Singapore is typically known for its gigantic shopping malls, luxury hotels and a bustling city centre. On top of all these, there is a vibrant local music scene, with a wide variety of live music bars and cafes to choose from. Whatever genre of music you enjoy, there is something for you in Singapore! From rock & roll cover bands to local jazz starlets to top 40 hit singers, you’ll find something of your liking here in the sunny island of Singapore. Here, we cover our top 5 favourite live music cafes and bars that would be a great guide to start with, especially on your first trip to Singapore:
No. 1: Wala Wala Café and Bar (Holland Village)
One of the longest running local live music bars in Singapore is Wala Wala Café and Bar. Located in the cosy neighbourhood known as Holland Village, Wala Wala Café and Bar is a double storey complex of fun and laughter, with the live football screening on the first floor and with the live music area on the second floor. Wala Wala Café and Bar is a musical hotspot that many locals and expats frequent to hang out and listen to their favourite local bands that play a mixture of cover and original songs. They have nightly live music and every band that performs there adds a special touch of magic to the atmosphere. Wala Wala is also known for their wide selection of craft beers and even rare Japanese whiskies, so you’ll be sure to be well hydrated during your time there!
Photo Credit: Wala Wala Cafe and Bar Facebook Page
Wala Wala Café and Bar
Address: 31 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, Singapore 277689
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/walawala.sg
No. 2: Timbre (Various Branches – Substation, the Arts House and Gillman Barracks)
In recent years, Timbre has been growing from strength to strength and is a gathering place for music lovers of all ages looking to enjoy a rocking night out with their friends. Additionally, Timbre is a popular spot for birthday dinners as the bands are known to invite the birthday boy or girl on stage to sing a special dedication for them. The flagship branch of Timbre at the Arts House is increasingly getting popular with tourists who want a nice dinner and live local music after visiting nearby Merlion Park, Parliament House and Fullerton Hotel!
Photo Credit: Timbre Singapore Facebook Page
Timbre @ The Arts House: 1 Old Parliament Lane, 01-04 The Arts House, Singapore 179429
Timbre @ The Substation: 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
Timbre @ Gillman: 9A Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108926
No. 3: Crazy Elephant (Clarke Quay)
Located in the popular nightlife complex of Clarke Quay, Crazy Elephant is one of the most popular jam bars in the area. Known for getting unsuspecting victims on stage to jam with the band, Crazy Elephant is a great place to pre-game for a night of clubbing or to unwind after a long day of walking around the touristy areas nearby with the best blues hits of the 80s, 90s and today. The atmosphere there can be truly said to be a walk on the wilder side of life as you never know what you’ll get!
Photo Credit: Crazy Elephant Facebook Page
Address: 3E River Valley Road, 01-03/04, Singapore 179024
No. 4: Blu Jaz Cafe (Haji Lane)
If it’s experimental jazz you’re looking for, look no further than Blu Jazz at Haji Lane. Housed in the bustling neighbourhood of Haji Lane within the wider Kampong Glam cultural enclave, Blu Jazz adds its own flavour to a vibrant nightlife that many tourists have come to love about the area. Blu Jazz often runs events with guest bands so do check out their Facebook page before heading down so you’ll know what to expect!
Photo Credit: Blu Jaz Facebook Page
Address: 11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam, Singapore 189848
No. 5: Lulu’s Lounge (Pan Pacific Hotel at Marina)
Looking to enjoy the music with a fine cocktail to unwind after a long day of sightseeing or sourcing for a good spot to find someone special to travel with, then you simply have to head over to Lulu’s Lounge. Lulu’s Lounge at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Marina is just the place for good looking people to mingle and the music is sure to put you in the mood for love!
Photo Credit: Lulu’s Lounge Facebook Page
Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595