Sanctioned Littering at No. 5

No. 5 is a charming cocktail bar situated in a restored terrace house centrally located in Singapore. However, the group consensus believes the fun of No. 5 is bar-sanctioned littering.

The bar has free peanuts and you can throw your peanut shells on the floor!

This may sound like a petty act of defiance, but it’s greatly satisfying in a country known as “The Fine City.”  Singapore is known for being an impeccably clean country and it’s only this clean because of the laws that are enforced. Here are a few interesting laws in the city:

  • Chewing gum is banned and importing gum into Singapore can result in $100,000 fine and / or up to 2 years of imprisonment
  • There’s a public shaming campaign to prevent littering and first time offenders are fined $300 for small items such as candy wrappers
  • If caught feeding pigeons, you may be fined up to $500
  • Failure to flush a public toilet after use may result in a fine of $500. I’m not sure how they check that though…
  • Vandalism of public and private property is taken very seriously and can result in fines, jail time, or caning. There was an A merican student in 1994 who pleaded guilty to vandalism and his caning punishment was only reduced after President Bill Clinton appealed for clemency

Knowing the various laws in the city, you can see why a little littering in a bar feels pretty liberating 🙂

No.5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar has a long happy hour: various drink specials from 12pm – 9pm and Martini Specials from 9pm – 1am.

Address: 5 Emerald Hill Road


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