To the basement, people!

Zouk aside, nightclubs in Singapore come and go as fast as SMRT makes daily headlines. Remember when Robertson Quay was home to a whole bunch of clubs? dbl-0 always had lines out the door people strewn all over the streets. Then there was Butter Factory; despite relocating to the swanky location at One Fullerton, the owners decided not to renew the lease citing rent issues as the main concern. And who could forget the short-lived Ministry of Sound? But from the ashes rise new hot spots. And one that we're particular excited about, is taking over the former premises of underground haunt Kyo.


Mao Singapore is the latest addition to the collective who brought you Cherry Discotheque and the recently opened Peaches Singapore (the former quietly closed in October and moved out of its York Hotel basement venue to make way for the latter; and according to their Facebook page, it seems like they’ll be moving to Concorde Hotel Singapore, though nothing has actually been confirmed yet). You’ve probably already seen images of a seemingly random neon lit cat or people partying in a room whose ceiling is covered with Chinese lanterns all over social media in the past couple of weeks. The club is currently in its soft opening, hosting parties like the raucous Emonightsg: The B-Sides (they didn’t have a home for a while after Refuge had to shut down without warning) and international DJs like the Hong Kong-based DJ Eve Speciall.


They’re officially opening on Dec 8, and hope to create a “subterranean sanctuary” for a community who enjoys a spectrum of music meant to move bodies. We’re expecting nothing but good vibes, and various nights where we can enjoy disco, house, garage, funk and soul music, with techno raves and hip/trip-hop sessions in-between. The opening launch will see Asahi, house pours and wines go for $8 nett. But if you already have an itch to scratch, you might wanna check out Egyptian trance legends Aly & Fila at Mao on Dec 1.

On Fridays, Mao’s resident DJ Matty Wainright, along with other local and guest DJs, will be on turntable duties to keep you grooving to some of the best in-house music. Saturdays will be reserved for house and techno, as well as the occasional experimental electronica from guest DJs time-to-time. And then there’s the ladies’ night on Thursdays, where the girls can enjoy three full hours of free flow drinks. Yes, it’s all about grindin’ down and getting dirty to old school hip hop and current popular hits courtesy of DJ Rough.

And if you start feelin’ a little peckish, they have a kitchen in the compound where you can order bar bites like lobster rolls, truffle fries, wings and even freshly shucked oysters.

Mao Singapore is located at 133 Cecil Street. More info here.