It’s midnight, and you and your partner want to do something other than fornicate. The club is way too loud, the dance floor crowded and the air is thick with the stench of sweating bodies. You’ve gone prawning so many times that you have a whole sleeve of mosquito bites to prove it, and after endless amounts of hotpot, it simply does not hit the spot anymore.
Grab is expensive at midnight; you wouldn’t want to take a shot in the dark and go somewhere only to realise that it’s closed. You’ve exhausted your mid-night date ideas and don’t know what to do. No worries, after scouring the internet and asking my mates on things that they do, I’m here to end your midnight dating woes.
Every couple has that one song or perhaps a playlist of songs that are significant to them. If you’re the type that rather belts out tunes than dance to them, midnight karaoke might be just for you. Take your pick from different options like Teo Heng for budget-friendly prices or MANEKINEKO for food, tunes and, booze. Sing your heart out and serenade your partner in the privacy of your booth, and sound systems that make it seem like you’re having mini-concerts.
Something as simple as having a hot cup of coffee in the middle of the night with someone you love may sound uneventful. But there is beauty in the mundane. Perfect for our student couples out there mugging through the night, or even for workaholic couples that can’t focus at home. Grab a cuppa at a handful of 24-hour Starbucks locations such as Keat Hong Community Club at Chua Chu Kang, Liat Towers for those who prefer the town area, Northpoint City in Yishun, or Tampines Mall for our East residents. The best thing about visiting the heartland outlets—you don’t even have to dress up.
Location: Various Locations
There’s always something about the cinema that brings moving pictures to life. Sure, you could argue that watching a movie at home is way more comfortable than going out. But the experience is totally different. With ceiling to floor screens and surround sound, get lost and enraptured in whatever cinematic universe of your choice. Plus point: escape the throngs of a crowd with showings as late as 12:45 am. If you and your beau are film buffs, this will be the perfect activity for you. Have something to look forward to while you plan your film escapades during the weekdays as these midnight films are only available on Friday and Saturday nights.
Did you know that you could play mini-golf past midnight in Singapore? I didn’t know either until a friend of mine told me of its existence. An upgrade from prawning, get into the competitive spirit with your partner with some mini-golf. Holey Moley Golf Club is located at Clarke Quay and runs after 12 am on Tuesdays to Saturdays. Described as mini-golf with a twist, you don’t have to be an expert to have fun. If you’re feeling hungry, pick from a selection of bar food such as Chicken Satay, 1 Meter Cheese and Thank You Pizza, a Trio of Mini Hotdogs, and more. Add some drinks to your game to up the ante with a game of boozy mini-golf.
Time: Wednesdays & Saturdays – Opened Till 2 am
Location 3B River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay, Singapore, 179024
Go for a romantic walk by the Outdoor Gardens at Gardens By The Bay and enjoy the beautiful lights adorning the 50-meter tall trees. Soak in the intimate ambience with your partner. What’s best is that entry is free and the garden is open till 2 am. Some other things you can do is to experiment and have some fun with night photography or perhaps get creative with a midnight picnic.
Time: 5 am – 2 am
Location: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
For couples who love to drive, this would be a fun little activity for you. If you’re slightly germaphobic given the current outbreak of the coronavirus but want to leave the house for a quick and easy supper, take a drive down to a McDonald’s drive-through and satisfy your cravings. After picking up your food, take a ride to a secluded carpark and dine with the windows down while blasting some of your favourite songs. Or take a trip to the drive-through at Pasir Ris and enjoy your meal with a sea breeze by driving to one of the nearby beaches after buying your food.
Location: Various Locations
Here’s an interesting experience—having drinks served by men in kilts. Highlander is a Scottish bar in Clarke Quay that prides itself as a one-stop-entertainment venue. Enjoy live music with their resident seven-piece band, Stereofly, or dance your heart out to the DJ sets. If you’re a whiskey lover, be spoilt for choice with over 250 whiskies to choose from and a vast selection of international and speciality cocktails. Highlander operates till 2:45 am, so you can drop by at midnight and still enjoy a drink or two. Make a food order before 11:30 pm from Sunday to Thursday and before 12:30 am from Friday to Saturday to enjoy mouth-watering treats like Sauteed Tenderloin with Special Sauce, Haggis Croquette and Chilli Crab Dips.
Time: Sunday – Thursday: Opened Till 2:45 am, Friday, Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday: Opened Till 3:45 am
Price: Menu Here
Location: 3B River Valley Road #01-11, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021
Driving into JB late at night is arguably the best time to beat the long jams. Have an exciting late-night date with massages and street-food. Some suggestions for late-night grub include Restoran Woon Kiang, that opens till 4 am and serves Herbal Soup Kway Teow Kia and a plethora of duck meat dishes. Another food establishment that runs till 4 am would be Restoran Tapai Tang, famed for their Salted Baked Chicken and Kampong Chicken dishes. If you’re not a fan of chicken meat, worry not for they have different Tze Char dishes as well, such as Fried Prawns and Wan Tan Hor.
Craving a traditional Thai massage but don’t want to make the flight to Bangkok? Check out Bangkok Spa for full-body massages till 5 am. If you’re looking for something other than a full-body massage, this spa also offers foot massages, aromatherapy massages, and Body Scrubs. Another place to visit would be Kaki Kaki Reflexology. Operating till 3 am, the beauty of this massage parlour lies in its amenities and buffet that you can visit after your massage. Take your pick from playing games from an Xbox, or relax in a steam room, sauna, or jacuzzi. The buffet’s free of charge.
Time: Restoran Woon Kiang – 5 pm to 4 am; Restoran Tapai Tang – 10 am to 4 am; Bangkok Spa – 11 am to 5 am; Kaki Kaki Reflexology – 11 am – 3 am
Location: Restoran Woon Kiang – Jalan Pandan 2, Taman Stulang, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia; Restoran Tapai Tang – 128, Jalan Chengai, Taman Melodies, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia; Bangkok Spa – Various Locations; Kaki Kaki Reflexology – Various Locations
Relive the nostalgia of a playground with your partner by having fun and taking a go at the different playground equipments. Or appreciate the last of the iconic dragon playgrounds at Toa Payoh Lorong 6. Swing your heart out by comparing who can swing the highest, and pretend that you’re sat atop galloping horses while on the spring riders. Reignite your childhood imagination and go on a late-night adventure with your partner at the comforts of your neighbourhood playground.
Location: 28 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310028
One of the realities of being an adult is that sometimes, we get so consumed with work that we barely have any time to do anything else. Kill two birds with one stone and make a date out of visiting a laundromat in the middle of the night and have heartfelt conversations with your partner as your clothes get clean. There is something romantic about forgoing sleep just to spend time with your partner, because who says that dates always have to be eventful or big gestures? Take advantage of chores like this and turn it from something dreadful into something meaningful. Some 24-hour laundromats you can visit include, LaundryMart, WonderWash, and Bubble Wash.
I hope this list will tide you during your different spending moods—when you’re feeling broke, when you’re feeling adventurous, or when you feel like splurging. In the end, what matters most is the company rather than the activity. What are some other unique midnight dating ideas do you have up your sleeve?
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