Let’s be real: CHIJMES is already a top lifestyle destination in Singapore. Period. Full stop.
Originally home to the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) in 1854, its Cathedral of the Good Shepherd’s Gothic silhouette is instantly recognizable – and the beautiful CHIJMES complex itself boasts chic services and more than 20 delicious F&B options.
Even better? Its weekly live entertainments – including The Roving Stage (featuring roving acts like those lit-up ladies pictured above!) – as well as popular sports and seasonal events, mean there’s always something new to enjoy at CHIJMES.
Which leads us to Singapore’s Night Festival 2018. Spanning throughout the Bras Basah Bugis Precinct, this annual festival presented by the National Heritage Board is totally free to the public and not to be missed. This year, CHIJMES will host one of the must-see Night Light installations from 17 to 25 August.
But, why is CHIJMES the best place to experience the Night Festival? Because 12 of its tenants are running wonderfully wallet-friendly promotions for the festival’s duration – making it a perfect place to begin or conclude your Night Light trail. (Just make sure to check the TERMS & CONDITIONS, below.)
Bonus: CHIJMES has some of the most attractive parking rates around!
In case you’re not a Terms & Conditions-reading sort of person, do note: You will need to show your Singapore Night Festival Fan upon ordering to enjoy the CHIJMES promotions that follow.
The good news? Festival Fans will be available at the participating museums and stakeholders’ establishments (check out the online map here). Plus, you can pick up fans from the festival workers wearing orange vests along the Night Festival routes.
Then, make your way around to this year’s 11 jaw-dropping Night Light installations scattered around the Civic District, including “Before The Word” by Pierre Ranzini (shown above) located at CHIJMES.
“Juxtaposed against the backdrop of Singapore, Pierre Ranzini’s luminous sculpture symbolises different human civilisations coming together, drawing parallels to this city’s mix of cultures and traditions that enrich and unite one another,” says the festival’s site. Read more here!
(image: courtesy of Pierre Ranzini)
Throughout the Night Festival, receive 10 percent off* Kagoshima Wagyu Premium Platters (360 grams, shown here, and 540 grams) at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant – a.k.a., Japan’s best-loved yakiniku (grilled meats) restaurant.
Location: #01-01/02; Phone: 6333 4001
Both a sushi bar and teppanyaki restaurant, Tatsu serves only the freshest seafood and prime cuts. During the Night Festival, enjoy its mouth-watering Wagyu & Lobster Course for just $148++*.
Location: #01-08; Phone: 6332 5868
At Anglo Indian Cafe & Bar, dine al fresco on British-inflected Indian delicacies – from Vegetable Dum Biryani ($20++, shown here) to Indian Railway Mutton Curry ($24++) – and score 20 percent off* the total bill from 17 to 25 August.
Location: #01-13; Phone: 6873 2750
Family-friendly Harry’s Bar specialises in Western comfort food (think Beer-Battered Fish & Chips, $24; or Harry’s Jazz Burger, $20, shown here). During the Night Festival, wash it all down with selected drinks at $20++* for 2 glasses (12 – 8 p.m.) and 1-for-1* Delectable Treats (12 – 5 p.m.)!
Location: #01-14; Phone: 6337 0618
Styled after a typical Tokyo izakaya bar, The Modern Izakaya cooks up tasty rice bowls, kushiyaki skewers and more. Enjoy its Double Down Sake Promotion at $80++* (1 bottle of 720ml) $128++* (2 bottles of 720ml) throughout the festival.
Location: #01-18; Phone: 6255 2838
IndoChine CHIJMES pays tribute to the gastronomic traditions of Indochina, with authentic cuisine from Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. Even more delish? Its 1-for-1 Drinks at $19++* to celebrate the Night Festival!
Location: #01-21/22; Phone: 6332 1595
Boasting more than 400 single-malt and blended-malt whiskies; single-cask rums plus its own exclusive single-cask whiskies, this hip whisky den is offering 10 percent off* all flights and drams by the glass under its “The Single Cask” Experience for the promotion period.
Location: #01-25; Phone: 6837 0953
At this Brazilian-style buffet, knife-wielding passadors (meat waiters) carve up to 15 different succulent meats right onto your plate! Enjoy 10 percent off* the buffet price (which includes 16 other hot and cold dishes) with free flow soft drinks just during the Night Festival.
Location: #01-30; Phone: 6334 9332
Spanning 3,500 square feet and with state-of-the-art equipment, BOLD Fitness‘s innovative workout space is not your average gym. Throughout the festival, slurp up its addictive-in-a-good-way 1-for-1 Smoothies at $15* nett.
Location: #B1-03/04; Phone: 8138 6538
This new tapas bar serves only responsibly sourced, Spanish delicacies and impeccably pedigreed wines. Pull up a seat and savour its Tapas Platter – consisting of organic tomato bread with Jamon Iberico, Crispy Baby Squid and Croquettes – plus your choice of a bottle of House Red or White Wine for $55++*.
Location: #B1-05; Phone: 6553 8850
At this popular hangout known for its dance-inducing live music and DJ grooves, pair bar bites like Berlin’s Wings or Crispy Pork Belly (Sio Bak) with a bucket of Tiger Beer (5 bottles) at $45* nett or the 1 Tower (shown here) for $79* nett.
Location: #B1-06; Phone: 6333 4036
More than just another Japanese hair salon, Shun Sakurai Hair & Beauty offers Total Makeovers, too. During the Night Festival promotion, indulge in 20 percent off* its Special Package Menu (for new customers by appointment with selected stylists only).
Location: #B1-08; Phone: 6250 0353
*TERMS & CONDITIONS
Promotion is valid from 17 – 25 August 2018. Patrons are to present the Singapore Night Festival Fan upon ordering to enjoy the promotion. The promotion is not valid in conjunction with other promotions and discounts. Valid for dine-in only. Respective outlet’s terms and conditions apply. The Management reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions without prior notice. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.
By Sara Lyle Bow, July 2018
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