Zouk opens doors at new home in Clarke Quay

Zouk Opening Line at Zouk main hall.
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SINGAPORE - Popular nightclub Zouk opened its doors to partygoers at its new Clarke Quay premises on Saturday (Dec 17).

Queues started to form as early as 9pm with about 200 partygoers gathering outside the club by 11pm.

Doors opened at 9.45pm.

One of them was student Denise Sim, 19, who was in the line with her other friends at 10pm.

Commenting on the new Zouk, she said: "I like the interior. The lights look grand and elegant."

"I'm looking forward to a full house tonight. Zouk always provides good music, I've no doubt about that."

Club representatives said about 2,000 club-goers were in Zouk and Phuture by 11pm.

Phuture is part of Zouk.

Zouk opens doors at new home in Clarke Quay

It plays hip-hop music and can hold 700 people.

Zouk, one of Singapore's oldest clubs, moved from its iconic 25-year-old home at Jiak Kim Street.

The club was bought over by conglomerate Genting Hong Kong late last year(2015).

Said ITE student Ng Hong Wei, 18: "I was quite sad when I heard that Zouk would be moving to Clarke Quay. But I'm looking forward to tonight."

"We'll see how it goes," added Mr Ng, who goes to Zouk almost every weekend.

The new award-winning club, at 898 sq m, is located in The Cannery, a space previously occupied by Ministry of Sound and Zirca.

Among other new features, the new club boasts live-streaming screens and a main dance floor that can hold 1,900 partygoers.

Singapore's iconic nightclub Zouk

  • Partygoers at Zouk Singapore
  • The facade of Zouk Singapore
  • Partygoers at Zouk Singapore
  • Partygoers at Zouk Singapore
  • Zouk's three marketing managers over the years namely Andrew Ing, Tracy Phillips and Sofie Chandra
  • Zouk's three marketing managers over the years namely Andrew Ing, Tracy Phillips and Sofie Chandra
  • Red Tail Bar, a new eatery by the folks behind Zouk Singapore, which features global-inspired drinks and food, following the "adventures" of their mascot - a red tail panda.
  • Miss Sofie Chandra, 32, head of marketing and events in Zouk, takes a minute to herself every year at ZoukOut to look at the event and take it all in. Photo taken in 2015.
  • Ms Ho Geok Lan, 68, is a toilet cleaner at Zouk and has worked there for the past 16 years. She has stories of drunk clubbers vomitting on her, and how she keeps sweets in her pocket to give clubbers as she thinks it would make them feel better. Photo taken in 2015.
  • Gabriel Ling, 25, floor supervisor at Zouk, takes pride in the unique culture of Zouk, as there is no drink menu available. He enjoys telling people that he is the drinks menu, and feels satsified when customers are impressed with his knowledge and his good service. Photo taken in 2015.
  • Miss Vickie Lee, 50, security supervisor at Zouk, has been working there for 10 years. She recalls how she had to carry six drunk girls out of the club on her first night working there, and had cramps in her hands as she was too tired. Photo taken in 2015.
  • Jeremy Boon, 45, has been working in Zouk since it opened in 1991. The DJ remembers how the staff of Zouk were shocked to hear the kind of music they planned to play at the club, as it steered away from the popular Top 40 genre. Photo taken in 2015.
  • Patrons inside Zouk
  • The crowd outside Zouk
  • Mr Ian Toh in his Ant-Man costume and riding Anthony outside Zouk. Mr Toh was named the best dressed at Zouk's Halloween party on 31 October 2015.
  • Partons at Zouk's Halloween party in 2014
  • Zouk's managing director Esther Soh, financial director Anthony Wong, executive director Adeline Cheng, executive chairman Lincoln Cheng and Mr Cheng's daughter Isabel. Photo taken in 2015.
  • Zouk's head of marketing and events Sofie Chandra, Mr Francis Lau, head of operations, Mr Wayne Lee, head of entertainment and Mr Benny Heng, Zouk's newly-appointed managing director. Photo taken in 2015.
  • Facade of Zouk
  • Mr Lincoln Cheng, Zouk founder
  • People partying and dancing at Zouk
  • People partying at Zouk Singapore
  • Three derelict warehouses in Jiak Kim Street were transformed into Zouk, one of the oldest and most popular nightclubs in Singapore, in 1991. The club used to house a boutique as well as a restaurant, among other things.
  • Zouk’s Velvet Underground
  • The Phuture, one of four party venues at Zouk, launched in 1996, where urban beats, R&B and hip-hop feature prominently.
  • Mr Lincoln Cheng, founder of Zouk, infront of Zouk at Jiak Kim Street on 1 July 2015.
  • Mr Lincoln Cheng, founder and director of popular dance club Zouk.
  • The exterior of Zouk, a popular dance club at Jiak Kim Street
  • Crowd outside the popular nightspot Zouk in Jiak Kim Street.
  • Partygoers at Zouk's 2013 Halloween bash.

This article was first published on December 18, 2016.
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