CHIJMES (pronounced "Chimes") was once the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ). The chapel, built in the 1903, still stands today.

In 1997, after S$100 million in restoration later, CHIJ reopened its doors as CHIJMES. Who would have thought that one of Singapore's premier nightspots would be behind cloister walls?

When compared with the hardcore party strips of Robertson Quay and Boat Quay, CHIJMES is more of a chill out retreat. It's an ideal place to relax to the sound of smooth Latin music at Ola Alfresco Bar, enjoy a glass of wine at La Cave Winebar or chit chat with friends over a cup of coffee. For a lively alternative, there's the Irish pub, Father Flanagan's, which is open from 11.00 a.m. to midnight on Sundays and Mondays, 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 a.m. on Tuesdays to Thursdays, and 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. There's no cover charge and the minimum age to drink is 18.

For those eager to show off their moves, there's China Jump. Voted "Best Nightspot of the Year" in 1999 and 2002, China Jump has a reputation for some serious partying.


Location: 30 Victoria Street, 3B1-07 Fountain Court.
Type: Restaurant and dance club.
The Scene: The ambience is reminiscent of nostalgic Shanghai in the 30s. Home of the ultimate alcoholic challenge, the "101 Er", a bewildering mixture of brandy, champagne, fruit juice and a variety of hard liquors served in a fishbowl. This cocktail will cost you either S$100, S$200 or absolutely nothing, depending on the tab you choose to pick from the bartender from downing the bowl!
At around 10.00 p.m., the place transforms into a disco.
Mondays are Open Mike Nights (when guests can take to the stage and perform).
Wednesdays are Babe Central Nights (when it's FREE admission and FREE flow for ladies).A live band performs from 10.30 p.m. every night except Wednesdays.
Cover Charge: FREE on Mondays and Sundays. On Tuesdays, it's S$12. On Wednesdays, it's S$20 for males (includes 1 drink) and FREE (including FREE house pours) for females. On Thursdays to Saturdays, it's S$15 for males and S$10 for females, which includes 2 drinks.
Minimum Age: 23 for males, and 21 for females.
Dress Code: Smart casual.
Open: Daily from 5.00 p.m. to 3.00 a.m.

Check afterdark.hotspots.com, and e-clubbing.com for more on nightspots in Singapore.

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