Looking for somewhere to kick back and relax in the evenings with your partner? What better way than somewhere sky-high — where you get to feel a chilly breeze in your hair as you sip on your favourite tipples. Even better if you get a gorgeous view of the night sky and Singapore’s beautiful skyline.
On your next romantic date night out, consider checking out these rooftop bars for breathtaking views, coupled with the best drinks in town.
When it comes to rooftop bars, this poolside paradise at Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena is the place to be. Located on the 33rd floor, the new F&B concept is a modern interpretation of mid-century modernism in California. Heavily influenced by Palm Springs and downtown LA, the bar provides the perfect escape from the busy streets of Singapore.
Expect classic Americana, Mexican, and Southern Californian dishes, not to mention traditional western favourites like smokey bourbon-barbecued baby back ribs, juicy Angus beef brisket, and cheesy tacos, albeit with an Asian twist, that are sure to be a hit amongst the crowd.
And while you soak in the breathtaking views of the city, be sure to indulge in Las Palmas’ unique libations. Did you know, these tipples are also named after award-winning films like L.A. Confidential, famous paintings like Nighthawks, and popular locations like the Cheesecake Factory?
99 Irrawaddy Rd, Level 33 Courtyard Marriott Singapore, Singapore 329568
Spanning across three levels in the shophouse space, Honcho, the restaurant and lifestyle venue, houses not one, not two, but three different dining concepts in one building. Taking up the first floor is the restaurant, Honcho itself, a modern izakaya and omakase concept that serves cocktails and drinks. Social@Honcho, on the other hand, takes up the basement level, of which the cosy space is dedicated to members who’d like to chill and hang out.
But if you’re into craft beers, then you’ll be glad to know that you can get your fix at Jō, the local craft beer-centric bar located at the rooftop. Here, you can enjoy conversations under the moonlight while you sip on your favourite local craft beers and snack on their delicious savoury bar bites.
12 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069692
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Club Street, lies a cosy little rooftop bar that offers a beautiful bird’s eye view of Ann Siang Hill. A great place to lounge and sip on cocktails, this place also offers a hearty selection of Western-Asian fusion food including Auntie Ang’s wings, Pig trotter bee hoon with shiitake mushroom and roasted chestnuts, Kimchi with pork belly mac & cheese and salted egg fries.
While the space can be a little small to accommodate larger groups, we recommend coming here if you’re looking for a nice spot for a casual drink after work with a smaller group or even for date nights.
96B Club St, Singapore 069464
What’s not to love about secret rooftop restaurants? They are cosy, and romantic, and the breathtaking views of the city skyline are to die for. Take, for instance, Eden, the wine and sake restaurant concept by Maison Ikkoku. Located in the heart of the Kampong Glam district, the restaurant serves some of the most Instagrammable omakase in town.
Some of the dishes you can expect to see on the menu include Housemade Crispy Tacos, Signature Lobster Linguine, Hokkaido Black Pork, Wagyu Sirloin and Uni Scallop Prawn Maki.
20 Kandahar St, #02- 01, Singapore 198885
If you’ve walked along the Tanjong Pagar stretch of Korean restaurants, then you would know that it’s ubiquitously known as the Koreatown of Singapore. But if there’s one restaurant you need to check out, it would most definitely be My Patio. Hidden behind a yellow door, lies this quaint spot that’s perfect for date nights or even with gatherings with your friends. The open-air rooftop area looks especially beautiful in the evenings, during which you can watch the sunset and at night when the fairy lights are lit up.
But one thing’s for sure, My Patio looks like something straight out of the hit Netflix series, Itaewon Class. And that even includes the food and drinks that are served here. Choose from a rotating selection of over 40 unique beers (and soju), and indulge in the usual Korean street food like Korean fried chicken, Kimchi pancake and more.
74 Tg Pagar Rd, #02-01, Singapore 088495
With sweeping views of Marina Bay and our iconic city skyline as your backdrop, this rooftop bar and grill comprise three sections – the main dining room, a private dining room for 12 and an al fresco pavilion that houses Singapore’s first outdoor spritz bar.
It’s where you can relish 14 different types of spritz cocktails, from classic options like the Basil Spritz ($24) that combines dry gin, basil and lemon; to a more fruity option like the Ispahan ($22) that’s made of raspberry-infused gin, lychee and rose; as well as the Geisha’s Gaze ($24) that’s a combination of umeshu, prosecco and just a hint of bourbon.
OUE Bayfront, Level 19, 50 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049321
Perched 33 floors above Marina Bay, this rooftop bar is a must-visit for those who love a good craft beer (or two). Priding itself as the world’s highest urban microbrewery, all beers are brewed on-site by the resident brewmaster Gabriel Garcia. The lineup includes the 33.1 Blond Lager, 33.15 India Pale Ale, 33.3 Sout, 33.4 House Porter and 33.9 Wheat Beer, all of which come with their own backstories. The rooftop terrace offers bar stool seats facing Marina Bay Sands, so you can sit back and take in the view with a delicious drink in hand.
The space also comprises a restaurant and lounge, so you can dine indoors before heading to the rooftop terrace for a nightcap.
#33-01 Marina Boulevard, Tower 1 Marina Bay Financial Centre, Singapore 018981
Taking over the premises of the former Salt grill & Sky bar, Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) gastro bar Flnt affords the same panoramic views through soaring glass windows. Tip: Make a reservation for dinner around 6pm to 7pm to catch that glorious sunset.
On the menu, you can look forward to starters and sharing platters of refreshing ceviche Nikkei, crispy Sakura kakiage, decadent foie gras taco with rocoto yoghurt dressing and kaffir lime leaf, as well as mains like the tender miso-infused cod ($28++) served with punchy aji verde by Head Chef Lamley Chua.
The sake-forward cocktails are dangerously delightful, like the Mizuame. Nicknamed Hi-Chew, it’s reminiscent of Japanese candy with a blend of Kyoho grape sake and Cointreau, cherry blossom syrup and citrus fruits. Plus, it’s dramatically presented on a bed of dry ice that nods to Mount Fuji.
2 Orchard Turn, Level 55 & 56 Ion Orchard, Singapore 238801
Head to the upper floor of this contemporary Japanese restaurant in Collyer Quay for breathtaking, panoramic views of Marina Bay. Hitting the 10-year-mark of its opening in Singapore, the hip urban restaurant and bar has reopened its doors to unveil a fresh look, boasting a palette of dark sensual tones, LED light strips and artworks by furniture designer Sean Dunston, and new graffiti by local artist ANTZ at the rooftop.
It continues to serve up inventive takes on Japanese classics, with signatures like the Rock and Roll Maki, Cowabunga (seared A4 Wagyu beef slices rolled with cream cheese, cucumber and homemade spicy mayo, $36), and the Unagi Claypot ($35), a previously seasonal item that’s now a permanent fixture.
New menu additions include Corn Duo ($16) and Grilled Squid Chimichurri ($32). Then of course, there are the drinks; from sake to classic cocktails and the ‘Kinki Rockstar’cocktail line-up, there’s something for everyone.
70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323
For unbeatable views of the Singapore River at night, head to this cosy and intimate rooftop bar along Boat Quay known for its delicious oysters, gin and cocktails. Served in plates of six, the oysters cost from just $24 and include dressings like ponzu and yuzu, bulldog sauce and mignonette sauce. Other bar bites include Wagyu Beef Sliders ($18), Octopus Taco ($18) and Triple Cheese Truffle Bikini (a Spanish-style grilled sandwich, $18). Pair your dishes with a wide selection of wines, gin and tonics as well as crafted cocktails.
80 Boat Quay, Level 5 Rooftop, Singapore 049868
Situated on the fourth floor of Grand Park Orchard, this poolside lounge offers a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Alright, so it doesn’t offer as impressive a view as some of the other bars on this list, but the beautiful outdoor garden setting complete with fairy lights at night makes this a wonderful space to unwind.
With plenty of seating options from cosy lounge chairs to spacious armchairs, all that’s left to do is to order one of their signature Boozy Pops and a sharing platter from their recently-refreshed menu (which has new plant-based additions), and you’re set.
Grand Park Orchard Level 4, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857, tel: 6603 8855.
Loof (a play on the way some Singaporeans pronounce ‘roof’), by the Lo and Behold Group, has been a local favourite since 2005. We love the breezy vibe, the old-school Mamashop and the superb view of the Raffles Hotel.
Quirky Southeast Asian-influenced cocktails, such as its signature Loof Bubble Tea ($22) that comes shaken with vodka, orange liqueur, sour plum, passion fruit, calamansi, lemon, yoghurt and fruity pearls, come highly recommended. And you should try its modern Singaporean-meets-bar-grub dishes, such as the Loof Original Ramly ($23) and Chilli Crab Waffle Fries ($15).
#03-07 Odeon Towers, Extension Rooftop, 331 North Bridge Road
Perched on the sixth level of the National Gallery Singapore, Aura Sky Lounge has been rebranded ‘Art’ and is a neo-Italian rooftop dining destination with an indoor salon that can seat 168 guests and an Outdoor Terrace
Fronted by the amazing view of the Marina Bay skyline, the sophisticated restaurant and bar are headed by Group Executive Chef Daniele Sperindio, who draws ideas and inspirations from his Italian roots and culinary experiences abroad.
While taking in the awesome sights at night, munch on some Kagoshima Beef Tartare ($28) or Artisanal Cheese with Homemade Warm Muscatel Raisins and Altamura Bread ($38) and toast to the good life with The Fig’n Rum ($22), which features Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, roasted figs and cinnamon cordial, and balsamic vinegar.
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrews Road, tel: 6866 1977.
Also at National Gallery Singapore is Smoke & Mirrors, which presents a stunning cityscape view. The 2,400sqf bar’s focal point is a 4.7m-wide sleek metallic mirror-finished counter. You can expect innovative cocktails, with ones that nod to Singapore’s heritage like the By The Padang ($25), to Bananas In A Glass ($26) that’s a tribute to local artist Georgette Chen’s Bananas in a Basket art piece. It features barrel-aged banana cognac, vermouth and bitters.
#06-01 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
There is no shortage of places for drinks on level 57 of the Marina Bay Sands (Spago has a laid-back garden feel, and there is the SkyBar at Cé La Vi), but Lavo — a partnership between Marina Bay Sands and restaurant-nightlife group TAO Group — remains our top pick for a special evening.
Not only will you have the dazzling lights of the city, but you will also enjoy an excellent view of the outdoor light and water show display, Spectra. Be mesmerized by the beautiful symphony of music, water and light, with a cocktail in hand – perhaps a Midtown Negroni ($25), with Gordon’s Gin, Amaro Montenegro and Cinzano Dry Vermouth. The bar/restaurant/lounge also features classic Italian-American cuisine ranging from pizzas and pasta to grilled steaks. You’ll want to leave room for its signature 20 Layer Chocolate Cake ($28).
Level 57, Sands SkyPark, Hotel Tower 1, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue
Mr Stork, nestled on Level 39 of the exquisite Andaz Singapore, is a tranquil rooftop bar set among tropical landscaping with cobbled pavements and ten teepee huts. The unobstructed 360-degree view of the city skyline and the heartlands is definitely a draw, so do try to come by in the late afternoon (they open at 5pm on weekdays and 3pm on weekends), before it gets busy, for a nice stroll. The sunset, we hear, is stunning.
Cocktails here lean toward the fruity and floral style featuring garden herbs and fresh fruits. We enjoyed Ruby ($22), a citrusy concoction made with lemon, ginger, fresh mint, vermouth and Ceylon Arrack, a traditional Sri Lankan spirit distilled from the sap of the coconut flower and aged in Sri Lankan oak casks, and also Rhubarb ($22), a fizzy drink made with fresh rhubarb puree, strawberry and lemon juice, sparkling wine and a shot of vodka. For bites, the Chef’s Selection gives you a sampling platter ($55 for two to three persons) of Avocado Bruschetta, Chicken Karaage King Salmon Tartare Cone, and Panko Tiger Prawn if you can’t decide.
Level 39, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street
This award-winning venue often referred to as the “world’s highest alfresco bar”, stands 282 metres above Singapore’s Central Business District. The 360-degree view of the city’s spectacular skyline from here is unparalleled. So it is no wonder that this remains a coveted spot for celebrations, parties and weddings.
Snap the best photos at its triangular tip, or lounge in one of their cabana beds as you sip a cocktail. The Gallery & Bar is part of the multi-concept lifestyle destination 1-Altitude, which occupies over 16,000 square feet of space spread across four levels (including the ALT Café & Bar on the ground floor) at One Raffles Place. The restaurant, Stellar, at level 62, is helmed by Executive Chef Christopher Millar and features progressive Australian cuisine, while the club lounge at Altimate (level 61) is an exclusive nightspot.
1-Altitude Gallery & Bar is at Level 63, 1 Raffles Place, tel: 6438 0410.
This Asian alfresco rooftop bar sits atop Link Hotel in the trendy Tiong Bahru district. Its interesting cocktail menu includes international classics as well as their house concoctions that incorporate flavours of the East such as lychee and sour plum.
There’s even a bacon-infused whiskey cocktail cheekily names the “Tipsy Pig” — the umami flavour of the bacon, our bartender explained, helps balance out the sharpness of the whiskey.
Link Hotel, 50 Tiong Bahru Rd, #01-01, Singapore 168733
If you haven’t heard, Keong Saik is the place to be, and Potato Head Folk prides itself as an iconic landmark on this street. Apart from amazing, juicy burgers, its rooftop bar on the fourth floor has the perfect ambience to kick back and relax with a drink or five.
Think fairy lights, garden furniture and a bohemian vibe to accompany tipples like Coconut Negroni ($23), and Zombie #36 ($25), concocted with House 5-Rum blend, Wray and Nephew Overproof Rum, house-made spiced falernum, passion fruit syrup, and fresh lime juice.
36 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089143
Framed by an infinity lap pool and lush landscaping, this stylish rooftop bar, with a gorgeous view of the Marina Bay area, is a favoured spot for parties and celebrations.
Nibble on its popular butter-poached Lobster Roll with Mayonnaise and Truffles Fries ($39) or Mini Wagyu Beef Sliders ($30 for three) – while sipping on refreshing cocktails such as Red Lantern ($24), which has tequila, watermelon, cucumber, lime, and the Imperial Berry Mojito ($28) with rum, berries, mint, and champagne.
Level 8, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay
This one Michelin-starred Italian restaurant-bar might be smack in the middle of Boat Quay, but it’s a serene hideaway to watch the hubbub from above. We love their smooth, polished spins on classic cocktails like the Hanky Panky ($24) and Negroni ($28). Or be seduced by the delectable Tiramisu ($24), with orange and vanilla-infused vodka, Mozart Chocolate liqueur, Frangelico and homemade coffee liqueur.
Be warned (or excited): they do double shots!
52 Boat Quay, #05-01/ #06-01, Singapore 049841
This article was first published in Singapore Women’s Weekly.