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.

Timbre

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.

Unplugged

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.

Unplugged is located at #01-03, Block 7, Dempsey Road, Singapore 249671, p. +65 6466 6676. Open Mon-Fri 4.30pm – 1am, Sat 4.30pm – 2am. Closed Sun. Click here for their programs and line-up.

Le Noir

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.

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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!

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Hard Rock Cafe is located at #02-01, HPL House, 50 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249724 and #01-209, The Forum, Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138. Click here for more details.

Crazy Elephant

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 Lounge

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.

Lulu’s Lounge is located at Pan Pacific Hotel (Marina), 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595. Open Wed 8pm – 3am, Thu 9pm – 3am, Fri-Sat 9pm – 5am. 

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

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

Hidden within Singapore’s lifestyle destination The NCO Club, Cool Cats, with its minimalist interior and nondescript entrance, reminds us of a prohibition era speakeasy. But unlike the overplayed trope, Cool Cats is actually a live jazz club that features a wide ensemble of local and foreign talents. Let the sounds of jazz and funk sooth you as you sip on delightful tipples inspired by music legends, carefully concocted by resident mixologist Nicola Patero. Read our full review here.
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Cool Cats is located at L1, The NCO Club, 32 Beach Road, Singapore 189764. Open Wed-Sat 8.30pm – 1am.

Astor Bar

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.

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