Looking for somewhere to kick back and relax in the evenings with your significant other? What better way than somewhere sky-high, where you get to feel a chilly breeze in your hair as you sip on a tipple. Even better if you get a gorgeous view of the night sky and city skyline.
Check out these rooftop bars for killer views and delicious drinks:
For spritz cocktails and grilled meats
With a tantalising view of Marina Bay and our iconic city skyline as your backdrop, this rooftop bar and grill comprises three sections – a main dining room, a private dining room for 12 and an al fresco pavilion that houses Singapore’s first outdoor spritz bar. It’s where you can relish 14 different types of spritz cocktails, from classic options like the Basil Spritz ($20) that combines dry gin, basil and lemon; to a more fruity option like the Ispahan ($16) that’s made of raspberry-infused gin, lychee and grapefruit; as well as the signature VUE Royale ($24) that’s a combination of umeshu, champagne and just a hint of bourbon.
Plus, between 5.30 and 7pm, cocktails are served with complimentary canapes — the perfect prelude to an unforgettable dinner.
Vue is at OUE Bayfront, Level 19, 50 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049321, tel: 8879 0923.
For a taste of equatorial flair
This charming rooftop cocktail bar and pool set in the heart of the Central Business District features contemporary equatorial cocktails and gourmet bar bites. Highlights include the Absinthe Colada ($26), an absinthe-infused variation of Piňa Colada, which has St. George Absinthe from California, agricole and cool créme de menthe alongside the classic base of coconut and pineapple.
According to Head Bartender Thomas Sobota, this addictive drink was concocted to evoke the adrenaline of escaping for a holiday. He recommends pairing his cocktails with the bar’s Relish Platter ($40) which comprises a selection of Beef Po’Boy (Wagyu hangers brioche), Crispy Pork Belly, Coco Prawns (tiger prawns with coconut and avocado), Jerk Chicken (spicy chicken with Scotch Bonnet chilli, onions and garlic) and Chipotle Poppers (chipotle with whipped cheese and sweet corn).
For Valentine’s Day, spoil your partner with 1927’s dinner-for-two special that comes with two glasses of Taittinger Champagne and a gift for each. At $208++, available on Feb 14 only.
1927 Rooftop Bar is at Level 6, SO Sofitel Singapore, 35 Robinson Road, Singapore 068876, tel: 6701 6800.
For craft beer enthusiasts
Perched 33 floors above Marina Bay, this rooftop bar is a must-visit for those who love a good craft beer (or two). Priding itself as the world’s highest urban microbrewery, all beers are brewed on-site by the resident brewmaster Gabriel Garcia. The lineup includes the 33.1 Blond Lager, 33.15 India Pale Ale, 33.3 Sout, 33.4 House Porter and 33.9 Wheat Beer, all of which come with their own backstories. The rooftop terrace offers bar stool seats facing Marina Bay Sands, so you can sit back and take in the view with a delicious drink in hand.
The space also comprises a restaurant and lounge, so you can dine indoors before heading to the rooftop terrace for a nightcap.
Level33 is at #33-01 Marina Boulevard, Tower 1 Marina Bay Financial Centre, Singapore 018981, tel: 6834 3133.
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For oysters and gin
For unbeatable views of the Singapore River at night, head to this cosy and intimate rooftop bar along Boat Quay known for its delicious oysters, gin and cocktails. Served in plates of six, the oysters cost from just $24 and include toppings like avruga caviar, uni sabayon and smoked bacon. Other bar bites include Grilled Bikinis (which are Spanish-style grilled sandwiches) ($15), a variety of sliders (from $15) and, for dessert, Tiramisu Cake ($12). Pair your dishes with a wide selection of wines, gin and tonics as well as crafted cocktails.
Southbridge is at 80 Boat Quay, Level 5 Rooftop, Singapore 049868, tel: 6877 6965.
For modern Japanese bites
Head to the upper floor of this contemporary Japanese restaurant in Collyer Quay for breathtaking, panoramic views of Marina Bay. The space is designed just like a trendy watering hole in Tokyo, serving up edgy and creative food such as Spicy Miso Meatballs, Ebi Fries and Temaki Bites, made with fresh and premium ingredients from Japan.
Kinki Restaurant + Bar is at 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323, tel: 6533 3471.
For a garden-in-a-city feel
Situated on the fourth floor of Grand Park Orchard, this poolside lounge offers a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Alright, so it doesn’t offer as impressive a view as some of the other bars on this list, but the beautiful outdoor garden setting complete with fairy lights at night makes this a wonderful space to unwind.
With plenty of seating options from cosy lounge chairs to spacious armchairs, all that’s left to do is to order one of their signature Boozy Pops and a sharing platter from their recently-refreshed menu, and you’re set.
Bar Canary is at Grand Park Orchard Level 4, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857, tel: 6603 8855.
For a spot of fun with a local touch
Loof (a play on the way some Singaporeans pronounce ‘roof’), by the Lo and Behold Group, has been a local favourite since 2005. We love the breezy vibe, the old school Mamashop (check out their pre-iPad knick knacks and old-school snacks here) and the superb view of the Raffles Hotel.
Quirky South-east Asian-influenced cocktails, such as its signature Loof Bubble Tea ($21) that comes shaken with vodka, orange liqueur, sour plum, passion fruit, calamansi, lemon, yogurt and fruity pearls, come highly recommended. And you should try their ‘Dude-Sin’ (think: modern Singaporean meets bar grub) dishes, such as the sinful B.C.M. Grilled Cheese ($18) — it’s a hearty dish of sourdough bread stuffed with cheese, pork mince and mushrooms, inspired by our local Bak Chor Mee.
Loof is at #03-07 Odeon Towers, Extension Rooftop, 331 North Bridge Road, tel: 6337 9416.
For a classy evening
Perched on the two highest floors of the National Gallery Singapore, Aura is a dining destination with a 90-seater Italian restaurant and a sprawling 200-seater rooftop Sky Lounge. Fronted by the amazing view of the Marina Bay skyline, Aura Sky Lounge is a sophisticated lounge and bar with a strong Mediterranean focus designed for effervescent conversations and chilling out.
While taking in the awesome sights at night, munch on some Foie Gras and Duck Sliders ($24) and toast to the good life with a Cosmic Karma ($18), which features homemade green-apple-infused vodka, lychee liqueur, lime and egg white.
Aura is at #05-03 and 06-02, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrews Road, tel: 6866 1977.
For a spectacular visual display
There is no shortage of places for drinks on level 57 of the Marina Bay Sands (Spago has a laid-back garden feel, and there is the SkyBar at Cé La Vi), but Lavo — a partnership between Marina Bay Sands and restaurant-nightlife group TAO Group — remains our top pick for a special evening.
Not only will you have the dazzling lights of the city, you will also enjoy an excellent view of the outdoor light and water show display, Spectra. Be mesmerized by the beautiful symphony of music, water and light, with a cocktail in hand – perhaps a 58th St. Negroni ($25), with Gordon’s Gin, Amaro Montenegro and Dolin Dry Vermouth. The bar/restaurant/lounge also features classic Italian-American cuisine ranging from pizzas and pastas to grilled steaks.
Lavo is at Level 57, Sands SkyPark, Hotel Tower 1, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, tel: 6688 8591.
For an escape from the hustle and bustle
Mr Stork, nestled on Level 39 of the exquisite Andaz Singapore, is a tranquil rooftop bar set among tropical landscaping with cobbled pavements and ten teepee huts. The unobstructed 360-degree view of the city skyline and the heartlands is definitely a draw, so do try to come by in the late afternoon (they open at 5pm), before it gets busy, for a nice stroll. The sunset, we hear, is stunning.
Cocktails here lean toward the fruity and floral style featuring garden herbs and fresh fruits. We enjoyed Ruby ($22), a citrusy concoction made with lemon, ginger, fresh mint, vermouth and Ceylon Arrack, a traditional Sri Lankan spirit distilled from the sap of the coconut flower and aged in Sri Lankan oak casks, and also Rhubarb ($22), a fizzy drink made with fresh rhubarb puree, strawberry and lemon juice, sparkling wine and a shot of vodka. For bites, do try the fried chicken rice risotto balls ($14) served with chicken rice chilli and crab cakes ($19) served with aioli.
Mr Stork is at Level 39, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, tel: 6408 1234.
For an Asian twist
This Asian alfresco rooftop bar sits atop Link Hotel in the trendy Tiong Bahru district. Its interesting cocktail menu includes international classics as well as their house concoctions that incorporate flavours of the East such as lychee and sour plum.
There’s even a bacon-infused whiskey cocktail cheekily names the “Tipsy Pig” — the umami flavour of the bacon, our bartender explained, helps balance out the sharpness of the whiskey.
Lin Rooftop Bar is at Link Hotel, 50 Tiong Bahru Road (closed on Sundays), tel: 9487 4290.
For a magical evening
If you haven’t heard, Keong Saik is the place to be, and Potato Head Folk prides itself as an iconic landmark on this street. Apart from their amazing burgers, their rooftop bar on the fourth floor has the perfect ambiance to kick back and relax with a drink or five. Think fairy lights, garden furniture and a bohemian vibe.
Potato Head Folk is at 36 Keong Saik Road (closed on Mondays), tel: 6327 1939.
For something elegant and groovy
Framed by an infinity lap pool and lush landscaping, this stylish rooftop bar, with a gorgeous view of the Marina Bay area, is a favoured spot for parties and celebrations. Come weekdays, you may find networking events a happening, while weekends are popular for birthdays and after-wedding parties.
Nibble on their popular Butter Poached Lobster Roll with Mayonnaise and Truffles Fries ($33) or Mini Wagyu Beef Burgers ($27) – while sipping on refreshing cocktails such as Red Lantern ($24), which has tequila, watermelon, cucumber, lime, and their Imperial Berry Mojito ($28) with rum, berries, mint and Champagne.
Lantern is at Level 8, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, tel: 6597 5299.
For a quieter getaway
This one Michelin-starred Italian restaurant-bar might be smack in the middle of Boat Quay, but it’s a serene hideaway to watch the hubbub from above. We love their smooth, polished spins on classic cocktails. Be warned (or excited): they do double shots!
Braci is at Level 6, 52 Boat Quay (closed on Sundays), tel: 6866 1933.
For the ultimate view
This award-winning venue, often referred to as the “world’s highest alfresco bar”, stands 282 metres above the Singapore’s Central Business District. The 360-degree view of the city’s spectacular skyline from here is unparalleled. So it is no wonder that this remains a coveted spot for celebrations, parties and weddings.
Snap the best photos at its triangular tip, or lounge in one of their cabana beds as you sip a cocktail. The Gallery & Bar is part of the multi-concept lifestyle destination 1-Altitude, which occupies over 16,000 square feet of space spread across four levels (including the ALT Café & Bar on the ground floor) at One Raffles Place. The restaurant, Stellar, at level 62, is helmed by Executive Chef Christopher Millar and features progressive Australian cuisine, while the club lounge at Altimate (level 61) is an exclusive nightspot.
1-Altitude Gallery & Bar is at Level 63, 1 Raffles Place, tel: 6438 0410.
Text: Elizabeth Liew, Atika Lim and Xie Huiqun
This post was updated on January 29, 2020.