Jazz bars in Singapore: Restaurants, bars and lounges with live music, cocktails and small bites

Cool Cats at The NCO Club, Madame Fan

These cool places in the city promise a fun night out with groovy tunes by local and international bands

Let’s face it. Singapore isn’t quite a city that people flock to for jazz music. That honour belongs to the likes of New York City, Tokyo, New Orleans and Paris. But apart from the yearly Sing Jazz Festival, there are a handful of venues that play host to a sterling range of jazz musicians, all doing their part to elevate this genre here in the city. From intimate bars to swanky lounges and grungy joints, here’s our edit of the best spots to treat your ears to an unforgettable night of jazz music.

Blu Jaz Cafe

Unassuming, a little bit grungy and located in the atmospheric Kampong Glam district, this 12-year-old jazz stalwart should certainly be on the must-visit list of fans of live music. On any given night, expect to walk into a lively hangout boasting a varied roster of entertainment that could range from jazz, funk and soul to poetry slams or open mic sessions. You won’t go hungry here either – the killer Middle Eastern fare is lip smackingly delicious and there are local favourites like chicken curry and sambal fried rice too. Thirsty? The beer towers are especially popular.

Blu Jazz Cafe
11 Bali Lane
Singapore 189848
Tel: +65 6292 3800

Monti

Like us, you might still be mourning the loss of Catalyuna, the stellar Spanish restaurant on the Fullerton Waterfront. But its replacement, Monti, an Italian restaurant and jazz bar, certainly lives up to the high bar set by its predecessor. The swanky jazz lounge, which boasts panoramic views of Singapore glittering skyline (best enjoyed at night), features a music lineup curated by our local godfather of jazz, Jeremy Monteiro. Expect a good mix of international, regional as well as up-and-coming local acts, with regulars including Beverly Morata, Skye Sirena and Rob Collins.

Monti
82 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049327
Tel: +65 6535 0724

Lulu’s Lounge

One of the latest night spots to hit the scene, the vibrant Lulu’s Lounge has been carefully designed to bring a little bit of 70’s Manhattan to Singapore. Dim lighting, exposed brick walls and graffiti add a gritty flavour to the club’s luxe lounge furnishings like peekaboo curtains, chandeliers and leather recliners. This is a place you’ll want to linger at — a live jazz act kicks things off before heralding a burlesque performance. You’ll also want to order food and cocktails liberally here as this place is run by the same team behind cocktail bar extraordinaire Employees Only. Hint: The Va Va Voom, a mezcal cocktail, sure packs a punch, in a good way.

Lulu’s Lounge
Pan Pacific Hotel
7 Raffles Boulevard
Singapore 039595
Tel: +65 9829 1922

Bob’s Bar

Put on your dancing shoes before you cross the bridge to get to Bob’s Bar in Sentosa. Located in the elegant Capella Singapore, this alfresco Cuban-inspired bar is a sweet spot to visit when you just want to get away from it all. On Friday nights, the Latin jazz band kicks things up a notch with groovy tunes for you to trot out your best salsa or swing moves. The Caribbean-inspired cocktails like fresh pressed mojitos by the mixologists of 28HKS certainly add to the free-wheeling vibe. On other nights, there’s a mix of acoustic, lounge or jazz so call ahead to find out who’s slated to perform.

Bob’s Bar
Capella Singapore
1 The Knolls
Sentosa Island
Singapore 098297
Tel: +65 6591 5047

Grand Shanghai Restaurant

Take a trip back in time to the legendary Bund in 1940s Shanghai at the Grand Shanghai Restaurant. This Chinese restaurant serves up a classic menu of dishes like smoked pomfret, braised duck with sea cucumber and drunken chicken as well as a selection of lesser known Chinese wines, which we hear could be the next big thing in oenology. They are perfect accompaniments to the night’s entertainment, a three-piece Shanghainese jazz band led by a 70-year-old pianist. They play a charming mix of familiar Chinese favourites and jazz melodies. Ps. They take song requests too.

Grand Shanghai Restaurant
King’s Centre
390 Havelock Road
Singapore 169662
Tel: +65 6836 6866

Astor Bar

There’s no better place to kick back and relax in a plush leather armchair than at this elegant gentleman’s lounge at the unparalleled St Regis Singapore. This celebrated hotel chain’s jazz roots run all the way back to the jazz age, when the St Regis New York played host to greats including Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Buddy Rich. Today, the St Regis continues to uphold this much loved tradition with the appointment of jazz singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum as its Connoisseur. He is also the ambassador for its Jazz Legends series and has performed at St Regis hotels around the world, including Singapore. At the Astor Bar, resident jazz pianist-singer Ron Sinclair charms guest daily with his dulcet vocals for a smooth, relaxing end to the night.

Needless to say, the bar is well stocked with top shelf tipple, from fine whiskeys and vintage Champagnes to handcrafted cocktails (try the Chilli Padi Mary, a riff on the classic Bloody Mary which was invented at the King Cole Bar in the St Regis New York).

Astor Bar
The St Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247911
Tel: +65 6506 6859

Barber Shop by Timbre

Consider this the cosier, indoor version of live music venue Timbre, making it the ideal den for the blues, funk, soul and jazz. A roster of local bands including Reverie Trio, Raw Earth, The Wayfarers and Good Question provide nightly entertainment and there’s also usually a weekly visiting artist. Just like the original Timbre, Barber Shop offers a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere and crowd pleasing bar bites like sausages and wings. Interestingly, its alcohol list includes an upscale range of premium whiskeys from Japan and Scotland, although familiar favourites like beer or gin and tonics are also available.

Barber Shop by Timbre
The Arts House
1 Old Parliament Lane, #01-03
Singapore 179429
Tel: +65 6336 3386

Cool Cats

Slated to open in June, expect local and international music acts to serenade you with the likes of jazz and r&b. It also doubles as a speakeasy, where you’ll can either order from a list that includes a mix of modern mixology and traditional classics, or leave it in the good hands of the bartender. Its sister establishment on the second floor, Madame Fan, also hosts regular live performances.

Cool Cats
The NCO Club
32 Beach Road
Singapore 189764
Tel: +65 6818 1908

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