In need of some new date night ideas? We've racked our brains to bring you an entire year's worth of weekly date nights to enjoy with your other half here in Singapore.
There’s no doubt about it: having kids changes everything – and they especially change your marriage! So, while we love hanging out with our little ones as a family unit, we also love taking some time out sans sproglets. Yep, we’re talking date nights! Whether you have a trusty babysitter you can rely on or have a lovely helper at home, leaving the kids behind for one night a week pays dividends. And no more excuses about where to go – we’ve got you covered with a whole year’s worth of date nights in Singapore, from restaurants and movies to tennis and sailing. Go forth and have fun!
1. Go to the cinema
Sometimes there’s nothing we love more than snuggling with our other half in the cinema while watching the latest blockbuster! While a family movie night certainly has its appeal, you can’t beat watching films on the big screen while tucking into a bucket of popcorn. Take layers: it gets chilly in there! Check out Popcorn for the latest films showing near you.
2. Head to a date night restaurant
This old favourite! A romantic meal for two never er, dates, and with the wealth of amazing date night restaurants in Singapore, you’re spoilt for choice. Our latest faves include Praelum, a wine bar and bistro located in the quaint area of Duxton Hill. While there, we enjoyed a delicious seafood stew (pictured above) and spicy pulled pork toasts as part of the Marques Perfect Match season, where 12 leading Singapore chefs have picked their favourite Marques de Casa Concha wine before building a dish to enhance it. It was soooo good that we’re already counting down the days until next weekend. One restaurant down, 11 to go…
3. Enjoy the lights of Rainforest Lumina
Once the sun goes down, head to Singapore Zoo and see a different side to it by taking in Rainforest Lumina. Explore 10 multisensory zones and take in the pretty interactive lights and virtual animals. It’s definitely a date night with a difference!
4. Head to a bowling alley
While we love taking the kids along to enjoy some family-friendly bowling alleys, sometimes it’s equally as fun to leave the tiny humans at home and let loose with the strike action! Enjoy cosmic bowling – glow-in-the-dark tenpin bowling complete with disco lights – at an Orchid Bowl near you.
5. Go wild at the Night Safari
Jump on a tram at the Night Safari and enjoy a guided tour around the grounds while you spot animals at their most active, including hyenas, lions and deers. Then take a walk around the four different trails and get up close to bats, leopards and Malayan tigers. We loved the cute and quick sugar gliders! Bonus: if you have a family membership, you get to skip the (often) mega queues!
6. Go for a romantic stroll
Holding hands isn’t just for loved-up teenagers! Enjoy a moonlit walk with your plus one and talk about anything and everything – even better, it’s free! Whether it’s along a beach, along the river or on a designated pathway, take some Q time with your loved one and enjoy the great outdoors. Our fave? We love Alexandra Arch for a night-time stroll: it’s lit up like a Christmas tree until midnight.
7. Jump aboard a cable car
We love unleashing our inner tourist and jumping on a cable car at the best of times. But come nightfall, we’re all about heading to Miraculous, a multimedia light show that celebrates 45 years of Singapore’s cable car. It takes place at Faber Peak – so you could always add in a walk to Henderson Waves or a cocktail at Dusk afterwards.
8. Anyone for tennis?
Make like married pros Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf and take ‘courting’ to a whole new level. Grab your racquets, don your tennis whites and book a court near you to net some action. Lots of condo complexes have on-site tennis courts available to hire, otherwise check out Active SG for info on where to play. Love, all!
9. Go stargazing
With Singapore’s bright city lights, it’s not exactly ideal for a spot of stargazing. However, if you head to the Science Centre Observatory during one of its free and open-for-all sessions, you can enjoy an evening of celestial activity. You might even spot a shooting star to make a wish on…
10. Sweat it out at a spin class
Couples who sweat together, stay together… or so we’ve been told! If you’re keen to burn some calories and get those endorphins releasing while spending quality time with your other half, why not head to a spin class? Crucycle is one of our faves.
11. Head to Gardens by the Bay
We’ve taken the kids to Gardens by the Bay during the day on plenty of occasions, but at night it’s totally transformed, making it perfect for some one-on-one time with your partner. Be wowed by the awesomeness that are the Supertrees and enjoy the music and lights in the daily Garden Rhapsody show.
12. Enjoy a moonlit picnic
Not just a daytime activity! Grab a rug and head to one of the best picnic spots in Singapore to relax under the evening sky. Grab takeout picnic supplies from a nearby eaterie or BYO your homemade creations before enjoying some alfresco R&R.
13. Play some darts
Show off your competitive side by going head-to-head with your partner and indulging in some electronic darts! We can’t get enough of Forest Darts Cafe on Ann Siang Road – there’s always a great atmos in there and the hours disappear without you even realising it. It’s also great to open up the competition and get another couple in on the action. Bullseye!
14. Take a trip to an illuminated Wonderland
Until 22 September, you and your beau can celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with a trip to the Wonderland-themed Sky Park at VivoCity. Amazing life-size lanterns are spread out across five different illuminated zones, from the Mad Hatter’s tea party to the Queen of Hearts herself. Do it for the ‘gram!
15. Take a turn on the night luge
Head over to Sentosa and enjoy an evening of adrenaline-packed action on the Skyline Luge! Race each other down the illuminated tracks (don’t forget to smile for the camera!) and try and set new PBs. It’s a completely different experience from doing it during the day, so speed on down!
16. Eat satay on Boon Tat Street
From 7pm each night, Boon Tat Street is closed to traffic and becomes a street-food lover’s dream… a whole street dedicated to satay! Take a seat, place your order, grab some drinks from the beer-selling aunties and tuck into some yumminess. We dig stalls 7 and 8.
17. Head to a games arcade
Relive your youth and hit your nearest arcade! Pit your skills against each other by shooting hoops, playing claw machines and jumping on a racing game. Warning: your money disappears quicker than a toupee in a hurricane, so this might be best tacked on to a dinner or cinema trip.
18. Get your skates on at an ice rink
Lace up those ice skates and take to the rink – it’s time to show off those skills and practise your double axels! Beat the heat and head on over to The Rink, Singapore’s first and only Olympic-sized ice skating rink where you and your partner can do your best Blades of Glory impressions.
19. Splash the cash at the shops
Browse the shops together without a soundtrack of whining kids! Head to your favourite shopping mall in Singapore and play at being each other’s personal styling assistant by picking out cute outfits for each other.
20. Be bedazzled by a magical merlion
Until 15 September, head off with your loved one to go see the 37-metre-tall mystical merlion on Sentosa as it’s lit up as part of a multi-sensory show with colourful lights and projections. The show takes place every 15 minutes until 9.30pm.
21. Learn a language
Whether it’s the romance of French, the practicality of Mandarin or the passion of Italian, why not consider taking a language class with your other half? Even better, it means a guaranteed weekly date night and cosying up while doing your homework! Check out our article over on our sister site The Honeycombers on language classes in Singapore.
22. Go art jamming
Hot foot it down to Arteastiq and let your true colours fly free! Channel your inner artist and sit down to three hours of fun at the Mandarin Gallery, Plaza Singapura or Jewel Changi locations, with all the supplies needed for freestyle painting provided. The free drink might get those creative juices flowing, too! Try painting each other à la Jack and Rose, although maybe posing like ‘one of his French girls’ might be best saved for a more private setting!
23. Make some (tee) time for indoor golf
Mini golf is always a hole-in-one for us: a chance to test our skills, indulge in some friendly competition and enjoy lots of laughs. Also great for double-date fun! We’re making a beeline for Holey Moley in Clarke Quay, which we love for its unique holes, cool tunes and the totally delish cocktails.
24. Head to an outdoor cinema
We can’t get enough of movie magic, and there’s something even more romantic about watching our fave flicks under the stars. While the Films at the Fort season is over for another year, the latest offering in our diaries is BYO Cinema Outdoor Screenings, which is totally free. There are two films left on the schedule: Zombiepura on 31 August at Esplanade Forecourt Garden and Lulu The Movie on 28 September at Fort Canning Green.
25. Be spooked together!
If you guys get your thrills from being scared out of your wits, head over to Sentosa for its annual spookfest: Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights. Running from 27 September until 31 October, the frights include five haunted houses, two scare zones and two killer shows. Cling to each other as you try and survive the clutches of the Undertaker as he roams around the joint!
26. Shoot some hoops
In the mood for something more energetic? Why not grab a basketball and shoot some hoops at your local park if it has a court? If you’re more of a planner, you could even consider booking an indoor court for more of a guarantee. Feel free to rope in some other couples and play some three-a-side action.
27. Escape room
This one might be best to save for double- or triple-date action as the more people, the merrier! Test the grey matter and battle it out of an escape room. We’re fans of the activity when it comes to keeping sulky teens happy, but sometimes it’s more fun to leave the children/mini adults at home and be a big kid by yourselves!
28. Bounce off the walls at a trampoline park
Partake in some parkour or go bonkers for bouncing at one of Singapore’s best indoor trampolining centres. Not only will all that movement make you giddy for each other, you’ll also be burning calories while enjoying the funfest. Bonus!
29. Go dining in the dark
Ignite the senses with dinner… in the dark! At NOX, located on Beach Road, you can enjoy a dinner date like never before. Be seated in a pitch-black room while being guided on a culinary journey through taste, smell, touch and sound. So unique, so fun. The best bit? There’s no pre-date stress about what to wear or having no time to do your make-up – no one will see you anyway!
30. Get a culture fix
If you’re a museum fan, then grab your other half and take advantage of a late-night educational sesh. ArtScience Musuem keeps its doors open until 10pm on the third Thursday of the month, where you can enjoy free performances, late viewings and more.
31. Enjoy an evening of whisky tasting
We love Singapore for its amazing cocktail bars, but sometimes it pays to kick up a notch and go for the hard stuff: whisky. Whether you’re a fan of the drink or are yet to fall in love with the amber nectar, why not head to one of the coolest whisky bars on the Little Red Dot and see if you can be converted?
32. Go for a run
Shake off the stresses of the day (toddler tantrum, anyone?), lace up your runners and pound the pavements with your significant other. The activity will be so much more tolerable once the heat of the day has passed, and exercise is always much better fun when you have a workout buddy.
33. Head to an arthouse movie house
Film fans, us? If you fancy a change from the big cinema chains, go down the independent route and make a date for The Projector. Expect a great selection of films, unique events and yummy food to boot at this retro movie theatre.
34. Book tickets to the theatre
Here in Singapore, we’re no stranger to some fabulous shows: we’ve recently enjoyed big productions such as Cirque du Soleil and Aladdin, to name a couple. Check in to see what’s coming up next at Sands Theatre and Esplanade as well as the Capitol Theatre and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall.
35. Take your hottie for a hot pot
Mmmm, hot pot… If you haven’t had your hotpot cherry popped, head over to Hai Di Lao. Not only does it have some of the best hotpot that the Little Red Dot has to offer, it’s also an experience in itself. Where else can you can get a manicure or massage while you’re waiting to be seated?
36. Go for a foot massage together
After all that running around after the kids, those tootsies certainly take a battering. Why not go for a relaxing foot massage together? Our sister site, The Honeycombers, has a list of the best places to go for a foot massage in Singapore. Buh-bye, stress!
37. Share some ice, ice (cream) baby
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream! Who doesn’t love the stuff? Head down to your nearest ice-creamery and partake in some friendly bickering over which flavours to sample. Now comes the bigger argument: whether to share or not… and we’re torn when it comes to Cold Stone Creamery‘s latest creation: Crackerjack. With popcorn ice-cream as its base, Crackerjack contains salted caramel crunch and is topped with cheese popcorn. Grab it from 1 September until 6 October.
38. Enjoy some belly laughs
Some people reckon laughter is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Sounds a bit risky to us – we’ve already got our hands full in the kids department! If you’re prepared to take the gamble, then why not visit a comedy club? One of our faves is The Merry Lion Comedy Cafe and Bar, which always boasts local, regional and international acts, as well as weekly open mic sessions and sensational stand-up.
39. Practise your moves at a dance lesson
If your dance repertoire stops at Baby Shark, perhaps it’s time to learn some new moves to groove to. From hip-hop and salsa to swing and tap, put your two left feet forward, grab your (life) partner and hit the dancefloor with a dance lesson for adults. You might just find a new hobby you can enjoy on the regular.
40. Test your knowledge at a trivia night
Two brains are better than one! Put your grey matter to the test with a fun quiz night and attempt to banish mum brain (for one night, at least). Enjoy the craic and the quiz at Molly Malone’s, Singapore’s first Irish bar that serves up some great trivia nights in addition to pints of Guinness and a daily roast. Every Monday, it hosts a quiz night from 7.30pm. It’s free to enter, and there’s a bucket of beer to play for (as well as the glory). Hilarious team name essential.
41. Unleash the rage at a smash room
We all know kids can drive us insane from time to time, so what better way to unleash all that pent-up frustration than by visiting a smash room? Zip up into the supplied jumpsuit, purchase your package, then take a bat to countless plates, glasses and other breakables. Enter Beast Mode and smash to your heart’s content at The Fragment, Singapore’s very first rage room. Let’s get ready to rumble!
42. Drive each other crazy
Now you can finally settle the argument of who’s the better driver by heading to The Karting Arena! Open until 9pm every day except Mondays, step into the driver’s seat of your very own go-kart and whizz around the circuits at speeds of up to 50km/h.
43. Cook up a storm together
If the route to their heart is through their stomach, a cooking class should keep the romance alive and kicking! Sign up for a culinary masterclass and learn how to rustle up a plethora of new dishes. Palate Sensations offers a wealth of available classes, with many running in the evenings. Now to decide which cuisine to tackle…
44. Tackle new heights at a suspended playground
When it comes to date nights in Singapore, the sky’s the limit! Well, actually, the limit is the ceiling over at Airzone, Singapore’s first ever suspended net playground. You can get in on the moon-walking action in the North Atrium over at City Square Mall, as you explore three levels of nets and a variety of super-cool activities to try out, such as an awesome ball pit, slides and a maze.
45. Feel the sugar rush at a dessert bar
OK, so the idea is to gaze into each other’s eyes as you share spoons with a sweet concoction. In reality, you might end up bickering over who ate the last marshmallow. One of our fave haunts is 2am Dessert Bar in Holland Village. With award-winning pastry chef Janice Wong at the helm, expect ever-evolving creations to satisfy the sweetest of teeth.
46. Try out your harmonies at karaoke
OK, we’re calling it – we love a bit of karaoke action! It’s a total LOLfest at the best of times, but we think belting out cheesy duets with our other half is a great way to spend an evening. Check out these top karaoke spots in Singapore and ready, set, diva!
47. Partake in some dad dancing and mum moves
Throw it back to the era you were born and go dancing to some retro tunes. On our next date night, we’ll be hotfooting it to Nineteen80 in Hipsterville, aka Tanjong Pagar. This old-school bar is a shrine to all things ’80s and ’90s, so it’s pure reminiscing fun. Make like Whitney and dance with somebody who loves you, pronto.
48. Go indoor climbing
Spot your other half as they ‘get a grip’ and tackle an indoor climbing wall. Onsight Climbing Gym is the biggest indoor climbing gym in Singapore. With more than 100 climbing routes to choose from, you’re sure to find one that suits your abilities.
49. Gain a new perspective of Singapore
Raising a family here in Singapore, there’s no getting away from one of the nation’s most recognisable landmarks: Marina Bay Sands. Why not head up the 57 storeys to the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck at sunset to admire the panoramic views of the Little Red Dot? Pure romance.
50. Hit up some live music action
Move over, Spotify: we still have plenty of love for live music venues in Singapore! Whether you’re into rocking out or some more sophisticated jazz over cocktails, there’s nothing better than soaking up the atmos of a real band.
51. Go classical at Symphony Hall
If rock and jazz ain’t your thing, how about some classical? Check out the latest program of events at Singapore Symphony Orchestra and enjoy a grown-up culture fix listening to musical maestros.
52. All aboard a boat cruise
For a special occasion, why not consider splurging on a dinner cruise? We’re liking the sound of setting sail aboard Singapore’s only luxury tall ship and enjoying an amazing view of Singapore’s cityscape.
Top image: Photography: Shaira Dela Peña via Unsplash
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