The best live music venues in Singapore

The best places to enjoy live music in the city, whatever your chosen genre
Blu Jaz Café
By Iliyas Ong and Graham Turner |

Whether you’re singin’ the blues or cruising for some bruising rock ’n’ roll, these are the best music bars worth checking out for a dose of live goodness. You'll want to clear your schedule and spend the whole evening chilling to good tunes – with a beer or cocktail in hand, of course. 

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Music, Music venues

Blu Jaz Cafe

icon-location-pin Rochor

A bohostyle café-cum-lounge that sees guest DJ gigs, by the likes of funk and soul collective Pushin’On, live acoustic sets, comedy nights and even a Hip Hop and R&B '90s night – along with its regular jazz nights – that all lends to its quirky and vibrant vibe that is altogether not quite Singaporean.

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, free canapés before the club pumps out boogie music reminiscent of the 70's.

Wala Wala Cafe and Bar
Photo: Stanley Yeo

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 one of several flat-screen TVs. The bar upstairs hosts a variety of local live music with a focus on raucous rock music – just how we like it.

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.

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.

Bars and pubs


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 every Wednesday to Sunday with some with cracking covers getting everyone singing along making for one of the best atmosphere's in town.

Cuba Libre
Photo: Wl.Liang
Music, Latin and world

Cuba Libre Cafe & Bar

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Dance all night long at Cuba Libre – there's a spacious dancefloor where you can show off your moves and you can be sure you won't be the only one. On different nights, the live band that belts out salsa, bachata and other Latin Amercian dance numbers you can't help but groove to. The drinks are pretty decent too making this a must-visit bar on the Clarke Quay stretch.

Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Bob's Bar

icon-location-pin Sentosa

Mojitos, Cubanos, Latin music – you’ll get them in spades at  Bob’s Bar. Besides 15 rum-based cocktails and a menu of bar bites that range from the familiar (wagyu satay, anyone?) to the mildly exotic (Frijoles Colorados), the joint gets a shot of Cuban charm thanks to its live house band that takes the stage over the weekend.

Music, Music venues

Switch by Timbre

icon-location-pin City Hall

Mandopop/rock maybe doesn't get the kudos it deserves the city's music elite, but there’s no denying the genre is the most commercially successful in Singapore. This bar and restaurant by the Timbre group pays reverence to those who can rock their Beyond (even though yes, we know they're not Mando) and Wu Bai. Resident bands rotate every day of the week, sans Sunday, with tunes ranging from Jay Chou tearjerkers to harder numbers. 

Restaurants, Singaporean

Shuffle Bistro Bar

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

This second-storey, 150-seater acoustic music venue is another notch in Clark Quay's formidable live music belt. While many on the list stick with more western music genres, Shuffle often features quality Mando-pop acts which is a nice change of pace.

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