Uptown funk: 5 best live music venues in Singapore

Whether you lean towards jazz, top 40 hits, or high-octane rock ‘n’ roll, there’s just something about live music that easily elevates a dining experience. A dinner date suddenly becomes a lot more romantic when it’s accompanied by acoustic tunes, while Sunday brunch instantly feels much more luxurious when set against a backdrop of upbeat jazz numbers.

Keeping this in mind, several restaurants around Singapore are paying just as much attention to their music playlists as they are their menus. From getting local bands to showcase their talent, to hosting themed nights that feature different performers every day, these live music venues the likes of Monti and VLV are pulling out all the stops to entertain their guests. And they haven’t neglected their gastronomic offerings either, with delicious options spanning Western, Cantonese and Italian cuisines.

Here are 5 of our favourite places to visit for a sumptuous feast paired with rousing tunes.

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1/5

Monti

Unwind over modern Italian cuisine and jazz music at Monti, an elegant waterfront venue at the Fullerton Pavilion. The lounge has a lineup of veteran musicians the likes of drum legend Louis Soliano, singer Melissa Tham and composer Jeremy Monteiro — who curates its music programme. It also has themed nights, with Mondays being dedicated to the blues, and Sundays for jamming sessions. On 24 and 25 March, Monti will present a special two-nights only show featuring saxophonist Jakob Dinesen, drummer Chanutr Techatananan, and Monteiro.

Monti, 82 Collyer Quay, Fullerton Pavilion Singapore 049327, +65 6535 0724

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Brasserie Les Saveurs

In conjunction with the upcoming Singapore International Jazz Festival, Brasserie Les Saveurs at The St Regis Singapore has launched a series of champagne brunches accompanied by jazz music. Available on 26 March and 2 April, the sessions feature Nick Zavior and Dylan Foster respectively. If the music alone isn’t enough to satisfy your soul, the brunch also offers a mouthwatering spread of antipasto, cold cuts and seafood, paired with Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV.

Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, +65 6506 6860

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VLV

This swanky multi-concept establishment comprises a modern Chinese restaurant, an alfresco courtyard and riverside seating area, and a club lounge with a DJ spinning an eclectic mix of tunes spanning Cantopop, top 40 and house music. For live music performances, head over to its courtyard area, which plays host to local musicians every day at 9pm. Sit back, relax and don’t forget to order some of the restaurant’s signature dishes such as Peking duck.

VLV Restaurant, 3A Merchant’s Court, River Valley Road, #01-02, Singapore 179020, +65 6661 0197

4/5

Hard Rock Cafe Singapore

This iconic restaurant is known for its rock ‘n’ roll vibe, extensive display of music memorabilia, and hearty comfort fare such as burgers, ribs and nachos. Located at HPL House along Cuscaden Road, its interiors and menu underwent a major makeover last year. Diners can look forward to rousing performances by homegrown acts such as Jive Talkin’, Zsa Zsa Scorpion and Douglas O.

Hard Rock Cafe Singapore, 50 Cuscaden Road, #02-01, HPL House, Singapore 249724, +65 6235 5232

5/5

The Black Swan

Housed in a restored 1930s building, this Art Deco-inspired establishment serves up Western fare such as steaks, salads and oysters, alongside a range of cocktails. It opened an alfresco seating area late last year, where local bands the likes of Fuze Collective take the stage every Tuesday.

The Black Swan, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704, +65 6438 3757