Midweek Mania

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Weaving through throngs of sweaty bodies on the weekend might not be everyone’s cup of tea – but it’s a small sacrifice to pay for the live music offered at clubs. Why not indulge in a bit of mid-week beats, too? Ysabelle Cheung dips into a few different venues to scope out where to chill after work.

Drop
Take yourself on a Fantastic Voyage at this underground cavern, a hotspot for weekend after-after parties. Chill out post-supper with jams and edits of retro tunes, rare groove and ’70s disco anthems. Put together by perennial DJ Joel Lai (co-founder of Drop), the turntable of artists gracing the Drop decks mid-week has included Rob Manga, Norman Jay and Ivan Sit, among others.

Fly
Don't be put off by the name - Wasted Wednesdays doesn't require you to stumble home in a totally legless state of inebriation, although loosening up couldn't hurt. Cocktails are on the house for girls from 10pm to 1am and selected shot specials are available all night, and a chill mix of hip-hop and mashup sets the vibe. The next night features Just Thursdays, with a mix of trap, dancehall and 90s hip-hop streaming through the speakers.

Levels
Having just celebrated their one-year anniversary, Levels is rolling out a throwback Wednesday, with a retro night of ’70s and ’80s funk and soul – bellbottoms not mandatory. Soul sistas can enjoy free-flow drinks all night. Head down on a Thursday for the aptly named Suit & Tie, where office workers (and others, of course) are welcome to unbutton a few on their shirt and relax with a mix of R&B, hip-hop, house and other genres in the set. Don’t forget to check out their hypnotic mood rooms, too.

Midnight & Co
This tiny den of debauchery, overlooking the infamous amphitheatre, is best known for its underground techno and house music. Slip in on a Wednesday evening for their free vodka hour between 9pm and 10pm for a hump-day refresher, and take in a range of genres generally different from their regular weekend sets, from dub reggae to disco and drum ‘n’ bass. Tuesdays, titled /ITCH/, are also popular with the burgeoning music set, as the venue opens its decks to anyone who wants to DJ on their Funktion One sound system.

Play
The weekend starts naughtily early at this 8,000sqft site – celebrate the ongoing Thank F*ck It’s Thursday series (we wonder what the asterisk stands for) with an inter-changing mix of events every Thursday to get you in the mood for the coming weekend. After the popular leather-and-latex-strewn Pervert Party in October, DJ Ahuja Step brings back the big bass beats on November 7, while five-time Belgian DMC champion DJ ND showcases his battle skills on November 14. Who needs Fridays?

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