A night at Zouk is full of drama. The custom-built premises in Clarke Quay are effectively four different clubs in one. The main space, Zouk, is styled with a neo-industrial and futuristic aesthetic that is inspired by the underground rave clubs and refurbished warehouses of New York and Berlin. It is accessible through a sculptural tunnel that immediately gets you talking, and once inside, the vast complex is spread over two floors with raw bricks, rusted metal and exposed concrete structures all rather at odds with the generally more hyper-futuristic feeling of the city outside.
Furniture pieces are constructed with machine-aged detailing in brass tones, and above the main dancefloor is a huge steel installation that brings cosmic immersion in lights and lasers from another dimension. "The mothership", as it is called, offers 120 light patterns that can be viewed from 360 degrees, to draw you ever deeper into an immersive world as each night rolls on.
Aside from the main club there is Phuture, which is styled with graffiti-like artwork and has a hip-hop soundtrack, and Capital, which is all about luxury and elegance, with a whisky bar and plush seating. Musically, you can expect anything from trance to hip-hop to ‘90s classics, and in the last year highlights have included Charlotte de Witte, Sven Väth, Kaiserdisco and Markus Schulz. Always responding to changing sounds and aiming to bring through local talents, Zouk very much defines the Singapore sound 29 years after it first opened its doors.