This tropical city-state is a modern metropolis with dazzling skyscrapers, over-the-top attractions, a rich history, beautiful nature and famous cuisine. Explore its diverse neighborhoods like Chinatown, Little India or Marina Bay all bringing their own flavor to this melting-pot. Whether you like lazy days at the beach or adrenaline-pumping thrills, there’s honestly something for everyone. In fact, Singapore is one of the most popular gay destinations in the region although same-sex activity is technically illegal. However, LGBT visitors should feel at ease as these laws are not enforced and it's likely no one would say a thing if you walked down the street holding hands or checking into a hotel together.
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Table of Contents
1. General Tips
2. Transportation & Airport Transfer
3. Gay Hotels in Singapore
4. Sightseeing & Activities in Singapore
5. Restaurants & Cafes in Singapore
6. Singapore Gay Bars
7. Singapore Gay Clubs & Parties
8. Singapore Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars
9. Singapore Gay Beaches
10. Gay Events in Singapore
11. Day Trips from Singapore
As Singapore sits just north of the equator, it has a warm, tropical climate making it a great place to visit any time of year. Daily highs are consistently in the 80s with the summer months (March-June) slightly warmer. Although rain is likely year-round, November through January sees the most precipitation. No, that shouldn’t deter you from visiting this vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Hotel rates don’t fluctuate much as there are always business travelers to fill rooms. Rates due increase quite a bit during major national holidays such as Chinese New Year.
Without a doubt, Singapore’s famous Neil Road located in Chinatown is the hub of LGBT life with gay bars, clubs, spas and saunas ready to show both visitors and locals a good time. Chinatown is also known for its incredible food scene (i.e. Smith Street and Maxwell Road Hawker Centre). Although there are a variety of diverse and fascinating neighborhoods, keep this in mind when looking for accommodations and while planning your itinerary.
Transportation & Airport Transfer
With hundreds of international flights every day, you’ll likely arrive at Singapore Changi Airport located east of the city center. There are several options to get to your accommodations in the city including Changi airport taxis and two methods of public transit, the metro (MRT) and bus.
You can catch Changi airport taxis 24/7 and the trip will take about 25 minutes while setting you back approximately $20 USD. This is the fastest and most comfortable way to get to the city center. Taxis in Singapore are reliable and metered; however, there are a few factors that will impact the cost of your journey including an airport pick up cost, toll charges and additional fees depending on the time of day and holidays.
The MRT will get you into the city for just a few dollars and takes about 30 minutes. It’s a quick and efficient way to get into the city with regular departure times. Since there isn’t a direct route to the city center, you’ll need to transfer at Tanah Merah Station to the green line that runs west into the city. For a discount on the fare, purchase an EZ-link card, a rechargeable card that can be used for multiple types of public transit.
The bus is the slowest option taking around 1.5 hours and the cheapest costing less than $2 USD. The 36/36A bus runs from the airport to the central MRT stations in the CBD. Check to see which stop is closest to where you are staying. If you aren’t using an EZ-link card, make sure to have exact change as the bus drivers don’t give change.
Gay Hotels in Singapore
There aren't currently any gay hotels in Singapore, but there are many gay-friendly options.
Parkroyal on Pickering – this modern 5-star hotel is like an urban oasis covered in lush greenery and offering views of Singapore City Centre and Marina Bay. Guests can relax on the outdoor terrace, at the infinity pool or at the onsite spa and wellness center. All rooms have a zen atmosphere providing slippers, a minibar and a private spa-like bathroom.
Sofitel So Singapore – This luxury property is located in Singapore City Center and is within a 10-minute walk of Marina Bay. It features a rooftop terrace and a rooftop pool as well as an onsite restaurant, Xperience. Rooms are all designed with an elegant, yet whimsical style and have a minibar, an alarm clock and free wireless internet access.
Naumi Liora Hotel – set in Singapore City Center, this chic hotel features a coffee bar, 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, a concierge and a safe. Air conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV, luxury toiletries and luxury linen as well as tea and coffee making facilities, a refrigerator and bottled water.
The Scarlet Singapore Hotel – this stylish hotel is within a 10-minute walk of the Central Business District. It offers a Jacuzzi, massage services, a swimming pool, an on-site gym, a currency exchange and meeting rooms. All the stylish and dramatically decorated rooms have a refrigerator and all the essentials for a very comfortable stay.
Chic Capsule – situated in Chinatown near the Chinatown MRT station, this hostel is unique in that it has dormitory rooms where guests sleep in individual pods with their own smart TV to access the internet and stream videos. Guests have access to a shared bathroom and towels, linens and toiletries are provided.
Cube Boutique Capsule Hotel – located in Chinatown, this modern hostel offers communal rooms with private cubes with beds and storage lockers. All rooms are air conditioned and have a flat-screen TV and electric kettle. Bathrooms are either shared or private and equipped with a shower. Breakfast is served every morning and guests can unwind with a drink in the bar.
There are many sites for apartment rentals including Airbnb and Vrbo. Both companies have inclusive policies and support the LGBT+ community. Prices are generally comparable to budget hotels, especially if you’re willing to get a room in a shared apartment.
There are even a few LGBT-oriented booking sites like misterb&b where you can rent a room from a local gay host. Founded in 2014, misterb&b is not a hotel or chain, but rather a booking site for rooms, apartments and homes. Similar to AirBnB, Vrbo and Booking.com, misterb&b is an online service, but it allows you to from gay and gay-friendly hosts around the world. They have hosts in more than 200 countries and territories with more than 1 million total listings. Understanding the gay scene is much more easily done with the help of a local and apartment sharing is one of the best ways to meet someone living in the city who knows how things work, where and when are the best nights to go out, and what places to eat at and which to avoid.Special Offer! Sign up with misterb&b and you will receive a free $10 credit to use on your first booking!
Sightseeing & Activities in Singapore
Marina Bay Sands – a massive complex with a 57-story luxury hotel and casino, shopping and entertainment center. A few of the top attractions include the rooftop park, infinity pool and the SkyPark Observation deck as well as theater shows, art and science exhibitions, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Book tour →
Chinatown – narrow streets lined with stalls selling goods and trinkets, traditional medicine halls, trendy new bars and lifestyle shops, Singapore’s Chinatown is a vibrant and bustling mix of old and new. Explore a variety of foods, ritual items and traditional medicines as well as visit the Chinatown Heritage Center. Book tour →
Little India – another buzzing historic district with unique charm. Take a stroll down Serangoon Road and nearby streets to discover Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques and churches. An experience for the senses, enjoy the sights and culture by visiting flower-garland vendors, sari and spice shops, modern eateries, boutique hotels and art groups. Book tour →
Clarke Quay – on the banks of the Singapore River, this electrifying party district is the place to quench your thirst for a fun night out. Clarke Quay along with Boat Quay are chalked full of iconic bars, restaurants and clubs in the spaces of former warehouses and storage facilities. Book tour →
Gardens by the Bay – made up of three distinct waterfront gardens on Marina Bay, it’s the center of horticulture and garden artistry with highlights including the sculptural Supertree Grove, conservatories, pavilions and unique gardens like the Floral Fantasy, Serene and Heritage Gardens. Book tour →
Restaurants & Cafes in Singapore
Peppermint Park – popular gay restaurant specializing in handmade, piping hot pizza. Pizzas are served until 4am and are infused with local flavors like the spicy sambal pizza. It’s part of Blue Spin group which includes famous gay bars Tantric, Backstage Bar, and May Wong’s Cafe.
May Wong’s Cafe – a tribute to the famous late Hollywood actress, Anna May Wong, this cocktail bar is popular with trendy gay executives. The menu is inventive with unique drinks like the Tropical Orgy and Flaming Fiesta. The space has a pool table, darts and music videos on many screens to entertain guests.
PS.Cafe at Ann Siang Hill – English-inspired cafe with a casual, modern resort vibe offering sophisticated ambiance. Guests can choose from a brunch menu and a variety of international dishes on their all-day menu. This is a popular gay spot boasting four locations in Singapore. The Aana Siang Hill location is a popular gay hangout for the after-work crowd.
The Garden Slug – in the suburban east-side neighborhood of Telok Kuraugay, this gay cafe actively supports LGBT acceptance. Featuring an outdoor, pet-friendly dining space, this breakfast and brunch haven offers hearty, rustic food and generous portions. We recommend you try the pancakes!
Overeasy – If you’re craving American comfort food, look no further than gay-owned OverEasy. It’s a modern interpretation of a classic American diner with views of the Marina Bay skyline. Enjoy classics with a twist like smoked cheddar jalapeno corn dogs, truffled lobster mac & cheese and juicy burgers. Wash it all down with a tasty milkshake or old-school cocktail.
Singapore Gay Bars
Tantric – with over 13 years serving up delicious cocktails and upbeat pop music, this Singapore hotspot is the place to be on the weekends to mix, mingle and party with a fun crowd. On weekdays, it’s much tamer making it a great place to meet up with friends or colleagues in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere at either outdoor or indoor spaces.
Backstage Bar – a staple of Singapore’s pink district, this bar in the heart of Tanjong Pagar has posters of musicals hanging on the walls and artfully blends nightlight, culture and crazy-good cocktails. Stop by to relax on its cozy and comfortable sofas and order one of the silver screen-inspired cocktails like the Golden Girls Cheesecake and the Lady Marmalade.
Lluvia – Since “lluvia” is Spanish for “rain,” this bar promises to be the colorful rainbow (drag queens included) after any storm. It’s conveniently located in Chinatown about a 10-minute walk from Neil Road, the center of the gay scene. The crowd is mostly gay bears, their friends and gays looking for bears.
Dorothy’s Bar – established in 2015 in the heart of Chinatown, there’s no place like home! Down this yellow brick road, you’ll find a wide and diverse crowd enjoying regular themed nights, indoor and outdoor seating and daily happy hour from 6-8pm. Put on your ruby slippers and stop by for a drink.
Out Bar – located in Singapore’s Chinatown, this 1960s Hollywood inspired gay bar attracts divas and dancers alike as it’s one of the only bars playing both Mandarin and English hits. There are regular themed nights, guest DJs, performances and promotions like daily drink specials from 6-9pm.
Singapore Gay Clubs & Parties
Taboo – Singapore’s most popular gay dance club, this 5,000 ft² two-story nightclub has an LED-lit dance floor and an upstairs lounge bar in the loft area with a chill vibe. It attracts a young gay crowd and tends to get busy after midnight on the weekends when the partygoers migrate over from Tantric Bar and May Wong.
PLAY – place for young, gay partygoers seeking no-frills fun and unforgettable memories. Parties are thrown throughout the year featuring themed events, annual competitions and international DJs. Check PLAY’s Facebook page to find the next party!
Hypertaintment – the group behind Singapore’s sensational gay parties will bring your clubbing experience to new heights with fabulous venues and creative themed parties like their Sunday night “Hyper SunDaze.” For upcoming events, stop by their website or Facebook page.
Aquaholic Pool Party SG – this is the quote on quote “hottest pool party in Southeast Asia” that takes place throughout the year at FOC Sentosa, a panoramic venue on the east end of Palawan Beach. Here you’ll find dance music mixed by the best international DJs, drag queens and throngs of sexy shirtless partygoers.
Singapore Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars
Ten Men’s Club – gay sauna with a welcoming atmosphere featuring a steam room, rain shower, TV lounge, movie hall, dark maze and private rooms. Guests can also enjoy the rooftop garden with a smoking area, free Wi-Fi and drinks available for purchase. It hosts weekly themed events like Skin Nite on Wednesdays and Saturdays and no membership is needed.
Hook Club – a members-only gentlemen’s club with modern facilities including a well-equipped gym, lockers, maze, private rooms, steam room, socializing area and cafe. Complimentary beverages are available and come by on a themed night like Un-Hook Fridays.
Keybox – with over 5,000 square feet of space, this gay sauna is well-designed with a large TV room, dry sauna, steam room, well-equipped gym and 15 private rooms for guests to enjoy. Be on the lookout for regular themed nights like underwear/swimwear nights and skin nights.
Singapore Gay Beaches
Tanjong Beach – one of the three beaches on the southern coast of Sentosa Island, Tanjong is the furthest from Beach Station and is more secluded keeping it pretty quiet on weekdays. Here you’ll find cafes, shops, restrooms and the Tanjong Beach Club, a stylish bar and restaurant that regularly hosts parties attracting a mostly gay crowd. On Sundays, this beach is also a popular spot for gay sunbathers.
Gay Events in Singapore
Pink Dot – this is a non-profit movement that supports diversity and inclusion and advocates for LGBTQ Singaporeans. The volunteer-run organization hosts regular events to engage community members, raise awareness and educate others with openness and acceptance. Visit their social channels for updates.
IndigNation – Singapore’s Pride Season taking place every August since 2005. Bringing together Singapore’s diverse queer communities, they put on queer-related events and programs throughout the year to support and benefit both queer and allied communities to enable progressive action.
Day Trips from Singapore
Sentosa Island – located off Singapore’s southern coast, this island is home to expansive resorts, gulf courses, beaches and countless tourist attractions. You can arrive by road, cable car, boardwalk or monorail and head up to the Tiger Sky Tower where you’ll see panoramic views of the island. Other tourist spots include Madame Tussauds Museum, the Wings of Time show, Universal Studios and the skyline luge. To relax make your way to one of the three beaches or head out to the links. Book tour →
Batam – an island in Indonesia just across the water south of Singapore. It’s a 45-70 minute ferry ride from Singapore and once you’re there you can enjoy numerous attractions, dining establishments and entertainment that’s much cheaper than many other areas in Southeast Asia. Travelers often visit for scuba diving, golfing, water sports, nightlife, shopping and to relax on the beach as an escape from city life. Book tour →
Malacca – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and capital of the coastal state of Malacca in southwestern Malaysia. From Singapore, the best and cheapest option is to travel north by bus and it takes about 4 hours depending on traffic and the border crossing process. The historic city boasts many cultural sights such as the 17th-century Chinese Cheng Hoon Teng temple, the 18th-century, Javanese-influenced Kampung Kling Mosque and Jonker Street known for its famous night market. Book tour →
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