Are you single and ready to mingle? Luckily, Singapore offers a vibrant social scene for meeting singles with its bars and nightclubs perfect for first dates and striking up convos.
How to Find Someone to Date in Singapore
To meet only the most eligible singles in Singapore, I looked up apps, places, and activities like speed dating, singles mixers, and hobby-based meetups for opportunities to connect with like-minded cuties.
Use the best dating apps and sites in Singapore
App highlights: Facilitates quick matches; ideal for those looking for light, no-strings encounters
Tinder’s popularity in Singapore is hotter than a plate of spicy chilli crabs. Several of my pals are on it!
With its convenient swiping feature, it’s like a dating buffet at your fingertips, serving up a tantalizing mix of potential matches.
Tinder understands that not everyone looking to meet singles in Singapore wants strings attached beyond the physical. It doesn’t guarantee a fairytale ending, but it will give a confidence boost to see that someone “likes you.”
So if you’re not ready to Netflix and commit, Tinder is your go-to wingman in Singapore. It’s like a playground for the non-committal, where looks are the main course, and deep conversations can take a rain check.
Best for casual hookups
Where to download: https://bumble.com/en/contact-us#download-app
App highlights: Female-friendly app; emphasis on “safe swiping”
Move over, old-fashioned social norms! In this digital dating dance, Bumble struts its stuff by empowering women to make the first move and shake up the game with tech-savvy flair.
With Bumble, it’s not just about swiping left or right. You can kick it up a notch with video chats, hide your profile whenever you need a breather, and spice things up with top filters and super swipes. Pretty nifty stuff.
Plus, it’s all about creating a safe online community where swipes are sweet, and respect is the hottest accessory. Think of it as a digital utopia where kindness reigns supreme and chivalry gets a modern makeover.
Best for expanding social circles beyond dating
Where to download: https://sugarbook.com/android
App highlights: Romance meets finance; a discreet messaging system
Sugarbook is the app that adds a sprinkle of sweetness to the dating (and debt elimination) game. It’s a unique way to meet someone in Singapore who can pay for your student loan debt or just make you feel financially pampered.
It’s not for me, but it’s the perfect dating app for consenting adults who can thrive in a sugar-daddy/mommy/baby setup. It offers the kind of privacy needed in these interactions, with a community filled with transparent yet discreet relationships.
So if you like having your very own sugar factory, you might want to see what Sugarbook can do for you. It’s where generous souls and glamorous hearts come together for a taste of luxury and a dash of companionship.
Best for finding the ideal sugar partner
4. Coffee Meets Bagel
App highlights: In-depth profiles; personality-based matches
I tend to see Coffee Meets Bagel as a personalised dating concierge, serving up matches tailored to the user’s preferences and personality. When I tried it, it didn’t feel like I was using a generic dating app.
It’s not just about surface-level fluff, as its precise algorithm curates a list of potential matches based on interests and current status. With profiles that come your way each day, you can pass or connect with potential sweethearts (or even just hang-out pals).
So if you prefer heartfelt conversations over casual flings, Coffee Meets Bagel might just be the better fit for you over Tinder.
Best for those seeking serious relationships
App highlights: Made for locals; voice bio feature
“Paktor” is a Singaporean slang that means going out on a date with someone, so it’s a pretty apt app for locals and Southeast Asian singles.
Born out of its founder’s dating misadventures, Paktor offers a fuss-free matchmaking service that’ll have you swiping and DM-ing with confidence.
It encourages users to send direct messages to potential dates so it’s not just about directionless swiping. You can even filter singles by job or education if you’re inclined that way.
I like that I can spice up my Paktor profile with a 15-second voice bio and embrace the thrill of random chats. When bored, I can also strike up conversations with anyone who’s online at the moment!
Best for singles in Southeast Asia and Taiwan
App highlights: GPS helps track and connects users; FlashNote for sending DMs
Now here’s a more organic way to meet singles in Singapore, all while using a dating app. Impossible? Happn doesn’t think so.
It believes that destiny sometimes needs a boost and can help you turn those missed connections into unforgettable rendezvous.
You can also secretly like someone’s profile, and if the attraction is mutual, bam! You both get a juicy notification of the match.
Basically, every time you cross paths with someone who’s also on Happn, it’s like the app’s memory bank takes note and stores those serendipitous encounters for you to explore later.
Think that’s a bit stalker-y? Not when it’s between consenting adults on the same dating app!
Best for starting conversations with your crush
App highlights: Free to use both as an app and on the web; global dating platform
Mingle2 is an app that proves you won’t have to burn a hole in your wallet to find someone special to connect with. It offers free access to love, both on the web and through its nifty apps.
It’s quick and easy enough to register, and I appreciate the hassle-free process. I discovered that because of this, Mingle2 has become popular even among the most tech-challenged, lovelorn users.
It also helps that the app makes matching as easy as pie. You can narrow down your pool of interest by age, gender, age, location, and for an extra sprinkle of fun, by shared interests.
Best for meeting singles near you
App highlights: First ever major dating site with an app; thorough matches
Forget hiding behind the mask of a perfectly curated selfie. OkCupid is here to celebrate the real you, quirks and all.
OKCupid’s clever algorithm goes beyond superficiality, asking questions that peel back the layers to reveal the user’s true identity. It’s the first app that made me feel I can make genuine connections among fake personas.
It’s also one of the first dating sites where you can meet singles, which eventually led the way to the first dating app for matches anytime, anywhere. But for it to work even harder to find you the perfect match, a premium upgrade is required.
Best for many different gender orientations
9. Lunch Actually
Where to download: https://www.lunchactually.com/ (requires signing up)
App highlights: Time efficiency; professional human matchmakers at work
Want to get matched, but don’t have a lot of spare time from a busy career to go through dozens of profiles? Fret not, because Lunch Actually can help you out.
Welcome to the world of personalized love, where Lunch Actually brings dating expertise right to your doorstep.
Its team of dating consultants and coaches (not bots!) will craft a tailor-made program just for you based on your unique values, goals, and lifestyle.
A workaholic buddy of mine who hadn’t found dating luck in a long time managed to snag an actual cutie here. He found her on Lunch Actually via a handpicked selection of matches, perfectly pre-screened, and with date follow-ups that kept them both in touch.
Best for singles who don’t have enough time to screen numerous other singles
App highlights: Online events; users can join same-interest groups
I think of Meetup as the ultimate playground for adults where singles flourish like wildflowers. It’s not your typical dating app but a vibrant hub where like-minded souls “meet up” based on shared interests and lifestyles
This app is ideal for those who want to embark on that thrilling journey of singledom-turned-dating. Meetup has a group for every quirk and craving as well as online events to interact with the online pals you made.
So while not primarily focused on finding dates, you can make connections and create memories with your new tribe on Meetup. And who knows? Friendships formed here might just blossom into something more.
Best for finding new people to share interests with
Hang out at top bars to meet singles in Singapore
11. Employees Only
Location: 112 Amoy St, Singapore 069932 (Google Maps)
Clientele: People looking for a nightcap, flirty couples appreciating the cocktails and mood lighting
Best time to go: 8 PM onwards on Friday and Saturday nights, as more people would have arrived by then
The stylish and trendy setting of Employees Only makes it an attractive spot for singles who appreciate a sophisticated environment. I’m impressed by its chic decor and well-designed space which makes it an ideal place to socialise.
The bar setup at Employees Only encourages mingling and convos. Sitting at the bar, I can strike up conversations with bartenders and other patrons because of the relaxed and casual atmosphere.
Plus, there’s a wide selection of signature cocktails and delicious food options. Employees Only also hosts events, themed nights, live music performances, and special DJ sets that can draw a crowd of singles.
Dating tip: If the romantic mood persists, take your date on a stroll of Amoy Street and revel in the colourful busyness of the place.
12. LeVel 33
Location: 8 Marina Boulevard #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981 (Google Maps)
Clientele: Professionals seeking nightcaps, late twenty-somethings to early fifties barflies
Best time to go: Weekday nights are best, so reserve with those days in mind.
Full disclosure: I didn’t go to LeVel 33 to meet someone, but having seen and experienced it, I can see why lots of people would choose this as a first date or mingling spot.
My experience at this establishment was truly remarkable. The breathtaking view, considered one of the finest in Singapore, was paired impeccably with the delightful IPA I tried.
Without hesitation, I would recommend this venue for the possibility of meeting someone who loves microbreweries and really great food.
The attentive and amiable service provided by the waiters and waitresses adds to the overall enjoyment. And it helps that the on-site parking fee won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Dating tip: Come for the meetup, stay for the gorgeous view (and scintillating convo).
Location: 69 Circular Road, #01-01 Boat Quay, Singapore 049423 (Google Maps)
Clientele: Varied ages (from the mid-20s to 50s), mostly bar habitues who are ready to drink and dance
Best time to go: Weekday nights when it’s relatively quieter and more conducive for convos
Hero’s is a larger-than-life, 2,500-square-foot sanctuary of live music and sports excitement. Nestled in the heart of Circular Road, this venue is the epitome of a contemporary yet timeless Old Western Saloon.
I must admit the Western theme isn’t my thing, but I changed my mind when I saw Hero’s fully-stocked bar that caters to every drinking desire (including speciality cocktails and shots that pack a punch).
It’s also a favourite expat haunt, as I spied with my curious eye, several foreigners in decidedly date-like situations at the bar and tables. So why not unleash your inner hero, grab a drink that matches your spirit, and see if you can lasso a wild heart here?
Dating tip: Love live music? Look up Hero’s musician schedule to get into the right dating-dancing mood.
14. Tanjong Beach Club
Location: 120 Tanjong Beach Walk Singapore 098942 (Google Maps)
Clientele: Mixed ages and a good mix of tourists, expats, and locals
Best time to go: Weekends, as there are lots of people lounging by the pool or beach
Not having a beach bod, I confess to feeling especially shy when there’s a potential meet-cute at the beach. But Tanjong Beach Club offers plenty of opportunities to overcome this shyness and pave the way for a genuinely good time.
For starters, there are a lot of social events to join. These events often attract a diverse crowd, including singles looking to socialise and have a good time (like yours truly).
Aside from participating in the club’s themed parties and live music nights, I can mingle with other guests at beachside gatherings. I can join a volleyball game, try paddleboarding, or simply relax by the beach (hopefully with a cutie by my side).
Dating tip: Make it a group hang so you won’t be shy about immediately interacting with beach-goers and party people.
15. Skinny’s Lounge
Location: 82 Boat Quay Singapore, Singapore 049870 (Google Maps)
Clientele: Karaoke-loving customers, expats in their late twenties to mid-thirties; billiards enthusiasts
Best time to go: End-of-the-workweek celebrations, from 9 PM onwards
Along Boat Quay stands an American-style dive bar with reasonably-priced drinks and top-notch service. As many bars in this listicle go, it’s not an out-and-out hookup place but one to make new pals.
That’s because Skinny’s is an easy place to strike up conversations due to its overall casual, easygoing vibe. It does get packed on weekends, but if you’re willing to be part of a lively crowd, it’s the place to be.
And if you do end up feeling Cupid’s arrow during your visit, make sure to take your date (or that new person you’re crushing on) to get a gorgeous view of CBD lights reflected on the water at night.
Dating tip: Skinny’s is a great place to meet new acquaintances, so if you don’t mind taking it slow, you’ll do just fine meeting singles here.
Where: The Mind Cafe, 60A Prinsep Street Singapore, 188664 Singapore (Google Maps)
When: Refer to its IG account for During Lunch and Board Game events
How: Tickets or reservations required
What I like about boardgame-related dating events is that they offer concentrated and efficient way to meet multiple potential partners in a short period. And all while being your competitive self!
So instead of going on numerous individual dates, singles like me can engage in games and interactions with several people in one event, saving time and effort. Plus, I won’t feel like flailing socially since it’s a structured thing.
Events like these at The Mind Cafe are organised by professionals who curate the board game socials to ensure a balanced and diverse participant pool.
These organisers provide guidance and support throughout the event, enhancing the overall experience for participants (and making me feel less like a nerd).
Dating tip: There’s a wide variety of board games, but don’t let your competitive nature take over a potential date!
17. Attend singles mixer events
Where: Usually in public outdoor venues like parks and gardens
When: Typically on weekends; look into upcoming events and venues to participate
How: Contact SingleDating and other singles mixer groups for schedules
One effective way to meet singles in Singapore is to take part in organised singles mixer events.
The structured format, balanced gender ratios, and social atmosphere contribute to a higher chance of making meaningful connections and finding potential romantic partners.
This is ideal for those sick of going on numerous individual blind dates. This efficiency is particularly appealing to busy professionals or individuals with limited free time.
Plus, with a crowd of other singles with you, there are fewer chances of running into a creep or weirdo compared to one-on-one dates—although I can’t personally guarantee that.
Dating tip: Meeting a potential new love does come at a cost—around S$20 per ticket.
18. Go on balanced gender hikes
Where: Popular hiking trails in Singapore
When: Usually on weekends; look up organiser schedules for specific dates
How: There’s typically a meeting point before a comfortably paced hike begins.
If you love the great outdoors and want to meet a like-minded individual, why not sign up for gender-balanced hiking events? It offers a relaxed and natural setting that encourages interaction and conversation.
Hiking involves spending a significant amount of time together, allowing for more meaningful conversations and getting to know each other on a deeper level.
Gender-balanced hikes also ensure an equal distribution of men and women, which creates a fair opportunity for everyone to engage and interact. Plus, you won’t run out of natural conversation starters.
But while finding a dating partner is a possibility, it’s essential to approach the hike with an open mind and enjoy the experience regardless of the outcome.
Dating tip: If the gender ratio becomes unbalanced, you might get waitlisted for the next hike, so sign up as early as you can.
Where: Kickboxing gyms, yoga studios, and gyms that encourage socialisation among members
When: Refer to upcoming events in dating groups; look at your gym’s bulletin board for schedules
How: Simply sign up for controlled gender ratio fitness classes
If you don’t mind getting sweaty to snag a sweetie (eww, I’m sorry!), then I suggest signing up for a fitness social event. You’ll have the chance to meet awesome singles who are just as passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle as you are.
These fitness events are typically filled with positive energy and enthusiasm. That makes it easier to connect with others in a fun and relaxed setting (all while showing off your abs to impress whomever).
But when it comes to fitness events, remember that it’s all about having an open mindset and embracing the fun. So go into these events with the goal of enjoying the activity and making connections.
Dating tip: Sign up for group exercises, team challenges, or fitness classes to truly bond with someone else.
When: Typically on weekends; refer to your favourite wine-tasting groups for schedules
How: Sign up for email notifications to be in the loop.
I reckon a wine-tasting event can be a fantastic place to meet singles for several reasons. For starters, wine enthusiasts often appreciate the finer things in life and possess a taste for aesthetic and culinary experiences.
But if you’re the type to confuse rosé with red wine, it can still be an educational experience that creates a shared bond and provides additional topics for conversation.
Plus, wine tastings often attract a diverse crowd, including professionals from various industries. This environment offers an opportunity not only to meet potential dating partners but also to expand your network in both personal and professional spheres.
Dating tip: Please learn to sip wine demurely and not down it by the bottle.
Visit singles-friendly places in Singapore
21. Commune Kitchen
Where: OUE Social Kitchen Level 3, Downtown Gallery 6A Shenton Way, Singapore (Google Maps)
When: Look up upcoming cooking classes on the Commune Kitchen calendar
How: Join teambuilding or other challenges and get your culinary competitiveness noticed by other singles.
It’s time to put on your chef’s hat and embrace the culinary adventure—and who knows? You might just find a sizzling connection while stirring up some delicious dishes!
With cooking classes in places like Commune Kitchen, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to bond, exchange tips and techniques, and share your love for food. Shared interests are a great foundation for conversation and potential connections.
You also won’t run out of icebreakers with this setup. You can discuss ingredients, share cooking experiences, and even ask for help or opinions from your fellow participants (and wow them with your culinary know-how).
Singles suggestion: On a plant-based diet? Commune Kitchen has vegetarian and vegan cooking lessons, too.
22. Whiskey Library and Jazz Club
Where: 39 Syed Alwi Road Singapore 207630 (Google Maps)
When: Check out exciting events at its official FB page
How: Requires advanced booking
Now here’s a good date idea for music lovers who also happen to have a soft spot for whiskey. Whiskey Library and Jazz Club is a hidden gem in Little India that is a must-visit for its sophisticated interiors.
It’s one of the plushest jazz clubs in Singapore I’ve been to by far, but it’s not at all intimidating. It’s a unique and cosy spot to chill, in fact.
This place is a treasure trove of whiskies from all over the world, beautifully displayed in glass cases that you can admire as you sip your drink. My date and I had a blast exploring the different varieties of whiskey while making sure to take lots of pics.
Singles suggestion: If you’re a true whiskey and jazz music lover, you’ll blow a gasket over the place’s Jazz Night, Whiskey Flights menu.
23. Singapore Botanic Gardens
— From botanic_garden2015
Where: 1 Cluny Road Singapore 259569 (Google Maps)
When: Daily, 5 AM to midnight
How: Compliment someone on their knowledge of the plants, ask for recommendations on the best areas to explore, or strike up a conversation about a unique plant or flower you come across.
You might be wondering how the heck you can meet singles in Singapore on a sprawling tropical garden that’s 82 hectares. But take it from me—it’s one of the best places to bump into someone on a solitary picnic or nature immersion.
Going to the park is one of the most popular things to do solo in Singapore because there’s no judgment from others when you’re strolling alone. It allows you to focus on being present at the moment and lets connections happen naturally.
But it’s also good to keep an eye out for special events, workshops, or lectures held in the botanical garden. These events attract people with a specific interest in the garden and offer a chance to meet individuals who share your enthusiasm.
Singles suggestion: Sign up for a walking tour of the core areas to see their attractions (and see if you get attracted to another participant).
Where: 101 Thomson Road, #17-04 United Square Office Tower, Singapore 307591 (Google Maps)
When: Refer to the art workshops page to see schedules and venues
How: Look up special events like art exhibitions for an even bigger chance to mingle with artsy singles.
Now here’s a nifty way to add more art to your life and meet creative singles at the same time. Joining art classes means meeting a diverse range of individuals and people with various interests and backgrounds.
The more diverse the class, the higher the chances of meeting someone compatible. You can also work together on a shared creative endeavour to bond over your shared passion for art.
And if social events or workshops outside of regular class hours exist, you can have more relaxed environments for mingling and knowing your classmates on a deeper level. Just remember to immerse yourself in the creative process, too.
Singles suggestion: If the opportunity arises, collaborate with a fellow classmate on an art project.
25. Food From The Heart
Where: 130 Joo Seng Road #03-01 Singapore 368357 (Google Maps)
When: Look up Food From The Heart’s schedules and requirements for bread runs, community food packing, etc.
How: See what kind of volunteer tasks you can do via the volunteer sign-up page.
Volunteering at a food bank can provide a meaningful opportunity to give back to the community while also creating avenues to meet new people, including singles. Luckily, there are several great places and centres to volunteer in Singapore
Food From The Heart offers several volunteer tasks that can increase your chances of building familiarity and forming relationships with other volunteers. These include singles who also volunteer regularly.
But don’t forget that the primary focus of volunteering at a food bank is to make a positive impact on the community. While meeting singles is a possibility, always approach volunteering with sincerity and a genuine desire to help others.
Singles suggestion: After a volunteering session, suggest grabbing a coffee or a meal with fellow volunteers.