Timbre @ The Substation
Timbre Group is a holding company with a diversiﬁed portfolio of a holistic and synergistic range of music, lifestyle, entertainment and education brands. Timbre Group’s objective is to create fresh and cutting edge ideas, always with substance, passion and integrity. What the Group does can be best described with the Timbre Group Eco-System which showcases its portfolio of music and lifestyle brands and business. Live Music Bars and Food & Beverage Services- Timbre @The Substation • Timbre @ The Arts House • Timbre @ Old School • Timbre Catering • Timbre Home Delivery
Tucked away in the back of Armenian Street, it is an ideal location for meeting up to get drinks and snacks before concerts at Fort Canning Park which is walkable distance away. You can even take a stroll along the arts belt and museum circuit after a night of wine and dine .
At risk of sounding cliche, the Beef Wellington served on their main courses is hands down one of the best meals I have had the pleasure of devouring. It's meaty chunk of savory beef fillet enclosed in a thick cocoon of bacon, mushrooms and pastry served with a generous serving of garlic mashed potatoes is quite the experience. Coupled with a delightful cocktail; the result is a feast you will remember.
The only downside would be the expenses involved. I recently treated a group of 4 and lets just say it wasn't easy on the wallet.
First of all, the dim lightings and decorations are perfectly furnished and set, to create a brilliant setting for a romantic and chilling environment. It took less than ten minutes before our order begin to slowly served by the staff, who generously decorate their faces with a smile and politely asked if they can further cater to us. They made sure we had a lovely dining experience with our friends or partner.
On top of that, the range of live music that are featured by local artistes every now and then are awesome. Overall, it is one of the best dining places I've ever been!
The entire setting of Timbre + is also really unique, with the hawker stalls housed in graffiti laden containers, and restaurants like The World is Flat by Tanuki Raw serving up their revised ‘pizza’ concepts through caravans, food truck style. Timbre + also has a $1 tray return system whereby you can collect back a deposit of $1 that you pay along with whatever food that you have purchased, encouraging a culture of customers helping to maintain the cleanliness of the place as well.
From Wednesdays to Saturdays, the stage, in the centre of the whole Timbre + will also be rocking, with performances from talented local musicians. As you enjoy the evening set, grab a beer from their self service bottle shop, which carries several non-mainstream brands as well, with flavours from Austria to Belgium as well, catering to the hipster in you. Dining has never been such a holistic experience and Timbre + is somewhere you’ll want to be going to over and over again.
Timbre+ draws a sociable bunch. Crowds spontaneously break into song and dating couples embrace third wheels. The night’s performance repertoire was composed of new and old. From Maroon 5’s “Sugar” to G & R’s “Oh Sweet Child of Mine”. The sweet kickass vocals of the Timbre talents paired with sweet Thatcher’s Old Rascal apple cider ($12) was all a jilted girl needed. They played a total of three sets (8 - 11.30PM) so my newfound beer-buds and I had another excuse to get more from their range of 18 ciders ($10 - $15).
Order French with Foie Gras (Garçon’s) or Bostonian with Lobster Rolls (the Dancing Crab). But please help yourself, cause it’s self service at Timbre+. They have an intriguing tray-return system that leverages on your inner kiasu. A conveyor belt takes your used trays and pays you money in exchange. Guys, you’re paid $1 to return your trays.
To end the night on a sweet note, I got Dusk by Slake’s sticky date pudding. It was the best dessert remedy. Going solo or with a date in tow, exploring Timbre+ will be a sweet adventure. But next time it shall be sweeter, when I come with my +1.
I'm here almost every Saturday night, just for Goodfellas. One of the pioneers of the local music scene, every performance is a delight, with something new every week. Catering to the young crowd with stuff like 'Blurred Lines', while also staying true to their roots with songs by bands like Oasis, Goodfellas' energy always brings the house down.
Food and drink here might be on the pricey side, but it's a small price to pay for a truly unique musical experience.
To start off, they have a live band and every time I visit Timbre their bands never fail to disappoint me. They usually cover hit songs live and I always find myself impressed by the bands at Timbre! Sets good conversation topics amongst your friends as well, and I'm constantly torn between wanting to talk to my friends or just be quiet and listen to their singing.
Food-wise, you can definitely not miss out on their highly-raved duck pizza if you ever visit Timbre. It's a must-try! Their booze doesn't lack as well, their kamikaze shots are by far my favourite at Timbre, although its not very easy on the wallet. They have cheaper alternatives for drinks, although I would say Timbre's on the pricier side. But for the experience you'll get, the bucks are gonna be worth it.
What I love most about Timbre @ Substation is that it has a very out-of-Singapore atmosphere though it's a little hard getting to; very homely with staffs being extremely hospitable. You get alcohol beverages for reasonable prices and be serenaded by live bands playing dedicated songs.
I recommend going on days that their resident band: The Goodfellas are playing! The ultimate enjoyment for that special day or simply, to chill. It does get packed really quickly, especially during the weekends, so try to avoid going late. You won't be able to get a seat if you arrive at 10 pm!
My friends and I went on a weekday evening though, so the place wasn't packed, and the band only came on at 10pm. That was a little disappointing.
We tried a lot of their food though! The acclaimed duck pizza was one of them. We also had the Yakiniku Chicken pizza, Seafood pizza, truffle fries and chicken wings. I liked the duck pizza the most; there was a decent amount of flavourful duck scattered across a thin crust pizza which was just the right amount of crispy. There was also a special sauce that was not too salty, unlike in the other pizzas. The topping on the pizza, which looks and tastes like fried pasta, complemented the smoky duck perfectly.
I think the pizzas (around $20) are more worth it than their finger food. Though the chicken wings were incredibly juicy and bursting with flavour, the truffle fries were just average. The chicken pizza was overly-salty and the fish flakes overpowered the chicken such that you could hardly taste any chicken.
On the other hand, their drinks are far better than their food. I would recommend having dinner elsewhere, and then having drinks at Timbre later in the night, such that you would be able to enjoy the live music too.
Accompanied by a group of close friends and nice melodies by the live band at Timbre, that night could never have been better. One of the food that I recommend is the Duck pizza! The sauce that was scattered around the crispy crust of the rather thin pizza is absolutely perfect for me.
That night was even more memorable when I witnessed a proposal made! To create the 'right' ambience, the live band even cooperated and switched to playing melodies that are more romantic for the night. Talking about Timbre certainly brings back many happy memories.
You should make a trip down to create your own memory there too.
This place use to have a service problem on weekends and public holidays due to it being too crowded. They have implement a system where by patrons can order via an ipad and the food comes faster too.
Happy hour deals are really awesome too, out of their 3 outlets i would recommened old school and art house the most as it gives you a more chillout feeling.
We ordered pizzas and some Erdingers. Our order took awhile to come, but I would say it was worth the wait. The music and food were good but that wasn't it, I wasn't prepared to end the night. After a few beers, I decided to matchmake both my friends. I had just introduced them to each other that night.
Timbre has an LCD TV that displays shoutouts. Basically, patrons could text in to a number and they would air our texts on the screen. I had sneakily 'stolen' Daus's phone to type a confession "I like you" note to my girl friend Wani. Of course they knew I was the culprit, but I wasn't lying, he did.
It was fun playing cupid. Those were good times, and thank you Good Fellas.
My friends and I did not get the outdoor tables eventually, and the waiters brought us to a mini indoor place where the bar and kitchen entrance were. We each had a cocktail and ordered a pizza and beer set, upon which the beer came soon. The pizza took a much longer time however. It was only after a good 30-40 minutes and a few reminders that our pizza arrived. While the pizza was good, my friends and I thought that it wasn't worth the lengthy wait.
Do come here with the right company, because the large crowds could keep the kitchen busy and your order might come late. I will still come back to Timbre with my friends, but perhaps we would make a reservation so that we can have an outdoor table, which I feel is best to capture the ambiance of the night!