Few nightclubs in the world have been in business for 20 years, let alone being an industry leader the entire time. Located on a little side-street in Singapore however is such a place: Zouk Singapore.
Visiting Zouk is one thing which resets my clubbing 'compass'. It lets me know that clubbing hasn't all spiralled into tacky commercialism as it has in so many other places. I make a point of stopping over in Singapore anytime I'm in Asia just to go there. I've seen Danny Tenaglia, Satoshi Tomiie, Valentino Kanzyani, Danny Howells and others rock Zouk in ways which have made me wonder: why don't they DJ like that all the time? You almost get a sense that even the top DJs realise what a special place it is and put in an extra effort.
With one of the best sound systems you'll ever experience in your life (custom-made by New York's Gary Stewart Audio), a maize of textured hallways joining the three main rooms - Zouk, Velvet Underground and Phuture, viewing platforms, dark corners to chill-out in and a family of staff who seem to care about clubbing and the great resident DJs - not to mention a core of party-goers who cement the party vibe - you should not pass up an opportunity to visit Zouk if you're in Singapore. You'll have a mystical and memorable night even if you spent some of it outside chilling, people-watching and enjoying one of the famous Zouk hot-dogs.
To mark their 20 year celebration Zouk hosted a series of events this April called 20/20 featuring some of the biggest guns in the business: Danny Tenaglia, Armin van Buuren and more.
Happy birthday Zouk. Back there soon!
Zouk: website, facebook page, location
Photo: Def Mix 20th Anniversary Event at Zouk, November 2007 with Satoshi Tomiie and Hector Romero