6 live music bars perfect for Singapore students

6 live music bars perfect for Singapore students

With school starting — or having already started for some — it's always good to take a break every now and then. If you're looking for some time away from projects, there's really no better place than a bar with live music. Here are six of the best live music bars nearest to school campuses to take the edge off.


(nearest to SMU School Of Law)

Located near the SMU School of Law, Timbre @ Substation has often been touted as one of the most popular live music joints in Singapore. Local bands play at the bar every night, so students are sure to be in for a treat, along with the good food. 

Where?: 45 Armenian St, Singapore 179936

When?: 6pm to 1am, Tuesdays to Thursdays. 6pm to 2am, Fridays & Saturdays. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Five Tapas @ Cuppage

(nearest to Kaplan Singapore (Cuppage))

Anyone who enjoys cheap drinks, snacks and fantastic live music should definitely check out Five Tapas @ Cuppage. With half-pints of beer and a selection of house-pour wines available at $5 around the clock as part of their happy hour (which runs all night long), it doesn't cost much to have a good night out. Some of the highly raved-about delicacies on their menu include Garlic Cockles and Spam Fries. 

Where?: 25 Cuppage Road, Cuppage Terrace, 229454

When?: 5pm - 12am, Mondays to Sundays

Acid Bar

(nearest to Kaplan Singapore (Cuppage))

Acid Bar is just a short distance away from Somerset MRT and Cuppage Terrace. With a great line-up of live bands that perform every night and fantastic food like Pig Out (a delectable pulled pork burger), this is a must visit bar for students to unwind. You can find their full line-up of performers here.

Where?: 180 Orchard Road Peranakan Place, 238846 Singapore

When?: 5pm to 2am, Sundays to Thursdays. 5pm to 3am, Fridays, Saturdays and Eve of Public Holidays.

Molly Roffey's Irish Pub

(nearest to Kaplan Singapore (Wilkie) & SMU)

Molly Roffey's Irish Pub plays host to live bands every Wednesday and Friday from 7:30pm. Inertia plays on Wednesdays while the Trella Trio play on Fridays. Music lovers who enjoy live music and good ole' pint of Guinness Draught. 

Where?: 51 Bras Basah Road, #01-02A Manulife Centre, 189554

When?: 12pm - 2am, Mondays to Sundays.

Hood Bar & Cafe

(nearest to Kaplan Singapore (Wilkie) & SMU)

Situated at the convenient location of Bugis, Hood Bar & Cafe is a must-visit destination for young fans of original local music and funky street-art decors. Alongside the great music, you should also definitely try their famous "har cheong" chicken wings. 

Where?: 201 Victoria Street, #05-07, Bugis+, 188067

When?: 5pm to 1am, Sundays to Wednesdays. 5pm to 3am, Thursdays - Saturdays.

Wala Wala Cafe Bar @ Holland Village

(nearest to NUS/NTU)

Holland Village is home to the famous Wala Wala Cafe Bar, quite possibly the best live music spot in Singapore. Wala Wala frequently boasts a slew of great live bands but the real treat is in the two staple bands that play the joint. 

Shirlyn and the UnXpected, along with Jack and Rai are known to play at Wala Wala and when they do, fans are in for a good night with their music, chicken and pizza. Oh, and the great beer of course. With Holland Village being near NUS, it's definitely a spot for music-loving students to hit up.

Where?: 31 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, 277689

When?: 4pm to 1am, Mondays to Thursdays. 4pm to 2am on Fridays. 3pm to 2am on Saturdays. 3pm to 1am on Sundays.