A night out in luxurious Singapore can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After dark, the city transforms itself into a vibrant entertainment hub. Busy young executives shed their corporate attire to revel in the hustle and bustle of the nightlife. With the proliferation of posh night clubs, bars, and dance clubs, it’s possible to go out every week to discover the sexy, cool and wild side of this country. The eye candy, dancing, and drinking are just a few of the wonderful joys of going out and cutting loose, not to mention meeting new people from all walks of life.
Indeed, clubbing has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment, largely, but not exclusively, for the younger generation. Most hard-core clubbers already have a routine that they follow before going out, but if this is your first time to party in another country, or if your club-crazy friends are begging you to join them but you don’t have the slightest idea what to do, here are a few tips to consider before going out clubbing in Singapore:
This is probably the simplest step, but most people get this wrong. If you want to get your foot in the door, then you’ll have to make sure that your appearance oozes pure class, but not like you’re trying too hard. You don’t need to look like a Victoria’s Secret model or like David Beckham’s doppelganger. But your hair needs to be well-styled, especially if you’re a woman. Pageant hair is out, loose waves are in. Go for a manicure and pedicure and opt for classic shades for your nails, and your makeup has to be impeccably applied. Men should be sharply groomed, so hair has to be styled just so, nails have to be short and clean, clothes should be pressed and shoes should not have a single speck of dirt on them.
The clothes you wear are an extension of your body language. So many people have been denied entrance to clubs because they were wearing the wrong clothes or shoes. Before going to a club, try to know about the dress code and dress accordingly. It’s generally better to be overdressed rather than underdressed, so women, take note, leave your grubby jeans at home and wear your slinkiest, coolest outfit and jazz it up with a funky accessory, like sky-high heels (and if they’re by Jimmy Choo, that’s even better, because some bouncers are experts on spotting classy threads and shoes). Also, now is the time to flash your designer bag, so bring your lovely Prada or Versace clutch with you.
Gentlemen should wear clothes that fit the contour of the body, meaning that they should fit well—not too tight, but definitely not too loose either. Accessorize by wearing a stylish watch with an oversized face or a flashy belt.
Don’t bring (or be) the “Debbie Downer”. Inviting people is cool, in fact, the more the merrier. However, if you know the person you are going to invite won’t get along with the others, or is incapable of tolerating others, please keep them at home. After all, you’re going out to have fun, and bringing a person along with an attitude problem is bound to cause a screeching halt to all the fun that you and your mates could have.
Always leave with who you came with. If you happen to meet someone who’s interesting, a little conversation at the bar, and a bit of dancing on the dance floor is certainly ok, but don’t leave the club with him! That’s a recipe for disaster and a perfect way for a woman to end up on the news. You could always exchange numbers and meet up on another day. And even if you happen to run into someone whom you vaguely knew in high school, don’t even think about leaving the club with him. High school was a long time ago, and that perfectly harmless geek in junior high could be a different kind of person now for all you know.
Never act like a sloppy drunk. Don’t make a fool of yourself and provide great entertainment for the people around you. You know what’s worse than a sloppy drunk? A belligerent drunk. Don’t be that guy.
Make sure that you have money to pay the cover charge and to buy your own drinks. Ladies, please don’t think that men don’t notice when you have yet to buy yourself one drink—they do. Don’t go out with your friends hoping one or two of them will pay for everything. You won’t get another invitation if you keep on mooching off your pals.
Show some courtesy. You are going to get bumped, pushed, leered at, talked at, and squished. Don’t get mad, and try to get into the spirit of things while keeping a cheerful disposition. If you have to invade someone’s space, or if you accidentally step on someone’s foot, apologize and say it’s crowded.
Alright. So now you’re ready to go out. You’re looking great, you’ve got cash in your pockets, and your friends are with you. Now it’s just a matter of knowing where to go. Here are some night clubs in Singapore that are definitely worth checking out:
17 Jiak Kim St., Singapore
Budget: $40- $100
If you only have time or money for just one club in Singapore, then it simply has to be Zouk. It’s the country’s only nightspot of international repute, and it remains both an institution and a rite of passage for young people in the city. It has been around for 20 years and it has spawned several other clubs in neighboring countries like Malaysia, and it even has its own dance festival—the much anticipated Sentosa’s ZoukOut. Zouk has three clubs and a wine bar, with the main room featuring house and techno music. This club’s global reputation means its home to leading DJs such as Paul Oakenfold and the Chemical Brothers.
Marina Bay Crystal Pavilion, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
Budget: $750 and up
This is definitely a place where it pays to roll in with the right people. If you know the right people to get in without the cover charge, then that will definitely be an advantage for you. Otherwise, make sure to be dressed to the nines because they will check for dress code at the door. Now is the time to break out the fur-trimmed apparel, leopard anything, and the killer footwear. Once you enter the neon-lit entrance of this club, you’ll be greeted by the beats of Daft Punk, and you might feel like you’re in the Tron movie. This place truly understands bottle service, but it won’t come cheap. Here, you can dance on a private podium with your friends, so it’s like having your own personal party. There’s no photography allowed, so you can really let your hair down without worrying that all the crazy moves you did on the dance floor will find its way to Youtube or Facebook.
3. China One
3E River Valley Road, Singapore
Budget: $50- $75
This is a great place for people who love to play pool. The pool tables are huge, and with great live bands doing what they do best on stage, the venue is perfect for making song requests. It’s also a bar that turns into a dance club once the clock strikes 12. If you’re new to the Singapore nightlife scene, China One is a great place to start with as it offers a little bit of everything. Additional entertainment options include a large screen Nintendo Wii set-up and the bottle twirling of professional flair bartenders.
There you have it, the hottest clubs in Singapore where you can unwind and have loads of fun. Stay safe, enjoy, and have a great time with your buddies!