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 the best rooftop bars in Singapore. Psst… If you’re looking for a spot for date night, check out our favourite romantic bars!
CÉ LA VI
Located atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands, this rooftop drinking and dining spot has rolled out a refreshed menu with small, large and premium sharing dishes that incorporate flavours and ingredients from across Asia. Highlights include the fresh and creamy Momotaro tomato and burrata salad ($26) drizzled with XO sauce; grilled Freemantle octopus ($32) with Taiwanese glaze and green chilli-coriander coulis; and well-portioned sharing plates like the 300g cast iron-roasted Tuwinga Black Angus beef ribeye ($78), served with salted Kampot peppercorns, grilled pineapple and a refreshing mint-basil salad to cut through the richness. Yum!
Wash it all down with a handcrafted cocktail from the Restaurant Signatures ($25) menu, created to pair perfectly with the modern Asian fare on offer. Try the Border Crossing #2, a Nyonya-inspired tippled that fuses rum, coconut, cucumber, pineapple sambal and sesame. As the night kicks in, take in the city light views with a refreshing drink or two from the SkyBar Signatures ($25) menu; a sexy pick is Yuzito, a yuzuinfused mojito with Tanqueray London Dry Gin, melon, yuzu, mint and bitters.
Artemis Grill & Sky Lounge
Artemis offers spectacular views of the Singapore skyline and a contemporary Mediterranean inspired food menu of ethically sourced dishes (where possible), from king crab salad ($44) to Iberico pork chop ($44). There’s also a great variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes to choose from, including scrumptious starters like roasted eggplant with black sesame and miso ($18).
For drinks, look forward to a strong wine selection for pairing, and a solid cocktail list featuring original creations, classics like espresso martini, gin and tonic, and highballs. The alfresco Sky Lounge bar is the ideal backdrop for your next date night or after-work drinks.
Impress out-of-town visitors with sky-high Marina Bay views, and top that with a refreshing pint (or three!) and delicious grub at LeVeL33, the world’s highest urban microbrewery. Sample all five craft brews – Blond Lager, India Pale Ale, Wheat Beer, Stout, and a seasonal brew – with the tasting paddle ($23.50); all beers are freshly made on-site. There are plenty of vintage and boutique wines, too, plus a menu of contemporary European cuisine, complete with suggested beer pairings.
Dining on a weekday? Go for the value-for-money executive set lunch, which is available from Monday to Friday, from 11.30am to 2.30pm. It’s affordably priced from $45 for a twocourse meal, making LeVeL33 a great option for an elegant business lunch or mid-week date.
Named for the notion that storks bring good luck when they build nests atop buildings, this circular rooftop bar has great 360-degree views. This has been touted as one of the best rooftop bars in Singapore! Sit in one of the Insta-worthy teepees with a cocktail in one hand and an Impossible slider ($24 for three) in the other. There’s also a fab range of booze-free concoctions ($20) made with Seedlip, a non-alcoholic distilled spirit. For a spicy pick-me-up, try Aromatic, a complex mix of Seedlip Spiced 94, cinnamon, lime, ginger ale and EB Nordic cloudberry tonic. And don’t leave without trying the signature Andaz Pilsner ($16), brewed in collaboration with local microbrewery Trouble Brewing.
Admission to this alfresco watering hole is by reservations only, and there is a minimum spend of $10 on food items per booking.
Smoke and Mirrors
Sitting atop the National Gallery Singapore, this bar has both indoor seating and an alfresco terrace that looks across the Padang to the bay. But don’t just go for the view! Head bartender Jorge Conde’s concoctions combine artistry, magic and chemistry and include the gin-based Peel and See, with a combo of banana, miso and olive oil.
This all-day poolside bar on the fourth level of Grand Park Orchard feels like a tropical getaway – a feeling enhanced by the menu of fun cocktails such as the Boozy Pops, or alcohol infused popsicles. There are daily promotions to keep an eye out for, too, or just stop by for a much-needed sip after a shopping expedition.
The Other Roof
Situated at the top of Ann Siang House in Chinatown, this rooftop bar’s views mix old and new – terracotta shophouse roofs and towering glass skyscrapers. There are over 400 different tea-infused spirits created in-house by Dario Knox and his team; try the light, fruity and lavenderlaced Whole Lotta Love served in a dainty teacup.
Spago Bar & Lounge
If you’re looking for the best rooftop bars in Singapore, you have to check out Spago. 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. Order up everything from sushi and sliders to salads and sweets from the California-inspired menu by chef Wolfgang Puck.
At an ear-popping 43 floors, this sky-high gem always hits the high notes with its Italian fare. 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). It makes for a great spot for group gatherings and birthday celebrations.
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This article first appeared in the August 2021 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!