Sensational skylines, delectable drinks and balmy breezes, there’s no better place for high-altitude drinking than Singapore’s stunning rooftop bars. Here’s our guide to the trendiest sky-high drink destinations in Singapore.
1-Altitude Gallery & Bar
Rooftop bars in Singapore don’t get much better than 1-Altitude. It is the world’s highest alfresco bar with a sensational 360° vista of one of the world’s hippest cities. You can watch the sun set with a cocktail and a casual, laid back vibe while the city’s heart beats beneath your neon-surrounded feet – 282 metres beneath your feet to be precise.
1-Altitude is a multi-concept lifestyle destination and boasts a bar, live music and the city’s top DJs. If you’re feeling peckish, there are bar snacks, gourmet pizzas and charcuterie plates to keep you going. If peckish turns to hunger, the award-winning Stellar restaurant a floor below serves world-class modern cuisine to titillate even the most discerning palate.
The 1-Altitude experience
CÉ LA VI
Fifty-seven floors up and formerly known as Ku De Ta, CÉ LA VI’s perfect triumvirate of cool beats, stylish cocktails and arguably the most mesmerizingly breath-taking views you’ll find in all of Singapore is worth the trip alone. Your only dilemma will be what to look at first – the beautiful people, the innovative Modern Asian cuisine or the magical design taking inspiration from Javanese, Balinese, Khmer and Japanese cultures.
Dress to impress and bring plenty of money, celebrity DJs and master mixologists perfectly capture the spirit of Asia in one of the places to be seen in Singapore’s social scene. In their own words, CÉ LA VI is a ‘magnet for the glitterati and jet set’ including recently David Beckham and Robert de Niro. The multi-tiered restaurant and SkyBar offer an unconventional take on Asian food, first-class drinks and sensational views of the city.
Don’t forget to watch the Marina Bay Sands laser show every night for a truly memorable experience high above the city streets.
Loof is a classic good-time bar that dispenses with the upscale pretentiousness of some of its more exclusive rivals. Sold as Singapore’s first ‘standalone’ rooftop bar, it’s perfect for watching the city skyline light up as the evening falls with a beer or a cocktail and great company. Ideal as a first date location or for after-work drinks with friends, Loof is down-to-earth and it’s packed every night.
The big draws are the friendly service, the laissez-faire vibe and the bar snacks menu including their take on the Ramly Burger, the famous Malaysian street burger. Loof is one of the only places in the city where you can play ‘beer pong’ and their happy hour takes on a fun twist – from 5pm pours and beers are $15 and each hour the price goes up by $1 so get there early!
Playing old-school hip hop grooves, neo soul and indie beats, Loof is the perfect hang-out bar in Singapore.
Thirty-three floors up in the penthouse of the most corporate of corporate glass and steel towers is perhaps the last place you’d expect to find the world’s highest microbrewery, but LeVel33 has earned a reputation as one of the best, most stylish rooftop bars in Singapore. Offering an exceptional dining experience, the meeting of heritage, tradition and technology in their brewing and sensational 156m-high views of Marina Bay and the cityscape mean there are few places in Singapore with more appeal.
With two gorgeously-imposing copper brew house kettles taking pride of place, their signature creations, including wheat beers, dark stouts and pale ales are worth the trip on their own. The cuisine is centred on a modern interpretation of Euro-favourites including a Sunday roast as well as classic bar snacks. For more intimacy, book a private dining room and keep in mind that the limited outdoor seating means you need to arrive before the nearby offices empty for the day.
Form and function assimilate perfectly at LeVel33 and it’s one of the only places in Singapore where the inside is as stunning as the outside.
Think ‘contemporary Japanese with urban attitude’ and you’ll end up at Kinki. Zen is nowhere to be found here, rather you’ll get graffiti-covered noise and funk with uneven seating, dangling fairy lights and outstanding views of Marina Bay and the CBD. Chef Kinki’s bold and fresh Japanese menu is packed full of sushi, sashimi, tempura and noodles and the drinks menu perfectly complements what you’re eating, be it a quick lunchtime bite or a relaxed dinner with friends.
Heavily influenced by punk, hip hop and the noise of the streets, look down as you come in and you’ll see a stunning floor mural by world renowned tattoo artist Chris ‘Miami Ink’ Garver give Kinki a somewhat hardcore vibe. It’s jam-packed at the weekends, ladies’ night every Wednesday and you’ll find live music and top dance DJs playing regularly. The rooftop bar is busy and the staff rush around at a thousand miles an hour but if you want Japanese with attitude, this is the place to find it.
The ethos of the founder is to be brave enough to change the game and at Kinki, he’s done exactly that.
Orgo is a unique departure from Singapore’s usual take on the rooftop bar in that it’s designed as a series of interconnecting glass modules and guests can expose themselves to the balmy elements or stay air-conditioned and cool. Either way, the amazing panoramic vista is a sight to see and Orgo’s designers have taken eco-chic to the next level.
The restaurant serves beautiful, French-inspired food complemented with local produce but the stars of the show are the award-winning cocktails. Created by an incredibly talented team led by one of the world’s most famous mixologists Tomoyuki Kitazoe, they only use the freshest ingredients such as organic seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs. The world-class cocktail list includes a wasabi salt chocolate martini and a banana and clove salt margarita. You genuinely won’t know what to try first!
The vibe is described as ‘upscale casual chic’ and while it has a lower profile in comparison to the glitz and glamour of some of Singapore’s rooftop bars, Orgo is perfect to see the city and eat and drink in understated style.
SuperTree by IndoChine
SuperTree by IndoChine is unique and perhaps the most dramatic of all the sky bars in Singapore and possibly the entire region. Found in Gardens by the Bay, it has very quickly become an icon of Singapore’s bar scene thanks to its spectacular design and it offers amazing 360° views of the South China Sea and the skyline of the CBD. Floor-to-ceiling glass adds to the ‘bird’s nest’ experience and when the evening comes around, the stunning light displays in the SuperTrees are a sight to behold.
The menu is a delicious combination of Asian and western-inspired food spanning cheery bar snacks to fine dining and the drinks are what you’d expect from a cool sky bar but it’s the experience that people come for. There’s no getting away from it, you are viewing Singapore’s lights from the inside a giant tree. The outdoor rooftop bar and the rest of the Gardens by the Bay makes you feel like you’re in a sci-fi film, as do the indoor gardens and the sky walk.
SuperTree by IndoChine is a ‘must see’ on any tour of Singapore’s rooftop bars.
New Asia Bar
If you’re looking for one of the highest places to get a drink in Singapore, you’ve found it. Sitting pretty 71 floors up the deluxe Swissôtel, New Asia Bar regularly makes the list of the World’s Top 50 Bars and for very good reason. It’s one of the original high-altitude bars in Singapore and views stretch all the way to Malaysia and Indonesia. It’s not cheap but you’ll know where that extra money went when you savour one of the best views in the region, especially when they open up the rooftop helipad for a true multi-sensory experience.
The clientele is a good mix of millennials, young professionals and business class tourists and the dress code, albeit unwritten, is most certainly dress to impress. Weekly theme nights attract some of the world’s top DJs and the atmosphere changes markedly as the night hours arrive. Post-work, you’ll find a relaxed, chatty vibe but come the late hours and it turns into more of a party scene with music, Singapore’s ‘It’ boys and girls drinking bubbles and living it up – very, very high up.
The views, the drinks and the kudos make New Asia Bar one of the most fashionable options for a roof-top drink in Singapore.
Mr Punch Public House
Another unusually-located rooftop bar in Singapore, this time on the roof of the Mint Museum of Toys. Mr Punch is a retro bar with walls smothered in Anglo-American vintage enamel kitsch and is one of the quirkiest places to grab a drink in the city. The views are, unfortunately, slightly obstructed by the Raffles Hotel and the towering Swissôtel but you can still see the bright lights of the city and the atmosphere is somewhat unconventional yet it’s a favourite with tourists and locals alike and it’s easy to see why.
Taking its name from the children’s end of the pier sideshow Punch & Judy, the menu offers an eclectic sharing menu of beautifully-prepared food taking inspiration from Europe, Asia and around the world and is a renowned meeting point for the swathes of ex-pats who live and work in Singapore. Occasional live music and al-fresco dining only add to the quirky vibe.
Mr Punch isn’t a bank-buster, it’s a delightfully cosy, off-the-wall bar where guests can relax, eat and drink surrounded by toys from the 1930s.
The Rooftop at Screening Room
Five floors up, The Rooftop at Screening Room, an award-winning hidden gem on Ann Siang Road. Close to Chinatown’s shophouses backlit by the multi-billion dollar CBD, The Rooftop pairs classic films with dinner for a unique Singapore rooftop experience. It even made the Sunday Times list of the Top 20 Rooftop Bars in the World and when you go, you’ll know why.
The Rooftop attracts a large ex-pat community thanks in part to the fact they have Hoegaarden on tap but it’s an out of the way place that people flock to because it’s intimate, cosy and nowhere near as busy, raucous and loud as it’s city centre brothers and sisters. It’s not huge so space is often limited but again, it’s all part of the charm. The standout drink is the Mojito, specially created by master Spanish mixologist Jose Alonso Sanchez, and the ‘east meets west’ vibe is why there’s so little standing room.
Ann Siang Road is heaving with fashionable bars and restaurants and it’s even closed to traffic on Fridays and Saturdays because there’s so many people looking for the best rooftop bar in Singapore!