Drinks with a View
Here in Singapore, where it’s alfresco weather year-round, we’ve got 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, from skyscraper scenery to Singapore River sights. To help you in your quest, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite rooftops across town.
Sitting pretty atop the CapitaGreen building, this place offers unbeatable views of the CBD and the sea beyond, with a beautiful, outdoor “Sky Forest” bar that’s great for after-work drinks (happy hour happens Monday to Friday from 3 to 7pm), and an elegant dining room perfect for a business dinner or romantic treat. The menu features Mediterranean-inspired fare made with ethically sourced and mostly organic produce, meats and seafood – creations like Boston lobster with mango, raspberry and mint salsa ($32), and sweet pea and ricotta agnolotti ($22/$30) are recommended! – accompanied by a strong wine selection for pairing, and a solid cocktail list with fun choices like the Wild & About ($22) with Monkey Shoulder whisky, passionfruit, lemon juice and La Perruche syrup, and the Beetini ($22) with Stolichnaya vodka, Golden Falernum liqueur, homemade beetroot syrup and lime juice.
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.
#3 Mr Stork
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. Sit in one of the bar’s Insta-worthy teepees with a cocktail in hand (fruity and floral cocktails rule the flock here) or opt for a normal seat to imbibe. There’s also a selection of bar bites, plus Häagen-Dazs ice cream and other sweets available.
Mr Stork is hosting a fireworks viewing party on National Day, Thursday 9 August, with free-flowing Delamotte champagne, wines, in-house craft beer and comfort food like fresh shawarma and hot dogs from pop-up food stations (from $168 per person).
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 from 8 to 10pm for just $28, making it a great spot for group gatherings and birthday celebrations.
#5 Bar Canary
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 from 7 to 9pm) features a $55 “liquid buffet” (free-flow champagne, house pours and select cocktails), while Gentleman’s Night 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, while Friday and Saturday offers a “beat the clock” special from 6 to 9pm.
#6 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).
#7 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.
#8 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.
#9 Bar Rouge
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.
#10 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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