By: Daniel Tay
With Singapore’s high-rise buildings towering over us left, right and centre, it’s no huge shocker that we have some of the best rooftop bars in the world. We’re spoiled with heaps of cool drinking spots that offer amazing views of the city, and we should darn well make the most of it. So let’s get to it! Presenting our seven best rooftop bars in Singapore (insert top-of-the-world experience quip here). Tip: If you don’t want to splash the cash when you have guests in town, down one posh drink at one of these rooftop spots and then head to a cheaper bar with awesome happy hour deals.
1-Altitude Bar’s reputation as Singapore’s highest alfresco bar is unparalleled, and everyone who’s “in” with the night scene knows about this brilliantly located spot (282 metres above sea level). Crowds often appear here in August (to catch the fireworks) and when the F1 comes to Singapore. Featuring a beautiful triangular rooftop compound with a 360-degree view of the breathtaking skyline, this should definitely be the first stop on your list.
1 Raffles Place (Raffles Place MRT), call 6438 0410
Ku De Ta
If you enjoyed 282 metres above sea level, you will certainly love 57 stories above ground level, where Ku De Ta resides. Made up of a restaurant, club lounge, and a poolside terrace in 14,500 sq. ft. of space, Ku De Ta is a comfortable and luxurious spot to kick back and relax after a long week.
Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3 (Marina Bay MRT), call 6688 7688
Boathouse – Prelude
Fancy a quieter spot to take in the sights and sounds of Marina Bay and Raffles Place? Boathouse is situated in a spot away from the crowds, but with unobstructed views of the city and Marina Bay Sands (keep an eye out for the light show). With a seating capacity of 80 and a standing capacity of 100, it is also the perfect venue for private, closed-door functions.
3 Fullerton Road, #03-01 (Raffles Place or City Hall MRT), call 6538 9038
If you are a Chivas lover, Fabrika is the place for you. A Chivas 18 branded bar, this Morrocan-inspired sky terrace bar is perched atop boutique hotel The Klapsons. Seventeen floors up, Fabrika offers an admirable view of Sentosa and the sea. Couple that with live music performances, you have a well-rounded winner!
15 Hoe Chiang Road (Tanjong Pagar MRT), call 6521 9030
Does a beer sound more appealing to you than hard liquor? If that is the case, LeVeL 33 might suit your tastebuds better. Known as the “world’s highest urban craft-brewery” (at, uh, the 33 floor), you will be able to get your fill of freshly brewed beer atop the Marina Bay Financial Centre – all while enjoying one of the best views of Marina Bay and the city skyline in Singapore.
MBFC Tower 1, 8 Marina Blvd (Marina Bay or Raffles Place MRT), call 6834 3133
Love the view, but hate the strong winds that spoil your hairdo? Good news for you – Zafferano features an alfresco bar area that does just that. The entire area is protected by glass panels that still allow a fantastic view of the financial area. You can scoff Italian cuisine and not worry that your pasta will fly away and hit someone 43 floors down.
Ocean Financial Centre, level 43 (Raffles Place MRT), call 6509 1488
While the outdoor bar at Zafferano is protected by glass panels, it is still open to the elements (i.e. Singapore’s rather infamous humidity) from above. If you want to avoid working up a sweat outside, Orgo offers a unique solution – the whole rooftop is enclosed in an air-conditioned glass cube. Enjoy the view of the city skyline from the top of Esplanade in comfort and style.
8 Raffles Avenue, #04-01, Esplanade Theater (City Hall or Esplanade MRT), call 6336-9366