Zouk

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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Old doesn’t mean outdated, though.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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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:
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Getting too old for this
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Sometimes I wonder when I will ever get bored going to this place. It seems like every time when my CCA organises post exam party it is always held at Zouk. Well so throughout my 4 years of tertiary life, I have seen this place just a couple of times. Zouk, comprises of Wine Bar, Phuture, Zouk and Velvet Underground. Phuture plays R&B, main dance floor Zouk usually has guest DJs and Velvet plays house.

It gets really crowded when there are popular guest DJs, although I can't really judge accurately cause I've only been to one guest DJ performance. Sadly when the school buys out the venue the ticket sales never really hits the target and usually the place will be less crowded than usual. On normal days, Citibank members get free entries and 1-for-1 drinks at Wine Bar though, so that is pretty awesome. Getting too old for this kinda things, definitely a place to experience while you are young.

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Nice music & atmosphere, but very packed
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Enjoyment 
 
3.5
Overall Experience 
 
3.5
Zouk is one of the most popular night-life destination in Singapore. It’s the top choice of many youngsters who are looking to party and club the night away.

If you are going to Zouk, do be prepared to see large crowds on the dance floor. This is especially the case on Wednesdays, which are “Ladies’ Nights” and entry for ladies is free. You will not get much space to move around, let alone dance to the music, as the crowd will be packed like sardines. An advice – the guys should dance around your own female friends to prevent them from becoming victims to any outrage of modesty, as there have been such cases before.

The common practice is to drink alcohol before entering Zouk, as it is definitely more costly buying alcohol inside. However, do be careful not to get drunk or wasted even before you get inside, as it is quite common for people to do so.

Nonetheless, Zouk is still the place to go to if you are looking for hot music remixes and the party atmosphere. The DJs there are also pretty popular. For one, DJ Ghetto did a pretty good job rousing the crowd.

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KM
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Missed their mambo nights!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Enjoyment 
 
4.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Missed their mambo nights!

Zouk has to be blamed for all the last minute urgent leaves on Thursday mornings or MCs for Thursday. Not sure if it’s due to the great retro hits they played, the interesting party goers or the i-need-a-break-in-midweek kind of mentality, I have always loved their mambo nights!

The party goers there are a friendly bunch of peeps. Over the years that I have clubbed there, I seldom witness any fights. Even if so, their bouncers are professional enough to bring the ‘fights’ out of the club instead of some ah-beng bouncers who will join in the fights instead.

The drinks are also affordable and its always fun to see people dancing with the same dance steps when the major hits are being played.

For working adults to sacrifice their precious weekdays-on-time sleep or their precious hard-earned leaves on Thursday, this definitely has to be something good. Not sure about the rest but I’m very sure me and my friends missed the fun we had at mambo nights and will always remember Zouk as the ‘big daddy’ in Singapore’s clubbing scene.
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Second home
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
2.0
Enjoyment 
 
4.5
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
I used to frequent Zouk so much that I know I can drop by the club and immediately see familiar faces around. It was like second home. My friends and I got acquainted with the house DJs, the bouncers and random people. We even sat down and had Martell with the owner and his wife once! (Psst, sometimes you'd get to see local celebrities at the Members' Bar)

I remembered the very first time I stepped into Zouk, it was a Wednesday night and they still had Mambo Jambo (aka mambo nights) back then. Amused by all the synchronized dancing? Yes. But did I search YouTube for dance moves so I could join in the fun the following week? .... Yes. It's unfortunate that Zouk gave up on Mambo nights in mid-2012. But hey, let's not forget about the pumping R&Bs at Phuture and Velvet Underground!

Zouk also invites international DJs to spin, some notable ones are Steve Aoki and Dash Berlin. On a side note, Dash Berlin would be spinning on 10 Feb 2013, remember to start queueing really early. The queues can get ridiculously long. If you're not the dancing kind of person, you could just chill at Winebar with your friends (but do remember to reserve a table!)

So pop a few beers, down some tequila, shout over the loud music and dance your night away. A wise man once said, no one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep.

TGIF my friends!

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Average Spent Per Person:
80
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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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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Singapore's pride in the nightlife industry
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Zouk is definitely my all time favourite club of all time. Even if I may club hop all the time, at the end of the day, Zouk is where I want to be.

Firstly, the music always keeps up with the trends, playing the latest music with remixes that anyone can groove to. Secondly, there is cheap alcohol options in Holiday Inn, just a 5 miniute walk from Zouk itself. One bottle can cost just a mere $20 bucks. Where else can you find good music and cheap alcohol?

The only negative factor is that sometimes the dance floor is too crowded to groove freely. I like to think that this is so because the music is just too good and everyone likes to be here.

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Been here only a grand total of 2 times
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
Throughout my life, I had gone to Zouk only twice. I am not a habitual clubber and I must be compelled by a higher calling to even contemplate going there, but go there twice I did.

The first time back in 1996, I accompanied a group of friends of mine who decided on a whim that our Saturday night out would be nicely topped off by a visit to Zouk. So we ended there. That night, as I would recall, DJ Lisa Loud from the UK was spinning and I must say I enjoyed her tunes.

The second time in 1998, I accompanied my girlfriend to her faculty's party there. It was more like Mambo Jambo. The place is not huge by clubbing standards but there is a certain feeling of classiness associated with Zouk that couldn't be replicated by other clubs.

Now? I have no reason to go there at all. I would rather go to a blues pub.

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Average Spent Per Person:
100
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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The First Time is always a Charm
(Updated: July 12, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.5
Enjoyment 
 
3.5
Overall Experience 
 
4.0
I must admit, in my nineteen years of existence, I have never been into Zouk till recently. I still remember the shocked faces of the people I met in the club when I told them it was my first time there, after all, Zouk is THE club to be seen and party at in Singapore. Internationally renowned, many of my foreign friends who know how to have a good time always go to Zouk whenever they are in Singapore.

Nestled behind the Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel, Zouk is in a whole clubbing league of its own. Undisputedly the biggest club in Singapore, Zouk is divided into four zones, and being a Citibank user never felt so good at this place. With the Citibank card, you can enjoy 1-for-1 drink deals at the Wine Bar and free entry into Velvet Underground. Velvet Underground is further divided into two rooms- a classy lounge area and a dance floor. The dance floor seems to house an older crowd though, and if you enjoy house music, that is the place to be. Unfortunately, I could not stand five minutes on that dance floor as the music was extremely un-danceable and all around me were pretentious posers bobbing their bodies to a genre of music I just cannot seem to appreciate.

Phuture was much more enjoyable. The music was amazing with Top 40 remixes and it was fun singing along to the lyrics of popular music with the rest of the crowd. The dance floor, however, is extremely packed and even if you wanted to bust out a move to the addicting beats, you could never as people would constantly push in and out of the crowds.

The best thing about Zouk is that people know people who know people and the list goes on. There, you meet mutual acquaintances, old friends, new friends and even family on rare occasions! I made so many new friends of friends that night I visited the club; so many that I am sure I would definitely bump into someone I know the next time I club there!

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