All That Jazz: Singapore’s Best Jazz and Blues Bars
There’s nothing like soothing jazz or folksy blues to uplift the soul after a busy day’s sightseeing, and there are plenty of great options across the Lion City. I set out recently to find the best jazz and blues bars in Singapore – an entirely blissful experience!
Why not follow in my footsteps and head to four of my favourites:
Blu Jaz Café: You’ll recognise Blu Jaz for its summery orange and blue façade, as well as the tables of chattering customers at tables outside – there’s none more charming than this music café on Bali Lane in historical Kampong Glam. Fill up a spot in the downstairs café or head to the upstairs lounge. Jazz is live three days a week, but watch out, the place gets crowded on weekends.
Crazy Elephant: A must for blues fans, Crazy Elephant calls the wild and soulful. The Rock ‘n Roll bar has a reputation for hosting awesome live music, and any night of the week there will be a band gracing the stage or, on Sundays, it could be you! The Sunday jam session is open stage night for anyone who wants to perform – all you need to do is tell a barman. I love the raw wood and graffiti look inside, but wouldn’t argue that the outdoors view over the Singapore River is pretty hard to beat.
The Singjazz Club: Jazz finds an exclusive address at Singjazz. Hidden within the confines of the Sultan Boutique, also at Kampong Glam, this intimate listening room has amazing acoustics, making it a premier destination for local and international performers and one of the only places in the city where you can order a drink, sit back and enjoy live jazz that sounds like it would at a concert hall.
The Astor Club: Ritzy leather and deep-wood surrounds at The Astor are immediately comforting, but stress is further soothed away by resident jazz pianist Ron Sinclair. Order a drink and tune in as he tinkles the ivories and croons into the night.
If you are keen to keep an ear out for other live music, ask my team which acts are playing where. I’m sure we’ll find something that delights!