Sex is on sale in Singapore’s Orchard Towers

Singapore’s Orchard Towers weren’t designed to be a vertical red light district but every night that’s exactly what it turns into. The towers themselves straddle two sides of a road in a nice section of Singapore. They contain residential and office units but those aren’t seen by most visitors. They instead stick to a shopping mall like section that houses a number of retail establishments during the day time and a whole host of bars filled with women at night. People are referring to the latter when they talk about the “four floors of whores.”

The Orchard Towers are easy to find. A quick search online indicates the location. Those who don’t have a smart phone handy can simply ask or hop in a cab. Every taxi driver in Singapore knows the place and chances are they also know why you want to go there.

There are bars in the structures on both sides of the road with more on one side than the other. It’s easy to move back and forth between the two either by crossing the road or using the elevated walkway on the second floor. The bars vary a bit in style but none are all that different from one another. By ten o’clock most of the bars have reached their zenith though many stay empty all night long.

The place is generally pretty worn down. That applies even more to the bars than the building itself. The various levels of decay and dirt really contrast with the rest of Singapore which is generally kept up quite nicely. On the other hand even the worst bar in the Towers looks better than some of the massage parlors I’ve come across in Thailand and Vietnam.

The worst part about Orchard Towers are the male touts that stand at the top of the first set of escalators. They can be very pushy and aggressive and I’ve even seen them get right up in people’s faces pushing their bars. It doesn’t take much to let them know you’re not interested but those who aren’t capable of that can get ambushed. It’s a shame since they often have certificates for drink discounts but due to their behavior I wouldn’t deal with them if they were giving out free bottles of champagne. I understand that they’re just doing a job but surely there are more effective ways to go about it.

Eureka and a few others like it are quiet old bars staffed with Filipina women who range from average in looks to well over the hill. I don’t say this to be mean but looks do play a prominent part in the adult entertainment industry. The ladies can be nice enough and many are happy to do a bit of groping in the bar but their main game is pushing customers to buy very expensive sets of tequila shots in exchange for the pleasure of sitting and talking.

Country Jamboree is country music themed bar on the second floor. It’s one of the quieter bars in the Towers which allows guys to talk with the dozens of Vietnamese women who assemble there each night. The bar staff is attentive and the prices are reasonable for the area but the cowboy uniforms are a bit much.

Bongo Bar probably has the best looking women in the whole place. They hire a small team of beautiful friendly Vietnamese women in their early 20’s to drink beers and play games with customers who are willing to shell out for drinks. Those drinks don’t come cheap though, with the most economical option being a pitcher of beer for 50 Singapore dollars ($40 US). Some of these women will meet customers after work but there are no guarantees. There are also some freelancers in Bongo at any given time but generally the hostesses put them to shame in the looks department. Bongo is one of a few bars offering free wi-fi for those who need to do some online banking in between their forty dollar beer orders.

Cabin looks better from the outside than it does inside. The place is set up like a dance club and open until 6 AM but I’ve never seen a whole lot going on inside. A stable of Filipina women who are average in looks at the very best work the bar in search of very expensive lady drinks.

Club Romeo and Crazy Horse are ladyboy bars. I haven’t been in either so I can’t comment though they do seem to be among the most popular bars in the Towers.

Harry’s on the ground floor attracts its fair share of freelancers from Thailand but they tend to be on the very aged side of the scale. I once met a lady pushing her wears there who told me she was 55, which in reality means she was probably 60. I’m pretty sure the friend she came with was even older. Fair play to both of them but I have to wonder who exactly is shelling out for them.

Top 5 on the fourth floor is a large bar that always has at least some people in it. Entry requires the purchase of a slip good for a drink that costs anywhere from 10 to 20 Singapore dollars ($8-18 US). The mostly Filipina wait staff here is friendly and the stage shows consisting of Filipino cover bands or unattractive Ukranian dancers are okay but otherwise it’s not very alluring.

Without a doubt the most popular bar in the Towers isĀ Ipanema. The fairly large bar operates somewhat like a club though there isn’t a ton of dancing going on. Instead dozens of ladies of largely average looks who mostly hail from Vietnam stand around trying to find a guy to take them out for a few hours in exchange for payment. Entry here also requires the purchase of a drink at the door. This isn’t cheap as even a water costs 9 Singapore dollars ($7.20 USD). The door staff sometimes asks people entering for identification. I’ve seen it happen myself though I’ve never been asked. Rumor has it that they only ask for ID from people who appear to be from certain countries. Upon entering customers have the pleasure of getting their hand stamped with an ink marking that is difficult to remove even with soap and water, a sure pleaser for girlfriends and wives who see it. Inside the bar is rather dark and the music is so loud that talking to anyone is virtually impossible.

Women working the bars of Orchard Towers tend to ask similar rates for fun. There are those who won’t or can’t leave the bars but most of the others are there to make money. A typical asking price for a short romp is 300 Singapore dollars ($240 US) though most will come down to 200 Singapore ($160 US) for those able to negotiate. All night sessions of course go for more and some women who think they are special for whatever reason can ask for as much as 500 Singapore ($400) dollars for a single roll in the hay. Considering that most of these women are at least 30 years old (with some being over 50) these prices are obviously high even by Singapore standards. Discounts can be had by making arrangements for daytime rendezvous but they’re never all that steep.

Beyond the bars are numerous small massage parlors scattered on different floors. Some are open during the day and others only open at night, with some closing their doors as late as 2 AM. They are usually staffed by a single lady aged 30 or more (sometimes much more) who try to tempt guys inside. While they aren’t the best places in the world by any means they are relatively safe and straight forward. Massage prices are printed on sheets shown to customers and the price of a hand job is usually quoted out loud. Customers who agree are led into little cubicles where they receive a perfunctory rub down and a happy ending. A thirty minute massage costs around 50 Singapore dollars ($40 USD) and the special treatment usually costs around 50 Singapore more.

As the night wears on one can find countless ladies (and ladyboys) hanging out in front of the entrance looking for customers. These gals aren’t aggressive in the least bit but they are willing to do a short romp for the right amount of money, which is certainly less than the women of equal looks ask for in the bars. All the usual hazards of street walkers apply but as with most things in Singapore they are probably at least a little safer than their counterparts in many other countries.

Of course not all of the women standing in front of the Towers are prostitutes. Some civilians even find their way into the bars of the Towers. It’s pretty obvious which women are working and which aren’t but it’s something that should be noted anyway.

That’s my report on the major fun going down nightly in the infamous Four Floors. I probably should have written this report long ago but to be quite honest it hasn’t been a big priority. After several visits I simply can’t figure out the reason that so many foreign visitors to Singapore seem to sing the praises of this place. My local friends and contacts agree with me and most say they wouldn’t be caught dead in the Towers, especially with the well organized legal brothels of Geylang only minutes away. Still the bars continue to draw customers year after year so someone must like them. I’ve received a number of questions and comments about Singapore that tells me that many readers are at least curious.

Everyone has their own tastes and different people can get different things out of the same experience. I try not to judge individuals. I restrict that to my reviews of places and simply report on whatever else I see as I see it. Hopefully at least some of you get a bit of entertainment out of it.

33 Comments

  1. SeanT says:

    I have heard about Orchard Towers, but have never been to Singapore. Glad to know its not worth visiting. Hope you will post some reviews of other places in Singapore worth visiting.

    • rockit says:

      Hi. A lot of people seem to think it is worth visiting. I don’t advocate anything but shelling out 400 dollars for a few hours with a 40 year old bar hustler isn’t really my idea of a good time. I’ve several more reports on Singapore in the works. Cheers!

  2. Joe says:

    I stop in Singapore every few months and stay at the Hilton across the street from the Towers, which i always visit and enjoy. I’ve walked the different loongs of Geylang but haven’t stopeed in any of the brothels there. Any recommendations?

    • rockit says:

      I don’t recommend anything and this website is for entertainment only but I’ve got full reports on Geylang and the rest of Singapore coming up. Cheers!

  3. naklaumark says:

    Interestering read wasn’t expecting such a low opinion on them so thanks for info , have you visited the Batam islands yet was considering doing this with the towers on a 3 day stopover

    • rockit says:

      I can only write what I know. In my opinion there are much better options in the area. I will be reviewing many of them soon. Cheers.

  4. Steve says:

    Good report on Orchard Towers. I have lived in Singapore for many years and know OT first hand, as well as most of the other “party” venues in Singapore. However, may I share a slightly different take from yours on Ipanema pub at Orchard Towers. Firstly, I have never once had to pay an entry fee or get stamped, but I have seen some men get the ID screen and perhaps pay a fee to enter. I suppose that’s Ipanema’s way to keep citizens from certain countries out or minimized. But it’s not generally enforced. However, virtually every girl has to get screened and stamped. I’m not sure if they have to pay a fee or not as I’ve never bothered to notice. Singapore authorities are very strict on people who overstay their social visit pass/visas and working girls from other countries are often culprits. Thus Ipanema and other bars check for visa status so they don’t get in hot water with the police for allowing illegals in the bar. By the way, the Hyatt Hotel’s subterranean pub Brix, which is a major venue for foreign working girls, does impose entry fees, usually on weekends and sure enough they stamp everyone, men and women, but it’s usually one of those stamps that can be seen only under ultraviolet light so you can usually escape detection from prying spouse eyes.

    So back to Ipanema. Sure enough there are a number of below average to middling girls of varying ages looking for “dates”, but my experience is there are also a substantial number of slim, well dressed stunners (stunning of course being in the eye of the beholder) who are “available” if one is reasonably presentable, clean, and able to say a couple of polite words. You’re right, most of the girls (or women) are from Vietnam, but the Thais are beginning to return, which is good news for me, They used to be the vast majority, but about 5 or 6 years ago, the Vietnamese took over. They are more pushy and direct and if you are not interested, they quickly move on to the next prospective buyer. Thais are generally sweeter and more polite, but they too are looking for donations so eventually they will get bored with excessive chit chat and move on. But visitors from both countries have their charms. And any girl of your choosing is almost always ready to go for a lower negotiated price than the initial sticker price so polite negotiation is definitely a must unless money is no object. I do an Ipanema visit probably 3 or 4 times a year and seldom do I have a complaint.

    But your overall report on Orchard Towers is well done. I just wanted to provide a slightly different perspective on Ipanema, which of course is just my opinion.

    • rockit says:

      Thanks for the detailed comment. I’ve got a write up on Brix and other places in Singapore scheduled. Have you been to the legal houses in Geylang? Cheers!

  5. Steve says:

    I look forward to your other reports on Singapore. Yes, I’ve been to Geylang. The prices are certainly lower there, but the quality and ages of girls varies wildly and it’s hit or miss with “miss” being predominant. And since they get a lot of “traffic”, the illusion of glamour one gets at Brix or even Ipanema is just missing in Geylang. But it’s definitely fine for the budget minded and adventurous who don’t mind walking the narrow streets looking for a date and then making use of old and often shabby short time rooms. But I suppose sex is sex and often “beer goggles” helps one overlook any faults.

    • rockit says:

      Are you talking about the Thai houses? The better Chinese houses staff mostly beautiful women and use nice rooms. I’ll have a full report up soon. It’ll be good to see what you think of it. Cheers

  6. Steve says:

    I have to say it’s been 3 or so years since I visited Geylang despite the fact it’s a 10-minute taxi ride from where I live. So maybe it’s time for an exploratory revisit. Look forward to your review.

  7. Stephen says:

    I have been to the Towers and Ipamena and my experience was phenomenal. I found one girl. Vietnamese, petite, cute, friendly. This was the best sex I have ever had. The good thing about Ipamena is the number of girls. Lots of them are no good so take your time. I must have hung out the place for 45 minutes before settling down. We drove back to my hotel which was close to Chinatown. She took a shower with me and blew me in the shower. She had the most unbeliabavle body (if you like petite asian women). She was so friendly and nice it make for an unbelievable experience. We fucked for a whole hour and she came (or pretended to come) three times. I have had a lot of negative experiences with pros. But this was tops.
    I can’t wait to go back to Singapore and I will go straight to that bar again :).
    -s

    • rockit says:

      Thanks for the report. Sounds great. There are a lot of hot bodies in Vietnam. My question is how you arranged anything over the incredibly loud music in the place. Cheers!

  8. yokan says:

    Interesting…I’m going to be in Singapore in a few weeks. I think I’ll look around Orchard Towers just for the experience. I wasn’t gonna look to take anybody home from there anyway (sounds dirty), but now I know to lower expectations for the looks of the girls as well.

    Looking forward to the Geylang report! :)

    • rockit says:

      Thanks for the comment. Some people clearly like the place which is why it stays open, but compared with what I’ve seen around the world and even around Singapore I don’t think it’s great by any means. I have a few reports on Singapore in the works, including one on Geylang. Cheers!

  9. kevin says:

    Stephen
    It seems you had a good time in Singapore.
    Wondering how much did you pay that night and how many hours?
    Do you remember girl’s name?

  10. Miller says:

    Great report.

    I do have to say, however, that if you are paying $300 (and possibly getting down to $200) you are overpaying.

    In my experience, prices at Impanema start at $200 and go down from there. I usually settle at $150.

    • rockit says:

      Hi Miller. I’m not paying anything because I don’t take ladies from the place. Truth be told I wouldn’t go with most of them if it was free. I based the prices on the average from what was quoted when I inquired out of curiosity from both punters and women. Obviously it’s up for negotiation. Some will overpay, some will negotiate to 150 or even lower than that. I met a guy who told me he never pays more than 100 but later on I saw him with a chubby gal pushing 40 so perhaps he wasn’t getting much of a deal. As they say your mileage may vary. Cheers!

  11. FINNA says:

    Hi rockit, recently went to Japan and Korea… LOVED it there (thanks to you)

    Was wondering if you have any information about these types of places (mainly BJ bars) in Australia. Thanks!!

  12. Jack says:

    I have been to the Towers many times, Ipanema bar is a lot of fun with many beautiful girls, friendly and not expensive at all. If you treat them nicely and negotiate you will come to a very satisfactory arrangement. It’s sure better than hanging around the seedy Geylang district. Orchard Towers is what it is, i have never had a problem, always found a nice pretty girl and enjoyed the experience of the Ipanema Bar. i will return.

    • rockit says:

      Not expensive compared to what? You can get full sex in many places around the world for $20 USD. And if you think Geylang with its neatly organized rows of government-regulated, nice, clean little sex houses is ‘seedy’ I’d hate to see what you think about a place like Kalijodo or Kamathipura. I don’t think anything is seedy in Singapore, but the lowest level I’ve seen in the country was at Orchard Towers. After traveling the world and doing this type of thing for many years I don’t see any value in that place. Different people have different perspectives and obviously enough people like the bars to keep them in business. I can only write from my own viewpoint. Thanks for the comment. Cheers!

  13. Andy says:

    Good report. I live in Singapore. You should visit Brix, at the Hyatt, and give us a review. Been there a few times, plenty of hot women, but haven’t taken the plunge, as I heard the price there is $500 SGD…gulp!

  14. David says:

    Hi , could you tell me othere places with high price ?? Cheers

  15. Matt says:

    Can anyone provide more information about the club under the Hyatt? How are the girls; are they FL’s, country and rates?

    • rockit says:

      Hi Matt. I’ve got a report on Brix and other venues in Singapore in the works. It should be online in May. Cheers.

    • matt says:

      Looking forward to as I was unaware that I had a hunting area under my hotel

  16. Dtachi says:

    Hello
    I was in Singapore for 4 months work and made many trips to orchard towers, the massage shops in Chinatown and one visit to the state brothels on Dusker road in little India. I went to all the places in the tower but usually ended up bringing home girls from club Romeo, and yes they were girls not ladyboys. I don’t know why Romeo has that reputation but I never saw any trans there. Also it was always $100 for them to come back to my room. You can negotiate. Not sure why you were charged so much. If you really want cheap sex Dusker road is $50 but the ladies aren’t exactly lovely.

    Thank you Rockit. You are saving my ass and opening up my world now that I live in Tokyo. Very much appreciated. Cheers

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