Singapore’s swankiest clubs: Where the rich party
WE’VE compiled five of the best spots for a night on the tiles in the Lion City.
Dubbed as the “Ferrari of the nightclub world” by creator Michael Ault, Pangaea is designed for the super elite – it’s a fantasy world for the obscenely rich. Once inside, partygoers are greeted by 20,000 individual bulbs hanging from the ceiling of the main room, 1,000 year-old Saur tree tops, sofas made from ostrich or crocodile skins, and zebra skin-topped bars. Reserved tables at Pangaea cost between $2,000 and $15,000. The cover charge at Pangaea is $40, but this only offers partygoers a chance to enter the club. Bouncers at the door get to decide whether or not patrons can get in, so be as patient and as polite as you can. Dress code at Pangaea is casual chic, but the advice is to dress fashionably in designer dresses or suits so you won’t look out of place. Ready to party with those on the high profile list? Pangaea is located at the first level of the Southern Crystal Pavillion, connected to the Shoppes at the Marina Bay Sands.
Filter Member’s Club – as the name suggests – is an exclusive, entry by guest list only club. Unlike other ritzy clubs, Filter’s interior is unassuming, simple yet luxurious. Considerably smaller than other nightspots, Filter provides “an exclusive, intimate clubbing experience for Singapore’s trendsetters, jetsetters, and nightlife tastemakers,” says John Langan, co-founder and Director at Mink. “It has a very LA, velvet rope vibe as guest list is a must for entry.” The club has acquired a loyal following of members and VIPs who visit frequently as they can party at ease away from the spotlight. Filter has also played host to some of the region and world’s best DJs such as DJ Dim Sum from Prive Hong Kong and Mitomi Tokoto of CyberJapan, and American DJs Justin Michael and Beatbreaker. For guestlist enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org, but only if you think you belong to the upwardly mobile, jet setting VIP set. Filter is open on Fridays from 10pm-3am and Saturdays from 10pm-4am, and is located at 1 Nanson Road, beside Gallery Hotel.
The feminine alter ego to Filter, Mink has a distinctive high-energy environment that is contagious. Gorgeous models throng the dance podiums, and party revelers –usually young and relatively well off – dance alongside these beauties. Don’t expect to have a quiet party at Mink as its plush couches aren’t for sitting – they’re meant for dancing. Award winning producer Clinton Sparks hosted a party two weekends ago and turned the crowd wild with his heavy hip-hop beats. Mink is a club with a good mix of music lovers, fashionistas, and jetsetters that promises a high-octane and unforgettable night for your inner wild child, while retaining that premium bottle service element. Mink is open on Wednesdays from 10pm-4am, Fridays and Saturday from 10pm-5am. A $28 cover charge applies for all except those on the guest list. Mink is located at 7 Raffles Boulevard, Pan Pacific Singapore.
Ku De Ta
Ku De Ta never misses the spotlight when Singapore boasts high profile events. In the lead up to the 2011 Grand Prix weekend, Ku De Ta launched the glittering F1 Ferrari Driver’s Party. And just a week ago, Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre – the apotheoses of West Coast hip-hop – hosted their coveted private after party at the rooftop oasis club for the very first time in Singapore, which only the well connected or rich attended. On regular nights, the public can enter the club at no charge, but a cover charge of $38 applies on Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holidays from 9pm onwards. Ku De Ta is located at the Marina Bay Sands where partygoers get to enjoy the breathtaking view of Singapore.