DJ Aqueel has wooed plenty of crowds with his Shake It Daddy remix - and knows his dancefloors. He gave GQ his favourite spots across Asia.
, Hong Kong
As the definitive Nineties hip spot, Dragon Eye could’ve lost its cool cachet at the stroke of the millennium, but it is still the see-and-be-seen spot for the Hong Kong A-list. The decor is luxurious – divided into the Red Room, a dining area-cum-VIP space, and the Playground, a dance floor and bar. The themed Models Night on Wednesdays rock.
The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central Hong Kong; +852 3110 1223
Awarded ‘Best Club of the Year’ in 2009, M1nt– perched high above Shanghai, with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows offering 360° views of the city – is the crown jewel of Shanghai’s nightlife corridor. With a nightclub, bar, deck and restaurant, this members-only venue puts a focus on exclusivity, while the velvet rope, and a list of international DJs offer a global vibe. Fridays are the best nights.
M1NT, 318 Fuzhou Lu, Shanghai; Tel: +86 21 6391 2811
Voted ‘Best Nightspot Experience’ seven times, most recently in 2009 by Singapore’s Tourism Awards, Zouk has been the soul of Singapore nightlife for 15 years. It’s an industrial-style 2,000-capacity nightclub in a warehouse. Legendary DJs like Tiesto, Chemical Brothers and Sasha and Digweed have played here. Queues go round the block on busy nights. Head to Zouk on a Saturday night.
Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street, Singapore; Tel: 6738 2988
Bed Supperclub, Bangkok
Through sliding doors manned by attendants, the bar – lit up in soft blue neon – offers a livelier alternative to serene dining area. Thai and international DJs spin Latin House, Hip Hop and Asian fusion. What's more, the drinks feature fresh Thai ingredients combined with infused syrups, herbs, foams and sorbets.
Bed Supperclub, 26 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey-nua, Wattana, Bangkok; Tel: +66 0 2651 3537
Billed as “the country's first luxury nightclub,” Hype is 7,000 square feet of clubbing bliss in the heart of South Mumbai. The clientele is Bollywood A-list, the décor is contemporary and I spearhead a mix of global and Bollywood music in addition to a line-up of international DJs. Drop by on Fridays and Saturdays.
Hype, Atria - The Millennium Mall, R1, 4th Floor, Dr Annie Beasant Road, Worli; Tel. +91 22 2481 3799