Bars with a View
Living in Singapore means we enjoy alfresco weather year-round. Luckily, there are plenty of great rooftop bars and restaurants. You’ve just got to decide how high you want to hang out during Happy Hour, and what kinds of views you’d like to accompany your cocktail and canapés. To help you in your quest, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite rooftop bars across the island.
Artemis Grill & Sky Lounge
Located on top of the CapitaGreen building, Artemis offers spectacular views of the Singapore skyline and a contemporary Mediterranean inspired menu made up of ethically sourced and mostly organic produce, wood-fired meats and seafood; we particularly love the seared Boston lobster ($35) with minty sweet peas, chicken liver parfait ($22), with rhubarb jam and brioche, and Iberico Pork Secreto ($40) with apple-miso puree and pork crackle. The food is accompanied by a strong wine selection for pairing, and a solid cocktail list.
Sit in the restaurant’s elegant dining room with floor-to-ceiling glass windows or enjoy the beautiful alfresco Sky Lounge bar that’s perfect for both date night and after-work drinks. Though happy hour normally happens weekdays from 3 to 7pm, Artemis is making things even happier this summer with extended Happy Hour hours all week long; until September 2019, Artemis’ happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 3pm until closing, and Saturdays from 5.30pm until closing, with Peroni and other beers for just $10 each, and $15 cocktails, rosé, pinot grigio and prosecco.
Perched above Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, Urbana is one of the city’s newest indoor-outdoor rooftop hangouts (in fact, it’s Novena’s only rooftop bar!), offering sweeping skyline views and a relaxed social space for after-work drinks, group get-togethers and date night.
Signature cocktails include the Moscow Mule ($17), Tequila Sunrise ($17), Mojito ($19) and Rum and Cola ($16), though there are plenty of other tipples to choose from. Don’t miss Urbana’s Happy Hour (one-for-one on all drinks except bottles), which happens Friday through Wednesday from 5 to 8pm, and all night (5pm to 1am) on Thursdays.
From Urbana’s selection of gourmet bar bites, popular picks include the wagyu beef sliders ($15), pork and pineapple satay ($14), and curry nachos ($18) – crunchy tortilla and pappadum chips topped with chicken curry gravy, green chill salsa and coriander. The restaurant also offers an à la carte weekend breakfast (Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm) featuring favourites like truffle grilled cheese with avocado ($18), duck confit and waffle with apple slaw ($18), eggs Benedict ($18) and a pandan nasi lemak omelette with beef brisket rendang ($16) – all prepared à la minute in the open kitchen.
Situated on the rooftop of Andaz Singapore, this circular bar offers 360-degree views of the city, and a lovely, hushed ambience despite its bustling location in Bugis. (Fun fact: the name, Mr Stork, was inspired by the belief that storks bring good luck when they build nests atop buildings). Sit in one of the bar’s Insta-worthy teepees with a cocktail in hand, or opt for a normal seat to imbibe. Here, fruity and floral cocktails rule the flock, with the Ruby ($22) – a mixture of lemon, ginger, mint, vermouth and Ceylon Arrack, served in an adorable elephant mug – being a fan favourite. There’s also a selection of bar bites, including Impossible Thai skewers ($15) and Impossible sliders ($21).
Perched in the penthouse of the Marina Bay Financial Centre, LeVeL33 has one of the best panoramic views in town, which can be enjoyed from both the spacious outdoor terrace and the air-conditioned indoor area. And it’s not just the views that bring people flocking to this place. This is the world’s highest urban craft microbrewery, with beers made on site using authentic European recipes; signatures include Blond Lager, India Pale Ale, House Porter, Stout and Wheat Beer. If you’re not a beer fan, don’t worry – you’ll also find Mouton Rothschild vintage wines and a selection of boutique wines sourced from a global selection of artisanal wine producers. Food-wise, there’s an extensive menu of contemporary European cuisine, complete with suggested beer pairings, making this a prime spot for business lunches, post-work gatherings and Sunday roasts, not to mention a great way to impress out of town visitors.
From 2 August, don’t miss trying an exclusive Golden Ale using Tasmanian hops, made by LeVeL33 brewmaster Gabriel Garcia in collaboration with visiting brewmaster Jayne Lewis of Melbourne-based (and Australia’s first female-owned) brewing company, Two Birds Brewing.
At an ear-popping 43 floors, this sky-high gem always hits the high notes with its Italian fare by Tuscan-born chef Emanuele Faggi. Featuring a contemporary and bold interior to match the clientele, the venue is consistently busy with in-the-know execs and post-work date nights, yet space is never a concern; there’s an indoor and outdoor bar, as well as plenty of alfresco seating to choose from. We love that Zafferano’s Terrace Lounge offers free-flow prosecco, house wine and beer on Saturday nights (8-10pm, just $28). It makes for a great spot for group gatherings and birthday celebrations.
After undergoing a revamp, Bar Canary reopened earlier this year with a new bar area and refreshed menu. And refreshing it is! With three different Boozy Pops (alcohol-infused popsicles) to choose from, plus an array of fun cocktails ($18-$24), this place feels like a tropical getaway smack in the middle of Orchard Road, complete with twinkle lights. What makes this place extra visit-worthy is its daily promotions. The popular Ladies’ Night (every Wednesday, 7-9pm) features a $55 “liquid buffet” (free-flow champagne, house pours and select cocktails). Gentleman’s Night, meanwhile, offers $10 beers on tap and 15 percent off whiskies every Thursday evening. On Monday and Tuesday, bar-goers get 20, 30 and 40 percent off their first, second and third bottles respectively. Then, on Friday and Saturday, there’s a “beat the clock” special from 6 to 9pm.
Oxwell & Co Rooftop Garden & Bar
Gin lovers will flock to this whimsical Hendrick’s-exclusive bar set atop Club Street’s British-inspired gastropub Oxwell & Co – think Alice in Wonderland tea party-chic, but with gin! The space itself may be small, but there’s a lot to take in: an organic herb garden from which the chef and bartenders collect herbs for the food and cocktails, a vintage phone booth, fairy lights and great Chinatown views. Signature botanical and tea-infused gin drinks come in teacups and small bathtubs (the G&T bathtub is for four to share, $70), alongside nibbles like salt and pepper squid ($14), fish and chips ($26), prawn cocktail ($16) and a beef burger ($24).
Rooftop Bar at Screening Room
This place has always been a popular pick for its Chinatown shophouse views set against the CBD skyscrapers beyond. With a vast selection of spirits, wines and signature cocktails – including the Say Yes ($19) made with sloe gin, watermelon, lemon juice and basil – bar bites like a kebab trio ($26) and Mediterranean dips ($14), and mains such as Angus striploin steak with truffle fries ($29) and a tandoori chicken burger ($20), there’s really something for everyone here. Happy hour ($10 house-pour spirits and bottled beers, and $45 for a Corona or Heineken bucket) happens six days a week: all night from 5.30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 5.30 to 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 5 to 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Spago Bar & Lounge
Located on level 57 of Marina Bay Sands, Spago is a reigning favourite, offering fabulous views and a stunning setting for lunch, dinner or alfresco drinks. Though you can eat in the restaurant’s indoor dining room, the beautiful and airy outdoor terrace is where you’ll want to be for spectacular skyline scenery, views of the hotel’s famous infinity pool and a “modern meets colonial-style bungalow” feel – even better with a glass of rosé or one of the bar’s handcrafted cocktails in hand (we recommend the Devil in Disguise, made with Patron Reposado, passionfruit and Kashmiri chilli, $26). Order up everything from sushi and sliders to salads and sweets from the California-inspired menu by chef Wolfgang Puck; spicy tuna tartare cones with chilli aioli ($36) and chicken “laksa” spring rolls ($22) are among the fan favourites here.
Since its launch in early 2018, this sky-high nightclub from Shanghai has been all about ambience, with floor-to-ceiling windows, unobstructed Marina Bay views, performers in suspended cages, and the bar’s signature red lights transforming the space into a daily dance-party hotspot; club-goers can expect the hottest hits from DJs around the region, as well as different themed nights throughout the year. Cocktails are in the $20s but, on Thursdays, grab your girlfriends for Ladies’ Night, when females get complimentary drinks from 10pm to 1am.
Smoke and Mirrors
This optimally positioned rooftop bar atop National Gallery Singapore features both indoor seating and an alfresco terrace that looks across the Padang to the Theatres on the Bay and beyond. Sip on beautifully presented cocktails by bartender Yugnes Susela – for example, the “M.C – N.L.” ($24) is a cacao-infused vodka drink with sweet vermouth, pineapple and coconut nectar, served in a potted plant with edible “soil” – and, if you’re hungry, order bar bites like duck rillettes ($14), lamb kebab ($28) or a cheese platter ($18).
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