One of the best clubs in Singapore has moved house, and we popped in to have a quick look
Zealots of Zouk, you have nothing to worry about. Barely a week after ZoukOut, the paramount superclub invited us to check out its new home in Clarke Quay, and it looks (almost) ready to take on the world. Here are some quick observations about this revitalised palace of parties.
Its location will seem familiar to ravers
Remember deceased clubs like Zirca and Fenix Room? Or are you old enough to recall where Ministry of Sound used to be? Yup, that’s where the new Zouk resides in.
There is no more Velvet Underground
Gone are the Lounge and Dance sections of Zouk’s Velvet Underground that often hosted left-field house and techno acts. But fear not, because we already know of some big (and we mean big) underground names booked for the main room. Huh? We aren’t telling… yet.
Zouk’s main room is ridiculous
We mean that in the best way possible. With a capacity of 1,500 ravers, the two-storey space combines futuristic steampunk elements with gritty brick walls you’d find in derelict warehouses. But the sound and lighting are spick and span – the booming sound system retains its configuration custom-created by the late audio engineer, Gary Stewart, and the kaleidoscopic visuals (assembled by LEDSCONTROL) are set on ‘overkill mode’ that are fit for this EDM wonderland.
Normal entry is just $2 more on weekends
Deal with it. It’s now $30 for ladies and $35 for men (incl. two drinks) on regular weekends, which give access to both of the club’s rooms: Zouk, and the graffiti-decorated Phuture; the latter catering to hip-hop and r&b nights, live acts, and who knows what else?
Bye bye Wine Bar
The pre-party zone of Zouk has been removed too. But that’s totally fine, considering that the Zouk-owned Red Tail Bar is right next door. Haven’t you heard? It’s got the best Gin & Tonic in town!
There’s a fourth concept coming…
A lil’ birdie told us the new Zouk has one more card up its sleeve – a separate room located upstairs that will only be revealed next year. Only time will tell what this chamber of secrets has in store.
You can already start partying in it now
Starting tomorrow, Zouk’s soft launch will begin to roll out, with its resident DJs manning the decks for the rest of the year. So don’t be shy, and start warming up to this new incarnation of Zouk; it’ll be a matter of time before they bust out the big guns when Diplo comes down on 13 January.
Zouk, 3C River Valley Road, The Cannery, Singapore 179022, p. 6738 2988.