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Long before any club hit Singapore, Zouk helmed the nightlife scene. It has been the go-to club since it launched in 1991, and it’s still going strong: International guest DJs deliver top Balearic beats and its cheesy Mambo Jambo nights (Wednesdays) still make for fun, must-experience-at-least-once entertainment. On weekends, let go to global decksmiths such as Sven Väth and Infected Mushroom, and in December, put on your beachwear for the annual ZoukOut rave on the beach.
Following intently on this powerhouse’s heels is Butter Factory, the club of choice for younger, Top 40-loving, might-have-been-a-Zoukster-in-the-’90s crowd. The second-floor space at One Fullerton is much cozier than the previous, so clubbers heave together to the strong bass beats.
The recent months have seen celebrity-endorsed Avalon — think Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz and Black Eyed Peas — hit town. Stretching across the top two levels of Marina Bay Sands’ Crystal Pavilion, this glass-encased 12,000-square-foot club features a state-of-the-art visual and lighting system. The world’s leading DJs, including Kele and Boy George, spin the decks here before heading directly underwater to ultra-lounge Pangaea for a more intimate set to the likes of Madonna and Lou Reed.
Avalon and Pangaea aside, it’s ladies’ night every Wednesday. The fairer gender gets into clubs for free not to mention complimentary free-flow of drinks for around three hours starting at 10 p.m. Clarke Quay is best destination to club-hop. Go from the live-band-powered nostalgic-tuned Pump Room, to mainstream chart-topper Attica and a mix of both at pool-hall-with-a-dance-floor China One. When every other club has closed, traipse over to Dim Sum Dolly for live Mandarin concerts until the sun rises.
If an indie night is more your style, pull up at Home Club. Up-and-coming local DJs pay to showcase their skills on the decks. Members of local audio-visual collective Syndicate regularly battle it out among themselves here, one-upping each other with hip-hop, deep house, techno, indie, electro and drum ’n’ bass on-the-spot mixes with matching optical illusions in screen.