Zirca Mega Club burst onto the scene in November 2008, taking over the site of the much-loved Ministry of Sound. Located in the heart of nightlife hotspot Clarke Quay, this enormous club has a capacity of 2,000 clubbers. Resident DJs Josh, Marcus, Kennerve and Inquisitive thump out variations of elctro, dance-rock, indie rock, disco, house, hip-hop, drum 'n'bass, techno, tribal and progressive. Regular nights include the monthly Funktion featuring progressive house, Electric Playground with its electro, electrohouse, breakbeat and bassline, and Lollipop Wednesdays featuring a colourful blend of Top 40 hits and mash-ups.
Local Expert tip: Wednesday is ladies night with free entry and three free drinks before midnight.
Established in 2000, Dbl O (pronounced "double-oh") continues to be a popular night spot with local Singaporeans. Three resident DJs GemStarr, Timo-J and Ollie 'Des keep the dance floor packed 'til the small hours with their mix of familiar old school hip-hop, with new flavours of R&B, funk, disco, dancehall, reggae and mash-ups. The club has tried to reach a wider audience in recent years, with a focus on the creative arts, by sponsoring various art, music and fashion events and by the emergence of the dbl O Art Space aiming to nurture local talent.
Local Expert tip: Wednesday night from 10pm is ladies night, with free entry and free housepour drinks for all the ladies all night long!
This former 1927 coal-fired power station has been restored into a mega-entertainment complex, attracting local Singaporeans for drinking, late nights and dancing. Twelve outlets in all mean that there should be something to cater for all tastes within these vast walls. The largest outlet is Powerhouse, a 10,000 square foot space dedicated to dance – with resident and visiting DJs knocking out tunes til the small hours. The ever-popular Dragonfly heaves at weekends with revellers swinging their stuff to the latest Mandarin hits covered by the resident band and dancers, while The Boiler Room beckons those who prefer their music a bit more mainstream – with R&B, pop, rock and soul. There's a change of pace with Movida, which offers a different vibe altogether with dancers encouraged to grind their hips to the beats of World Music, while the Bellini Room is for all those swing lovers to get down to the cool jazz quartet. When it's time to rest your legs, head to the Gallery Bar, The Lobby, the St James Wine Bar & Bistro or outdoors to Peppermint Park for a breath of fresh air, while sports fans should head to the New Paper Sports Bar. Karaoke fans needn't leave disappointed either with Mono providing an intimate bar and ten private rooms for those who love to belt out a tune or two of their own.
Local Expert tip: With twelve different outlets within this mega-nightlife complex, you should be able to find something to suit your mood.
Singapore's hip hop lovers flock to The Butter Factory, a fun and funky club featuring a party blend of hip hop, R&B, urban grooves, alternative vibes and street art. Divided into two rooms, Bump booms with mainly hip-hop tunes, while Fash has a distinctly more indie vibe to it, courtesy of resident DJs Andrew T, Dave Does and Stanley. Whichever room you choose, the focus here is on unpretentious fun, with regular special events seeing the clientele not afraid to dress up and make fools of themselves.
Local Expert tip: The best place to head for an unpretentious night of urban hip hop and R&B.
Since its opening in March 2005, Home Club has become Singapore's favourite underground club, and at just 2,800 square feet makes an intimate alternative to the city's many mega-clubs. Here you can expect to hear an eclectic mix of music from drum 'n' bass and dubstep beats, to indie and electro tunes, and psy-trance and techno sounds. Home Club prides itself on being a platform for Singaporean DJs, bands and promoters to showcase their own brand of music, but has also played host to an impressive range of visiting international DJs, including Mercury Prize winner and drum and bass pioneer Roni Size, affluent DJ, producer, artist and actor Goldie, Kele Okereke of platinum record-selling UK indie band Bloc Party, Al Doyle of Grammy-nominated electropop band Hot Chip and three-time World DMC Champion DJ Craze.
Local Expert tip: A great option for those looking for an alternative option to Singapore's mainstream mega-clubs.
Situated in the heart of eating and drinking emporium Clarke Quay, Attica is undoubtedly one of Singapore's most popular nightclubs. The ground floor sees hip hop lovers bumping and grinding on the hot and sweaty dancefloor, while revellers down shooters at the bar. Move upstairs and it all gets a bit more hardcore, with flashing strobe lights and thumping rhythms. A small courtyard area offers brief respite from the crowds and heat. Various special events featuring guest DJs take place on a regular basis throughout the year, so check the website for details.
Local Expert tip: Wednesday night is Ladies Night! Ladies enjoy free entry and free glasses of champagne or housepour spirits before midnight.
Ku De Ta is one of Singapore's current see-and-be-seen hotspots. This bar, restaurant and dance club in-one, boasts one of the world's most stunning locations, perched at 257m atop the magnificent Marina Bay Sands hotel with unbeatable views across the city. Begin the evening with lychee and rose water martinis at the illuminated Sky Bar and then go on enjoy modern Asian fusion cuisine in the stylish restaurant, which gives you the option of indoor or alfresco dining. Night owls can end the night in the candlelit Club Lounge to dance the night away to live entertainment or well known DJs.
Local Expert tip: Ku De Ta definitely attracts its share of the city's bold and beautiful, so dress accordingly.
The legendary ultra lounge that became a celebrity hangout in cities such as New York, London and Miami opened its doors in Singapore in 2011, swiftly becoming the city's swankiest club. Sharing its floating Crystal Pavilion premises with mega-club Avalon, Pangaea provides a more laid-back and luxurious vibe. The opulent and richly adorned interior features ostrich skin sofas, African tribal masks and a 70,000 glass bulb ceiling. Noticeably absent is a dancefloor – but while Pangaea may boast a lounge concept, it's certainly not all about chilling here, with dance tiers in each banquette encouraging clientele to lose themselves in the music.
Local Expert tip: Dress to impress and clear your credit card - this is Singapore's swankiest nightclub.