Singapore has long ago shaken off its boring staid image, and its nightlife scene is going from strength to strength. The 2006 opening of Clarke Quay, a purpose built eating, drinking and clubbing emporium had much to do with this, while the more recent launch of the Marina Bay Sands complex has helped take Singapore’s clubbing scene to a new level.
Heading up our list are the three see-and-be-seen clubs within the Marina Bay Sands complex. While Ku De Ta wows with its views from the 57th floor, Avalon and Pangaea are tucked away within the crystal pavilion over the water of Marina Bay. Hollywood sensation Avalon is now Singapore’s largest dance club at 17,000 square feet, while the “ultra-lounge” concept of Pangaea promises a more intimate and luxurious party experience.
Not to be forgotten is all-time Singapore favourite night spot Zouk. This warehouse-club has been packing in clubbers since its launch in March 1991, with both resident and visiting DJs spinning the decks in its four clubs. Zouk is also responsible for Asia’s biggest beach party – ZoukOut, held on Siloso Beach in Sentosa every December.
Not far away, Clarke Quay is home to Attica, a perennial favourite with locals, local expats and visitors. Its location within easy staggering distance of the many other bars and restaurants of the area help its popularity. Also in Clarke Quay is Zirca, an enormous complex which attracts a mainly younger local crowd, and occasionally hosts smaller concerts of touring pop icons.
Those looking for less mainstream music should check out Home, proclaiming to head up Singapore’s underground culture, while the Butter Factory is where local hip hop fans head to.