With a limitless choice of restaurants, cafes and retail spaces, Clarke Quay lights up at night and is a widely popular choice for insomniacs. From midweek onwards, party animals flock to various watering holes in the area to quench their thirst. Clarke Quay is also a major hotspot for tourists to get a glimpse of Singapore’s commercial nightlife scene. Some of Singapore’s nightlife purveyors have opened up venues in the area for nights of debauchery. Here are 5 nightclubs dance the night away.
1. Headquarters by The Council
By music lovers for music lovers, this hidden gem on Boat Quay is raw and it’s got character in spades. Step into HQ (as it’s affectionately dubbed by regulars) from Tuesday through Saturday and you’ll hear thumping techno played by local and international DJs behind a cage-like booth. Its niche as a no-frills underground club has created a tight-knit but friendly community of discerning partygoers from Singapore and abroad who have made the 7-month-old club their sanctuary.
Address: 66 Boat Quay, Level 2, Singapore 049854
2. Kilo Lounge
The brand new Kilo Lounge, is just a 15-minute walk away from Clarke Quay MRT. Walk through the concrete tunnel to the entrance. The bouncer then opens the door to reveal raw concrete finishings, wood panelled ceilings, and leftfield electronic music blasting through the club’s speakers. Due to its central location, a diverse crowd of locals, expats, travellers, and office executives patronise the club for a nightcap or a weekend boogie. Besides putting on tech house and disco nights on weekends, the venue also operates as a lounge on weekdays as shuttered grills keep the dancefloor out of bounds.
Address: 21 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088444
Just a stone's throw away from Clarke Quay MRT, Canvas is tucked on the ground floor of a condo building. This eclectic venue is a creative space by day which transforms into a club when night falls. The club's DJs play a range of genres; you'll hear drum 'n' bass to trap to techno at its dedicated club nights. The club also hosts bi-weekly comedy shows with one of Singapore's most well-known entertainer, Kumar.
“KUMAR is irreverent, no-holds-barred, and a talented showman. You’ll fall off your chair as he pokes fun at every – literally every – facet of Singapore life. We’re always amazed as how he keeps a straight face as our clients and their audiences roll on the floor and choke on their dinners as his jokes keep on flowing.” – Superstar Special Events
Address: 20 Upper Circular Road, B1-01 The Riverwalk, Singapore 058416
Since its opening in 2004, this bi-level dance club has been known over the years for its international crowd. As one of the most commercial clubs in the heart of Clarke Quay, that doesn't come as a surprise. Although Attica mainly plays Top 40s, it has welcomed some of the world's biggest DJs such as Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, and Kevin Saunderson. There's a riverside champagne bar if you prefer sipping on some bubbly whilst people-watching.
Address: 3A River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay, 01-03, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020
The 25-year-old Zouk is an institution in the hearts of veteran clubbers, as well as a rite of passage for newly minted 18-year-olds who want to pop their clubbing cherry. The iconic club has recently moved to its new 898 sq m location in The Cannery at Clarke Quay, just a stone’s throw away from Novotel. You'll hear big-room Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in Zouk's main room while Phuture caters to R&B and hip-hop fans.
Address: 3 River Valley Road, Singapore 169240
Most of these clubs are located near Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay so you don't have to venture too far for a fun night out. Got the post-clubbing hunger pangs? The hotel offers a 24-hour in-room dining service, so you'll be able to fill your belly even in the wee hours of the morning.