So many bars and clubs, so little time – Clarke Quay is a veritable hub of leisure from the down and dirty to the sleek and sophisticated. Everywhere you look there's something vying for your attention. Think it's time we break it down, here are some of our favourite spots in the area and what they offer.
A guide to Clarke Quay's nightlife
This seminal mecca of live rock and roll has been a part of the furniture in Singapore for over two decades. With its interiors reminiscent of American dive bars – graffitied walls, silly jokes on screens, wood everywhere – it shouldn’t shock you that good, old time rock ’n’ roll rules the stage. The blues start at 10pm, when a cavalcade of cover bands with serious chops belt out your favourite Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival tunes.
Chupitos, opened by F&B entrepreneur Jamie Koh (who also runs The Beast), specialises in alcohol shooters. This spot is ideal if you're ready to turn your night up a notch with shots coming in 130 different flavours, such as Milo Godzilla and Paddle Pop, and are served in various shot glasses with the occasional prop.
Everyone talks about the mojitos here (which are great) but we think there's nothing better the cantinas namesake drink and tucking into a caramelised sweet-corn flan or the baked coconut pudding. The show of amateur salsa dancers who shake their hips on the small dance floor comes free.
Zouk Singapore, our city’s longest running entertainment institution, has bid goodbye to its beloved Jiak Kim premise and moved into its new home at Clarke Quay. Housed within the Cannery Block and spanning across two floors, the Zouk complex retains its signature main dance room along with Phuture while Wine Bar has been upgraded to Red Tail restaurant and bar. Zouk retains the original sound system and boasts a brand-new spaceship-like light structure suspended directly above the dancefloor. Of course, there are five bars across the entire compound (two in Phuture and three in Zouk) to supply booze all through the night.
Another old boy that's been around for more than a decade, Attica has seen big names like Paul Oakenfold, Jonathan Ulysses and Dirty South helm the decks speak volumes of its popularity in beating out other clubs to grab the attention of oh-so-fickle-minded party-goers. Four main areas make up the two-level space, with the ground floor spinning a mix of hip hop, R&B and Top 40s (expect to see a cool light art installation here), while the second floor space unleashes a slew of electronic dance and house beats, along with an expanded VIP White Room, a new, intimate Black Room, a freshly-renovated main VIP area with its own bar, and the crowning jewel: a new VIP balcony space kitted out with plush velvety couches for a bird's eye view of the crowd (trust us, it'll make you feel like the king of the world – or at least of the club).
VLV Singapore combines a stylish Chinese restaurant, a glamorous Club Lounge, an al fresco courtyard bar and a riverfront dining area to present you with an all-in-one dining and entertainment experience. Housed in a historic building built in the 1880s, VLV helps you imagine what elegant parties of yesteryear in Singapore were like. Wine and dine in style at the restaurant that presents Cantonese dishes with a modern flair. Conceptualised by executive chef Martin Foo, who has been cooking for more than 25 years in restaurants like Lei Garden and Tung Lok Signatures, the menu features traditional dishes with a twist like black truffle roasted duck ($90/whole) and kimchi seafood fried rice ($28).
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