The vibrant nightlife in Singapore is nothing short of exciting. Filled with a myriad of bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants, these places are perfect for spending the evening unwinding and foot-tapping to live music. Whether you are looking to scream your lungs out at Wala Wala, or simply looking to settle into an introspective mood at the Crazy Elephant, there are countless options that will tickle your fancy. If you have just moved to the country, this guide will show you some of the best live music venues you can drop by for a relaxing evening.
Best Live Music Venues
For more than two decades, the Crazy Elephant has been entertaining patrons with its unpretentious live music scene. Priding itself for having no dress code, no cover charges or any fakery, this place is as authentic as they come. Located in a heritage shop-house by the famous Singapore River, the Crazy Elephant is noted to be Singapore’s home of Rock n Roll Blues Music. The best part? You don’t have to break the bank for a good time at this place. The live performances here are free-of-charge. Unwind with a cold beer or two while grooving to the nostalgic rock riffs and stirring vocals of professional cover bands who relive legends like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Allman Brothers and ZZ Top.
Situate on Circular Road, Hero’s boasts a contemporary yet timeless Old West Saloon style interiors. Hero’s has a live band that entertains patrons six nights a week. While here, tap your fingers to high-octane sets of rock and pop classics. The entertainment kickstarts off at 10 pm daily, so make sure you are early enough to grab the best seats in the house before the show starts. Good news for sports fans, this bar regularly screens sports games and has beer tap tables, so you can enjoy a pint right at your own table while watching the game. If you’re feeling famished, this place serves a wide selection of mouth-watering kebabs, burgers, pasta, pizzas, unique platters and other pub grub to tantalise your palate.
Whether you are looking to get some respite from the hustle and bustle of the city or simply trying to unwind and relax after a long day, Going Om will provide a perfect balance of both. Inspired by the spirit of the Himalayan mountains, this cafe/bar concept more functions more like a sanctuary. Apart from priding itself as a place that seeks harmony, bliss and peacefulness, Going Om offers a conducive and holistic environment for patrons to relax with a bucket of beer while soaking up the soothing tunes of local and international talent. Some of its most popular performers include The Lost Hat, The Jukuleles, Fairuz and many more. But that’s not all, this place also offers a number of alternative services including holistic healing, card readings as well as meditation and yoga classes.
Travel back in time to the back alley clubs of New York in the 60s. Noted for being an interesting innovation on the Singapore nightlife scene, Lulu’s Lounge possesses an experience that is truly one-of-a-kind. From its unconventional interiors to its carefully curated entertainment, Lulu’s Lounge provides patrons with an unforgettable night out. The live music in this club ranges from funk/soul, pop. disco, house, hip hop/RnB, jazz, dancehall and rock. However, don’t expect this place to a typical mega-club that overwhelms your senses with its blinding lights and pounding music. Lulu’s Lounge is a place where you can relax without feeling bored. There is never a dull moment at the lounge as the club hosts retro DJ performances from internationally acclaimed names, live acoustics and burlesque star guests. The venue also provides a fun and exciting twist on light bar snacks and classic cocktails.
Wala Wala Cafe & Bar
The relaxed yet sophisticated venue, which is sometimes known affectionately as Wala’s to the locals, is a perfect place for beer aficionados and live music fans. Since 1993, this cafe and bar has entertained and engaged patrons of all walks of life. Its distinct yellow-lit bar has been frequented by sports fans who catch the game as it screens on the several flat-screen TVs that adorn the walls of the bar. While the sports fans kick back with a cold one and catch the game on the first level, the second level hosts various local music and comedy acts for anyone looking for an entertaining evening.
Needless to say, Singapore is home to a number of live music venues that will cater to a wide range of interests. Whether you are looking for a quiet time out with friends or looking to switch up your evening with something a little more unconventional, there is always something that will appeal to your mood for the night.