Singapore Gay Travel
Singapore may be a conservative country, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t gay bars here! Browse Singapore gay travel tips and where to stay right here on wolfyy.
The Gay Travel Experience: Singapore
My visit to Singapore was brief, but in that short time I found several gay locals! They were eager to spend a night laughing over drinks and later playing our favorite songs on Spotify.
I felt lucky to have ran into a local gay Singaporean who introduced me to his friends. One of them even welcomed us all back to his home for drinks after the gay bars closed.
Gay travel in Singapore is marvelous and I highly recommend this glimmering Southeast Asian city. Flawlessly landscaped city blocks and unique modern architecture represent just how organized Singapore is.
A major business hub, gay locals and ex-pats harmoniously commingle. Gay nightlife in Singapore thrives and numerous attractions will surely keep you busy.
Gay Singapore: Where to Stay
Singapore is a rather large city. Try to stay near the downtown core so you can easily walk to the main attractions. Anywhere nearby a waterfront is a good bet, whether it’s the Singapore Marina or Singapore River. There are a range of options in the city center, from luxury rentals to hostels.
I crashed in a hostel directly on the Singapore River close to the marina. The hostel is called B.E.A.T. Capsules, and it was by far the best hostel I’ve ever stayed in. Very modern and private, it was perfect for spending a few nights before I headed north to Malaysia.
To my surprise upon arrival, this area of the city was by far the cutest of all. Right outside my door was a beautiful fountain as well as tons of restaurants.
You will likely be headed to the Golden Mile Complex if you are arriving or departing by bus. This is a large hub for busses. There’s nothing too glamorous here other than a cheap place to grab some food before you board your bus.
Does Singapore Have a Gay Neighborhood?
Although Singapore is an extremely modern society and a world business hub, the country remains very conservative in all aspects of life. Gay men tend not to congregate into a single gay neighborhood in Singapore.
Many gay ex-pats live in Singapore on foreign business assignments. These guys will be living in company-provided housing and so you will usually find them nearby the business districts. The locals on the other hand are spread out. They dont live in a single “gay” area.
Singapore Experiences for the Gay Traveler
The iconic attraction Gardens by the Bay was my favorite spot in Singapore. But, there’s much more to it than the famous Supertree Grove! Take a walk along the pond at Gardens by the Bay for some tranquility and to escape the tourist crowds. There are plenty of hidden walkways with diverse plantings to see.
Walk around Marina Bay
Walking along the Marina is a great option for an entire afternoon. You can take in views of the skyline while strolling along the waterfront. I started my journey from my hostel on Boat Quay and walked to the shops at Marina Bay Sands, where I could cool off in the air conditioning.
Along Boat Quay are a bunch of small outdoor restaurants overlooking the fountain in the river. This area of town is where you will find the cheapest beer in the city, and it really comes alive after sunset.
Alcohol can be expensive in Singapore, but this adorable water front promenade is perfect for an evening of cheap drinks. I ate at Forum Restaurant, however most restaurants here more or less offer the same options.
The Shops at Marina Bay Sands is quite a pleasant place to walk through and window shop. Its an ultra-modern mall with high-end stores and cafés. On the lowest level there’s a food court where you can get some cheap eats.
The Maxwell Hawker Center
Locals and tourists alike will tell you to go to the Maxwell Hawker Center. This no-frills outdoor food stall building is great for experiencing local foods. Expect dozens of tables bustling with people from all walks of life. Bring cash, as most places either don’t take credit cards or only accept local bank cards.
The Maxwell Hawker Center is best if you’re having an earlier dinner. After 9 PM things start to die down and the stalls close. If you prefer a later dinner, make your way to Chinatown for more late-night options. There is a mix of food trucks and restaurants with air conditioning at the Chinatown food market.
More Things to Do Singapore
Take a walk through Raffles Place. A beautiful outdoor plaza and promenade, this is the best spot to absorb the bustle of Singapore without being surrounded by cars whirring by. It’s a pedestrian-only zone with plenty of shopping.
Although I did not have the chance to visit, many locals told me they love to go to Sentosa to relax. Sentosa is an island south of the downtown where you can relax on the beach. It is reachable by transit, but a cab will be much more convenient. It’s one of the local’s favorite things to do other than eat at the hawker food centers.
Singapore Gay Bars
I did not know what to expect for gay nightlife in Singapore, but in the end, I had a blast! I started my night out at Dorothy’s, which is a smaller lounge bar with a terrace overlooking some street shops. Dorothy’s closes a bit earlier in the night so it’s best to start your evening there.
Afterward, I made my way to Tantric. At around 2 AM on a Saturday, Tantric had a buzzing crowd! There are two outdoor patios with seating, a lounge bar area and another room where you can stand at tables. Drag queens entertained us, putting on a small show through the main walkway of the bar.
Soon after I arrived at Tantric I met a local Singaporean! We got to talking and he introduced me to his gay friends. Everyone was so friendly and given international crowd people are eager to make friends and talk with one another. I met people from Singapore, Costa Rica, France and more. The diversity was comforting.
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Gay Life in Singapore
One may think that the modernity of Singapore would come along with some LGBT projections, however this is not the case. The Singapore government is quite conservative and currently there are no protections for LGBT individuals.
Given that Singapore is a diverse global business hub, the LGBT community is well-tolerated. It’s nice that there are gay bars and events so that the LGBT community can get together, but officially same-sex sexual activity is illegal and there are no protections against discrimination in any capacity.
Singapore has a long way to go to catch-up with neighboring Asian countries such as India and Taiwan, where positive change has occurred recently.