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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

Written by
Time Out Singapore editors
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Live music is back and we couldn't be more excited. Before pandemic restrictions kicked in, the nightscape of our city was filled with an endless array of bars, cafés and restaurants ready with headbangin' tunes and heart-rending sets. After two years of quiet, we expect many live venues to stir back to life. Whether it's soulful jazz or powerful rock hits, here are our favourite live venues to keep tabs on. Get ready to clear your evenings. 

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Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
  • Music
  • City Hall

When it comes to catching a live music performance, the Esplanade is a no-brainer. Make a beeline for its series of free live sets by local artists at its various venues happening daily. Soak up the stunning view of the bay at the spacious outdoor theatre or chill at the air-conditioned indoor concourse, either way, you're in for a riveting evening.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Bukit Merah

You've probably heard the nursery rhyme that goes: Jack and Jill went up the hill to catch some live music. No? Well, there's definitely a new bar up a hill in the bustling Chinatown. New nightlife hangout, Kult Yard, has called a former police barrack at 195's Pearl's Hill Terrace home. Brought to you by the brains behind Kult Kafe, it's is a brand new cool sanctuary for musicians, design studios and makers. Find a secret flight of stairs that lead you to refreshing cocktails, aptly named Kultails, that blends local flavours like gula melaka and sambal belacan.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • River Valley

Bring your appetite for live acoustic music to Prinsep Street where you'll find this intimate gastropub. Request for your favourite song by scanning the QR code here and submit your dedication. While the stage lights up for the band at 8pm, you can satiate your hunger with a hearty plate of mouth-watering Western grub like rib-eye steak, or the local-inspired chilli crab pizza or laksa pasta. Wash it all down with refreshing drinks including housepours that go as low as $6.

  • Clubs
  • City Hall

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. There's also an open mic session on Thursday if you're looking to show what you've got.

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Maduro
  • Bars and pubs
  • Members' clubs
  • Tanglin

Bring your appetite tipples and tunes to Dempsey's latest addition. Besides shelving a variety of scotch and whiskeys from all around the world, the cocktail bar and listening lounge also hosts two live music nights –1819 Tuesdays and Tiara Friday Club – dedicated to all your favourite classics from swingin' jazz to classical music. On May 24, 25 and 28, indulge in its opening weekend specials featuring jazz songbird Melissa Tham, jazz veteran Alemay Fernandez, acclaimed jazz pianist Tan Wei Xiang, The Steve McQueen’s former percussionist Aaron James Lee and freelance bassist Kenji Nakano.

Le Noir
  • Restaurants
  • Marina Bay

Showing no signs of slowing down, Le Noir opens its second doors at the Marina Bay Sands. This live music venue shines its spotlight on an array of local talents alongside signature bands, taking you from chill acoustic sets to hand-clapping singalongs from 6.15pm daily. Guests can also enjoy all-day and all-night dining menu including tantalising starters and sharing plates like crab cakes and salmon ceviche, delectable mains like steak tartare and handmade pizzas, and more, while soaking in the sweet sounds of live music.

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Monti
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Raffles Place

Over at Fullerton Pavilion is this swanky Italian restaurant and bar that's pulsing with life by the bay. Jazz up your musical romantic escapade and let the restaurant’s resident jazz band carry you through the night from 7.30pm with soothing blues and funk as you dig into hearty plates of Italian dishes. The lineup changes monthly with regular appearances by jazz stalwarts Jeremy Monteiro and Stephan Francis.

Astor Bar
  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • 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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  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Orchard

Well, its name says it all. This Orchard hideout is one of the longest-standing live music venues in the city. It's not all hard rock as well. Hard Rock Café consistently rotates a variety of genres like rock and reggae to keep its line-up fresh. It also maintains strong ties with the local music scene and champions up-and-coming artists.

 

Hero's
  • Bars and pubs
  • Wineries
  • 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.

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  • Clubs
  • 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.

Bob's Bar
  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • Sentosa

Mojitos, Cubanos, Latin music – and even sweet, sweet jazz – you’ll get them all in spades at Bob’s Bar. Besides rum-based cocktails and a menu of bar bites that range from the familiar (wagyu beef sliders, anyone?) to the mildly exotic (Ensalada Serrana), the joint gets a shot of Cuban charm thanks to its live house band that takes the stage over the weekend. Oh, and an alfresco terrace means you can sip on your sundown cocktails in style.

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Señor Taco
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • City Hall

For an authentic taste of Mexico, look no further than this taqueria. Besides serving comfort food like tacos, quesadillas, botanas and specialties from the different regions of Mexico, it also serves up live Latin tunes. Grab a margarita and dance to groovy melodies of salsa (both kinds), rumba, mambo, bolero, and cumbia, as well as the traditional sounds of a mariachi band.

Cuba Libre Cafe & Bar
  • Music
  • Latin and world
  • 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.

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Acid Bar
  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

If you like late-night live music performances, you can join the hordes of people packing this place. Practically bursting at the seams on weekends, you’ll be hard-pressed to even find a decent spot to stand in. But if you can manage the discomfort of feeling like a sardine in a can, start filling yourself up with some of the brews and you’ll be partaking in the rowdiness in no time.

  • Shopping
  • Shopping centres
  • Orchard

More than just a lifestyle hub for Singapore's youths, *Scape also makes an ace spot for budding musicians to hone their skills and flex their chops. Graduates of the *Scape's music programmes include indie darling Linying and our March cover star YAØ have performed at the Orchard hotspot. For a taste of the local music scene, check out *SCAPE Indie Series: Crossroads Vol. 1 on May 25.

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Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Tanglin

Grab a picnic basket and head to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage hosts a myriad of free music performances, including the NParks Concert Series in the Park, Garden Sounds and Music Day Out. The Symphony Lake also makes an ace spot for an evening of classical music, acapella shows, intimate acoustics and throwback tunes. Remember to BYOB (bring your own blanket) – because grass stains are a no-no.

  • Clubs
  • Hip hop and R&B
  • City Hall

Temporarily closed

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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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • City Hall

Temporarily closed

Jazz things up at Cool Cats, the NCO Club's live entertainment lounge, which sees a rotation of resident artists gracing its stage. Lay eyes on the secretive speakeasy that exudes the enigmatic charm of the prohibition era. Plus, its cocktail menu is inspired by moments in music. There are 14 tipples available that cover everything from 1800s ragtime to legendary jazz artists Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington.

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