Economic Affairs

Is the party over for the nightlife sector?

High rent, manpower shortages and stiff competition pose challenges. But there's opportunity for Singapore to position itself as the safest, most 'happening' place in the world to party


The closure of iconic powerhouse Shanghai Dolly, Singapore's longest-running and largest live Mandopop music venue, reflects a clear and present danger in Singapore's nightlife sector and the broader food and beverage environment. The last major event of such a nature was when Lifebrandz, an entertainment group with five outlets in Clarke Quay, threw in the towel in June 2015.

The big question beckons: Is the party over?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2018, with the headline 'Is the party over for the nightlife sector?'. Subscribe