With excellent treetop views of the world-famous Raffles Hotel and out into Marina Bay and the CBD in the distance, Loof was the original standalone rooftop bar that spawned dozens of imitators, none of which hold a candle to the original.
It reopened in May 2012 after a major refurb and it managed to keep its playful, almost whimsical vibe while remaining a ‘must visit’ on any tour of Singapore’s best rooftop bars. An urban garden is the perfect setting with high bar chairs and tables, rattan recliners and a truly spectacular solid marble bar to tempt guests into eating, drinking and chatting in an unpretentious, laissez-faire environment.
Loof is a genuine good-time bar you can go to with friends, colleagues or even on a date and with a cool drink in your hand, old-school hip hop grooves, neo soul and indie beats in your ears and a quirky, urban garden setting, you’re not at the highest rooftop bar in Singapore but you’re most certainly at one of the coolest.
The menu at Loof is as interesting as the bar itself. There’s no fine dining here, just good quality, honest food that’s the perfect accompaniment for cool drinks and great company. Choose from a great selection of Asian-inspired small plates including Loof Flies (French fries, cucumber, wasabi sauce, curry ketchup and spicy mustard), New Zealand Lamb Rack Lollipops, Hoisin Duck Spring Rolls and Sotong Salad (fried calamari, Japanese cucumber, pineapple, shallots, chilli and lime) as well as the Loof Party Platter for four and their take on the famous Ramly Burger, the famous Malaysian street burger. Loof is one of the only places in Singapore where you can play ‘beer pong’ and they’ve even had fun with happy hour– from 5pm pours and beers are $15 and every hour the price rises by $1 so get there early to get great value for money!
While there are plenty of rooftop bars in Singapore who pander to the ‘it’ crowd, you’ll not find S$1,700 bottles of wine or Jeroboams of Cristal Champagne. You’ll find cold beer, whisky, rum, tequila and vodka and a very good wine list covering all bases. The cocktail list is small but perfectly formed with The Usual Suspects (Singapore Sling, Mojito, Whisky Sour and the Margarita; Old Skool Favourites like the Kiwi Martini and the Black Forest Mojito with gold rum, berries and mint and their own Asian Sensations with inventive names such as Ho Chi Mint, To Thai For and the Singapore Sour.
Loof is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s down-to-earth, the vibe is chilled and playful and the food, drink and view is great; some among many reasons why it’s packed out every night.