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. Psst… If you’re looking for a spot for date night, check out our favourite romantic bars!
Artemis Grill & Sky Lounge
Artemis offers spectacular views of the Singapore skyline and a contemporary Mediterranean-inspired menu of ethically sourced dishes, from seared Boston lobster to Iberico Pork Secreto. There’s a strong wine selection for pairing, and a solid cocktail list. The alfresco Sky Lounge bar is ideal for date night or after-work drinks
Named for the notion that storks bring good luck when they build nests atop buildings, this circular rooftop bar has great 360-degree views. Sit in one of the Insta-worthy teepees with a cocktail in one hand and an Impossible Thai skewer in the other. Note: like many outlets in Singapore, this one was temporarily closed when our Guide rolled off the press, so always be sure to check websites for updates!
This is the world’s highest urban craft microbrewery; beers made on-site include a Blond Lager, India Pale Ale and House Porter. There are plenty of vintage and boutique wines, too, plus a menu of contemporary European cuisine, complete with suggested beer pairings. A prime spot for a business lunch, and a great way to impress out-of-town visitors.
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.
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. 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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