St James Power Station turns 5

Unlike other five-year-olds still struggling to walk, St James Power Station hit the ground running since its inception in 2006, and has never looked back since.

No one would have expected that Singapore’s first coal-fired power station could have been so successfully transformed into the largest one-stop night entertainment complex in Singapore, but success we were! Voted Best Party Venue in 2009, and again in 2010 at the AsiaOne People’s Choice Awards, we are proof that like wine, we get better as we age.

The Power of Change

As the saying goes, “Change is the only constant”, and we have been doing just that! The sheer size of our complex gives us the power to create new concepts and revitalize the offerings at our various entertainment venues for the past five years.

During the last two years, we opened St James Wine Bar & Bistro to tap the growth of wine culture, rebranded The New Paper Sports Bar and returned Bellini Room back to its original home. Mono, Movida and Gallery Bar were also given extensive makeovers for you to continue enjoying top quality experiences at these outlets.

Nostalgic Hawker Street

Recently, 18 hawker stalls with a wide range of authentic local street fare and a new Street Bar took over the existing parking lots at the complex. Timed to begin operations in conjunction with the opening of the Sentosa Boardwalk, this is Food Republic Beer Garden, a bow to the nostalgic hawker street from the 60s.

Becoming Super

Even more recent was the major renovation and refurbishment of our popular live music club, Dragonfly. Featuring giant LED screens, multi-tiered dancers’ podiums and moving light rigs that can turn the stage into a second dance floor, the new Super Dragonfly offers a revolutionary night entertainment concept that is one-of-a-kind!

St James Power Station has now become even stronger as a one-stop, all in one, total nightlife destination, with the 12 outlets in the complex offering you a choice of multi-themed entertainment that encompass all the elements of mando, latin, pop, rock, R&B, dance and retro music, KTV, chill, hawker, wine, dine, and party.

Outside of St James Power Station

Besides our outlets in St James Power Station, we have also rebranded Bar None at Marriott Hotel in Orchard Road into Firefly to capitalize on the demand for live Canto-pop music. Shanghai Dolly at Clarke Quay continues to be a hit, ranking at the top, in terms of revenue, among the individual clubs in Singapore.

Built around all things North Asia, Dolly, as we like to call her, boasts four concepts under one roof – Lobby Bar, Piano Bar, Dolly Kitchen and the main hall Shanghai Dolly. Notably, Dolly Kitchen is strengthening its catering arm and developing into a premier supper venue, while Piano Bar is being rebranded into WanBao Piano Bar @ Shanghai Dolly to reach out to an even larger audience.

Together with Super Dragonfly and Firefly, we now have Mando and Canto-pop clubs strategically placed in the three main nightlife destinations in Singapore, making us the leader in Chinese pop entertainment.

Mega Events

Our total entertainment concept also involves creation of mega in-house events like “Glee: The Christmas Party”, “The Beatles Tribute Night” and “Miss Dragonfly”. By tapping on our pool of over 120 artists, we continue to pull in the crowds and this has enabled us to maintain our pole position as Singapore’s premier destination for night entertainment.

Finally…

Now that you are suitably impressed, let us invite you to our 5th birthday bonanza at St James Power Station. It’s going to be big, 60,000 square foot big, and you wouldn’t want to miss it for the world. Remember, growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.

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About Junyi

Having graduated with a Bachelors in Arts with Honours, I traverse the fluff-covered, sometimes pretentious world of the arts, yet would like to think that I'm down to earth, doing things like sipping hot tea at kopitiams and sitting behind a desk during office hours. This website is a portfolio of the writing that I feel can be "aired in public" (and then some). I would like to one day be a journalist for all things lifestyle. Or a full time singer. Or a world-weary traveler. Or a clown. Feel free to look through and leave your thoughts.
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