Whether you’re dreaming of discovering the next Coldplay, love listening to your tunes up close and personal, or even want to jump on the mic yourself, we give you the guide to the best live music spots in Singapore.
Known as one of the best rock ‘n roll and blues bars in Singapore, Crazy Elephant has achieved cult status due to being one of the oldest venues in Clarke Quay, as well as having attracting many a famous face. Deep Purple, R.E.M, Robbie Williams and Ronan Keating are just a few of the names to have performed in this spot. It’s not just for professionals, on Sunday nights they hold open jam sessions for anyone who wants to get up onstage and rock out.
Crazy Elephane, 3 River Valley Road, Singapore 179024, 6337 7859, www.crazyelephant.com
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 5pm-2am, Fri & Sat: 5pm-3am
Laid back and rustic, this Aussie-inspired restaurant and bar hosts regular duo Chris and Diana on Thursday and Friday nights, playing everything from rock, country, pop to the oldies, this band will have you singing along and tapping your toes in no time! If you happen to enjoy a bit of a jam session; this singing duo regularly invite people up on stage with them for a sing-song. As there’s no cover charge, this small venue fills up quickly so we say get there early, seat yourself at the Long Bar, order a drink and enjoy the tunes.
Barossa, Holland Village, 22 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277681, 6468 4688, www.barossa.com.sg
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-1am, Fri: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-2am, Sat: 12pm-2am, Sun: 12pm-1am
Wala Wala Café Bar
Located in Holland Village, this two-storey bar is perfect for a day-to-night session. Start the afternoon by having a casual bite in their lovely al-fresco area, then move the party upstairs to enjoy some of the best of local musical talent in town. With a regular rotation of local musicians playing a range of genres from pop and rock to soul and grunge, there’s something for everyone at this friendly watering hole! Notable acts include Shirlyn & The UnXpected playing pop and rock anthems, Jack and Rai with their signature acoustic sound and the rockin’ Tabula.
Wala Wala Café Bar, 31 Lorong Mambong Singapore 277689, 6462 4288, www.walawala.sg
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 4pm-1am, Fri: 4pm-2am, Sat: 3pm-2am, Sun: 3pm-1am
Timbré @ The Arts House
Offering live music, delicious food and a wide range of drinks, all in a gorgeous riverside restored historical building; Timbré @ The Arts House is as close to perfect as you’re likely to find in the Lion City. Relaxing and welcoming, Timbré has a regular rotation of some of Singapore’s best-known local bands such as The Goodfellas, playing a mix of top 40s, rock and pop.
Timbré @ The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, #01-04, Singapore 179429, 6336 3386, www.timbregroup.asia
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 6pm-1am, Fri & Sat: 6pm-2am
Luxurious and cosy, Astor Bar not only serves some of the best cocktails in town but is also one of the best spots to catch some live jazz from 6pm-1am every night. Combined with a daily Champagne Hour from 6.30-7.30pm, when guests can enjoy $19+ glasses of bubbly, who can resist sinking into their leather seats as resident jazz pianist Ron Sinclair croons into the evening.
Astor Bar, Lobby Level, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, 6506 6859, www.astorbar.com
Blu Jaz Café
This cosy and brightly coloured café hosts a mix of live jazz and blues on the ground floor, while the second floor hosts local and international DJs spinning on the decks well into the night. Inviting local and international musicians, this quirky spot is a favourite hangout for music-lovers, with an eclectic musical line-up and regular live art performances. Hosting free music jams every Wednesday night with a Jazz jam session the first Wednesday of every month, Blu Jaz Café encourages people to hang out, join in and support the local music scene.
Blu Jaz Café, 11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam, Singapore 189848, 6292 3800, www.blujazcafe.net
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11.30am-12.30am, Fri: 11.30am-1.30am, Sat: 4pm-1.30am
Comfy and cosy, B28 is a jazz club that will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back into the 1920s. Catch local superstar Melissa Tham and the Nicole Duffell Organ Trio every Thursday from 9.30pm onwards as B28 host their free-entry “The Jazz Singer” evening. Or head down on a Friday or Saturday from 10.30pm onwards to enjoy a “Weekend of Jazz” featuring local and international musicians, for just $15 per person. Due to the cosy venue, reservations are suggested for all jazz evenings.
B28, Basement, The Club Hotel, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708, 9637 3545, www.BTwentyEight.com
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat: 8pm-2am
Hood Bar and Café
Focused on community, the local arts scene and what’s hot in the ‘hood, Hood Bar and Café is a funky spot that features a mix of local live bands playing a range of genres, from acoustic folk to indie rock, every night of the week, plus a jam session on Tuesday nights for music-lovers to join in the fun! Hood has also hosted a range of international guest artists such as Howie Day and Coma.
Hood Bar and Café, Singapore Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, #05-07, Singapore 188067, 6221 8846, www.hoodbarandcafe.com
Hours: Mon-Wed: 5pm-1am, Thurs-Sat: 5pm-3am, Sun: 5pm-1am
Housed in a quirky restored shophouse with vintage Peranakan décor, Acid Bar features an eclectic musical line-up every night from 7pm onwards. Playing a unique mix of genres, from folk and rock to indie and blues, Acid Bar host a mix of local emerging talent, such as Sharks & Mars, Sugarlove and more, making it a favoured music haunt in the Lion City.
Acid Bar, 180 Orchard Road, Peranakan Place, Singapore 238846, 6738 8828, www.peranakanplace.com
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat: 5pm-3am, Sun: 5pm-2am
Despite being a hotel bar, Gravity Bar has attracted a slew of fans due to its convenient location in the Bras Basar area. With delicious food and drinks (plus a brilliant happy hour from opening until 8pm), the fabulous resident band plays live tunes from the Top 40s and pop songs to oldies and rock ballads every night.
Gravity Bar, Carlton Hotel Singapore, 76 Bras Brasah Road, Singapore 189558, 6338 8333, www.carltonhotel.sg/gravitybar
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat: 3pm-1am
If you’re reminiscing about the “Age of Aquarius”, then head down to Going Om, a creative community organisation that is something of a spiritual haven for Singapore’s hippy community. There’s all sorts of live entertainment here, from fire twirlers to accordion players and street buskers to magicians. However, for the live music sessions, you’ll want to catch Faizal Bohtiar every Tuesday from 9.30pm, playing his accordion and singing a unique acoustic set of global music. Head down on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30pm onwards and listen to Hidhir play the guitar as he performs his solo set of rock and pop-influenced tunes.
Going Om, 63 Haji Lane, Singapore 189256, 6396 3592, www.going-om.com.sg
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12pm-1am, Fri-Sat: 12pm-3am, Sun: 12pm-1am
Actors – The Jam Bar
For the karaoke fans amongst us – Actors should be top of your list of must-visits in Singers. Guests are encouraged to showcase their musical talents, perform live and just have fun! Each night has a different theme: Monday – 50s to 80s, Tuesday – Blues & Jazz, Wednesday – Acoustic, Thursday – The Beatles and Friday & Saturday – All genres. All you need to is simply buy a drink to be able to sign up to the performing board. Easy!
Actors The Jam Bar, 13A-15A South Bridge Road, Singapore 058657, 6535 3270, www.actorsthejambar.com
Hours: Mon-Sat: 6pm-2am