6 top spots for live jazz in Singapore

Unwind over smooth sounds and smoother cocktails at Singapore's best jazz bars.

By Where Singapore Staff | Sep 22, 2017

Filled with a laid-back vibe, laid-back grooves, and a good selection of cocktails, here are great places to check out.

Axis Bar and Lounge

Enjoy your favorite tipple with a stunning view of Marina Bay, while soaking up jazz performances. Signature cocktails include the Mandarin Sling, Monkey Juice and Lemongrass Martini. By day, it's a lovely spot for afternoon high tea and by night becomes a great bar for music.

Blu Jaz

This spot is known for launching the careers of Japanese jazz pianist Aya Sekine and saxophonist Tim O’Dwyer. There is new talent on show every Friday, as up-and-coming jazz performers do their thing on the ground floor on a small stage near the cafe. They also have a regular slate of professional bands and singers. Casual and always inspiring. The crowd is eager to enjoy and appreciate the music.

Bob's Bar

Capella Hotel's indoor-outdoor bar is a great place to watch the Sentosa sunset. Lots of open space and comfy chairs. Cuba-inspired, there's a Latin jazz band playing from Wednesday to Friday and, appropriately, a good range of rum-based cocktails including mojitos made with freshly-squeezed sugar cane, and the Six Star Swizzle with rum, acai liqueur, spice garden syrup, Angostura bitters and fruit.

Montreux Jazz Cafe

Montreux offers live music and a bistro menu, set in an upscale, semi-casual space. Live performances consist of local and regional groups. Located at Pan Pacific Orchard, its menu features items named after jazz and blues legends, such as the B.B. Cheese Burger ($28), along with a wide variety of cocktails.

SingJazz Club

You'll be hearing people-pleasing pop-jazz here. Featured artists include local singer-songwriters Dawn Ho, Dylan Foster and Alicia Pan, as well as Shanghai vocalist Jasmine Chen. Guest acts like Ezra Brown take the groove into high gear, especially since they are often accompanied by some of Singapore’s best session musicians.

The Black Swan

A wonderful 1930s style heritage building makes this a dining spot worth seeking out. The menu features modern takes on American classics, created by consulting chef Sebastian Ng.  There are also old-style speakeasy cocktails, jazzed up for today's tastes. A spacious and gorgeous setting makes this an ideal spot for business drinks or after-work cocktails.

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