By day, Boat Quay is where tourists roam to catch a glimpse of old Singapore depicted through storyboards or information panels. Each bridge in Boat Quay tells a story, starting from the Cavenaugh bridge which serves as a link between the colonial and financial district. The original sign restricting vehicles to cross the bridge is still there. Sculptures of old Singapore greet you as you meander through the carp shaped harbour of Boat Quay. Such sculptures such as the Singapura cat, children jumping into the river and merchants in traditional garb resonate of the times when Boat Quay was a mere fishing and trading post.
By nightfall, the looming Fullerton Hotel lights up with grandeur, etched in history books as one of the most prominent buildings in Singapore. Walking down, the open space in front of UOB Plaza 1 and 2 serves as a place for friends to relax and couples to canoodle- many are seen sitting by the steps of the river bank. Moods heighten as collared shirts and tailored suits from the neighbouring office buildings flock to bars such as Harry’s, Molly Malone’s and BQ Bar to abuse happy hour promotions. To escape from the heady mix of drunken bellows, opt for Eski Bar, the only bar in Singapore with sub-zero temperatures. Dining options are endless whether you’re craving for Italian (Pasta Fresca de Salvatore), Indian (Our Village, Kinara) or Chinese (Superbowl). Whilst the majority of restaurants here are mid-range, most provide alfresco dining which offers diners spectacular views of the river. Along the way, restaurant touts look ready to pounce and may annoy some but just shake your head politely and they will back off.