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The best places for live world music in Singapore

Hankering for some bassquaking reggae, afrobeat and Latin music? Get your world music fix here.

Cam Khalid
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Cam Khalid

You either find yourself surrounded with snazzy tunes at these jazz lounges, pop acoustics and headbanging rock at these music bars and of course, club bangers dominating the dancefloors here. But thanks to Singapore's rich cultural diversity, you can also rotate your nightlife soundtrack and substitute the mainstream tunes with sounds from Latin America, Africa and the Carribean at these venues.

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Singapura Dub Club
  • Music
  • Reggae and dancehall
  • Rochor

From ska and dancehall to drum and bass – and everything in between – the Singapura Dub Club celebrates sounds from the Caribbean and beyond. Whether you're up for a wild bogle or a dutty wine, it's one of the few places here that hosts regular reggae nights and parties at various locations including Lime House and Kilo Lounge to go palance. Revel amongst special guests and local DJs who've got the grooves, so all you need are the moves – irie!

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 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.

  • Clubs
  • City Hall

This Timbre addition opens its doors 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. However, if you're looking some hip-shaking beats, you won't be disappointed with its Latin music selections – all live, of course.


Blu Jaz Cafe
  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Rochor

If there's one place to broaden your music horizons, it's this Piedra Negra counterpart. Not only does it serve smooth jazz, hard-hitting hip-hop acts and the occasional comedy shows, it also invites dancehall DJs for body movin', as well as Latin bands on-stage for a night of boleros, rumbas and salsas.

Señor Taco
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Raffles Place

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.

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

Mojitos, Cubanos, Latin music – you’ll get them in spades at the revamped Bob’s Bar. Besides 15 new 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. Oh, and a refurbished alfresco terrace means you can sip on your sundown cocktails in style.

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