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What’s better than knocking back some drinks with friends on a Friday night? A live band of course! With more quaint bars offering customised drinks popping up in popular areas like Club Street, Amoy Street and Telok Ayer Street, there’s been a lack of bars that feature a live band.

Don’t get me wrong, quaint bars are really great but when you just want a place to relax after a long week,  live music just has that ‘kickback and relax’ vibe. We’ve found 5 bars that have made live music a big feature in their bars, and we’re telling you they sound AMAZING!

1. Blu Jaz


Blu Jazz needs no introduction if you’ve ever walked the streets of Haji Lane. While other bars have come and gone, Blu Jazz has stood the test of time. If you’re ever in the area and in need of place to relax after a long day Blu Jazz is the perfect place. WithDJs and live jazz bands playing here every other day of the week, it’s no wonder Blu Jaz is a favourite among locals and expats!

Blu Jazz
11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam, S189848
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu, 12pm – 1am; Fri, 12pm – 2am; Sat, 3pm – 2am
Contact: 6292 3800

2. Timber @ The Substation

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A favourite among yuppies and university students, Timber @ The Substation has made its mark as one of the most popular bars in Singapore (let’s be honest we’ve all been there at least once!).  All of Timber’s venues have been known for their live bands and singers. Timber @ The Substation has got to be their most popular venue, al fresco seating coupled with amazing live music alongside good company and their amazing pizzas, you know you’re in for a good time!

Timber @ The Substation
45 Armenian St, S179936
Opening Hours: Tue – Thu, 6pm – 1am; Fri – Sat, 6pm – 2am
Contact: 6338 8030

3. The Powder Room @ Black Swan

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Looking for an 1920’s old fashioned bar complete with sultry tunes? The Powder Room is the place to be. The bar is decked out in dark wood and plush seats. Live performances are a monthly affair so check out their Facebook for up and coming performances! If you’re looking for good stiff drink after a hard day at work, you know where to head to!

The Powder Room @ Black Swan
19 Cecil St, S049704
Opening Hours: Mon, 11.30am – 11pm; Tue- Thu, 11.30am – 12am; Fri, 11.30am – 1am; Sat: 5pm – 1am
Contact: 6438 3757

4. Crazy Elephant

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Looking for something less Top 40 and more rock and roll? Crazy Elephant has got you covered! The live bands here are all about rock and roll, intertwined with just a pinch of the blues the music here will take you back to a different time. Crazy Elephant’s set up is pretty intimate, set up like a garage it’s just you and the music here!

Crazy Elephant
3E River Valley Rd, #01-03/04 Clarke Quay,S179024
Contact: 6337 7859

5. Wala Wala

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Located in Lorong Mambong in Holland Village, Wala Wala is a favourite for live music. While the ground floor is all about food, drinks and the live football matches upstairs is a whole different ball game. The second floor of Wala Wala is a lot more intimate, often chock full of people it’s all about the music here. And the music here is amazing! The live bands go much earlier compared to other bars, so you can definitely pop up even on the weekdays!

Wala Wala
31 Lorong Mambong, S277689
Contact: 6462 4288

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