After a heavy night of drinking and jiving to groovy tunes slowly dies down, one would find oneself suddenly left with an insatiable appetite and intense carb cravings. That’s the case for a perpetually hungry buffoon like yours truly.
Whether it is finding a good late night spot nearby to fulfil your after-clubbing food urges or to find a communal food place for you and your crew to crash at, most usually look for the nearest eatery to hang out at till dawn comes and the public transport services start functioning.
To make life slightly easier for the wild clubber in you, I’ve compiled a list of midnight food spots that every clubber who appreciates a good hearty meal to soak up the remaining liquor in his/her system, can utilize. Since most clubs lie within the Clarke Quay, River Valley and CBD area, this food guide will mostly comprise of good food places around these locations.
Also, since a night of partying usually lasts till around 0200 (for me at least), another factor I’ve considered for this guide is that the eatery has to be open till at least 0300 or 0400 & beyond.
— River Valley & Clarke Quay Area —
1. Hai Di Lao
Over time, Hai Di Lao has managed to establish itself as one of the best few steamboat places in Singapore, and with good reason too. Here are a few reasons Hai Di Lao would make for a perfect after-clubbing food spot for the hungry slowly sobering up.
Firstly, this place is highly reputed for their topnotch service so you will not have to stress your dazed self out during your meal as the servers will help with the cooking of meats and whatnot. Next, the place closes at 0600 so if you plan to party till 0400, you don’t have to worry too much about this place closing and plus, it is located at a prime area.
And of course, the food at Hai Di Lao is far from disappointing, with their handmade noodles and various delicious soup bases like Local Laksa, Seafood and Tomato being offered. You can get 6 succulent pieces of Fresh Scallops ($12) and 5 sweet pieces of Fresh Prawns ($4) which is pretty worth it for its quality.
Hai Di Lao: Clarke Quay, 3D River Valley Road,#02-04, Singapore 179023 | Monday to Sunday 1030-0600 | Tel: 6337 8626 / 6337 8627 | Website
2. Five Star Hainanese Cuisine (River Valley)
For $4.20, you can get a more-than-decent plate of chicken rice at 5 Star Hainanese Chicken Rice which keeps it delicious goods available to all till 0500 each day at River Valley.
Their rice is fragrant and just the right amount to soak up the remaining alcohol in your system. Their chicken is nice and tender, which should put you in a mood good enough to face the new day (or to slip you into a peaceful slumber).
Five Star Hainanese Cuisine (River Valley): 419 River Valley Rd, Singapore 248318 (River Valley) | Monday to Sunday 1100-0500 | Tel: 6235 6760
3. Pint and Curries
Pint and Curries is a funky joint venture by Bar Bar Black Sheep and S11 that takes residence right by the Singapore River. This small but lovely eatery opens till late every night, especially on Fridays and Saturdays to appease the drinking crowds with beers and fresh servings of naans and curries, as the name aptly suggests. If you’re the sort of clubber who believes that the “night is still young” but is exhausted from dancing, scurry on over to Pint and Curries!
Apart from the classic North Indian dishes like Butter Chicken ($12) and Chicken Tikka Masala ($12), Pint and Curries sells other unique foods like Chicken65 ($9), savoury and spicy finger-foods that are rather addictive.
Pint and Curries: #01-14, Clarke Quay, 3D River Valley Road, Singapore, 179023 | Monday to Thursday 1700-0200, Friday to Saturday 1700-0400, Sunday 1700-0200 | Tel: 6337 4616
A midnight food guide for clubbers would not be complete without Spize, a casual restaurant in River Valley that most are all too familiar with. Spize has an extensive selection of foods to choose from – Chinese, Indian, Italian, etc., with prices ranging from $4.50 to $15. Pick a dish and indulge.
Spize: 409 River Valley Rd, 248307 | Monday to Sunday 1100-0500 | Tel: 6734 9194
5. Lim Joo Hin Eating House
What’s the perfect dish to end the night of your partying and ready yourself for a new day (if you can’t sleep in)?
A steamy bowl of porridge. That’s exactly what Lim Joo Hin Eating House offers every late-night wanderer. If you travel in packs of 3s or 4s, you can order several dishes for a total of less than $50 and enjoy dishes like Braised Pork or White Cabbage with your plain but filling porridge.
Lim Joo Hin Eating House: 715 Havelock Road, Singapore 169642 | Monday to Sunday 1100-0500
6. Señor Taco
If you begin to crave Mexican food whilst dancing on the dance floor and listening to perhaps a Shakira soundtrack mix blast through the stereos, fret not. Señor Taco at Clarke Quay can satisfy your cravings with their Burritos ($17) and rather authentic Tacos.
If you happen to be a lady and one that is looking for some exciting pre-clubbing activity, you can also head down to Señor Taco to learn Salsa dancing for $10/ hour or indulge in their Ladies Night ‘Latin Lovers’ Cocktails ($16).
Señor Taco: 3A River Valley Road #01-07/12 Read Street, Singapore 179023 | Sunday to Tuesday & Thursday 1800- 0130, Friday to Saturday & Wednesday 1800-0330 | Tel: 6336 1734 | Website
7. O’ Coffee Club (Wheelock K1)
O’ Coffee Club (Wheelock K1): 501 Orchard Road, Singapore 238880 | Monday to Sunday 24 hours | Tel: 6836 5383
— Central Business District Area —
8. Hoe Kee Cantonese Porridge @ Maxwell Food Centre
Apart from conveniently serving till early in the morning on Fridays and Saturdays, Hoe Kee Cantonese Porridge at Maxwell Food Centre makes sure to serve up delicious bowls of porridge of quality. The Porridge ($3) served here is smooth and comes with a century egg that can be mashed up and mixed in and is very tasty when had with salty sides.
Hoe Kee Cantonese Porridge @ Maxwell Food Centre: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-45, Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184 | Monday to Thursday 0630-1430, Friday to Saturday 0630-0400
9. Kko Kko Na Ra
Korean Fried Chicken is one other highly sought after dish in Singapore and thankfully, there’s a place in Tanjong Pagar near the CBD area that can cater to your late-night fried chicken wing craving – Kko Kko Na Ra. The portion of chicken wings served here may be rather generous for $25 but each wing is a little skinny. The fact that the chicken wings are extremely tasty and are not too greasy is a definite bonus though!
Kko Kko Na Ra: 68 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088489 |Monday to Saturday 1200- 1500, 1800 -0300, Sunday 1800-0100 |Tel : 62259282 | Website
10. Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice
11. OverEasy Restaurant
12. The Ramen Stall
13. Kao Gong Fu
14. Happy Mookata
Happy Mookata: 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, #01-55D, Singapore 199589 | Monday to Sunday 1800-0300 | Tel:8113 0074 | Website
If it takes a bunch of you to cough up a few more dollars to take a short taxi trip down to a food spot or if it takes a group of you drunken fools to find your way on foot to an eatery, I’m sure there can only be two possible outcomes, both of which are favourable.
You can either make it to the place and satiate your monstrous after-drinking appetite with tasty food or get lost walking there and make a silly but sweet memory with your pals. So, carry on, you clubber folks!