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Bar Review: Prelude at the historic Waterboat House in Singapore

The Waterboat House Rooftop

3 Fullerton Road

6538 9038

Monday to Saturday, 3pm to late

A lobster and foie gras pizza ($58) from the new gourmet pizza range 

There is no better location than this. The heritage 1919 Waterboat House, which once provided fresh water to ships, is now quenching the thirst of a whole new era of customers. And the view from rooftop bar Prelude of the twilit skyline – the Flyer, Marina Bay Sands – is pure 21st-century Singapore.

This balmy Friday evening, a light breeze ruffles the potted plants, and the place is filling up with an elegant post-work crowd.

A recently revamped drinks list and food menu are equally interesting. If you like shochu, try the first cocktail on the list ($15 each): Afternoon Delight – it packs a decent punch. The Cucumber GT is another winner for those who prefer something dryer. Beer-wise, there’s Stella Artois and Hoegaarden on tap, but more exotic is a selection of eight varieties from the artisanal Baird Brewing from Japan. We like the hoppiness of the Numazu lager ($13).

The influence of outstanding chef Jonathan Koh from the innovative restaurant Boathouse downstairs shows in the bar fare. After sharing a lobster and foie gras pizza ($58) from his new gourmet pizza range, we’re just about stuffed. Also recommended by the staff are gourmet fish and chips ($25), and beef sliders ($13) – mini-hamburgers, a mouthful each.

With such stunning views and stylish food, it’s not surprising that Prelude is a popular venue for parties, especially on Saturday nights. From Thursday through to Sunday, it’s safest to book.