PUBLISHED September 19th, 2019 12:00 pm | UPDATED May 18th, 2020 06:33 pm
When it comes to entertainment, nothing beats getting a drink while grooving to the beat. It’s the very reason why many flock to lounges and clubs to unwind and have a good time. Take your experience up a notch with these 10 live music venues around Singapore that feature some of the finest musicians – aspiring or otherwise.
The folks at Timbre are true veterans of the local music scene, with its own music academy that trains and prepares budding musicians for their live gigs across Timbre’s five live music venues. Head down to any of their outlets to dig into their signature thin-crust pizzas and enjoy rocking live tunes from amazing homegrown bands such as 53A, Goodfellas, and Timbre Music Academy All-Stars.
Timbre has five live music venues across the island. Click here for a list of locations and more details.
Located in the lush neighbourhood of Dempsey, Unplugged is a bilingual Mandarin and English live music bar that provides an unrivalled listening experience, exposing the raw talents of Singapore. From pop hits to oldies, you’ll be entertained by a variety of musicians as you move along to the tunes, accompanied by affordable drinks. The place fills up rather quickly, so reservations are recommended if you’re serious about getting your music fix.
A long-time staple of Clarke Quay providing live music in an alfresco setting, Le Noir recently opened its second outlet at the luxurious Marina Bay Sands. With over 50 years of combined experience in the entertainment scene, Le Noir offers a delicious menu for late-night dining, spectacular cocktails, and of course, daily musical performances by both local and international bands, all in a sophisticated yet cosy atmosphere.
Le Noir is located at #01-01 Block C, Clarke Quay, 3C River Valley Road, Singapore 179022 and #01-84, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956.
Hard Rock Cafe
International bar and restaurant chain Hard Rock Cafe has been at the forefront of the live music scene since the opening of its first outlet in London, 1971. Both outlets in Singapore are adorned with authentic Rock’n’Roll memorabilia, an expansive menu featuring a variety of food and drinks, and a line-up of events by local and international acts to get you in the mood. So grab your partner, put on your dancing shoes, and have a wonderful time at Hard Rock!
Crazy Elephant has been serving up Rock’n’Roll Blues music for more than two decades at its heritage shop-house by the Singapore River. Experience live music seven nights a week till late in a setting that draws both locals and expats alike. Tickle your funny bone with the constant flow of jokes being projected on television screens and get your fill with its wide selection of affordable drinks and food.
Crazy Elephant is located at #01-03/04, Clarke Quay, 3E River Valley Road, Singapore 179024. Open Mon 6pm – 1am, Tue-Thu 6pm – 2am, Fri-Sat 5pm – 3am, Sun 5pm – 2am.
Lulu’s is a quirky and outlandish lounge with gorgeous interior, dance floor, outdoor terrace, signature cocktails, and a dynamic programme of entertainment. As the night progresses, the music shifts from live jazz funk/soul/disco to house and RnB. Expect Burlesque star guests, retro DJ performances from internationally acclaimed names, and live acoustic performances as you groove the night away.
Wala Wala Cafe Bar
A popular live music bar in Holland Village, Wala Wala Cafe Bar plays host to a slew of talented musicians, such as Jack & Rai, Tabula, and Reverie. You can expect fresh draft beers to accompany the groove as Wala Wala holds five taps of brew, including Stella Artois, Asahi, and Guinness, along with a solid range of more than 30 bottled beers.
Wala Wala Cafe Bar is located at 31 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277689. Open Mon-Thu 4pm – 1am, Fri 4pm – 2am, Sat 3pm – 2am, Sun 3pm – 1am.
Maduro sprang onto the jazz scene in May 2019, offering night after night of live jazz from renowned acts in its listening lounge as patrons imbibe the finest whiskies and wines from its fully stocked bar. In days of fast paced music with high BPM and casually made cocktails, Maduro provides a classy escape for the discerning modern gentleman or lady.
Maduro is located at 40C Harding Road, Singapore 249548. Open Mon-Thu 2pm – 1am, Fri-Sat 2pm – 2am. Closed Sun.
Cool Cats is located at L1, The NCO Club, 32 Beach Road, Singapore 189764. Open Wed-Sat 8.30pm – 1am.
Named after St. Regis’ founder John Jacob Astor and built as a tribute to the St. Regis New York original, Astor Bar prides itself as one of the top whisky bars in Singapore. Sip from its collection of over 200 whiskies sourced from around the world or be tempted by timeless classics like the Cosmopolitan, Martini, and the world renowned Bloody Mary as you soak up the sounds from its daily live performances.
Astor Bar is located Lobby Level, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911. Open Sun-Thu 12pm – 1am, Fri-Sat 12pm – 2am.
Top image: Lulu’s Lounge