Walk down the dramatic stairwell of the Keck Seng Tower into a former bank vault and you will be greeted by a 6,000 square feet, decadent yet minimalist Japanese-themed club where, in their own words, ‘elemental music meets visionary art.’ Huge bronze wall panels, sleek wood and purple seating surround the bar that serves one of the best selections of Japanese sake in Singapore as well as a fine selection of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.
Music at kyo courtesy of resident and guest DJs ranges from house, techno, EDM and minimal with a different genre, or ‘mood’, playing each night. While some have described kyo as ‘alternative’ in comparison to its mainstream rivals, it’s on every list of ‘Singapore’s top nightspots’ for a very good reason.
A multi-level mainstream mega-club, Attica perfectly fuses style, sexy and sensational sounds for a night to remember! Located in Clarke Quay and renowned for delivering the best party vibe in Singapore, former guardians of the decks have including music royalty like Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Dimitri, Dub Pistols and Dirty South.
One level plays a party pop soundtrack while upstairs the groove is more trance, house and progressive and with dedicated ladies’ nights as well as happy hours, Attica is a proper playground for locals, ex-pats and visitors who want to let their hair down!
Also in Clarke Quay, the epicentre of Singapore’s after-dark activities, Trace is an EDM club with a bit of Wednesday night hip-hop thrown in for good measure. It’s a hotbed of Singapore’s bright young things and to stay as cool as possible, it’s only open for three nights a week – Wednesday (also ladies’ night), Friday and Saturday!
Come for the music, the drinks and the beautiful people and stay for the awesome multi-dimensional laser shows and 3D projection mapping until 4am!
The ‘grand old dame of Singapore’, Taboo on Neil Road in Chinatown is Singapore’s most famous gay and lesbian club and while the clientele is predominantly LGBT, it’s such a great dance club that it attracts everyone who loves great music and who wants to party, regardless of sexuality! It’s a two-story, 5,000 square feet club where the rainbow flag flies high and proud while punters dance to happy house and classic anthems played by resident and guest DJs from all over the world.
Revellers usually start at the Tantric Bar across the road and then from 11.30pm or so, they all migrate over to Taboo. There are loads of theme nights including ‘Hot’ on the last Saturday of the month, FLIRT Fridays, Handbag Party and BodWatch! The upstairs space is more chilled but for a proper kitsch party, go to Taboo!
Pangaea is on the first floor of the Southern Crystal Pavilion at Marina Bay Sands and it is one of the most exclusive nightlife experiences in all of Asia. If you’re on a tight budget, look elsewhere on this list because entry on its own is S$40 and that’s before you’ve bought a drink or sat down. Table reservations cost between S$1,500 and S$15,000 and the most expensive drink on a very, very expensive drinks list is the Jewel of Pangaea – gold-flecked Richard Hennessy cognac, a smoke-infused raw sugar cube with Jerry Bitters topped with 1985 vintage Krug champagne and garnished with a Mouawad Triple X 1-carat diamond attached to a chain. That’ll be S$32,000 please Sir…
The music is almost secondary to the ‘see and be seen’ vibe but almost as a footnote, the world’s top DJs, musicians and dancers play here, but then so does everyone else.
From the same lot that brought you kyo and the now-closed The Vault, Refuge is a hip-hop and R ‘n’ B club covered in kitsch (now known as ‘urban cool’) décor. Spread over three floors, you can get your old-school groove on with funk, hip-hop classics and soulful R ‘n’ B.
Different nights have different vibes and there’s a S$5 happy ‘hour’ from 5pm – 9pm on weekdays and 7pm – 9pm on Saturdays so come down to Refuge, have a few drinks and soak up the classic and contemporary sounds.
Boasting a state-of-the-art sound system and an HD video wall, Bang Bang takes over from the defunct Mink at the five-star Pan Pacific Singapore on Raffles Boulevard and in their own words, they are ‘bringing back the fun to nightlife.’ It’s an intimate place with capacity for just 400 party-goers and is open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday only.
Gorgeous go-go dancers occupy the cheeky cages on ‘Wild Wednesdays’ and according to one review, ‘good-looking party revellers gyrate to dope club bangers and mashups’ amid funky décor and a bar menu featuring six litres of Belvedere vodka for S$2,560, a bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII brandy for S$7,500 and six litres of Ace of Spades Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV Champagne for S$20,000!
Replacing the much-loved Home club was going to be a tall order but Canvas have worked wonders. By day it’s a stunningly creative art space but come the dark hours, Canvas transforms into a mellower and more sophisticated nightclub than its predecessor. As one of the partners involved in the multi-purpose concept venue explains, ‘art is the main feature and music is in the background during the day, then at night, music is in the forefront and art forms the backdrop.’ It works perfectly.
Resident and guest DJs man the decks and you can expect a good mix of nu disco, house, techno and underground beats and they hold regular themed parties and anchor nights, ably complimented with a spectacular audio-visual experience that is unique to Canvas and perhaps in all of Singapore. One reviewer described Canvas perfectly – ‘a creative space that is exclusively inclusive.’
Go onto the streets of Singapore and ask a mix of millennials what is the Garden City’s most famous club and as one, they’ll say Zouk. Go inside and you’ll find kids discovering the clubbing world all the way up to hardcore veterans who just don’t know when to quit! It’s been on every ‘top 10 nightclubs in Singapore’ list for a quarter-century and is an old-school, unpretentious mega-club.
Three big club spaces – Zouk, Velvet Lounge and Phuture – are spread over a number of floors and you’ll find R ‘n’ B, trance, house and hip-hop. On the main floor (Zouk), you’ll find some of the world’s hottest names including techno demi-god Paul van Dyk as well as 1,499 of your closet friends partying like it’s 1999.