There’s more to do in the dark than just Netflix and chill. Bookmark these four activities for when you want a novel experience, are sick of glaring sunlight or have tired eyes but an energetic spirit.
Dine in the dark at Nox
The rise of food photography and social media marketing has nudged food from taste-centric to include a visual element as well. However, as cafes, restaurants and even hawkers placed more emphasis on what we see when we look at our plate, NOX took a daring leap in the opposite direction 6 years ago and hasn’t looked back since.
Bringing the immensely successful concept of eating blind from Europe and the US to our tropical shores, NOX invites dinners to undertake a multi-sensory journey of heightened taste, touch, smell and sound. While dining in complete darkness, they will receive guidance from the visually impaired.
We don’t know what we have until we lose it – with this concept, NOX aims to inspire, humble, and leave guests with renewed appreciation for their sight. It’s not all about life lessons, though. With Head Chef Desmond Lee’s experience in many top international kitchens, including Gordon Ramsay’s first solo and 3 Michelin-starred restaurant, the food itself will be an experience that sweeps you off your feet.
269 Beach Road
Get pumped up while Cosmic Bowling at Orchard Bowl
Ever heard of Cosmic Bowling? Imagine a normal bowling alley, take away the lights and add in a double dose of fun. Cosmic Bowling is, in crude terms, tossing a luminous ball down a luminous lane and knocking over some luminous pins. The cosmic atmosphere coupled with energising club music will inject you with adrenaline and give you an out-of-body experience.
First-time bowlers, don’t be intimidated by this concept – the atmosphere at the places listed below has been designed to place you at ease. Bask in the disco lighting and dance music as you get warmed up or grab a glow-in-the-dark ball and start right away – either way, you won’t be as keen to return to those plain old bowling alleys after a night at Orchird Bowl.
9 Sentul Crescent
Contact: 6385 6801
Saturday 7pm – 3am
48 Boon Lay Way
Contact: 6795 5900
Tuesday 7pm – 1am / Saturday 7pm – 3am
Contact: 6759 9737
Friday 7pm – 3am
1 Tampines Walk,
Contact: 6385 7080
Friday 7pm – 3am
Have an animalistic night at Singapore Night Safari
Home to over 130 different species, Singapore’s Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo. This is where you’ll see nocturnal creatures that you don’t glimpse at the Singapore Zoo during the day. From fishing cats to pangolins, a trip to the Night Safari is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike. Be sure to check out the available time slots for their Creatures of the Night show, where you will learn about specific animals and may even get to interact with them!
For a truly unique experience, book yourself An Evening in the Wild. Kick off your adventure with a guided tram ride that will take you through the homes of some of the world’s most intriguing animals. Then, indulge in a 4-course gourmet dinner(complete with free flow wine) and a fantastic view of Upper Seletar Reservoir in a Tipi tent at a secret lakeside location. Top it all off with the aforementioned Creatures of the Night Show for an exhilarating end to the night.
80 Mandai Lake Rd
Contact: 6269 3411
Experience life as a blind at Dialogue in the Dark
Dialogue in the Dark promises a life-changing experience for visitors. Visitors are guided by the blind through activities like taking a boat cruise and visiting a café. Shrouded in absolute darkness, a walk in the park will be no walk in the park.
Dialogue in the Dark’s exhibition takes you though an invisible landscape as you navigate the darkness with a white cane. Emerge into the light better equipped to move in the dark, identify the world without your sight and cope with the unknown. In their workshop, you and your team will face business scenarios and challenges in darkness. Robbed of your sight, you’ll have to rev-up new instincts to reach your goals. Moreover, you will gain a better understanding of oft-overlooked day-to-day challenges the blind face.
535 Clementi Road
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Block 5 #01-03
Contact: 6460 6222