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Found: The Best Live Band Dance Club In Singapore – Tan Lili

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.)

Yeah, blending in could be a problem.

Yeah, blending in could be a problem.

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).

Introducing The Pump Room's second live band, All Axcess

Introducing The Pump Room’s second live band, All Axcess

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 (now, 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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[Material World x The Pump Room] Valentine With Friends – Tan Lili

Who says Valentine’s Day has to be a couples-only affair? The Pump Room will be serving up scrumptious set meals specially prepared for not just couples but also groups of up to six, exclusively on February 14. Psst … you and five of your girlfriends stand to win this Valentine’s Day set meal and enjoy complimentary free-flow drinks at the VIP area! Read on.

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It’s a Friday night, and you’re all pumped up for a fun night out with your girlfriends. Except something’s put a damper on your mood: No matter where you go – restaurants, pubs, shopping malls, the streets – you see bouquet-wielding couples making googly eyes at each other. Love is in the air … and everywhere on land.

Yep, love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is upon us. Somebody help those of us who don’t celebrate it – whether we are single or not.

Lament no further; that “somebody” is right smack in Clarke Quay, at The Pump Room. For one night only on February 14 this year, The Pump Room will be serving up special Valentine’s Day set meals for groups of up to six. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed their great beer deals. I had never tried their food offerings until the recent Valentine’s Day set meal preview and, I must say, the food is fantastic.

Which probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, since The Pump Room started out as a microbrewery restaurant before they weaved in the club element later. Specially put together by Chef Jason Ng, the four-course Valentine’s Day set meal kicks off with a choice of two appetisers: Seared Ocean Scallops with Mint Green Pea Puree, topped with Caviar & drizzled with Truffle Oil, or Beer Poached Tiger Prawns with Avocado, Tomato, Pomegranate and Cocktail Sauce. It is a tough decision to make; the succulent scallops are a delight to bite into, and they go superbly well with the refreshing mint green pea puree. Paired with the tower of sweet fruit, the beer-poached tiger prawns – they are also available on the a la carte menu but presented in a cocktail glass – work to whet your appetite for the next item on the menu: Classic Lobster Bisque with Fresh Crab Meat, served with Walnut Bread.


Trust me when I say, the table was silent the moment we had our first sip of the lobster bisque. Rich, smooth, creamy, and served with generous chunks of lobster meat, the lobster bisque is one of the best I’ve tried. Chef Ng is ingenious to pair the bisque with walnut bread – the nutty flavour of the bread complements the wonderfully rich bisque without overpowering it.

For mains, one of the three options is Mahi Mahi with Caviar Sauce. Made up of grilled deep sea mahi mahi fish fillet with carrot mash, green pencil asparagus and caviar sauce, the mahi mahi fillet – this fish is known for its sweet taste and firm texture – has a slightly springy bite to it and is already lovely on its own. I’m not really a fan of carrots, but the carrot mash tastes amazing – I initially thought it was sweet potato mash! But if you prefer meat, opt for either Stuffed Flank Steak or Pepper-Crusted Breast Meat with Cherry-Port Sauce. The former is what every steak connoisseur’s dream is made of. Stuffed with spinach, feta cheese, mushrooms served with creamy mash and red wine reduction, you can expect a well-balanced mix of flavours with every bite.


The Pepper-Crusted Duck Breast with Cherry-Port Sauce – comprising pan-seared duck breast seasoned with freshly crusted black pepper cone, garlic sautéed fine beans, creamy mash potato with cherry port sauce – is a must-try for those of you partial to duck meat. The full-bodied flavour of the cherry port sauce takes away the gaminess of the meat, while the pepper-crusted skin adds a welcomed kick to it.


On to desserts. You can choose between Fresh Mango Mille-feuille served with Vanilla Ice Cream, and The Pump Room’s Signature Sticky Date Pudding with Butter Scotch and Vanilla Ice Cream. The mille-feuille is great, but the sticky date pudding is divine. When asked about the ingredients put into it, executive director Pauline (she is the one who passed on the recipe to Chef Ng) refused to divulge, and with good reason – there’s just something about this dessert that makes it stand apart from other sticky date puddings I’ve tried.


The pudding is rich, moist, and not too sweet; taken with the aromatic butter scotch, it truly tastes like a match made in heaven. Even though my fellow tasters – Deborah and Vanessa – and I were stuffed, we couldn’t help digging in to the sticky date pudding! In fact, it is so good, it actually brought tears to Deborah’s eyes after her first bite of the pudding. True story.

The Pump Room Valentine’s Day Menu ($132 per couple; $244 for a group of 4; $348 for a group of 6) includes a glass of Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Rose Bubbly for every diner. It is available at The Pump Room, 3B River Valley Road, #01-09/10 The Foundry, Clarke Quay. To make reservations, email Katie ( and Landz ( with the number of pax.

Material World worked with The Pump Room to review their Valentine’s Day menu. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here.

Win a Valentine’s Day Meal for 6, and free-flow drinks at the VIP area, worth $738++!

Ladies, this is definitely one contest you wouldn’t want to miss! You and five of your friends stand to enjoy the four-course Valentine’s Day Meal, followed by free-flow drinks at The Pump Room’s VIP area. This experience is worth $738++!

To win, follow the instructions below:

1. In the Comments section, name The Pump Room’s signature dessert, which will be part of the Valentine’s Day menu.

2. Then Share this post with your friends on Facebook. Remember to tag “MaterialWorldSG” and “The Pump Room” in your post. Set your post on Public so we can verify you have completed this step.

3. Email us at with the subject header “The Pump Room Valentine’s Day”. Include your name, gender, NRIC number, mailing address, and age.

This contest is open only to Material World fans on Facebook. Contest ends Wednesday, February 12, 2014.