6 best live music bars in Singapore

Get your music fix at these popular live music venues—from classic rock, jazz, reggae jams and good ‘ol covers, these are the places to go to for a great set list. 

Acid Bar

, 6 best live music bars in SingaporeAcid Bar

Dark, intimate and set in a restored heritage shop house, the bar’s house bands play everything from jazz, pop and rock to classic evergreens and alternative numbers. Happy Hours happen daily till 9pm, with deals on house pours, spirits and Martinis. If you prefer a close get-together with your friends, you can always take your drink to the bar’s casual alfresco area. 

Blu Jaz

, 6 best live music bars in SingaporeBlu Jaz

Housed along a narrow lane in Kampong Glam’s bohemian enclave, this colorful jazz bar is where locals come to chill out on a balmy night about town. The laidback venue has a great entertainment line-up comprising a regular series of music performances featuring local jazz musicians, guest DJs spinning on the second floor and even stand-up comedy showcases. 

Barbershop by Timbre

Setting this place apart from the rest is the bar and restaurant’s new series of acoustic mike sessions, happening every Saturday from 7pm. Another of the venue’s highlight would be the Raggae Coustic Nights on Thursdays at 8.30pm, featuring a combination of reggae, dub and bass tones and spoken word. While music is definitely a huge draw here, it also has a decent menu of drinks and tapas, mains and pizzas.


, 6 best live music bars in SingaporeHero’s

From the people behind dive bar Mogambo, expect nothing less than a testosterone-driven atmosphere at this Boat Quay sports bar. It offers a decent variety of drinks ranging from beer to wine and champagne, spirits and cocktails, and a Tex Mex menu featuring gourmet burgers, quesadillas and other greasy pub grub. Besides regular screenings of sporting events, the bar’s resident live band, Black Rosary, plays ’70s rock and pop numbers from 10pm daily.

The Pump Room

This gastrobar and nightclub has a regular live music programme featuring resident bands like Raz Nat1on, which performs popular rock and pop hits. Easy-listening tunes aside, this is where people gather for their range of micro-brewed beer, which are made on-site, and an Australian Outback-inspired menu of steaks, burgers and pork knuckles. 

Crazy Elephant

This long-time rock and blues institution, which has been in Clarke Quay for almost 22 years, is a must for stellar live music. The open-concept bar is authentically gritty, with wooden tables covered in scribbles and graffiti, suggestive jokes flashing across the screens and a classic soundtrack by legendary musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Catch resident acts like Roach & The Blues Machine on stage, which has also been shared by famous stars like Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan.