Zouk

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Old daddy of Singapore's night scene
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Zouk may be the old daddy within the clubbing scene in Singapore, but it has certainly not lost any of the coolness even after all these years. Still the go to place for all partygoers in Singapore, young and old, Zouk never fails to provide an unforgettable night of awesome partying.

I guess what makes this club tick is that the music on offer here is simply the best. With a team of illustrious resident DJs as well as high profile guest DJs, the music is simply top notch. Besides the 3 different sub clubs playing different genres of dance tracks ensures that it caters to every taste and preference.

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Memories
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Zouk is the to go place when I'm with my usual clubbing friends. Though the place might not be of easy accessibility, it's still one of the best places that brings good memories. I've been there so many times that it feels so naturally good and safe. The music is good, the dance floor is great, there are lot's of events and DJs are frequently invited.

I attended a dance competition event, being part of the crew that organized DJ competition 'Live Mix Maestro'. There's a bar for you to chill if you prefer lounge music or laid-back music, there's Phuture for top40's Hip/Hop, and the good trance/house songs at Zouk.

Weekends are packed with younger age groups, usually between 18-23. Other nights may attract, older crowds such as Mambo nights on Wednesday. Weekend queue lines are long, so be early. It gets really crowded when A list DJ's come down.

Be prepared for cash and a cab right home, unless of course you'd rather walk for 30 mins, sleep at a bus stop and wait for the first train to come up.

I'll say that Zouk isn't just about clubbing, it has become a culture. It's the atmosphere, the people and the professionalism that makes it my club of choice. I met new friends, the good, the drunks, the ladies, the shufflers and ravers all in one place.

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Average Spent Per Person:
18
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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The Undisputed.
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
2.5
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.5
If you're a tourist and want to club in Singapore for one night only, Zouk is the place.
If you're a Singaporean and wondering where should you head down for your virgin clubbing experience, Zouk is the place.

Zouk, is the embodiment of the local clubbing scene. It has always held its own. It never needed to be set in the heart of town, or placed along a whole row of other clubs to attract. Its brand, has outlived and outperformed many other international brands. Even Ministry of Sound could not out brand this local powerhouse.

The days of its famed Mambo Nights are almost over. A generation of Zouk-goers all waving handsigns in an almost military manner to music of the 80s and 90s have moved on to child bearing and working hard, and avoiding late nights. These days, Mambo Nights, are characterized by younger Zouk-goers enjoying the "show" these few "old birds" offer to them. So evident is this generation passed, that Mambo Nights have been put on 987FM to hopefully re-ignite a passion for these parse but characteristic dance moves.

It is perhaps Zouk's biggest challenge now, to create a new brand of clubbing culture befitting of this century. Mambo nights are out, what's coming in?

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Average Spent Per Person:
80
Best part:
Phuture
Location:
River Valley Area
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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The clubbing giant, transformed
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Enjoyment 
 
3.5
Overall Experience 
 
3.5
Any self-respecting partygoer is sure to know the ‘Zouk’ name, and with over 25 years under its belt, the club is one of the oldest and most popular party spots in the local nightlife scene.

Old doesn’t mean outdated, though. The behemoth has kept up with the times, moving over to a new location at Clarke Quay and is getting revellers all pumped up with its industrial-style interiors. By that, we mean brick-and-concrete elements inspired by underground rave clubs such as those found in London and Berlin.

There are cool new additions, too. Enter restaurant-cum-bar Red Tail Bar which serves up Asian fusion food (to line your stomach before drinking) or Capital, an ultra-luxe whisky and cigar bar.

But not everything from the old club at Jiak Kim is thrown out of the window. I love how the iconic dance stages of Zouk and Phuture are retained, and so are the hip-hop and R&B beats that characterise the nights.

And on big days where guest DJs take the stage, the two venues can be merged to form a mega dance floor – an added plus for those who’d like more room to show off those moves.
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not my favourite.
Overall Experience 
 
3.0
Although Zouk is just five-minutes away from where I stay, I do not frequent there much at all. I would rather travel the distance for some other clubs. Zouk has plenty of clubs in there which plays different types of music. The dance floor at Zouk can be said to be pretty small as compared to other clubs. When it gets too squeezy and stuffy, you just won't enjoy it at all. Not a single bit as half the time you would be squeezing around trying to get from the bar to the dance floor and from the dance floor out to the common area to gather with your friends.

Music wise, I have no complaints. Generic clubbing songs heard everywhere. Sometimes they do invite exclusive DJs to perform. The music will then depend on the style of the DJ. The queue to get into the club on a weekend can get overwhelming as well as the bouncers are pretty strict about checking, which is good in my opinion. If you're lucky to get on the guest list, which is usually added only by someone like the bouncer or performing DJ, then you won't have to join the common queue. During my visit there, there was a fight just outside the club and as the area outside the club isn't very spacious, safety is a concern when fights occur.

Something positive would be that cheap alcohol are available at a mini shop inside Holiday Inn. Ask the frequent patronizers of Zouk and they would tell you where.
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Used to be good
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Service 
 
2.0
Value 
 
2.0
Enjoyment 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0

Zouk is a must go for all clubbers and because of that it has its pros and cons depending on how you look at it. Since its a must go for all clubbers, once you turn 18 you've got to got there. So you'll see a sea of kiddies with their best outfits trying to fit in with the older boys.

I don't know. The music use to be better. The music at Phuture made me and my group of pals go gaga.The music at Zouk was obviously not attracting many people because Not much people dancing at the dance floor. The crowd... Has changed. Oh yea, fights at Phuture every time you blink. That never changes. It's like a weekly thing. Dark room, suddenly there's spotlight, shouts... Then dark room, spotlight again, bouncers shoving, shouting... dark room again. Ain't those kids sick of it already? Never returning. Now to find a new clubbing spot.
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Say "No" to zouk!
Overall rating 
 
2.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
2.0
Enjoyment 
 
2.0
Overall Experience 
 
2.0
I have been to zouk twice and it’s never a decent experience. The first time I am there, the music is something that not many would understand. The second time, they were blasting hits from 3 years ago probably?

I'm not a frequent clubber but I'm definitely someone that knows how to appreciate good music. Zouk's music is way outdated! The worst part of all is the compact area. The dance floor is relatively small and the only way to get a breather is to be out of the club.
They should at least do something to the choice of music if not come up with creative ways to spice up clubbing experience
J
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Fight Club
Overall rating 
 
1.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Enjoyment 
 
1.0
Overall Experience 
 
1.0
I used to frequent this club during my clubbing days but started to avoid it after witnessing and even getting dragged into a few fights.

Overall its a great club with great music but terrible crowd. This club is popular with army boys serving NS. And if you have the bad luck of encountering a group of drunk recruits fresh out of Tekong after their confinement period, good luck to you. They were the cause of most fights I saw there.

I was even involved in 2 fights there. First time, a drunk recruit tried to get fresh with a female friend and made the stupid error of trying to sit on her lap in front of her older brothers. You can guess the mess that happened after his friends got involved and all her brothers friends including me got into it. Second time, another drunk recruit literally molested another friend on the dance floor and started throwing punches when we intervened.

Needless to say, after that second incident, we all decided that Zouk was just not the place to be. People club to de-stress and have some fun, not to get into fights.

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