- < $10
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. .
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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." ,
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.