: 5pm – 3am
Sat: 6pm – 4am
Nearest Station: Bendemeer/ Farrer Park
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FOREST DARTS CAFE
While we all know that darts is a traditional pub and bar game, it is serious business here at Forest Darts Cafe. Not only does this indoor forest-themed bar have greenery draped from its ceilings, it has close to a dozen dart machines which are sometimes used for internal dart matches.
Also, if you are the type to think that your singing gets better after a pint or two, don’t be shy to have a go at their karaoke machine where you can unleash your inner Beyoncé.
45 Ann Siang Road, #01-01/02
Tel: +65 6227 3522
Mon to Thu: 5pm – 1am
Fri: 5pm – 2am
Sat: 6pm – 2am
(Closed on Sundays)
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer
Hopheads posits as one of the best places in town to unwind, chill out, go crazy with your friends and get competitive with a bunch of both drinking and non-drinking games.
Think beer pong, foosball, darts and even table tennis all in the same space as where you can get insanely affordable happy hour deals. The best part? No minimum spend is required so you can play to your heart’s content as long as you make a purchase of a drink or two that night.
178 Clemenceau Ave
Haw Par Glass Tower #B1-00
Tel: +65 6904 4019
Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 12 midnight
Fri: 11.30am – 2am
Sat: 5pm – 2am
(Closed on Sundays except for private events)
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut
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Hidden on the second level of a shophouse in Clarke Quay, Level Up is known to be Singapore’s first ever arcade-bar. With walls that are gussied up with bright graffiti murals and quirky neon lights adorning the pillars, you can tell that this spot is all about fun and games right from the get-go.
Boasting over 10 game machines such as air hockey and basketball where you can get competitive with your friends, any night at Level Up is guaranteed to be a fun and fulfilling night. All you have to do is get some drinks to obtain tokens for these machines!
3A River Valley Road #02-04
Tel: +65 6266 2276
Mon to Thu: 5pm – 2am
Fri & Sat: 5pm – 3am
Sun: 4pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay
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Nineteen80 is an 80′s-inspired arcade-pub conveniently situated in the CBD that makes for the perfect place to swing by if you are looking for a place to chill out, have fun and chug down some booze after a long day at work.
Their decor will have you feeling like a fictional character starring in an old-school game right from the moment you step in there—here you may snap away at their pixelated walls that make for the most Instagrammable backdrop or go crazy at their arcade machine that feature games such as Space Invaders, Golden Axe, Puzzle Bobble and Street Fighter 2.
21 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-05
Tel: +65 9183 6073
Tue & Thu: 5.30pm – 1am
Wed, Fri & Sat: 5.30pm – 3am
(Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar
PONG Singapore is the newest kid on the block and a hi-tech one at that—adopting the latest PongConnect™ technology, this bar in Clarke Quay is home to the first ever PongConnect beer pong table in Singapore that guarantees each round to be a fun and action-packed experience.
On top of their digital beer pong tables, you can expect dart machines, an array of beers on tap, hand-crafted cocktails and scrumptious fusion-style food to complete the entire package of what it means to have a lit night—that is to have a great amount of fun, great company and of course, even greater food.
3B River Valley Road #01-17,
Tel: +65 8808 7664
Sun to Tue & Thu: 5.30pm – 2am
Wed, Fri & Sat: 5.30pm – 3am
Nearest Station: Fort Canning / Clarke Quay
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Lo and behold, a sports bar in the East of Singapore. Situated right opposite Our Tampines Hub, Tipsy Penguin is a rare gem boasting a spacious interior, a myriad of food options, and of course, loads of fun elements—arcade games at Tipsy Penguin include Bishi Bashi Champ, Pinball and even a boxing machine.
If your stomach is feeling a tad empty, you’d be pleased to know that they have an extensive menu with different cuisine options—expect fresh handmade pasta, donburi bowls and even oysters from just S$2 each!
300 Tampines Avenue 5, #01-02A
Tel: +65 9179 2051
Daily: 11.30am – 1am
Nearest Station: Tampines