Unlike the second-largest casino in Singapore (where a stiff entry fee is levied against permanent residents and Singaporean citizens), the club scene is an excellent way to mingle with tourists and locals alike. The two most popular areas are Boat Quay and Clarke Quay, but the demand for new places to party is driving entrepreneurs into other parts of the city.
The St James Power Station in southern Singapore is located in a former coal-fired power plant and houses 11 different nightclubs offering different musical and aesthetic styles (including live rock, karaoke, jazz and swing, Latin music, R&B and hip-hop) to suit all guests.
The very popular institution known as Zouk is made up of three old warehouses along the Singapore River. These house three distinctive clubs featuring house, soul, hip-hop, R&B and avant-garde art instillations and performance pieces.
Zirca in Clarke Quay is the preeminent venue for visiting international DJs, as well as being the home turf of local talent specializing in electro, house, progressive and trance. The special themed parties thrown regularly here make it a go-to option for holidays and weekends.
Other noteworthy establishments in the city include the Arena, Se7en1nch, and the Bellini Grande (both of which are located in Clarke Quay), as well as Café del Mar, Helipad, Club Avatar and Stereolab.
For tourists looking for a relaxing way to pass the evening until things really start to heat up, various local outfits offer enjoyable Singaporean nighttime river cruises that tour various quays while you bask in the glow of the city’s splendid skyline.