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The Best Live Music Venues in Singapore
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The Best Live Music Venues in Singapore

Picture of Elizabeth Lee
Updated: 8 November 2016
Singapore has a lively music scene, with its many local artists and bands covering numerous genres, from alternative to jazz. Here are some of the best places to listen to live music and discover the local music talent in this vibrant city.

One of the most well-known live music bars in Singapore, Timbre indeed deserves its reputation. It is home to six resident bands, while also featuring other local talents from time to time. The décor is mostly made from wood, giving a warm, rustic feel, which is added to by the alfresco bar and performance area in the warm night air. The first of its three branches in Singapore, Timbre @ The Substation delivers exactly what this venue is known and loved for – good music, comfort food, and a chill, relaxed atmosphere.

Opening hours: 6pm – 1am (Sun – Thur), 6pm – 2am (Fri – Sat)

Address: 45 Armenian Street, The Substation Garden, Singapore 179936, +65 6338 8030

True to its name, Hood Bar and Café aims to be a neighborhood for the local music community to gather, listen to music with drinks, and unwind from the stress of work and city life in general. It indeed lives up to its goal with its graffiti-covered walls, wide spacious area, and dynamic music scene. Conveniently located in Bugis, Hood has a number of resident artists, all local musicians and bands who are among the best in Singapore’s music scene.

Opening hours: 5pm – 1am (Sun – Wed), 5pm – 3am (Thur – Sat)

Address: Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street #05-07, Singapore 188067, +65 62218846 / +65 90685863

Live music performance at Hood Bar & Cafe | Courtesy of Hood Bar & Cafe
Live music performance at Hood Bar & Cafe | Courtesy of Hood Bar & Cafe

If you’re looking for live music venues in Singapore, you can’t miss out on the granddaddy of the island nation’s live music. One of the first pioneers into the world of Singaporean local bands and performance venues, Wala Wala Café Bar remains to this day one of the best place to go for live music. With a restaurant occupying the first floor and a bar and performance area on the second floor, Wala Wala Café Bar is a classic venue that draws both locals, expats and travelers.

Opening hours: 4pm – 1am (Mon – Thurs), 4pm – 2am (Fri), 3pm – 2am (Sat), 3pm – 1am (Sun)

Address: 31 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277689, +65 6462 4288

Band performing at Wala Wala Cafe Bar | © Steel Wool/Flickr
Band performing at Wala Wala Cafe Bar | © Steel Wool/Flickr

A must-visit place for rock n’ roll and blues lovers, Crazy Elephant is located at Clarke Quay, with a fantastic view of the river from its outdoor alfresco area. With its dynamic music, laid-back vibe and great food and drinks, this long-time favourite of locals and expats has a sense of classic authenticity that is slowly disappearing from the city. They also have an open-night jam session on Sunday nights, so aspiring musicians can have a chance to showcase their talents.

Opening hours: 5pm – 1am (Mon), 5pm – 2am (Tue – Thur, Sun), 5pm – 3am (Fri – Sat, eve of public holiday)

Address: 3E River Valley Road, #01-03/04 Clarke Quay Block E, Singapore 179024, +65 6337 7859

Blues performance at Crazy Elephant | © cat_collector/Flickr
Blues performance at Crazy Elephant | © cat_collector/Flickr

Located in the exotic and colourful Muslim district of Kampong Glam, Blu Jaz Café is one of the best places to go for alternative music. Both popular and unknown artists perform regularly at this venue, and an interesting and vibrant crowd turns up to listen with drinks and shisha. The upper floors of the venue also transform into a dance floor with a DJ later in the evening.

Opening hours: 12pm – 12:30am (Mon – Fri), 4pm – 1:30am (Sat), closed Sun

Address: 11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam, Singapore 189848, +65 9199 0610

Bar at Blu Jaz Cafe | © Tommy Low/Flickr
Bar at Blu Jaz Cafe | © Tommy Low/Flickr