Lush lounges, classy rooftop terraces, posh discos — that’s the kind of nightlife scene that fits snugly with the conventional image of Singapore. We’re known for our clean and green streets, sleek cityscape, and extravagant living costs, so it makes sense that we’ve got a lot of options in the way of glitz and glamor.
If luxuriating in a boozy night out is your kind of thing, here are the dance clubs in Singapore are best for that. They’re swanky, and built to appeal to the hedonist within.
The K-wave has hit us all pretty hard, and Singapore isn’t exempt from that. Case in point: 36, the Korean-inspired dance club at South Beach Quarter beckoning merrymakers with its neon UV lights and pole-dancing platforms. Its space may not be the biggest in town, but 36 makes up for it with upbeat K-pop tunes mixed in with electro and hip hop beats.
#02-02, 36 Beach Rd, 8679-1533. Fri 10pm-3am, Sat & PH eve 10pm-4am.
If you’d like to experience clubbing at one of the city’s highest skyscrapers, surrounded by beautiful (and drunk) people, then we present you: Altimate. It’s on the 61st level, but really, once you’re in the middle of the dance floor, those city skyline views just sort of dissolve into the background.
The place describes itself as a “VIP club”, but we’ve seen party-goers of all kinds there. The vibe really varies from night to night, with Top 40s, dance, and electronic tunes on rotation.
L61, 1 Raffles Place, 6438-0410. Fri-Sat 10am-4am.
In the scene for 14 years, Attica attracts a large crowd of foreigners to its Clarke Quay spot, which has seen turntable bigwigs like Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, and Steve Aoki at the decks. This is the scene for bumping and grinding, friends. On Wednesdays, women can stop by for Glam Night to get free manicures — the venue even has hunks for hire doling out free drinks on hump day.
However, it seems to have downsized recently and gotten rid of its ground floor space, despite undergoing refurbishment in 2014. You may see a line outside the door, in which case, prepare to fight your way through a sweaty mass of ogling platform dancers. Just keep an eye out for anyone who looks like they’re about to “merlion” (read: puke) all over you. Because it happened to us.
#01-03 Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Rd, 6333-9973. Wed-Sat 10pm-late.
Avry’s been called a “bird sanctuary”, but all that refers to is a couple of gilded bird cages encircling the VIP booths. What’s notable though, is its 11m-long bar next to the region’s first Dom Perignon VIP lounge area, the pumping sound system blasting hip hop and R&B, and the DJ decks in a 3m-wide booth studded with LED screens. Oh, kaleidoscopic bliss. It’s that full immersive experience, club-style.
There’s also a neon sign installation that reads: “good girls are bad girls that never get caught” — might as well get used to Instagram sightings of this one.
L2 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd, 9111-2868. Wed 10pm-3am, Fri-Sat 10pm-4am.
Baliza blipped on our radar because sultry songbird/The Biebs’ better half Selena Gomez partied it up here when she was in town for her Revival Tour. Should give you a pretty good idea of the place, which is popular among serial clubbers.
Baliza touts itself as an EDM and hip hop mega club that features a main room and a VIP suite, with buzzy event nights happening most days of the week, including a ladies’ night on Wednesdays, plus “Take Off Thursdays”, “Fabulous Fridays”, and “Saturday Night Life”.
#01-04, 6 Raffles Blvd, 6883-1155. Wed-Sat 10pm-6am.
The first (and only, that we know of) nightclub around town to proclaim a blanket “no cover charge” policy, Bang Bang underwent a total facelift last year and revealed a spanking new, blinged-out look with a raised dance floor, literally lit tables, mirrored ceilings, and UV-coated dance cages.
When the lights go down, it’s a stylish space to get turnt and share booths for bottle service with other smaller groups of friends. We’re just not entirely sure about the whole furry mascot thing – yeah, apparently the club likes to use Elmo, Ted, and Cookie Monster in its promo stuff.
Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Blvd, 8127-2808. Wed, Fri & Sat 10pm-6am.
From its perch in a five-star hotel high above the city, this hot Shanghai import is all about magnificent Marina Bay skyline views with floor-to-ceiling windows that give your night an instant jolt of pizzazz. Awash in crimson hues and lights, the space can host a 280-strong crowd, with design features such as a “floating” cloud-shaped installation above the bar, elevated cages for performers, and a raised lounge for the Very Important to people-watch the plebs below.
No cover charge required for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; and if you’re in the mood to switch into party mode early, then take note — entry before 10:30pm on weekend nights is free, too.
L71-72, Equinox Complex, Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Rd, 9177-7307. Tues 6:30-late; Wed, Thurs & Sat 8pm-late; Fri 6pm-late; Sun-Mon 5pm-midnight.
One of those “see and be seen” places, CÉ LA VI shows you Singapore at your fingertips, as you gaze across the country from your ship-shaped panoramic spot up in the clouds any time of the day.
This is the kind of place where you’d want to throw on your best threads and boast to all your Instagram followers about your high life (even though you’ll likely see more than one casually dressed tourist who either didn’t get the memo or just doesn’t give an F). The actual lounge is tiny, but leads out to a breezy open terrace, so you have the choice to mix it up in and outdoors.
Tower 3, Marina Bay Sands, 1 Bayfront Ave, 6508-2188. Mon-Fri noon-late, Sat-Sun 11am-late.
Sure, Suntec City isn’t exactly the sexiest place when you’ve got nightlife on the brain, but hear us out: This intimate space on the mall’s rooftop garden is plush and flush with old school hip hop and R&B grooves. Plus, the fact that it’s one of the few clubs here to consistently dish out hip hop jams all night long just makes us respect Commas all the more.
#03-308 Suntec City Sky Garden, 3 Temasek Blvd. Wed 11pm-3am; Fri-Sat 10pm-3am.
When the “F” in f.Club stands for “FashionTV”, well, you kind of know what to expect. The place is bathed in shades of red, with velvety rich sofas by the dance floor, chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and gold-gilded artworks dotting the walls. Throngs of fresh-faced, eager clubbers queue up outside its doors every weekend, which means there’s still a demand for whatever f.Club is supplying.
#01-08 Clarke Quay, 3B River Valley Rd, 6338-3158. Wed & Fri 10pm-4am, Sat 10pm-5am.
When Get Juiced first opened last year, the buzz was all about it being the first cashless, queue-less club in Singapore. A year on, and the sprawling space is still going strong with loads of party animal-types looking for a good time. The club consists of three concept rooms: a chillax lounge, a dance floor fueled by banging anthems, and a stage spotlighting live bands.
Here, shouting “TWO GIN AND TONICS!” to the bartender is obsolete – the club’s app lets you place an order from anywhere in the venue, with drinks specials from $5.
#02-01, Block E Clarke Quay, 6208-7293. Various opening times.
The glitzy Italian-American restaurant known for its “famous” meatballs and 20-layer chocolate cake transforms into a luxe lounge when the sun sets, with an outdoor bar that overlooks the twinkling waters of Marina Bay. After dinner service ends, the music gets cranked up to party levels, and the vibe follows suit.
It’s a typical, sophisticated Marina Bay Sands spot. Actor-singer Jamie Foxx was here for its NYE opening, too. Do with that detail what you will.
L57, Sand Skypark, Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 1, 6688-8591. Daily 5pm-2am.
A historic building in Clarke Quay housing a modern Chinese restaurant, alfresco courtyard music bar, riverside dining space, and lounge (for the dancing queens among us). Here, the setup is meant to get visitors to stay through the whole night — first, food, followed by a night of high-roller debauchery to a backdrop of funk, soul, Canto/Mando-pop, R&B, house, and techno beats.
The actual club space is styled in contemporary Asian décor, and mostly appeals to high society types, with a smattering of tourists.
#01-02 Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Rd, 6661-0197. Wed-Sat 9pm-3am.
An after-dark “Asian utopia”, this club is everything you may not need, but Wan. (Pun lyfe forever.) Open every evening of the week, the neon-lit space spotlights an LED aquatic ecosystem bar and a massive koi and coral mural, with oriental lanterns that harmonize their lights to the tune of the music. And should you require an alcoholic thirst-quencher — here, you’ve got an option in boozy bubble teas.
#01-434, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Blvd, 9171-2179. Mon, Tues & Thurs 5pm-1am, Wed & Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 5pm-4am.
And finally, we reach the grand dame of our local nightlife scene: Zouk. It’s been around for as long as we can remember (27 years, to be exact), ushering generations of pimply teens into adulthood with Mambo nights, superstar guest DJs, beach festivals, and all kinds of midnight madness.
Sure, we still miss its good old days at Jiak Kim Street, but its new Clarke Quay digs, shimmering and splendid — where you can visit Zouk, Phuture, Capital, and Red Tail Bar all in one go — is still a great spot for times when a potent Long Island Iced Tea is in order.
3C River Valley Rd, The Cannery, 6738-2988. Various opening times.
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