The best rooftop bars in Singapore

Take your thoughts (and cameras) to these rooftop bars around town
Level33
Photo by: Daniel Chia
By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Nothing beats the feeling of the wind in your hair and a tipple in your hand. Take drinking to the next level (literally) as you enjoy your favourite cocktail on cloud nine at these swanky rooftop bars in town. There's Smoke & Mirrors, which offers an unbeatable view of the Padang and Marina Bay Sands or climb higher to LeVeL33, the world's tallest urban micro-brewery for a fresh pint. You get a pretty neat view of our gorgeous city skyline from up here too – we suggest heading up during sunsets – so whip out your phones to immortalise the moment on the 'Gram.

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Restaurants, Italian

Zafferano

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

The view Zafferano’s sky-high location in the middle of the CBD gives it an unrivalled view of Singapore’s cityscape. Soak in the final glow of sunlight of the day during golden hour over a couple of drinks. The Terrace Lounge alfresco space is also fitted with a canopy of blooming tulip umbrellas that not only provide shelter from the elements, but are set aglow with pretty hues at night. DJs also take the deck to set the mood on selected nights

The drinks Cocktails lean toward the fruity side with the likes of Zafferano ($20), saffron gin zinged with citrusy lime and passionfruit, and the rum-based Perk Me Up ($20) of pumpkin, lime and chilli padi. Look out for the fresh fruit martinis ($20) that include Guanabana-tini of gin, lemon and soursop, and the Strawberry Royal, a boozy mix of vodka, Cointreau and prosecco, made fruity with strawberry and lemon.

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bar Canary

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The view It's a pity that Bar Canary doesn't offer much of a view – a formidable wall cordons off the edge that looks out to the bustling road, trailing up to Mount Elizabeth Link. But the open-air, high-rise space at Grand Park Orchard still makes for a swell rooftop bar. The gorgeous garden setting, cheery alfresco furnishings such as lawn chairs and oversized bean bags make for relaxing environment to unwind with a tipple in hand. At night, Bar Canary is magically lit with fairy lights and the tall skyscrapers that stand rebelliously against the dark.

The drinks Aside from the predictable beer, wine and spirits list, Bar Canary embraces Singapore’s perpetual summer heat with a slew of boozy ice pops. Offered by the stick or presented luxuriating in a potent cocktail, these alcohol-laced popsicles come in six deliciously unique flavours such as Imperial Tea Garden ($6 per stick, $18 per glass), featuring a blend of Earl Grey tea and sake, and The Exotic Escape ($6 per stick, $22 per glass) where a dragonfruit popsicle is served in a refreshing lime and tequila concoction. 

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Mr Stork Rooftop Bar

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The view Perched on level 39 of Andaz Singapore, Mr Stork has teepee huts hidden amid lush greenery for you and your date to nest in while enjoying panoramic views of the city skyline. Order a drink from the striking bronze pavilion bar and stroll along the cobbled paths that wind around the entire level, giving you a 360-degree city-viewing experience.

The drinks Choose Ruby ($16) – a citrusy concoction of lemon, ginger, fresh mint, vermouth and Ceylon arrack - served in an incredibly Insta-worthy elephant mug. Those who like their drinks fizzy can opt for Rhubarb ($16), a medley of rhubarb puree, strawberry and lemon juice, sparkling wine and a shot of vodka.  

Restaurants, Japanese

Kinki Restaurant and Bar

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

The view Decorated with feisty urban murals to reflect its philosophy and pop-culture credo, the open-air Kinki Rooftop Bar on the third floor is where you can catch a calming vista of the Marina Bay skyline and waterfront with a bucket of five beers ($50/6-9pm) or one-for-one housepours (5-8pm). 

The drinks The trellis-lined bar and Japanese writing on bamboos add to the underground, home-run feel of this place, even if the menu strikes a different chord: a little less than half the drinks menu is Japanese, while the cocktails have Western elements shaken in. The house special Spicy Hachimitshu ($19) is a refreshingly spicy martini glass of vodka, honey umeshu, a tinge of wasabi gomme, fresh lemon and Japanese cucumber.

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Bars and pubs

Loof

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The view The OG of local rooftop bars might be – literally – overshadowed by younger upstarts on taller buildings, but it hasn't yet lost its place on our list of watering holes for a fun night out. The beer is cold, the vibe casual, and the food now deserves special mention, thanks to Bjorn Shen.

The drinks To pair with Shen's good and greasy grub, there are locally inspired cocktails like the Kopi Cat ($19), an alcoholic take on the breakfast coffee staple made with salted caramel vodka, kopi, hazelnut and condensed milk. The spiked bubble tea cocktails (from $20) are a fun treat to suck on too.

1-Altitude
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Clubs

1-Altitude

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

The view 360º panoramas of the city, 282 metres above sea level, with Marina Bay, the CBD and the snaking banks of the Singapore River in its immediate vicinity. Those glass walls are not for the vertigo-prone, but it does mean you can reserve seats by them to enjoy your sundowners. 

The drinks 1-Altitude shakes up its own brand of cocktails ($20) that come with quirky names like the vodka-based Pink Floyd and rum-mixed drink, Shut up and Drink. Also on the menu, bubblies pour from $30 a flute while a whiskey selection starts at $18 a glass.

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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Artemis Grill

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar
The view Skyscraper stacks, the Marina Bay Sands and, if you're at the right spot, those futuristic trees at the Gardens by the Bay. Starchitect Toyo Ito's giant red flower – it channels air in to cool the building – lords over the roof deck, and CapitaGreen's rooftop garden is also accessible to punters.

The drinks Happy hour promos (5-7pm) price Old World wines between $10 and $12 a glass, and Italian Bierra Menabrea lager at $10, while refreshing fruit-forward cocktails – like one with Pimms, peach liqueur, Sauvignon Blanc and seasonal fruit – go for $15 a glass. An extensive wine list of Old World labels (from $95) is also available.
Bars and pubs

CÉ LA VI

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The view Panoramic vistas of the sun setting over the Lego-like assembly of skyscrapers the city, the Gardens by the Bay, the east of Singapore and the ships parked on our southern straits. The Sky Deck and Club Lounge at CÉ LA VI at the Sands is the clubby and hipper counterpart to Spago and Flight down the deck. 

The drinks Classic, aperitivo and tropical cocktails ($24), the latter filled with fresh fruits, and the occasional mix-in of regional ingredients like lime, shishito peppers, chilli and crysanthemum. Bottle service notably features large format (1750ml and up) vodka ($700-$2,600) to water a swinging party.
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Bars and pubs

LeVeL33

icon-location-pin Marina Bay

The view From the outdoor terrace of this microbrewery perched on the Marina Bay Financial Centre, the Marina Bay, Esplanade and the city's eastern neighbourhoods splay out under its roost. 

The drinks The craft beers brewed in-house go for $13.33 a pint before 8pm, then climb to $17.33 a pour after. If you're not sure what to go for, platters of five 100-millilitre samplers of LeVel33's blond lager, IPA, stout, house porter and wheat beers can be ordered at $23.33. These brews also go into beer cocktails, but if you're avoiding malt altogether, shoot for the house wines, or premium vintages of Baron Philipe de Rothschild.

Clubs

Lantern

icon-location-pin Raffles Place
The view The Marina Bay neighbourhood, skyscrapers looming over the hotel bar's low perch, an inviting lap pool (access is exclusive to guests of The Fullerton Bay Hotel, unfortunately) and the glittery bar, kitted out with glowing lanterns, itself. 

The drinks Themed promos every day of the week prices cocktails as cheap as $16 a glass (on Tuesdays) for vodka and gin long drinks. The bar also barrel-ages its own Negronis and Manhattans for those who like their drinks strong, and the team has created a list of fruity gin Slings inspired by the city's namesake cocktail.
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Clubs

Orgo

icon-location-pin City Hall
The view A worm's-eye vantage of the Financial District, and the Esplanade's prickly domes from the retail and dining end of the arts centre.

The drinks Cocktails made with Japanese meticulousness. Head bartender Tomoyuki Kitazoe and his team's 13-strong portfolio of fresh fruit martinis ($20) and champagne martinis and mojitos ($28) is a draw for the ladies. Non-alcoholic versions of the martinis ($15) can also be shaken to order.
Restaurants, Burgers

The Rooftop at Potato Head Folk

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The view The architectural marvel that is The Pinnacle@Duxton, and the colourful roofs of the heritage buildings surrounding Potato Head Folk's top-floor, twinkly tiki bar.

The drinks Rum-forward tropical cocktails, including the Zombie #36 ($25): it's made with a mix of rums, absinthe, pomegranate and grapefruit – and it's so potent you're not allowed to order more than three. Bottled cocktails ($100) for sharing with five pals are also on the menu. 

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Smoke & Mirrors
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Bars and pubs

Smoke and Mirrors

icon-location-pin City Hall
The view Perched at the National Gallery, this is the newest way to enjoy views of the city from the Padang to the Bay. After dark's the best time to take in the night glow of the city. 

The drinks Yugnes Susela's Asian riffs on the classics are all about theatre. Black and White c. 1970-1980 ($24), inspired by Anthony Poon's acrylic on canvas in the Gallery, is a rich, complex drink that sips of dark chocolate, cream and rum, curaçao orange, and a long finish of liquorice from absinthe. A simple tiki mix of Trinidadian dark rum, Campari, and lime and pineapple juice in the Jungle Bird ($20) is as potent as it is pretty, with an orchid blossom for garnish. Besides cocktails, there are Archipelago Brewery's Bohemian Lager ($16) and Samui Ale ($16) on tap, wines by the glass ($16-$24) and mocktails ($12).
Restaurants, Californian

Spago

icon-location-pin Marina Bay
The view Cinematic (read: long and narrow) views of the city and straits waters. Occasionally the reverie is broken by a half-togged infinity pool swimmer sauntering by, but the vibe is otherwise über-cool. 

The drinks A substantial list of mixed tipples. Some, like the Tainted Love ($26) and I'm So Sexy ($26), are carry-overs from the bar at CUT by Wolfgang Puck, found downstairs. Touches of Asian flavours – guava, Thai basil, soursop and lychee, for instance – show up in the cocktails, too.
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Bars and pubs

Southbridge

icon-location-pin Raffles Place
The view Sweeping 360º cityscapes of the Boat Quay end of the Singapore River, top half of the Singapore Flyer, and, at night, radiance of The Fullerton Hotel, Parliament House and Asian Civilisations Museum. 

The drinks Mixed sparkling drinks ($16-$22) with touches of Italian flavours, zingy vodka cocktails with fruit ($18-$20) and a respectable list of vermouth and bitters ($10) like Campari, Cynar, Martini Rosso and Aperol. During happy hour – until 8pm on weekdays – bubblies pour for $20 a flute and housepours go from $8 to $13.

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