CapitaLand's Clarke Quay notches up as Asia’s leading F&B and entertainment hub with world-class dance club Zouk as its newest entrant
10 new-to-market brands set to boost visitorship to Singapore’s most popular riverfront destination in 2016
Singapore, 28 June 2015 – Clarke Quay, Asia’s leading F&B and entertainment hub, is pleased to welcome Zouk – one of the world’s top dance clubs – to its first-rate line-up of over 50 clubs, bars and restaurants. Zouk will be taking up about 31,000 square feet of space in Block C of Clarke Quay. The 24-year-old dance club plans to invest S$10 million in the new club at Clarke Quay and is targeting to open its doors to club goers in June 2016. Further details, including a series of parties to be organised leading up to the new club opening at Clarke Quay, will be announced at a later date.
Mr Ong Kee Leng, Clarke Quay’s Centre Manager, said: “We are pleased that Zouk has found a new home and stomping ground for its faithful following, at Clarke Quay. With one of the highest concentrations of clubs and bars in Singapore, Clarke Quay’s tenant mix is carefully curated to allow each brand to manifest its own unique character while complementing with one another to produce a varied and vibrant visitor experience. As Singapore’s most popular riverfront F&B and entertainment hub and a must-visit destination for locals and tourists to wine, dine and have an enjoyable time, Clarke Quay has been consistently voted by the public as Singapore’s best nightspot, attracting about one million visitors every month. With the addition of around 10 new-to-market brands to Clarke Quay, including Zouk, we are confident of seeing a boost in our visitorship come 2016.”
Located along the iconic Singapore River at the fringe of Singapore’s Central Business District, Clarke Quay is a unique conserved landmark comprising five beautifully restored waterfront godowns, which was the key warehousing facility of Singapore during the colonial era in the 19th century. Currently owned by CapitaLand Mall Trust and managed by CapitaLand Mall Asia, Clarke Quay now basks under a climate controlled canopy lit by coloured lighting, evoking a modern and cosmopolitan ambience amidst tradition and history.
Mr Ong added: “As a key landmark along Singapore River, Singapore’s most famous river and one of the country’s most prominent tourist attractions, Clarke Quay has not only benefitted from national efforts to promote this heritage location; but under the strong property management expertise of CapitaLand, Clarke Quay has also astutely unlocked the potential of riverfront 2 dining and synergised local heritage with premier entertainment to play host to an amazing array of world-class restaurants, wine bars and entertainment outlets.”
Zouk founder Mr Lincoln Cheng said: “We are happy that Zouk has found a new home to move to, where it will continue its legacy for the next generation. We’ve considered every potential venue very carefully – from its location and accessibility to the cost of building it up, and of course whether or not it was feasible for the venue considered to house a superclub. Clarke Quay has always been identified as one of Singapore's key entertainment hubs, and with Zouk being the No. 7 club in the world DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 2015 global poll, along with all our other pre-requisites being met, we identified Clarke Quay as being the most ideal venue for us to grow our new roots at.”
Last year, Clarke Quay was voted by the public as Singapore’s best nightspot at the AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards organised by AsiaOne, Singapore’s leading news portal. Recently, Clarke Quay was awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvsor and identified as one of 50 iconic places to visit in Singapore, based on the travel website’s data on the mostreviewed attractions and eateries.
New concepts, exciting events
To keep the visitor experience fresh, new tenants and concepts are introduced regularly. In April this year, Clarke Quay brought in three new-to-market brands at the newly refurbished Block A. These include McGettigan’s, a modern Irish pub and restaurant; Motorino, a popular pizza joint from New York; and Catch!, a new homegrown eatery offering fish and chips. River House at Block A, the oldest building in Clarke Quay that was constructed in the 1880s and turned into a F&B venue since 1993, is currently undergoing renovations and will be unveiling a brand new entertainment and F&B concept in the third quarter this year.
Part of Block C, measuring about 57,000 square feet, is currently undergoing asset enhancement and reconfiguration works in preparation for incoming tenants. In addition to Zouk, new tenants taking up the other spaces at Block C will be introduced progressively.
Besides the new brands and concepts, visitors to Clarke Quay can also look forward to a series of exciting events starting with the inaugural Summer Live Music Festival from July to September featuring a stellar line up of local bands each month. A festive October follows right after featuring Clare Quay’s signature events Oktoberfest, Halloween celebrations and a highly anticipated return of the Singapore River Festival.