As if there isn’t already enough to see and do at Marina Bay Sands, one of the biggest nightclub brands in the world is set to change the party scene in Singapore. The TAO Group, which founded similarly branded nightclubs in New York City, Las Vegas and Sydney have brought Marquee nightclub to Asian shores and they certainly made a big bang with their launch in Singapore. Their April opening weekend saw world-renowned DJs Tiesto and Afrojack spin at the decks to a huge crowd, which set the tone for what to expect at Marquee – a unique club experience.
Marquee, which formerly was two theatres, houses a Ferris Wheel with eight pods that allow for an aerial view of the club, and individual selfie booths in each pod for the picture and selfie-obsessed who want to capture all their partying moments. Want to remember your night out with your friends? Just snap images and email them directly to yourself. The icing on the cake is the fun filters that can be added to the images and GIFs of you and your squad. We foresee long lines for this but with a bar not too far off on the same floor as the entrance, everyone can wait with a drink in hand. If a Ferris Wheel sounds too adventurous, Marquee’s in-house 3-storey slide might do the trick. Just don’t try it if you’ve had too much to drink otherwise there would be a lot more cleaning up to do.
The club’s glorious bars with varied themes (four in total) and the state-of-the-art projection screen with its specially curated light effects will probably be enough eye candy for the night. A favourite spot is the elaborately decked out Peacock bar with giant peacocks forming the centrepiece of the wall on the second floor – it gives you a view of the ground floor and dance floor.
Satiate your sense of curiosity and wonder at the ArtScience Museum which is currently showing Wonderland, an Alice in Wonderland themed exhibition. Singapore is the global tour’s first stop, allowing visitors a personal trip to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland and it is an immersive and enchanting world. Wonderland showcases how artists and filmmakers have portrayed Alice over the years using a selection of behind-the-scenes material, books, artwork and movie-related merchandise ranging from original costumes to films, animation and even sketches.
The Queen’s Croquet Grounds. Photo: Marina Bay Sands Singapore
With your personal Lost Map of Wonderland in hand, you will discover it reveals many secrets throughout the exhibition. Several other rooms that have been created include the Hallway of Doors, Pool of Tears and the highlight – the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party which is an immersive audiovisual show using digital projections. Enthralling and entertaining, Wonderland is an experience not to be missed.
Who Stole The Tarts exhibition at Wonderland. Photo: Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Bringing the New York dining experience in the form of Instagram-worthy burgers and milkshakes is Black Tap, founded by nightclub veteran turned restaurateur Chris Barish. The restaurant’s selection of gourmet burgers and chicken wings are mouthwatering – try the award-winning Greg Norman burger with wagyu beef, house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese and arugula or the innovative Cantonese BBQ Burger which features a prime burger with Swiss cheese, bacon, Cantonese mayo with black beans and garlic, sambal BBQ sauce and spicy pickles. For wings, the Spicy Korean BBQ with house buttermilk and dill dipping sauce is a favourite but there are two new additions to try – the sweet Texan BBQ and smokey Carolina BBQ.
The signature Greg Norman burger. Photo: Black Tap
The flavourful Chili Crab sandwich. Photo: Black Tap
If you’re looking for a challenge, Black Tap’s infamous CrazyShakes with their whimsical flourishes and unique flavours will surely be a memorable feast for the eyes and stomach. Eight flavours are available daily and to add to that, there are two limited edition CrazyShakes that are currently on the menu. \
The first is the Wonderland Shake, inspired by ArtScience Museum’s exhibition of the same name and is a whimsical creation in a glass – strawberry-flavoured studded with blue and white gems, topped with whipped cream, red sprinkles, rock candy, a butter cookie and a vanilla cupcake. A more local inspired creation is the Straits Shake, which is a coconut shake with pineapple jam biscuits, whipped cream, a pineapple popsicle, coconut butter cookies with red sprinkles and a cherry to finish.
The Straits Shake – cocconut and pineapple flavours. Photo: Black Tap