With its revamped interior and the introduction of their second live band, The Pump Room at Clarke Quay has repositioned itself as the go-to live band dance club in Singapore for the working crowd. Who says clubbing is only reserved for the young (read: teens) and reckless?
One of my definitions of fun involves losing my inhibitions on the dance floor. There’s just something about dancing with your girlfriends that makes you feel young all over again, right? (Though for me, I suspect it is in large part due to the fact that I was a late bloomer to the party scene – the first time I danced at a club, I was at the ripe old age of 24.)
There’s just one tiny problem: I always feel ancient dancing next to the bouncing balls of energy otherwise known as youngsters.
But I think I may have found the perfect venue for working adults who just wish to let their hair down every once in a while: The Pump Room at Clarke Quay. To be honest, I had never pegged The Pump Room as a dance-friendly venue until last month, when the Material World girls were there to celebrate Deborah’s hen night. The spacious dance floor was never once empty, thanks to the infectious energy of their resident seven-piece band Culture Shock.
Now, it seems The Pump Room has decided to pump up their already-strong identity as “the best live band dance club in Singapore” – and going by the slew of changes and happenings surrounding the club, I’d say they are well and truly living up to their claim.
If you’ve been a regular at The Pump Room, you’ll notice changes to the lighting, décor and settings that work to evoke a “clubbier” feel. In the main hall, regular tables and chairs are now replaced by high tables and bar stools, making room for those of you who wish to bust a move right where you are instead of on the dance floor. Another thing about the high tables: they are great for placing not just your drinks but also The Pump Room’s delicious offerings from their new Light Bites menu, which features plenty of pub grub to fuel your energy as you party through the night! Some must-tries include White Bait served with homemade tartar sauce ($15) and Sliced Beef Diane topped with crispy garlic flakes ($18).
What’s a dance club without a rockin’ live band – or two? Starting this week, The Pump Room has signed on All Axcess,whose high-octane performance promises to get the crowd on their feet. Formed in 2011, this six-piece band covers all genres of music, hence the name All Axcess. Of course, you can still count on The Pump Room’s resident band Culture Shock to belt out crowd-pleasing top 40s, pop, rock ’n’ roll and funk tunes; and not forgetting DJ Maverick, who seamlessly spins move-busting R&B, soul, electro and progressive house music in between sets. Catch All Axcess on Mondays, and Culture Shock on Tuesdays and Sundays. From Wednesday to Saturday, All Axcess will be performing three sets from 7.30pm, after which Culture Shock and DJ Maverick take over.
You’re invited to Retro Revival!
This Saturday (May 31), the happy folks at The Pump Room will be celebrating all-things retro with Retro Revival, one of the many themed parties they throw throughout the year. There will be no cover charge for this party, so come dressed in your grooviest and boogie the night away with your friends! Details in the poster below.
About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.
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