I didn’t expect to find myself on the Zouk dancefloor this soon — not while we’re still waiting for Phase 3 to happen, and nightspots in Singapore are still shut. Sure, there’s the soon-to-launch pilot programme for a small number of nightlife businesses to reopen, subject to restrictions. At press time, there’s still no word on whether Zouk will be part of this scheme.
In the meantime, I'm scouring for the next best alternative to partying during these pandemic times. I make my way to the mega-club in Clarke Quay for two days in a row, and for two very different reasons, too — a spin class on day one, and a movie night the next day.
Yup, Zouk has been leading a double life since last month. The club transforms into a spin studio by day and a cinema by night. Its daytime activity is a collab between Zouk and rhythm cycling studio chain Absolute Cycle, where pop-up spin classes for up to 50 people happen every day. But in the evenings on Wednesdays to Saturdays, Zouk Cinema Club takes over.
It all sounds rather exciting, but is there any point going to Zouk if you can't dance the night away? The short answer: yes. And as it turns out, one of these two experiences is a pretty good substitute for clubbing.