One of the best things to do in Singapore at night is to head to one of Singapore’s best rooftop bars. Poor Singapore has an unfair reputation of being a boring city. On the contrary, it has a buzzing nightlife, with alfresco bars around the city hosting a lively throng on any night of the week.
Popular hangout areas include Club Street and Duxton Hill in Chinatown, and Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay along the river, but if you want to hang with the hip crowd – you need to head UP and check out one of the many Singapore rooftop bars. With so many buildings crammed into a small island, it is no surprise that rooftop bars in Singapore are such a huge trend, so if you are in Singapore on holiday make sure you check out a few. Here is our round-up of the best rooftop bars in Singapore.
Ce La Vi
Ce La Vi has remained Queen Bee among the rooftop bars in Sinagapore since it opened as Ku De Ta in September 2010. Ku De Ta first made a name for itself on the sandy shores of Seminyak in Bali as a restaurant, bar and dance club in-one, and now Ce La Vi boasts one of the world’s most stunning locations in Singapore, perched 200m above sea level atop the magnificent Marina Bay Sands hotel. The illuminated Sky Bar is where to go to sip cocktails and strut your stuff, while the restaurant offers fine-dining dishes and an extensive wine list. End the night at the Club Lounge, where you can dance the night away to live entertainment and well known DJs. You’ll get looked up and down by the front of house manager, so be sure to dress your best.
Standing at 282 metres, 1-Altitude is the highest al-fresco roof bar in the world, with staggering 360-degree views of Singapore. Obviously not suitable if you suffer from vertigo, especially as the walls are all made from glass to maximise the views. But if you have strong legs then this Singapore rooftop bar should definitely be on your hit list for sundowners. A dress code applies, so don’t turn up in your beach gear.
Lantern at the Fullerton Bay Hotel
What Lantern lacks in height it makes up for in style. This relaxed drinks spot provides a chic and sleek poolside oasis atop the uber-stylish Fullerton Bay Hotel. With stunning panoramic views of Marina Bay and the CBD skyline, this urban getaway oozes a sophisticated vibe with its Latin-inspired cocktails, comfy seating and cozy candlelit ambience. Go in the evening with a loved one or a group of friends, and ensure you book a table to avoid disappointment, as this has the reputation of being one of the best bars in Singapore for relaxed cocktails with a view.
Just next door to the Fullerton Bay Hotel (so close you can look right into the hotel rooms if they don’t close the curtains) is Japanese restaurant Kinki. The restaurant serves up fabulous Japanese cuisine, but upstairs from here is one of my favourite little-known gems of a rooftop bar in Singapore. This hip and edgy Singapore rooftop bar prides itself on its ‘urban attitude’, the floors and walls are plastered in stylish graffiti, and DJs spin the decks into the night. The atmosphere is decidedly un-Singaporean, but the views are all about the glitz of Marina Bay.
Long before Ku De Ta and 1-Altitude started making headlines, there was Loof, the original Singapore rooftop bar. Loof opened in 2005 and is still going strong, hosting a loyal following of local and expat party-goers. The expansive timber-decked roof space is dotted with tropical foliage and comfy seating, perfect for a relaxing evening with friends. There’s not much of a view from this rooftop bar, other than Raffles Hotel roof across the road, but the Asian inspired cocktails and bar snacks and fun ambience more than make up for that.
Level 33 isn’t strictly one of Singapore’s rooftop bars – but it’s on the 33rd floor (did the name give it away?) and has a large balcony with one of the best views in Singapore, so I’ve included it here anyway. Located within the Standard Chartered Building in the Marina Bay Financial Centre, the view from here provides some of the best photo opportunities in the whole of Singapore – Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer, the Merlion and the Fullerton Hotel are all perfectly framed for you to snap away at. There’s an onsite micro-brewery for freshly brewed craft beers, a lengthy wine list and a hearty bar snacks menu (in addition to indoor restaurant) so you will be well catered for. Level 33 in known as one of the best bars in Singapore and fills up with the after-work crowd, so book ahead for an outdoor table with a view.
La Terraza at the Screening Room
Even though it is located in the middle of one of Singapore’s most popular nightlife spots – the Club Street/Ann Siang Hill area – you will still feel like you have discovered a hidden gem in La Terraza at the Screening Room. You have to climb five flights of stairs to get this rooftop bar in Singapore, but it is worth it. This small roof top hosts a fun-loving laid-back crowd,who sing along to the loud music and sip on some of Singapore’s best frozen strawberry margaritas as they gaze out over the rooftops and temples of Chinatown. Fun!
Looking for the best things to do in Singapore with kids? See our article on 50 Things to do in Singapore with Kids and Off the Beaten Track Places to Take the Kids in Singapore.