Here in Singapore, where it’s alfresco weather year-round, we’ve got plenty of rooftop bars and restaurants galore where you can enjoy scenic views with your cocktails and cuisine. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite rooftops across town!
Sitting pretty in the penthouse of the Marina Bay Financial Centre, LeVeL33 has one of the best panoramic views in town. Wrapped around two sides of the building, a spacious outdoor terrace offers awesome, unobstructed views across Marina Bay and the CBD skyline.
It’s not just the views that bring people flocking to this place. As the world’s highest microbrewery, craft beers are brewed on-site. Made to authentic European recipes, the signatures include Blond Lager, India Pale Ale, House Porter, Stout and Wheat Beer. If you’re not a beer fan, don’t worry – Champagne Barons de Rothschild and a global selection of artisanal and boutique wines are also on offer. Food-wise, an extensive menu of contemporary European cuisine comes complete with suggested beer pairings and beer-infused dishes. The corn-fed poulet ($31) for instance, is a chicken breast cooked sous-vide in 33.9 Wheat Beer and served with fungi, kohlrabi purée and Madeira jus, while the suckling pork rack for sharing ($138; serves three to four) is marinated in 33.1 Blond Lager mojo, pincho moruno, ras el hanout beans, 33.4 House Porter and apple molasses. There’s a new Saturday lunch menu, too, served from 11.30am to 3.30pm.
Don’t miss happy hour, from 11.30am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday (yes, more than eight hours!), and from 12 noon to 8pm on Sundays – and do try the Sunday roast lunch (12 noon to 3.30pm)
#2. 1-Altitude Gallery and Bar
As one of the ultimate go-to’s for entertaining out-of-town guests, this outdoor favourite seems never to disappoint. Offering live music, fab drinks and a stunning, 360-degree look at Singapore, it’s the city’s highest bar, located on the 63rd level of One Raffles Place. Order one of the six pizzas ($20 to $22) to enjoy with a signature cocktail such as the vodka-based passionfruit and basil Altitude Affair ($20), or head one level down to dine at the award-winning restaurant Stellar by 1-Altitude; then, dance the night away at Altimate club on Level 61.
#3. Oxwell & Co Rooftop Bar
Upstairs from Club Street’s British-inspired gastropub Oxwell & Co, this whimsical Hendrick’s-only bar 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, $70, is for four to share), alongside nibbles like salt and pepper squid ($14), fish and chips ($26), a prawn cocktail ($20) and a beef burger ($24).
#4. Tiger’s Milk
Set on the fourth-floor rooftop of boutique hotel The Club, this indoor-outdoor Peruvian-inspired bar is fashioned after traditional pisco bars in Lima, featuring a variety of pisco concoctions and other Latin American-influenced rum- and tequila-based beverages. Sip your Coco Con Pisco ($24) and snack on some sea bass ceviche ($14) and sweet potato and yam chips ($9), while you take in the beats of Latin American music and enjoy a nice breeze. Or, order a full-on dinner; the soy-glazed black cod ($28) and wagyu beef rib fingers with chimichurri sauce ($16) are popular picks. The setting makes for a great group gathering, too, with a variety of sharing plates, and charming festival lights overhead.
#5. Me@OUE (closed)
At this fine-dining rooftop restaurant, you can order a French starter, a Chinese main and a Japanese dessert if that’s what you’d like – it uniquely serves all three complementary cuisine types from individual kitchens. We especially love Me@OUE’s outdoor lounge, offering an airy, relaxed ambience and breathtaking Marina Bay views. Whether you go for pre-dinner cocktails, late night drinks or a snack (bar bites range from $10 to $24, plus a cheese platter for $30), the lounge is a great choice for after-work catch-ups, business drinks and entertaining out of-town visitors. Happy hour happens Mondays to Fridays from 6 to 8pm, and on Saturdays from 6 to 11pm; wines by the glass are $12, house-pour spirits are $7 to $10, and it’s $25 for a bucket of five beers all night long.
#6. Smoke and Mirrors
At the highest point of the National Gallery Singapore, this wonderfully located rooftop bar features both indoor seating and an alfresco terrace that looks across the Padang to the Theatres on the Bay and beyond. Sip beautifully presented cocktails – the Tiger Blood Daisy ($21) made with tequila, lime, sour plum grenadine and ginger beer is a signature – and, if you’re hungry, order bar bites like popcorn chicken with dried chilli ($14), truffle fries ($12) or a cheese and charcuterie board (from $32), or mains like the grilled panini with smoked Kurobuta ham and aged cheddar ($16).
#7. Mr Punch Public House
This out-of-the-way bar in the City Hall and Bugis area sits above the Mint Museum of Toys, making it a special destination even before you factor in the quirky, retro décor and kitsch-American ad signs. Add CBD views, happy hour specials and all kinds of meaty and cheesy nibbles, and you’ve got yourself a new go-to. Signature cocktails range from $19 to $22, while the “Punch Jars” (for four to share) go for $52; most popular is The Constable, a concoction of cinnamon-infused whisky with apple and ginger. Weekend brunch offers dishes like The Devil’s French Toast ($14) with Nutella, peanut butter, vanilla ice cream and Rice Krispies banana balls, and a lobster and Gruyère cheese omelette ($28).
Located on Level 57 of Marina Bay Sands Tower 2, Spago has one of the best views in town, not to mention a stunning setting for lunch, dinner or alfresco tipples. Though you can eat in the indoor dining room, the beautiful and airy terrace is where you’ll want to be – with a glass of rosé or one of the handcrafted cocktails ($26) in hand – for spectacular skyline scenery, views of the hotel’s famous infinity pool and a more casual, “country-garden-meets-colonial-style-bungalow” feel. Order everything from sushi and sliders to salads and sweets from the California-inspired menu by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck; spicy tuna tartare cones with chilli aioli ($36) and falafel “macarons” with tzatziki ($18) are among the fan favourites here.
#9. Rooftop Bar at Screening Room
Rooftop Bar at Screening Room (formerly known as La Terraza) has always been a popular pick for its views of Chinatown shophouses set against the CBD skyscrapers beyond. With a vast selection of spirits, wines and cocktails – including the signature Say Yes ($19) made with sloe gin, watermelon, lemon juice and basil; plus bar bites like truffle butter popcorn ($10) and Mediterranean dips ($14), and mains such as harissa lamb kebab ($25) and steak on chips ($22), there’s really something for everyone here. There are different happy hours throughout the week, too, including ladies’ night on Wednesdays (one-for-one on bottles of Prosecco and $14 cocktails), and “banker Thursdays” (selected spirits for $14).
#10. The Mad Men Attic Bar
Hidden in a Boat Quay shophouse right near Raffles Place, this is a popular spot among the working crowd. With its modern-industrial look laced with graffiti details, the casual outdoor hangout is beloved for its daily line-up of live music, great CBD views, naughty nibbles like truffle fries ($10) and chilli cheese dogs ($14), and after-work tipples including the infamous Black Forest mojito ($16 to $18)