Once exclusive enclaves of the well-heeled and well-connected, private members’ clubs now cater to a diverse membership and wide-ranging interests. From historic, colonial-era institutions to forward-thinking, trend-savvy social clubs, here are five in Singapore to know.
With social club 1880, founder Marc Nicholson’s goal was to provoke conversation and inspire discourse. Vintage furniture giant Timothy Oulton was tapped for design duties, and so the sprawling 22,000-square-foot space is filled with his signature whimsical touches. Guests enter through a glittering kaleidoscope tunnel to be greeted by the rose quartz reception desk – a 1.5-ton Madagascar-mined rock crystal. For culinary comforts, Executive Chef Colin Buchan (Gordon Ramsay Restaurants and COL) leads the club’s three dining concepts, from all-day restaurant Leonie’s to social hotspot, Arthur’s Bar (look out for the 300-or-so vintage teapots affixed to the bar itself).
67 Pall Mall
The first Asian flagship of the London-born private members’ wine club, 67 Pall Mall occupies prime real estate in the historic Shaw Centre at the pulsating heart of Orchard Road. A spectacular six-metre-tall glass wine tower is the centrepiece of the exquisitely refurbished clubhouse and restaurant, which also houses Southeast Asia’s biggest wine list. The building itself used to be a penthouse, and the club’s notorious Naughty Corner (a spirits bar) and whisky bar take over the former bedroom. In here, handmade floral velvet upholstery and hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper create an indulgent, intimate setting within which to appreciate fine spirits.
67 Pall Mall
Originally established in 1865 for the colonial elite, Tanglin Club is one of Singapore’s oldest private members’ clubs. Centrally located, the prestigious club includes 27 well-appointed suites for visiting guests, plus several facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, a library, and a jackpot room. In the beloved Churchill Room – the club’s elegant old-world dining room – Chef de Cuisine Aaron Wong serves up a well-curated menu of European classics such as lobster bisque, duck breast and crêpes Suzette. Plus, the club’s annual Tanglin ball – held in the Churchill Room – has remained a highlight of the Singaporean social calendar for almost a century.
Designed for an ‘inclusively curated community’ of creatives, Mandala Club is perhaps best known for playing host to some of the world’s top restaurants like Gaggan and three Michelin-starred Mirazur. House in a heritage listed building on Bukit Pasoh, the modern club features different dining concepts including Mori, a 12-seat omakase experience led by Nobu alumnus, Head Chef Sean Mell. A luxurious gym on the fourth floor features state-of-the-art technogym equipment and high vaulted ceilings. Plus, its first-of-its-kind Mandala Genesis 250 NFT Membership offers money-can’t-buy real-world access and benefits through the power and opportunity of Web3.
Tower Club, Singapore’s premier private business club, is perched high on the 62nd to 64th floors of Republic Plaza, one of the country’s tallest buildings. This penthouse location offers members and guests unparalleled views of the iconic Marina Bay waterfront. Opened in 1997, it’s steeped in old-world glamour; its lavish decor was designed to impress, making it the ideal address for business meetings and power lunches. Among the club’s three dining venues, Ba Xian Dining Room stands out as one of Singapore’s top Chinese restaurants, serving authentic Cantonese-style cuisine.
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