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5 Best Singapore Live Music Bars for a Great Night Out

  • 5 Best Singapore Live Music Bars for a Great Night Out

It cannot be denied that exploring Singapore at night is extremely interesting. Whether you want to chill out at a cozy bar or sing along with a band, there is a wealth of entertainment waiting for you after the sun goes down. Here are some recommendations of places that offer great music, appetizing meals, and a guaranteed unforgettable night out.

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1. Timbre X @ The Substation

  • Timbre X @ The Substation Image: Timbre X @ The Substation
  • Best for
    Music by local bands
  • Price
    S$8 - S$27
  • Address
    45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
  • Phone
    +65 6338 8030
  • Opening hours
    Sun to Thu: 18:00 - 01:00
    Fri & Sat: 18:00 - 02:30
  • Website

Timbre X at The Substation is a must-visit destination for live music lovers. The popular bar, one of the top 40 nightlife attractions in Singapore as ranked by TripAdvisor, offers customers a great place to have good foods and drinks and wonderful live music performances every night.

Highlights

  • Great live music performances of the local bands every night: Timbre X at The Substation is home to some of the best live bands in Singapore like 53A and Goodfellas with excellent performances.
  • Providing chilling open-air ambience for enjoying live music: Smartly utilising the covered open-air area behind The Substation building, Timbre provides customers a wonderful lively venue to relax and enjoy live music performances.

DRINKS: Timbre offers a large range of alcoholic drinks including draught beers, bottled beers, spirits, wines, gin, vodka, rum, tequila, cognac, whiskey, liqueurs, champagne, mocktails, cocktails, and shooters as well as non-alcohol drinks like juices, soft drinks, coffees, and teas.

FOOD: The bar serves a great selection of tasty international foods such as buffalo wings, truffle fries, white baits, sausage platter, pasta, pizza, salmon, and steak. Among them, the highlights are buffalo wings, roasted duck pizza, and seafood pizza.

SERVICE: Timbre X at The Substation’s service is professional but inconsistent.

LIVE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

  • Monday: Hubbabubbas (from 22:15 till late)
  • Tuesday: 53A (from 21:00 till late)
  • Wednesday: Jack & Rai feat. EIC (from 20:30 till late)
  • Thursday: Goodfellas (from 22:15 till late)
  • Friday: 53A (from 22:15 till late)
  • Saturday: Goodfellas (from 22:15 till late)
  • Sunday: TMA Collective (from 21:15 till late)

PRICES:

  • No cover charge
  • Drinks cost from S$8
  • Snacks cost from S$10
  • Starters cost from $11
  • Pastas and pizzas cost from S$16
  • Main dishes cost from S$27

NOTES:

  • Timbre has a minimum age limit of 18 years old.
  • The bar is usually packed on weekends.
  • There is no air conditioning here so it is quite hot when the bar gets crowded.

GETTING THERE:

  • Nearest MRT Station: Bras Basah MRT (CC2) (Walk 4 mins from Exit B)
  • Buses: 124, 147, 166, 174, 174E and 190 (Walk 2 mins from bus stop B04143)

2. Crazy Elephant Bar

  • Crazy Elephant Bar Image: Crazy Elephant Bar
  • Best for
    A Rock 'n' Roll Blues night
  • Price
    S$12 - S$20 per dish
  • Address
    3E River Valley Road, #01-03/04 Clarke Quay Block E, Singapore 179024
  • Phone
    +65 6337 7859
  • Opening hours
    Mon: 17:00 - 01:00
    Tue, Wed, Thu & Sun: 17:00 - 02:00
    Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 17:00 - 03:00
  • Website

Crazy Elephant is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues bar, which is famous for its great live music, fun atmosphere, and excellent service in Singapore. It attracts not only locals but also expats and visitors from other countries. Especially, many well-known singers and bands like Robbie Williams, Ronan Keating and Deep Purple have performed at Crazy Elephant.

Highlights

  • Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues bar in Singapore:  If you are a true Blues fan, Crazy Elephant is definitely a place for you. Enjoy wonderful performances nightly with the hottest blues and rock bands in Singapore, especially on Wednesdays and Saturdays with Blues Machine band’s performances.
  • Witty and funny jokes on television screens: This is one of Crazy Elephant’s highlights attracting people of all ages. The bar makes a good job of collecting extremely humorous and naughty jokes to entertain its customers.
  • Exciting Jam nights on Sundays: A special jam session is usually organized on Sunday nights when customers can perform on stage. Crazy Elephant welcomes everyone to perform on stage, simply tell the bar staff if you want.

SERVICE: Crazy Elephant service is great and fast, additionally their staffs are very friendly and attentive to customers’ requests.

AMBIENCE: Crazy Elephant bar provides customers with a pleasant, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. There are two seating areas, air-conditioned indoor section and al fresco area, designed for those who would love to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Singapore river. The wooden decor and graffiti walls make indoor seating a beautiful place to enjoy drinks and live music.

FOOD AND DRINK: The bar offers a wide selection of alcoholic drinks including draught beers, bottled beers, canned beers, cider, champagne, gin, vodka, cognac, rum, tequila, whiskey, liqueurs, wines, absinthe, aperitif, shooter, cocktails as well as non-alcohol drinks like mocktails, juices and soft drinks.

It also serves a range of good food taken from its neighbouring restaurants. Foods include snacks, starters, and main dishes such as fish and chips, beef burger, chicken burger, rib-eye steak, lamb rack, and surf & turf.

LIVE PERFORMANCE: Live bands play from 22:00 till late every night. Performance schedule:

  • Monday: Good Question
  • Tuesday: Mean Jeanne
  • Wednesday: Blues Machine
  • Thursday: Latitude One
  • Friday: Mean Jeanne
  • Saturday: Blues Machine
  • Sunday: Jamming Session

PRICES:

  • No cover charge
  • Drinks cost from S$12
  • Snacks cost from S$8
  • Starters cost from $14
  • Main dishes cost from S$20

GETTING THERE:

  • Buses: 32, 54, 195, 1N, 2N, 3N, 4N, 5N, 6N, NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5, NR6, and NR (Walk 1 min from bus stop B04211)
  • Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay MRT (NE5) (Walk 1 min from Exit C)

3. Cool Cats

  • Cool Cats Image: Cool Cats
  • Best for
    A Jazz music night
  • Price
    Drinks from $18
    Snacks from $8
  • Address
    32 Beach Rd, Singapore 189764
  • Phone
    +65 6818 1920
  • Opening hours
    Wed to Sat 20:30 – 01:00
  • Website

Cool Cats is a swanky jazz lounge located right across Raffles Hotel. The unmarked entrance gives the bar an air of secrecy, but once inside, you could tell that Cool Cats is not another of those secret bars that have been sprouting around Singapore.

Highlights

  • Live jazz by local and international artists: Local musicians regularly play jazz and R&B at Cool Cats. On occasion, international jazz artists are invited to perform. The Cool Cats stage has been graced by the likes of Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys from Perth, R&B sweetheart Janine Anice from London, The New Orleans Singapore Revue, and the Graeme Bell Hall of Famer, James Morrison.
  • Unique cocktails inspired by jazz music history: Cool Cats offers 14 signature cocktails that are carefully curated by its head mixologist, Nicola Paterno. Cocktails with names like Lady Ella, Holiday’s Protest, Ways of a Diva, La Vie En Rose, and East St. Louis Toodle-Do are enough to pique the interest of every jazz aficionado.

AMBIENCE: The interior of Cool Cats is reminiscent of New York jazz bars with its minimalist décor and plush seating. The small and cozy venue gives patrons a sense of a more personal experience with the performers.

DRINKS: The signature cocktails are the main bar menu attraction. Other alcoholic drinks include wine, gin, vodka, rum, tequila, whisky, cognac, brandy, beer, and international spirits. Crafted mocktails are also available.

 FOOD: The food menu is quite limited. Hot bar snacks include Crispy Duck Roll, Deep Fried Mooli Puff, and Wasabi Prawn. Cold selections like caviar, Iberico Ballota, and Kinglas Fillet are also available.

 LOCATION: Cool Cats is located at the 3-storey entertainment venue, The NCO Club. It is right across Raffles Hotel along Beach Avenue at Singapore’s art and culture district.

 SERVICE: Cool Cats has been getting raves for its very attentive and friendly staff. 

 PRICES:

  • Drinks from $18
  • Signature cocktails from $22
  • Mocktails from $15
  • Bar snacks from $8

 NOTE: Ticketed events require admission fees.

 GETTING THERE:

  • Bus lines: 56, 57, 100, 107, 107M, 961, 961M (Walk 1 minute from bus stop 01619.
  • Nearest MRT station: Esplanade MRT (CC3) (Walk 2 minutes from Exit F)

4. Wala Wala Cafe Bar

  • Wala Wala Cafe Bar Image: Wala Wala Cafe Bar
  • Best for
    A music night starting early
  • Price
    Drinks from S$7
    Food from S$9
  • Address
    31 Lorong Mambong,  Singapore 277689
  • Phone
    +65 6462 4288
  • Opening hours
    Mon to Thu:  16:00 - 01:00
    Fri: 16:00 - 02:00
    Sat: 15:00 - 02:00
    Sun: 15:00 - 01:00
  • Website

Wala Wala, one of the coolest addresses in Singapore, is an atmospheric cafe bar, which serves great drinks and great music. The Cafe Bar has two floors. The ground is set up as a restaurant serving food while the first floor is reserved for live bands’ performances every night.

Highlights

  • A favourite live music bar of the locals: Proudly serving excellent live music for over 20 years in Singapore, Wala Wala Cafe Bar has become one of the best places to enjoy music in the island city. To many Singaporeans, Wala Wala is a part of their childhood and adulthood, a relaxed place to chill out with family and friends.
  • Live performances at Wala Wala start earlier than at its counterparts: This is one of the main draws of Wala Wala Cafe Bar as many people want to enjoy live music for two to three hours and still probably get home before midnight. Performances start from 19:00 on weekdays and 21:30 on weekends.

AMBIENCE: Ambience at Wala Wala music bar is always cheerful, exciting, and relaxed with a lot of people including the locals as well as foreigners.

DRINK: Wala Wala offers a wide selection of beers, spirits, cocktails, and wines as well as non-alcohol drinks like juices, soft drinks, coffee and tea.

FOOD: The bar serves a range of good foods including finger foods, salads, pasta and pizzas. Among them, Wala Wala chicken wings, calamari, jalapenos, and caesar salad are recommended.

LOCATION: Wala Wala Cafe Bar is located at Holland Village, an exciting and entertaining nightlife district in Singapore, where there are many good restaurants and bars/pubs.

SERVICE: Wala Wala Cafe Bar service is inconsistent.

LIVE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

  • Monday: Zsa Zsa Scorpion from 19:00, and 53A from 21:30
  • Tuesday: 3 In A Crowd from 19:00, and Tabula from 21:30
  • Wednesday: Chris & Diana from 19:00, and Pennylane from 21:30
  • Thursday: Clarence & Jiamin from 19:00, and Shirlyn & The UnXpected from 21:30
  • Friday: Randolf Arriola from 19:00, and Reverie from 21:30
  • Saturday: Shirlyn & The UnXpected from 21:30
  • Sunday: Jack & Rai from 21:30

Visit its website for the latest updates http://www.walawala.sg/

 PRICES:

  • No cover charge
  • Drinks cost from S$7
  • Snacks cost from S$9
  • Salads cost from S$9
  • Pastas cost from S$13
  • Pizzas cost from S$15

GETTING THERE:

  • Buses: 5N, 7, 61, 75, 77, 95, 165, and 970 (Walk 1 min from bus stop B11261)
  • Nearest MRT Station: Holland Village MRT (CC21) (Walk 2 mins from Exit B)

5. Hero’s

  • Hero’s Image: Hero's
  • Best for
    A night of rock and pop music
  • Price
    Drinks from S$11
    Food from S$8
  • Address
    69 Circular Road, #01-01, Singapore 049423
  • Phone
    +65 6438 6058
  • Opening hours
    Mon to Fri 11:00 – 03:00
    Sat 15:00 – 04:00
  • Website

Hero’s is a wild, wild west themed bar that has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2019 by TripAdvisor. It is a hit among expats for a night of rock and pop music, or after office drinks. Hero’s also doubles as a sports bar where you can watch your favorite sporting events on the widescreen while enjoying a few drinks with fellow sports fans.

Highlights

  • A variety of entertainment: Hero’s is a popular place to enjoy live music (6 nights a week) from its resident bands (Vevo) or watch live sportscasts on the biggest screens that you can find inside a bar in Singapore. On Tuesday nights, people flock to Hero’s for a night of rolling laughter with Comedy Masala.
  • VIP area with beer-tap tables: The VIP section provides some privacy for guests who want to stay away from the rocking and roaring crowd. Each VIP booth is equipped with two draft beer taps with electronic tracking and real-time display so guests can keep track of their alcohol consumption.
  • 2,500 sq. ft. of party space: Hero’s is divided into an al fresco area, the main indoor seating, and a three-booth VIP section. This provides a good option for birthday parties, stag nights, corporate events, or any other special occasion that calls for a fun night of partying.

AMBIENCE: Hero’s is a cozy place despite its huge space. It is usually packed with expats, especially on weekends. The outdoor area is great for chilling out and doing people watching right along the street, away from the loud music. The VIP section provides air-conditioned comfort and privacy in an elevated space a few steps up from the main indoor tables.

DRINKS: Hero’s serves five brands of draught beers namely Asahi, Kronenbourg 1664, Brooklyn Lager, Connor’s Stout, and Carlsberg. Craft and regular bottled beer is also available as well as a selection of wine, gin, vodka, tequila, rum, bourbon, whisky, cocktails, shooters, and non-alcoholic drinks.

 FOOD: Hero’s is in collaboration with local company and next-door neighbor, Foodcoholic. The food menu features a fusion of Indian and Western cuisine. Popular items include kebabs, wraps, pasta, and pizzas.

 LOCATION: Hero’s is located at a strip of bars and restaurants along Circular Road, a stone’s throw away from the Singapore River. It is hard to miss given its wide frontage and huge shop sign.

 PRICES:

  • Alcoholic drinks from $11
  • Appetizers from $8
  • Pizza from $14
  • Pasta from $13
  • Main dishes from $12
  • Special platters from $25

 GETTING THERE:

  • Bus lines: NR1, NR3 (Walk 1 minute from bus stop B05009)
  • Nearest MRT station: Raffles Place MRT (EW14/NS26) (Walk 6 minutes from Exit B) and Clarke Quay MRT (NE5) (Walk 8 mins from Exit E)

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