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Zouk is a nightclub in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Genting Highlands. The club is named after a French creole word for 'party'. It has won the Singapore Tourism Board's "Best Nightspot Experience" award 6 times, between 1996 and 2007. Zouk was ranked as number 10 on DJ Magazine's list of Top 100 clubs in the world in 2006, 2007 and 2010. In 2017, Zouk Singapore earned its highest ranking yet at number 3, the top entry for clubs across Asia.
In September 2015, one of its founders, Lincoln Cheng, sold the rights of the Zouk brand to Genting Hong Kong, an affiliate of the Genting Singapore. The brand and its business was valued at S$40 million by financial audit firm Ernst & Young in 2013.
The three old warehouses that make up the original Zouk were built in 1919 by the Singapore River, on present day Jiak Kim Road, housing three interconnected clubs:
- Zouk (1991), with a large dancefloor and sound and lighting, catering to a variety of artists.
- Velvet Underground (1994), a quieter, more relaxed lounge that plays house and soul.
- Phuture (1996), a more avant-garde bar specialising in broken beats and hip hop/R&B.
In December 2016, Zouk Singapore moved to its new premise at Clarke Quay, Singapore's entertainment epicentre. Housed in a revamped warehouse, the new space retained its multi-room concept with three club outlets, and a bar:
- Zouk, the signature main room for big room acts across electronic, house and techno; characterised by its lighting fixture.
- Phuture, an underground-esque club outlet for hip-hop and R&B lovers; characterised by graffiti murals by Singaporean artist, Jahan Loh.
- Capital, a dual lounge and club space aimed at older audiences with open format music nights; characterised by the custom luminous ceiling by Japanese artist, Tetsuya Tohshima. As of 2018, Capital also houses Queens, a hip-hop inspired cocktail bar inspired by the New York borough.
- RedTail, a social gaming bar catered for pre-party and post-work hangouts located right behind Zouk.
Zouk Kuala Lumpur
In 2004, Zouk opened a sister club at Jalan Ampang in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Zouk KL features four rooms: Zouk and Velvet Underground styled on the original, plus the Loft and Terrace bars. It relocated to KL's prominent nightlife area in TREC situated in Tun Razak Exchange in 2015. The new club has 8 distinct rooms:
- Zouk Mainroom, the biggest room in Zouk KL with over a million LED lights and focuses on EDM, techno and electro.
- Velvet Underground, catered for the fashion-conscious crowd.
- Phuture, aimed at fun-loving, trendy and cosmopolitan crowd.
- Ace, dubbed a KL's home for alternative electronic movement.
- Imperial, Malaysia's most exclusive playground, fitted with bohemian furnishings and serves rare whiskies.
- Member's Lounge, the smallest room in Zouk KL and only can be entered from a custom-built slide in Imperial.
- Apex Lounge, alternative bar lounge overlooking Jalan Tun Razak and the rest of KL.
- Balcony Deck, open-air area with views of the Royal Selangor Golf Club.
In January 2018, RedTail Genting was launched at Genting Highlands as part of the Zouk Group's expansion plans. Being its multi-room concept abroad, the new Zouk Genting complex will also houses Zouk Genting, Empire, RedTail Karaoke and FUHU. At 1,865 m (6,118 ft) above sea level, Zouk Genting is dubbed as the highest nightclub in the world.
- List of electronic dance music venues
- Media related to Zouk (club) at Wikimedia Commons
- Zouk (style of music)
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