The best live music venues in Singapore

At these live music venues, facing the music has a much more exhilarating meaning
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By Jude Elliot Tan |
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The nightscape of our city is filled with an endless array of bars, cafés, and restaurants ready to tug at your heartstrings or urge the old-school headbangin’ and foot-tapping with some live tunes. Scream your heart out at Wala Wala, or meditate with the soul enriching Jazz from Astor Bar. These are the best live music venues in Singapore that you’ll want to clear your evening schedule for – with a beer or cocktail in hand, of course.

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Bars and pubs

Crazy Elephant

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

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.

Live music performances: Mondays to Wednesdays, 9pm; Thursdays 9.30pm; Fridays 7pm; Saturdays 10pm; Sundays 8pm

Bars and pubs, Wineries

Hero's

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Try imagining one of those timeless Wild West saloons, but without the dangerous gunslingers and with good modern music instead. That's what you get at Hero’s. With its stone and brick walls decorated with longhorn skulls and saddles, this Wild West-style bar has a resident pop-and-rock band that puts on a rodeo of a time every night.

Live music performances: Daily, 10pm till late

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Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Astor Bar

icon-location-pin Orchard

If the typical bar scene isn’t your cup-of-tea, and you’d rather be somewhere with a little more class, then Astor Bar is the place for you. To complement your cocktail from the bar’s wide range of selections, soak in the captivating tunes of resident Jazz pianist-singer, Ron Sinclair, as his smooth voice replaces any worries on your mind.

Live music performances: Daily, 6pm to 1am

Bars and pubs

Going Om

icon-location-pin Bugis

Inspired by the Himalayan mountains, this sanctuary takes finding your zen to the next level, easing the body and mind after a long day at work. Kickback and relax with a bucket of beer while listening to the soothing tunes of both international and local talent. Performers include Fairuz, The Lost Hat, The Jukuleles and many more.

Live music performances: Daily, 9pm till late

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Mad Men Attic Bar

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Music, drinks, food, and an ambience like no other all under one roof, well actually… all under no roof. At this balcony bar – covered with street art for that fun modern-industrial look – spits out a range of musical genres from R&B to pop-rock from a selection of artists, bands and DJs. To accompany these tunes: beer, illuminated skyscrapers and the star-filled sky.

Live music performances: Times vary, refer to its Facebook page

Music, Music venues

Blu Jaz Cafe

icon-location-pin Rochor

A boho-style café-cum-lounge sees guest DJs – like funk and soul collective Pushin’On – live acoustic sets, comedy nights and even hip-hop and R&B '90s nights. Not forgetting its regular jazz nights. Here's hoping that this quirky and vibrant venue that doesn't quite feel like Singapore retains its public entertainment licence.

Live music performances: Times vary, refer to its Facebook page

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Clubs, Hip hop and R&B

LuLu’s Lounge

icon-location-pin City Hall

Inspired by the back alley clubs of New York in the 60's, LuLu's Lounge is the antithesis of the mega-club experience, with its blinding lights and deafening music. Instead, chill with LuLu's on Wednesdays, where the club opens early to entertain guests with two hours of live jazz and free canapés before the club pumps out boogie music reminiscent of the 70's.

Live music performances: Times vary, refer to its website

Wala Wala Cafe and Bar
Photo: Stanley Yeo
Clubs

Wala Wala Cafe & Bar

icon-location-pin Bukit Timah

One of the best music bars in the city. On the ground floor, enjoy a cold one at the distinctive yellow-lit bar and catch the game on several flat-screen TVs. The bar upstairs hosts a variety of local acts with a focus on raucous rock music – just how we like it.

Live music performances: Times vary, refer to its Facebook Page.

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Music, Music venues

Timbre@The Substation

icon-location-pin City Hall

Follow the beat of the drum to this hidden nook along Armenian Street. Timbre@The Substation is one of Singapore's live music stalwarts that's 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.

Live music performances: Times vary, refer to its website

Bars and pubs

McGettigan’s

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

As well as being purveyors of Guinness, Magner's, Gaelic football and other sporting ventures, this Irish mainstay also hosts amazing live music sessions every Wednesday to Sunday with some with cracking covers getting everyone singing along making for one of the best atmospheres in town.

Live music performances: Times vary

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