Music & Nightlife

Your guide to the best nightclubs, live music and concerts in Singapore

5 best live jazz venues in Singapore
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5 best live jazz venues in Singapore

Sit back with a cocktail in hand and groove to snazzy tunes at these live jazz venues

The best gigs you don't wanna miss in Singapore this week
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The best gigs you don't wanna miss in Singapore this week

Whatever your choice of tunes, these are the best gigs to check out this week

Upcoming concerts in Singapore
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Upcoming concerts in Singapore

Be prepared to empty your pockets because you're gonna want to book tickets to these concerts happening this year

18 karaoke songs that every Singaporean add to their KTV queue
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18 karaoke songs that every Singaporean add to their KTV queue

We track down local karaoke favourites we can't help belting out to

The best ladies' nights in Singapore
Nightlife

The best ladies' nights in Singapore

Girls, it’s time to paint the town red and hit the city’s best music venues for these special ladies’ nights that offer free-flow champagne, cocktails and more

Best live music venues

Switch by Timbre
Music

Switch by Timbre

Mandopop/rock doesn’t get its due credit among the Pitchfork faithful here, but there’s no denying the genre is the most commercially successful Singaporean music. Enter this bar and restaurant by the Timbre group that sets its sights on fledgling musos who can rock their Beyond and Wu Bai. Three resident bands and musicians – The Switch Gang, Tay Kexin and Too Much Drama – rotate every day of the week, sans Sunday, with tunes ranging from Jay Chou tearjerkers to harder numbers. Tuesdays are gentler acoustic nights, so if you’re in the mood for love, head over to Switch then.

Barber Shop by Timbre
Clubs

Barber Shop by Timbre

The baby of the Timbre family swung open in 2014 with one mission in mind: to put live music front and centre. True to the group’s calling card, it’s mostly blues, classic rock, funk and other barn-storming genres that ring out at this den in The Arts House. Wednesdays see house band Raw Earth stamp the stage with their blood-and-guts blues, Thursday’s an open mic session (from 8 to 11.30pm), Friday is reserved for the Barber Shop Quartet’s swing and roots rock, and Saturday is a double-bill: a special artist showcase from 7pm, followed by a classic rock jam by Good Question.

Timbre@The Substation
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Timbre@The Substation

Follow the beat of the drum to a hidden nook along Armenian street. Timbre@The Substation is one of Singapore's live music stalwarts that have stood the test of time. There's live music by local bands every Monday to Saturday where you can send your requests in via SMS – just be kind and make sure you only stick to one Justin Bieber song per session.

Crazy Elephant
Bars and pubs

Crazy Elephant

More than two decades. That’s how long this institution has been around. With its interiors reminiscent of American dive bars – graffitied walls, silly jokes on screens, wood everywhere – it shouldn’t shock you that good, old time rock ’n’ roll rules the stage. The blues start at 10pm, when a cavalcade of cover bands with serious chops belt out your favourite Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival tunes.

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