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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 Time Out Singapore editors |
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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, 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 starting at 10pm.

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.

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Bars and pubs

Going Om

icon-location-pin Rochor

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 starting from 9pm. Performers include Fairuz, The Lost Hat, The Jukuleles and many more.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 won't be the only one. On different nights, the live band belts out salsa, bachata and other Latin Amercian dance numbers you can't help but groove to. The drinks are decent too, making this a must-visit bar on the Clarke Quay stretch.

Music, Music venues

Switch by Timbre

icon-location-pin City Hall

Mandopop/rock doesn't get the kudos it deserves from 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.  

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