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Cherry Discotheque
Photograph: Cherry Discotheque/Facebook

The best under-the-radar clubs in Singapore

Rave on and party past midnight at these not-so-secret nightclubs and bars

By Cam Khalid
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You’ve got your speakeasieshidden art galleries and secret museums, now it’s time to skip the mainstream nightlife venues and go straight to where the coolest parties are at: under-the-radar clubs. Lucky for all you creatures of the night, Singapore’s nightlife scene jams on with live DJ sets, exclusive performances, and a whole lotta drinking. Whether it’s in a basement or tucked in an unexpected location, these subterranean spots are hot for a whole new party vibe and a night of euphoria.

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Tuff Club

Nightlife Clubs Raffles Place

Nightlife institution The Council knows just how to turn mundane spaces into epic rave fests. Cheekily named Tuff Club (we'd like to think it's a homage to the good ol' days of primary school TAF club), the pop-up nightclub is held twice every week. Follow its website and socials for first dibs on its next rager featuring guest DJs and their unmissable lineup of club bangers.

Headquarters by The Council

Nightlife Raffles Place

Housed in a dingy space that’s set with laser lights and a cage behind which the likes of Eric Duncan, Kaiser Souzai and Mat.Joe have spun, Headquarters by The Council plays host to its signature parties from Wednesdays to Sundays. Get your booze fix in the standing bar tucked in one corner of the venue while grooving to all manner of techno, house and disco, whether from guest DJs or residents Julien Brochard, KFC, Yadin and Eileen Chan (Cats on Crack) – who also happens to be one half of The Council.

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Cherry Discotheque
Photograph: Facebook/Cherry Discotheque

Cherry Discotheque

Nightlife Clubs Raffles Place

A cool kid's cave, Cherry Discotheque is the epitome of underground parties. It first opened doors in 2016 beneath York Hotel before relocating to Cecil Street. Nonetheless, the only-opened-on-Fridays-and-Saturdays club continues to promise a wild and fun night every time. Flex your streetwear drip and get wavy with the sleek spins of new and old-school hip-hop.

Pinball Wizard
Photograph: Pinball Wizard

Pinball Wizard

Bars and pubs Rochor

Located at the iconic Sim Lim Square, Pinball Wizard is a vibrant combo of retro games such as pinball machines, throwback music and trendy tipples for night owls seeking alternative after-dark hangouts. Further into the night, the venue switches into club mode with a roster of DJs including Weelikeme of Eatmepoptart and Nineteen80 residents Ollie'des, Ya5th and Bobos helming the decks. Show off your best moves on the dancefloor as you groove to a mix of pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, alternative and dance hits from the 90s to now.

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Tempura Oji
Photograph: Facebook/Tempura Oji

Tempura Oji

Restaurants Japanese Chinatown

After your late-night fill of tempura, udon, ramen and booze at this modern izakaya in Keong Saik Road, make your way to the drinks fridge. Take a good hard look at this one – think the wardrobe door in ‎C. S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the drinks fridge is an entrance to a hidden club behind the tempura bar that spins techno and tech-house.

Canvas Club
Photograph: Canvas

Canvas

Clubs Raffles Place

Creative space by day, a super turnt club by night. Expect the space to be a beautifully quirky one where artists are invited to showcase their music and art, as well as a spot for creative minds and party-goers to mix. Music-wise, resident DJs helm the decks at Canvas to bring an avant-garde spin on the sounds of nu disco, house and techno – aiming for a cross between mainstream and indie – to the dancefloor. Look out for themed parties and regular anchor nights, plus a striking audiovisual experience here.

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Commas

Clubs Hip hop and R&B City Hall

An intimate nightclub perched atop Suntec City, adorned with décor inspired by the charms of the Georgian era? Sounds like a party. Dress to the nines and indulge in a night of euphoria filled with old school hip-hop and R&B, as well as some of the illest remixes to keep those bodies moving.

Wan
Photo: Darren Leong

Wan

Nightlife Clubs City Hall

Come out and play at Asian-inspired nightclub, Wan. The nightclub pumps out high-energy tunes over the 3,500-square-feet space on the daily, with jaw-dropping visual spectacles keeping guests entertained throughout the night. As for the bar and kitchen, it's modelled after an oriental tuckshop and serves bubble tea cocktails and other modern-Asian creations.

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D'Underground
Darrell Loh

D'Underground

Nightlife Clubs Orchard

As its name suggests, D'Underground is located at in the basement of the International Building at Orchard Road. Acting as both a bar and a nightclub, the low-key space hosts live band performances, DJ sets, and even drinking games to keep the night young. Stay 'till midnight when the party kicks in with surround-sound club bangers, stunning lighting effects, and light bites to keep you party animals energised throughout the night.

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