Get high on sunset views, cityscape sights and relaxing breezes
Get high on sunset views, cityscape sights and relaxing breezes
- By Dannon Har
- | Mar 16, 2020
Not all bars are made equal—some are erected high above street level, offering you an unparalleled perspective otherwise never seen before. From sky-high venues to cosy low-slung rooftop gems, check out these places for a tipple to go along with the amazing views.
Requiring no introduction, the world’s highest rooftop bar, located smack within Singapore’s CBD, boasts unparalleled panoramic views of the city. Once you’ve taken it all in, head on down to sister establishments Stellar for a succulent Tajima steak dinner or Altimate to dance the rest of the night away 63 floors above ground.
There's nothing quite like 1-V:U (pronounced "one view") in Singapore. This rooftop beachfront restaurant and day club perched atop The Outpost Hotel is a unique offering found on sunny Sentosa. At once a vibin open-air bar, pulsing poolside party spot and contemporary Asian restaurant, you can easily make a day of it at this adults-only venue.
Pretty much a hidden gem despite its central location, 1919 Waterboat House’s rooftop bar offers unobstructed views of the Marina Bay, Singapore Flyer and Esplanade, at just three floors above ground. We like that the space is highly intimate; enjoy classic bar bites and sip on refreshing vodka-based cocktails like their signature Merlion Punch.
At the top of So Sofitel Singapore stands 1927, a cocktail bar that has taken over the space formerly occupied by Hi-So Rooftop Pool & Bar. With the revamp, the theme of the bar has completely changed. While more fun and vibrant before, it now leans towards classy and elegant. Expect a blend of modern mixology, local heritage and tropical touches in the drinks.
While most rooftop bars are found in the city center, west-siders get to enjoy unprecedented views thanks to Park Hotel Alexandra’s poolside, swim-up bar Aqua Luna. The infinity pool itself looks amazing come sundown, but peer further for views of forestry and the architectural marvel that is The Interlace. Get the Alexandra Sunset cocktail—you won’t be disappointed—to go with several servings of chicken wings.
There's no need to head elsewhere for a drink sesh after dining at Artemis Grill. Right outside at the terrace area resides their rooftop bar, offering that same expansive view as the restaurant. They're known for their refreshing G&Ts and gin-based cocktails, but don't let that stop you from having a craft beer or choosing something else—their selection of wines is solid too.
It makes perfect sense for Shanghai’s iconic and hyper-glamorous nightclub to take the prime spot on the top of Swissotel The Stamford. Just like its Shanghai home, which offers a breathtaking view of Pudong’s beautiful skyline, Bar Rouge Singapore’s floor-to-ceiling windows does the same with views of the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay and the CBD. You'll come for the views, but stay on for the solid drinks and music line-up.
Complementing the restaurant and bar on the other side of the Marina Bay Sands rooftop is the equally lofty and swanky club area of Ce La Vi. From this vantage, you get to enjoy unobstructed sights of the Singapore cityscape as you party alongside a chi chi crowd.
It’s little surprise why this bay-facing rooftop bar is always packed with the edgier after-work crowd from Raffles Place. Take in the ever-amazing views of the Marina Bay waterfront as you sip on Japanese-inspired drinks, chow down on yummy bar bites and jive to live DJ sets.
The Mad Men is gone, and in its place now stands Lady Wu. Like before, it’s a busy live music spot perfect for afterwork drinks and grub, now with a more oriental vibe. We just love the place for how fuss-free it is, yet delivering where it counts.
A rooftop pool bar at the beautiful Fullerton Bay Hotel with some of the best views of Marina Bay, Lantern also has a couple of resident DJs keeping the atmosphere upbeat as you sink into a couch, sip on some Champagne and soak in the sights of Singapore often seen in postcards.
This much-anticipated vibe-dining establishment perched atop shiny Marina Bay Sands is everything you’d expect and more. Serving up Italian-American cuisine and craft cocktails, set against 180 degree views of Singapore’s spectacular skyline, Lavo flaunts a luxurious dining area and panoramic outdoor bar and terrace perfect for sunset and after-dinner drinks. Their brunch parties are some of the best in town too.
The world’s highest urban microbrewery definitely promises a great view. At Level33, overlook the Marina Bay skyline (cause where else, right?) as you knock back pints of craft beer. They’ve even got their own Hopped Dry Gin, a collab creation between them and Brass Lion Distillery. It’s said to bring out the best parts of beer and spirit, so give this locally-made gin a whirl at this swanky space.
This laidback but chic spot is the go-to place for after-work grub and tipples for the City Hall crowd. There’s plenty of reasons to keep coming back: from their old school knick knacks shop to locally-inspired bar bites like chili crab waffle fries and the delicious rum-based Stylo Milo cocktail.
While there are many other floors in this shophouse establishment (housed in the same building as the Mint Museum of Toys), skip right up to the low-slung rooftop for an airy, but cozy area great for drinking with the buds till the wee hours of the morning. Share their signature punch jars or indulge in their eclectic range of modern vintage-themed cocktails—your choice.
Thirty-nine floors above ground sits Mr Stork, Andaz Singapore’s rooftop bar. The circular space offers unblocked views of the city; perfect to sit with a signature cocktail in hand, and watch the skies turn pastel-hued. What you’ll love most about the bar are the picturesque tepee-hut seats, designed by famed architect Andre Fu, and the zero cover charge too, of course.
Found atop the fresh, open air rooftop of Esplanade, this bar and restaurant offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of Marina Bay, including a postcard perfect view of the business district. It’s also the ideal place to head to after catching a show downstairs and to enjoy a refreshing Champagne cocktail, delicious fruit beer, or a well-crafted wasabi salt chocolate martini.
Right atop boutique hotel Ann Siang House rests this balmy, low-slung rooftop bar perfect for casual get-togethers over well-made drinks. The menu is tea- and craft spirits-forward, so expect something different but accessibly delicious. Did we mention it's by the same guys behind one of Singapore's leading cocktail bars The Other Room?
Gin lovers, head on up to the stairwell to Oxwell & Co.’s Hendrick’s Botanical Roof Garden for a selection of gin-based cocktails featuring flora from the bar’s very own herb garden. Check out sights of neighboring Chinatown while you’re there.
The multi-concept, four-storey F&B establishment on Keong Saik may have been renamed (from Potato Head Folk) but its concepts remain the same, including the rooftop garden and tiki-style open-air bar. Perfect for post-dinner drinks after a meal at nearby Kok Sen Restaurant.
The rooftop of the National Gallery offers an unobstructed view of the Marina Bay area and there’s no better perch than the terraces of cocktail bar Smoke & Mirrors. True to their name, nothing is at it seems with their signature drinks. Yet, whether you like something sweet or stiff, there will always be an item on the menu that will leave you satisfied, spellbound, and utterly curious, all in the best ways possible.
Enjoy sparkly views of the CBD lights with the Singapore River in the foreground at this hidden Boat Quay rooftop joint best known for their oysters paired with Champagne. Access the building from the backdoor in the alleyway facing South Bridge Road, then head on up using the only lift there.
The best part of drinking and dining at Spago has got to be the fact that the restaurant and bar is situated right next to the famous MBS hotel infinity pool. Bask in the terrace space that allows you to enjoy the view of the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool against the very scenic cityscape.
On the 33rd floor of the Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena is this idyllic rooftop bar boasting some of the best unobstructed views in town. Lounge by the poolside outdoors or in air-conditioned comfort indoors as you sip on some of their signature cocktails—like the complex and yummy Granola Courtyardpolitan ($18)—along with some nibbles.
An exceptionally clear overlook of the Marina Bay skyline is offered at VUE, the restaurant and bar on the penthouse level of OUE Bayfront. Formerly known as ME@OUE, be sure to savour VUE’s signature cocktails such as the refreshing Straits Gimlet and classic American Dream. Opt for a seat at the semi-alfresco spritz bar area so you may sip your beverages while you take in the view.