This Hollywood mega club is located in none other than Marina Bay Sands, the hottest prime area in town. The southern Crystal Pavilion that is just opposite the Marina Bay Sands Promenade plays home to Avalon. The architect responsible for the design, critically-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, has put in a great deal of effort to make impeccable use of the Singapore skyline and its surrounding area. .
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This is supposed to be a high-class club as the entry fee is priced at $50 per person. Ladies usually get in for free. Lots of Caucasian models frequent Avalon. I enjoy going on Wednesday nights as they occasionally have special treats for ladies! Free manicure and hair styling! Yes, free pampering in a club! It's a dreamland for ladies to free like a prefect 10 as you step out of the palour all ready to club in style!
Avalon has 2 levels. Level one is the usual dance floor and bar area whiles level 2 has VIP rooms and a room which plays techno music. The level one stage at the dance floor is pretty dangerous though as e moves! There are high cubes you can dance on and i almost fell into a gap as the cubes placed side by side moved when they stage was dominated with party goers! The stage is also pretty high so i wouldn't encourage people who are tipsy to dance on it as an embarrassing moment might occur.
I'm not entirely sure if Avalon at Marina Bay Sands borrowed its name from the Roxy Music album or Arthurian lore. Either way, it is apt: urbane and sleek like Bryan Ferry and his band, or a reference to King Arthur's Lady of the Lake since the club appears to be floating on water like its neighbour the Louis Vuitton MBS store.
I went for the anniversary party night (I think the weekend before last), with guest DJ from Oz Kitty Glitter playing. No queue yet because we arrived unfashionably early, yet the door-girl took forever fumbling over stampings and drink coupons at the entrance. The bouncers were surly but I wouldn't expect otherwise - that's what bouncers are paid to be I suppose.
The drag show was a thing to behold, with the drag sistas making their grand entrance in flower afros that lit up. Definitely, to use the local parlance, “got standard”. Quite unlike the usual boys’ night drag shows with, more often than not, overweight drag queens in frumpy frocks and sensible shoes.
Avalon, to me, is a club that encapsulates the Singapore clubbing experience: slick, expensive and semi-efficient but with absolutely zero sex appeal. Just another sterile dancefloor with confetti and lasers.
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After a three-year hiatus, chiongsters and ballers celebrated the return of a familiar name on ominous day May 13th (Friday). Avalon’s back as a loud contrast to the calm zen of the Art Science Museum lotus.
We thought it’d be “turnt up” with a huge turnout but it was way too dead for reopening night. Like the crowd, the decor was also scant, but the spartan decoration made it easy for orientation. Amidst the sparse furnishings, there’s no way anyone could lose their way. Clubbers were trying getting their freak on but everyone else is made to watch this spectacle, owing to the sabotaging sprawling of sofas. Unless the peacock is your spirit animal or you’re oblivious to sober scrutiny you’ll have a hard time getting into the groove.
The music was the night’s redemption to this rough restart. DJ Sab Ooi span Sean Paul throwbacks and threw some Shakira Loca into the mix. But with the highs kicking in, it wasn’t long before the crowd got loco. This diamond by the bay has to polish up it’s rough edges.
I remember being all excited that I was heading to Avalon for a night out of fun with my friends. After all, this club was known to be "atas". Well, I don't know how "atas" clubbing is supposed to work but it was really sad.
My friends and I were already tipsy before we entered the club. However, after about 15-20 mins on the dance floor, I sobered right up because the music was simply too bad. I guess the crowd shared the same sentiments and pretty soon everyone was at their own tables and booths. Like, there was no one on the dance floor, at all.
Not that I would prefer the dance floor to be jam packed but, isn't dancing a huge part of clubbing?
Also, don't even think about entering the club in your after-work ladies night get-up, we're talking fitted bodycon dresses paired with killer stilettos all around. Dress the part, or you'll feel majorly underdressed.
Needless to say, it was a boring night out for my friends and I. We spent our time at the bar chatting with the friendly bartenders and left after 2 hours or so.
This place always left an impression on me with its classy and minimalistic design and lighted up "AVALON" sign. Unfortunately, I can barely say the same for the inside of the club.
This place failed to please me miserably. As I walked in through the grand carpets of this club situated in the hub and heart of Singapore's Town, I was shocked to find a measly bunch that were sendentary just slightly grooving to the music. The place was surprisingly empty despite the good situation of the place. The music, on the other hand, was also distasteful. The choice was mostly trans-like music which left me in a "trance" wanting to just get out of there.
Going to Avalon on a all girls night out to chill and feel all glam was a plan that my friends and I were trying very long to fulfill. Work, family or just plain simple laziness kept us from it till one night we decided on a unplanned attack on the hottest and the coolest club, with it's glass facade and it's music seeping out when you walk pass by the MBS side. We donned on our best minis, strapped on our heels and let our hair down to party the night away.
We were slightly early, around 10 when there wasn't much people around. It suited us fine, we sit around, had drinks, gossiped away waiting for the party to pick up. The problem was, it never really did picked up.
The music was house music, mostly electronic by a DJ facing the dance floor. It was feet tapping worthy mix of the latest radio hits but nothing spectacular to attract you to the dance floor. And though we expected the crowd to be fun and funky (too many hollywood movies), some weird guy started to chat one of our friend up and when we moved away, he kept on stalking us. We wanted to let the security know, but couldn't find them anywhere (perhaps busy dancing?).
The drinks were great with a good mix of cocktails and hard liquor so no complaint there. I guess it just didn't match up to our expectations and now when we go clubbing, any of us hardly suggests Avalon. We just stare at it when we go MBS and reminiscent 'Remember the last time we went there?" With the reply 'We better don't. It's a cool structure though." ,
I visited the Spider Room (RnB VIP room) @ Avalon last Friday. Besides the good music, it was a traumatizing experience.
Within 5 minutes of entering the club, we were caught off guard by a group of caucasian men who ambushed us by the bar. One clutched my best friend in his arms while another stood closely in front of me with a daggering stare for a good few minutes. We were taken aback when the bartenders and bouncers remained bystanders as we tried to break free from them.
I was expecting a posh experience from a club being well-known as a VIP club for exclusive members. The sleazy behaviour of the crowd jolted us and I am not sure if I would return for a second visit.
This is my first clubbing experience so I can't compare it with the other clubs in Singapore, but I no doubt feel very satisfied with everything, from service standards to comfort.
There are 2 floors to this club, with the 1st floor for drinks and dancing, and the second floor with chairs provided for the tired. That was really helpful to me, whose legs ached after dancing for so long. The club is very accessible since its just outside The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands! The toilet was spacious and clean, with the cleaner around at all times to ensure the cleanliness of the toilet. Looking forward to my next visit to Avalon!
It was my first time entering a club since I turned 18. I really did not know what to expect at a club at all! On my journey to Marina Bay Sands, I could already see the bright lights surrounding the place and me and my friends could not wait to go in.
There was a huge dance floor that was filled with everyone dancing energetically around. Drinks were slightly expensive, but I'm guessing this is the price that most bars would charge. I really liked the lively and fun atmosphere! However, sometimes it can be really crowded. It would be more advisable to go in groups so that someone can watch over your drink or belongings! Other than that, I'm looking forward to my next trip there with my best friends!
This is a club that Singaporeans would call 'atas' - or posh in other words.
The prices here are marked up as compared to other nightclubs in Singapore. This is rather painful on the wallet as alcohol is already so expensive in this country. However, it is pretty much to be expected, this is a club that caters more to the well-heeled in society rather than the common man.
Drinks are well-mixed, and the people found here are similarly heterogeneous. You can have your young hoodlums in one corner, who are fortunately well behaved, and in the other you might spy an African expat or two on a night out; truly a diverse crowd. But in my opinion, if you cannot afford to splurge a few hundred dollars, please don't. It will not be worth it and you will end up feeling sour.
Avalon is located beside The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The first impression it gave me was classy. The club is one of the biggest clubs with the largest dance floor I have seen so far. The music was alright and you can spot many Caucasians. For ladies, you all should go on ladies night as there are free drinks and beer till 1am. Don't bring your bags along, just a small pouch will do as there are no bag drops or lockers. You can head up to level 2 to sit around and chill with your drinks if the music below is too loud for you. I don't think this is somewhere suitable for teenagers, is more for the business people.
For all the hoo-ha about Avalon, it delivered badly.
I gave Avalon an edge over my usual haunts. Protocol would be me entering the club very sober then staying around for a bit before heading out to drink. For Avalon I reversed my cycle, I went in high as a kite.
But even in my high state I was clear enough to see that Avalon is a disappointment. Forgive me for loving my local men and Singaporean party girls, but everyone there was of Caucasian descent. At one point I gave a man take a photo with his German flag. A German flag.
But that's okay, drunk me did not care. The view is amazing, the music was bearable and my friends were happy so it was cool. Until a clueless Caucasian came up to me and gave me the best ever pick up line I've had the pleasure of hearing.
"Hi, I know what it's like to be short, don't worry mate!"
Pretty sure I cabbed down to Rebel after.