Think Singapore is all suits and skyscrapers? Think again. This metropolis has a buzzing nightlife with an emerging underground electronic scene. In recent years, it has made its name as an absolute must-stop destination on every big DJ or producers’ Asia tour. Grandiose establishments, state-of-the-art sound systems, and enthusiastic patrons looking to blow off steam and dance ‘til the sun comes up all contribute to Singapore being a nightlife destination. Whether you are Singaporean, an ex-pat, or just passing through, add these clubs to your must-visit list and thank us later.
Zouk has been long regarded as one of the best nightclubs in Singapore. Operating for over 23 years now, they’ve got how to throw an epic party down to an exact science. An absolute pioneer in the Singapore nightlife scene, they were the first to bring house music to the city-state, refusing the typical top 40 hits you’d hear at every other bar. Zouk has a regular lineup of 6 incredibly talented resident DJs, who bring the party to Clark Quay every night. They are also known for hosting the biggest names in the business including Tiesto, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, and Afrojack. Spanning across two floors, the club has won awards for its innovative designs featuring multiple stages, lounges, and chill hangout spots. It is also heavily decorated with multiple awards including ranking in the top 10 of DJ Mags Top 100 Clubs in the World for nine years now. It’s a Singapore institution that’s a must-visit for anyone looking for the real-deal nightlife experience.
Tuff Club is making Singapore fit again, one dance party at a time. Operating with a ‘dancing is exercise’ principal, they recommend their patrons visit twice a week to achieve optimal results. The brainchild of The Council, the talented party starters who brought us Headquarters (see below), Tuff Club was meant to be a pop-up club operating as a “Chinese restaurant by day, nightclub by night”. What was supposed to be a three-month activation will celebrate its 2-year anniversary later this year. Located in Oxley Tower on the 19th floor, the temp club turned Singapore favourite has played host to the likes of Peggy Gou, Perc, and B.Traits. At Tuff Club, the dance floor is the heart and soul, known for its ravey vibes and welcoming atmosphere. If you’re looking for a night of good music where no one will be judging your questionable dance moves, strap on some sneakers and hit up Tuff Club.
f.Club × Attica
Another Clarke Quay staple, f.Club × Attica is the place to go if you’re looking for a little glitz and glam. Two levels with two different sounds, Attica is a crowd-pleaser for groups who range in musical tastes. R&B and top 40 hits play on Level I, while house, trance, and electro dominate Level II. Their 6 resident DJs keep the dancefloors full and party bumping. Honourable guest DJs, local and international, regularly make appearances, switching things up. Connecting the two levels is The Courtyard, an alfresco area where you can grab a drink with friends during dance breaks. Grab a glass of champagne at Bar Rose and enjoy while looking out over the Singapore River. It’s definitely the perfect place for a celebration like a birthday or a girl’s night. Lipstick Mafia, a.k.a. Ladies Night is every Wednesday night and the ladies can sip on complimentary champagne and cocktails all night long.
CÉ LA VI
CÉ LA VI is the place where the location is as high as the BPMs. Located on level 57 at the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, the restaurant, bar, and lounge boast some of the best views in the area. With regular appearances by top DJs and producers in the game, including recent sets by Claptone, Sven Väth, and DJ Jazzy Jeff, CÉ LA VI guarantees a night of great music and a killer atmosphere. It’s a great place to start with after-work drinks, then dinner, followed by a night of non-stop dancing.
The main stomping grounds of The Council (remember Tuff Club?!), Headquarters is THE place for underground sounds. No frills, just really good music, Headquarters is easily one of the coolest places in Singapore to spend your night. From Wednesday to Sunday, expect red-lit dance parties with local and international DJs spinning house, disco, and techno. Known for its red laser lighting and DJ cage, everyone from Peggy Gou to Kaiser Souzai has taken over the decks. Founders Eileen Chan (DJ Cats on Crack) and Clement Chin (KOI Izakaya) have boiled down the essentials of what it takes to throw a killer party. No sparklers in champagne bottles, no fancy chandeliers, at Headquarters it’s about the music in its purest form.
A little slice of Las Vegas right in Marina Bay Sands, MARQUEE is as big and spectacular as nightclubs get. A complete sensory overload, describing MARQUEE as grandiose would be an understatement. 20-meter screens, a Function One sound system, three floors, and 2300 square meters of dancefloors and cozy lounges, this spot is for those looking for a big night out. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel or a trip down the slide, it’s essentially an adult playground, ready to amuse. Known for its constant lineups of the world’s biggest names, you’re getting concert quality performances that you’ll not soon forget. Perhaps not ideal for a quiet night among friends, but if you’re in the mood to go big or go home, go to MARQUEE.