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Dancing in Singapore: Great nightclubs for throwing shapes

Sometimes, after a few drinks at a cool bar, or a particularly stressful day, the best way to let off steam is by pulling some crazy shapes on the dancefloor. Whether you’re into old-school tunes or the latest dance bangers, Singapore has some wickedly fun clubs for you to shimmy up a storm. Read on for our pick of the lot….

Best for oh-so-trendy DJs

Since it first opened over two decades ago, Zouk has been packed to the rafters with young, clued-in clubbers each week. Currently heralded as the world’s 5th best club (as ranked by DJ Magazine), the party mecca is known for roping in some of the world’s most legendary DJs onto the decks, including Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris and Sven Vath. To give you a taste of everything, it has three rooms with distinctly different vibes. For thumping electro, trance, and progressive house, visit the main room; for dusky techno and bass music, hit Velvet Underground; and for infectious hip hop and chart-topping dance hits, head to Phuture.
17 Jiak Kim Street. Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Eves of Public Holiday, from 11pm-late. Call 6738 2988.


Fat beats at Blu Jaz
Fat beats at Blu Jaz


Best for an eclectic vibe

Blu Jaz
While Blu Jaz’s ground floor is best known for groovy jazz gigs, its second floor boasts a revolving roster of DJs on the weekends that cover everything from dancehall to 90s R&B crowd-pleasers, depending on the night. Whichever sound you prefer, you’re sure to be joined by free-spirited folks of all ages busting a move across the dance floor.
11 Bali Lane. Parties are on Friday and Saturday, from 10pm onwards. Call 6292 3800.


Are you guys sure that's enough champagne?
Are you guys sure that’s enough champagne?


Best for champagne showers

Bang Bang
Settled into a cosy nook beside Pan Pacific Hotel, Bang Bang has a loud-and-proud atmosphere with flashing LED crystal fixtures, laser effects and kaleidoscopic lights. Attracting an energetic, good-looking bunch who love popping open bottles of champers, this playful club gets the dancefloor flooded with a high-octane mix of electro, hip hop, house and nu disco. Tip: looking for one hell of a celebration? Load up on freeflow bubbly during Edge’s Saturday night buffet before heading nextdoor to Bang Bang.
Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard. Open Thursday to Saturday, 10pm-6am. Call 6733 3280.


A lively crowd descends on Kyo's shadowy dancefloor
A lively crowd descends on Kyo’s shadowy dancefloor


Best underground club

Smack in the middle of the CBD, this hip underground club – literally hidden in the basement of an office building – is a favourite among both corporate types and discerning music lovers. With sleek, industrial look with hints of Japanese elements, the dimly lit space has a sophisticated yet enigmatic vibe. Each weeknight has a different vibe, from chart-topping dance earworms (Wednesdays) to shadowy deep house and techno (Saturdays).
113 Cecil Street, #B1-02 Keck Seng Tower. Wednesdays and Thursdays 9pm-4am, Fridays 9pm-3.30am, Saturdays 11pm-4.30am. Call 8299 8735.

Performers rock the stage at Club Sonar
Performers rock the stage at Club Sonar


Best for a cheesy, sing-along night

Club Sonar
Thai discos have been mushrooming around the island in the past few years, courting unpretentious types with relatively cheap drinks and flamboyant song-and-dance performances. Club Sonar is one of the best spots to enjoy the garish fun. Aside from lively performers from all across Asia, the popular nightspot also features DJs pumping out heavy-hitting trance and EDM into the wee hours.
442 Orchard Road, #02-09 Orchard Hotel. Open daily from 9.30pm-6.30am. Call 6493 6952.

Plenty of space to boogie around the seats
Plenty of space to boogie around the seats


Best for 40-somethings

Happy Days
A hit with the older crowd, this friendly pub in the heartlands has live bands cranking out Top 40’s pop and rock, as well as hits from the yesteryear. Pair that with a couple of pints, and it isn’t long before the regulars here start cutting a rug to their favourite jams.
445 Bedok North Street 1, Princess Theatre Building, #02-02. Open daily, 10am-1am. Call 6445 4345.