TL;DR – From where I stand.
If you love drinking, why not enjoy a view with it? After all, Singapore has a slew of nightspots that offer some of the finest views of our city’s magnificent skyline.
These are our favourites:
1. Kinki Restaurant and Bar
Kinki Rooftop Bar markets itself as an edgy urban Japanese dining and bar, so everything from the raw concrete floors to the urban murals on the wall is impeccably decorated. The exposed pipes, hanging light fittings and blackened ceilings exude an industrial chic vibe. Marrying the flavours of East and West, the signature dishes like the Kinki Style Okonomiyaki and Foie Gras Scallop Sushi are a hit amongst the young crowd. Overlooking the views across the Marina Bay, the open-air timber deck is a perfect place to chill out over some after work drinks.
Address: 70 Collyer Quay #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 2:30pm; Mon – Sat: 6pm – 10:30pm
What could be better than craft cocktails by starlight? Perched atop the Fullerton Bay Hotel is the elegant and stylish rooftop bar Lantern, where you can soak up the sea breeze and panoramic views of the Marina Bay waterfront while sipping on Latin American-inspired concoctions. With a gorgeous 25-metre blue-tiled pool nestled in a lush tropical setting, this place is particularly great for groups, as it has a number of large tables set up lounge-style. Or if you feel like having a private moment, there are cushioned sun-beds and lazy private cabanas where you can relax to the vibrant beats of the live Cuban house band. On special occasions like National Day, this bar promises you a front seat of the most spectacular views of fireworks.
Address: 80 Collyer Quay, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore 049326
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 8am – 1am; Fri – Sat: 8am – 2am; Sun: 8am – 1am
Offering an extensive list of fruit-based cocktails, the concoctions here are made with only the freshest organic fruits. Perched atop the Esplanade theatres, Orgo presents views of the Singapore skyline with a casual-chic, relaxed vibe. Some of the most popular drinks here include the Vanilla Dragonfruit Martini, Spicy Strawberry Margarita, and Mangosteen and Mascarpone Martini.
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue #04-01 Esplanade Theatres on The Bay, Singapore 039802
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 6pm – 2am
There’s nothing like a relaxing night to set your mind at ease and Loof is a must-go for a breather. Derived from the Singlish way of pronouncing roof, Loof is a quirky treetop bar on top of Odeon Towers that offers unique dishes inspired by our favourite local dishes. With dishes like Loof Original Ramly Burger, Bak Chor Mee Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Fried Mantou with Chilli Crab dip, the menu embraces familiar tastes of well-executed comfort dishes. There is a decent list of Southeast Asian inspired cocktails that you can indulge in like Kaya Lumpur, Bandung Bloom and Penang Padi. And if you’re planning to skive off work for an early night, scramble here for their special happy hour prices – $5 house pours, wines and beer from 5 – 6pm, $6 from 6 – 7pm and $7 from 7 – 8pm.
Address: 331 North Bridge Road #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, Singapore 188720
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 5pm – 1am; Fri – Sat: 5pm – 2am. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
No prizes for guessing what floor this bar is at. Located on the 33rd level of Marina Bay Financial Centre, LeVeL33 is the world’s highest urban craft microbrewery at 156 metres above the ground. Featuring four signature craft beers, LeVel33 offers the upmarket beer drinking community opportunities to appreciate premium quality hand crafted beers with great food. Expect gourmet options like Grilled Tiger Prawns, Grilled Quail with pan seared foie gras and Ibèrico Pork Confit Cheek. With an airy outdoor terrace to enjoy sweeping views of the Marina Bay waterfront, beer drinking just got a whole lot classier.
Address: 8 Marina Boulevard #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11:30am – 12am; Fri – Sat: 11:30am – 2am. Sun: 12pm – 12am.
Dubbed the highest al fresco bar in Singapore and in the world, 1-Altitude sits on the 61 to 63 floors of the OUB Centre, 282 metres above the ground. By day, you can take in the sights and sounds of the bustling city and by night, enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the city lights. A multi-experience bar complete with a sports bar and golf simulator (282), a European restaurant (Stellar) and its alfresco rooftop gastrobar (1-Altitude Gallery & Bar). This bar takes some serious pride in delivering an elevated party experience. Drinking addiction? We say drinking dedication.
Opening Hours: Mon – Tues: 6pm – 1am; Wed – Thurs: 6pm – 3am; Fri – Sat: 6pm – 4am; Sun: 6pm – 1am
Address: 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
7. Potato Head Folk
Helmed by the same folks behind the famous Potato Head beach bar in Bali, Potato Head Folk has various dining spaces across three floors and rooftop. Conveniently located at the hipster Keong Saik neighbourhood, the concept of Potato Head Folk was inspired by a casual residential style, creating a casual and artsy space. Complete with vintage rattan furnishings and wooden flooring, the twinkle-lit tiki bar on the building’s low-rise rooftop creates an effortless style and intimacy. This might just be one of your guilty pleasure bars to wear denim shorts and slippers unashamedly to.
Address: 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143
Opening Hours: Tues – Sun: 11am – 12am
8. CÉ LA VI
Located atop the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands, CÉ LA VI is one of Singapore’s hottest rooftop venues and provides a 360-degree view of the city. A contemporary rooftop restaurant, bar and lounge, CÉ LA VI offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Singapore skyline. If gazing into the clouds while sipping on some Dom Pérignon is more of your thing, then it’s time up your brunch game and and literally enjoy the high life here.
Opening Hours: Mon – Tues: 12pm – 2am; Wed: 12pm – 5am; Thurs: 12pm – 4am; Fri: 12pm – 5am; Sat – Sun: 11am – 2am
Address: 1 Bayfront Avenue, SkyPark Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, Singapore 018971