May 21, 2024


The Food community

The best restaurants and cafes in Riyadh to catch live music acts

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Discover some of the local music talents in this vibrant city…

Looking for live music in Riyadh? If you fancy something a little more exciting than a mundane dinner experience, check out these hot spots for good grub, and of course, rocking tunes.

Library Club

For a dose of top-notch crooning, look no further than the Library Club. With its nondescript entrance, this hot spot is a spacious enclave that many musicians and jazz fans have come to call their regular haunt. Come for the live music, stay for the chill vibes you won’t find anywhere else. Unfortunately, the live music at the Library Club is only held twice a month on Fridays, starting at 9pm onwards. Check out its Twitter page for more updates.

Library Club, King Abdul Aziz Rd, Ar Rabi, Riyadh 13315, daily 1pm to 2am. Live music is on certain Fridays of each month. Tel: 055 220 8999.


This summer, Myazu is turning up the heat. Join them every Saturday for a late afternoon of live music, alongside a lip-smacking menu of contemporary Japanese dishes. Grab a mocktail and be mesmerised by the likes of extraordinary soloists.

Myazu, Musad Bin Jalawi, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12244, daily 1.30pm to 1.30am. Live music every Sat 3pm to 7pm. Tel: 9200 09686. @myazusaudi

SOE Restaurant

SOE’s musical offerings spill into their grand, speckled marble-clad dining room, where live musicians play every Monday and Friday night. The restaurant prides itself on serving experimental cuisine, but the music and atmosphere more than make up for the food.

SOE Restaurant, Imam Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Mohammed Rd, Bin, Riyadh 11564, daily 2pm to midnight. Live music every Mon and Fri 8.30pm to 11.30pm. Tel: 9200 09877. @soe.riyadh

Villa Palma

From Great Gatsby nights to DJs and musicians, this Mediterranean restaurant isn’t just a sight to see; the venue also brings music to our ears with their themed nights every Monday. When you’re not munching on delicious food, get up and groove to the music.

Villa Palma, Abdullah Bin Hamdan, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12223, Mon to Sat 7pm to midnight. Themed nights and live entertainment are only on Mondays. Tel: 9200 35500. @villa_palma

Islas Resto & Grill

Good music doesn’t always necessarily spell fancy and exclusive. Unpretentious and authentic, Islas Resto & Grill invites anyone and everyone to come in to enjoy live music three nights a week. While you’re there, get your fill with its wide selection of affordable Filipino food.

Islas Resto & Grill, Aljazeera Shopping Centre, First Floor, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12241, Sat to Thurs 10am to 11pm & Fri 1pm to 11pm. Live band every Thurs, Fri and Sat 6pm to 10pm. Tel: 050 388 1180. @islas_resto__grill

Soho Club

Playing host to DJ talent and live bands, this quirky restaurant is sure to keep you coming back for more than just the food. Currently, there isn’t any scheduled line-up of performances, but keep a lookout for announcements on its Instagram.

Soho Club, Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Al Olaya, Riyadh 12241, daily 4pm to midnight. Tel: 053 558 8151. @soho_club_ksa

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