Gay nightspot Play shut its doors on February 8. 

Popular gay club, Play, rolled down its shutters, supposedly for good, on February 8, after five successful years in the local nightlife scene. 

Play, which was one of the longest-standing gay clubs in Singapore, was a firm favorite with the local LGBT community, and it organized a slew of sexy, kitschy parties over the years. It also played host to an array of renowned local and international DJs, like Hex Hector (USA) and Wayne G (UK). However, rising rental costs have forced Play to cease operations after half a decade of rambunctious fun. 

Bobby Luo, Creative Director of The Butter Factory, is sorry to hear of Play's demise. "We've always admired Play's ability to always be ahead of the game, and it's longevity in an industry as competitive as this. We're honored to have allied with Play in the past for collaborative concept nights...the loss of Play is certainly sad for the LGBT community and our vibrant nightlife scene," he tells us.

Fret not, however—rumor has it that this is just a temporary closure, and that the Play folks will be looking for a new location in due time. There may well be more debauchery in the works, so watch this space for updates. 

In the meantime, find out what it's like to be gay in Singapore.