Zouk Three clubs in one, everything and anything happens at this iconic music venue. Electro bad-girl Peaches put the ‘sin’ in Singapore when she sported a dildo while performing ‘Shake Yer Dix’ in the club’s main room and revolutionary hip-hop group De La Soul brought the house down when they rapped and rhymed in Velvet Underground’s cosy atmosphere (pictured above). The third club, Phuture, makes room for resident DJ Andrew Chow and his now-infamous ‘Flava’ Fridays. Apart from the array of music this place churns out, the original eye candy by Roy Lichtenstein, Philippe Starck and Andy Warhol keeps clubgoers’ senses working overtime. 17 Jiak Kim St (6738 2988, www.zoukclub.com)
Stereolab The new kid on the block has marked its territory by bringing in a number of big names – Frankie Knuckles, Danny Krivit and Nicolas Matar among them – to show off its fully analogue high-fidelity sound system, an audiophile’s wet dream. 7 Raffles Blvd (6337 0800, www.stereolab.sg)
The Butter Factory As the club nears its fifth anniversary, the guys at Butter really know how to keep things colourful and unexpected. 1 Fullerton Rd (6333 8243, www.the butterfactory.com)
New Asia Bar This bar with a view took the New Asia experience to a higher level in 2009 when it opened its helipad for regular shindigs (Ed: About time as well!). Adding fuel to the party fire was a cast of international mixologists and DJs who kept the partygoers clamouring to do more than drink with a view. Level 71, Swissôtel the Stamford, 2 Stamford Rd (6837 3322, www. swissotel.com)
Orgo Bar & Lab A hidden treasure perched at the top of The Esplanade where you can admire the view or be entertained by the Japanese mixologist hard at work behind the bar. Roof Terrace, The Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave (6336 9366, www.orgo.sg)
Southbridge Jazz @ 7AteNine A recent move to new digs won’t stop the visiting jazz greats from dropping by. #01-10/12 Esplanade Mall, Raffles Ave (6338 0789, www.southbridge jazz.com.sg)
Chili Padi Mary (Astor Bar, St Regis) The drinkers have spoken: she ain’t Bloody, she’s our Mary. This local girl’s a mix of lemongrass, old ginger, tomato juice, vodka and chili padi (bird’s eye chili). Vodka – swirled with pounded chili and then strained – is blended with the rest of the ingredients to make a fiery yet mellow pour: feisty lemongrass, ginger and chili roughen up the lips, tastebuds and throat a little, but when mixed with the tomato the intensity only lingers on the first sip. Mmm, pedas! 29 Tanglin Rd (6506 6888, www.starwood hotels.com)
Pomelo and Basil Martini (Orgo Bar & Lab) The subtle sweetness of one of South-East Asia’s most exotic fruits is best presented and consumed with an injection of Grey Goose vodka and a hint of basil. Roof Terrace, The Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave (6336 9366, www.orgo.sg)
Gummiberry (Loof) A fragrant concoction of forest berries, gin, Cointreau and French meringue. #03-07 Odeon Towers, 331 North Bridge Rd (6338 8035, www. loof.com.sg)
Coldplay (Indoor Stadium) Even bigots who profess to hating this band have to admit they put on one helluva show. ‘We’re going to give you everything we’ve got,’ announced showman supreme Chris Martin, and boy, he wasn’t fooling. Coldplay whipped up cup-final delirium at March’s fi ve-star showdown – a life-affirming barrage of huge choruses and relentless energy. Best moment: the entire arena showered in confetti for ‘Lovers in Japan’.
Lady Gaga (The Dome, Fort Canning Park) The island went gaga for Stefani Germanotta, who did everything but disappoint with not one, but two concerts in 2009.
Beyoncé (Fort Canning Park) A vision in white, the self-styled Sasha Fierce enthralled and charmed the crowds at F1 Rocks throughout her 75-minute set with no less than five costume changes.