When it comes to truly letting down one’s hair after a hectic day at work, nothing can quite rival partaking in a little (drunken) sing-a-long while chugging down boozy brews at a vibrant, live music venue. After all, who can resist unleashing their inner Beyoncé, Adele or ’90s boyband member after spending the whole afternoon stuck in a stuffy office?
But for those of us who aren’t as fond of top 40 hits (or public humiliation), and prefer to unwind to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Jamie Cullum in a more refined, intimate setting, here are 5 jazz bars to visit for that next session of post-work revelry. From a sexy whisky joint serving up cigars and the blues, to a new restaurant-bar run by the owners of the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival, these spiffy spots are bound to satisfy every music lover’s soul.
This newly opened restaurant-bar at Pan Pacific Orchard is a sleek, dimly-lit spot with velvet curtains and walls lined with pictures of music legends such as Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder. It is opened by the folks behind the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and features an ever-changing roster of live performances by homegrown and international musicians. Details on its upcoming acts are still under wraps, but the place officially opened with a bang last week with a gig by British soul singer Omar.
Montreux Jazz Café, 10 Claymore Road, Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore 229540, +65 6733 0091, www.montreuxjazzcafe.com
Located at The St Regis Singapore, this elegant bar serves a variety of wines, cocktails and tasty bar bites such as wagyu beef burgers and gourmet cheeses. Enjoy these scrumptious offerings while relaxing to the dulcet tones of resident jazz pianist-singer Ron Sinclair, who performs daily from 6pm to 1am.
Astor Bar, The St. Regis Singapore, Lobby Level. 29 Tanglin Road, +65 6506 6859, www.astorbar.com
Tucked away in the basement of boutique hotel The Club, B28 is a cosy bar that boasts an extensive drink repertoire of over 200 Scottish single malts and more than 30 rums. It also features live jazz performances by musicians the likes of saxophonist Nicole Duffell and Jeremy Monteiro. If you’re feeling extra-indulgent, treat yourself to one of the bar’s famed cigars.
B28, The Club, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708, +65 9298 8863, theclub.com.sg
Savour premium whiskies while catching blues, soul, funk and jazz performances at this lounge operated by the Timbre Group. Situated inside The Arts House, it’s open from Wednesday to Saturday, with weekly open mic sessions. Homegrown band Raw Earth takes the stage every Wednesday with its upbeat line-up of blues and soul tunes.
Barber Shop by Timbre, The Arts House, #01-03, Annex Building, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429, +65 6336 3386, www.facebook.com/BarberShopByTimbre
Run by the folks behind the annual Singapore International Jazz Festival, this lounge at boutique hotel The Sultan stages gigs by local and international acts. Past performers include Albare, Richard Jackson and Ezra Brown. On Sundays, it holds jamming sessions, where aspiring musicians are welcome to join the resident band and showcase their talent.
The Singapore Jazz Club, The Sultan, 101 Jalan Sultan, #01-01, Singapore 199002, +65 8481 3034, www.thesultan.com.sg