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 the best bars in Singapore hosting a lively throng on any night of the week.
Popular Singapore nightlife 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 here on holiday make sure you enjoy your drinks with a view of Singapore. Here is our round-up of the best rooftop bars in Singapore.
Ce La Vi Singapore
Ce La Vi has remained Queen Bee among the Singapore rooftop bars 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 nightclub 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 Marina Bay Sands 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, one of the best clubs in Singapore, 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 at this Marina Bay bar, so be sure to be dress your best.
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Standing at 282 metres, 1-Altitude Singapore is not only the highest bar in Singapore, but the highest al-fresco roof bar in the world, with staggering 360-degree views of the city. 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 should definitely be on your hit list for sundowners. Get here early to bag one of the comfy seats so you can relax to the DJ’s chill out tunes and admire the view.
The 1-Altitude bar Singapore cover charge is $30 before 9pm and $35 after 9pm and includes a drink on arrival and you can pre-purchase this online to save time when you get there. The 1-Altitude dress code applies, so don’t turn up in your beach gear. You can also visit during the day with the kids (last admission 5pm), when entrance tickets include one non-alcoholic drink.
Lantern at the Fullerton Bay Hotel
What Lantern rooftop bar 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.
Lantern Bar Singapore is the ideal spot to watch the Marina Bay Sands light show (at 8pm and 9pm daily). Ideal for date nights, girls nights or pre-dinner cocktails – just ensure you book a table to avoid disappointment.
Smoke & Mirrors
Although only six storeys up, Smoke & Mirrors Singapore is perched atop the National Gallery, giving it stunning uninterrupted views over the Padang, Esplanade and Marina Bay. The indoor bar area is stylish and inviting but to make the most of the view, you need to head to the alfresco sitting area, where you can lounge amongst the copper and wood accented furniture.
This cool bar in Singapore is working hard to impress, with its inventive cocktail menu featuring concoctions such as the Duck’s Fat Hope, a kind of pecking duck daiquiri, complete with jackfruit rum, five-spiced honey and Peking duck jus. Delicious Asian-inspired bar bites such as popcorn chicken with dried chilli and tender beef rib cubes with a sesame and hoisin glaze are also on offer.
The Smoke & Mirrors dress code is “casual city chic” so leave your flip-flops in your hotel room or you’ll be turned away at the door.
Southbridge offers the best views of the Singapore River and the CBD skyline, from its lofty position overlooking Boat Quay. This Singapore roof top bar calls itself an oyster bar, serving up more than 6 types of oyster for you to slurp down as you admire the view. Other snacks include a range of sliders, bikinis and skewers.
The romantic ambience means champagne is the drink of choice amongst the clientele, but Southbridge also serves up a selection of delicious sounding cocktails as well as the usual beer, wines and spirits.
Southbridge is a small with seating for just 36 people (plus standing) so be sure to book ahead – you can book online. Finding the bar can present a challenge – the entrance is via an unassuming lift lobby just off the corner of Southbridge Road and Circular Road.
Ce La Vi no longer holds the monopoly on Marina Bay Sands rooftop bars. Since its opening in October 2015, Spago has fast earned the reputation of being one of Singapore’s best bars to enjoy drinks with a view. There is a comprehensive menu of innovative handcrafted cocktails at this super stylish and sophisticated Marina Bay rooftop bar. The Forbidden Kiss – a mix of Hendrick’s gin, fresh raspberries, rose elixir and lemon gets my vote!
There is also a Marina Bay Sands rooftop restaurant at Spago Singapore, and as with Wolfgang Puck’s original Spago in Beverly Hills, the focus is on fine-dining California cuisine. This is carried through to the lounge bar snacks menu, where you can tuck into Maine lobster rolls and Hamachi ceviche with your fancy cocktail.
As with all the best cocktail bars in Singapore, it’s best to book ahead and you can do this online.
Kinki Rooftop Bar
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 in Singapore – their hip and edgy Kinki rooftop bar.
Priding themselves on their ‘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. Drinks and bar snacks are all Japanese-inspired so you can wash down your Yuzu Caiprinha with an order of spicy miso meatballs or seaweed nachos.
Long before Ce-La Vi and 1-Altitude started making headlines, there was Loof, Singapore’s original rooftop bar. Loof opened in 2005 and is still going strong, hosting a loyal following of local and expat party-goers. Southeast Asian inspired cocktails such as the alcoholic Loof Bubble Tea and the Singapore Sour are served up alongside bar snacks full of local flavour such as the Chilli Crab Waffle Fries.
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, unless you’re impressed by Raffles Hotel roof, but the fun ambience once the resident DJs kick in more than make up for that.
Another reason people keep coming back to Loof rooftop bar is the awesome Loof happy hour – where their ‘beat the clock’ concept sees wines and spirits starting at as little as $5 from 5pm. The onsite ‘mamashop’ sells nostalgic local sweets if you find yourself with the munchies after all that booze.
Level 33 isn’t strictly a rooftop bar – 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 fills up with the after-work crowd, so book ahead for an outdoor table with a view.
The Screening Room Rooftop Bar
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 at this Chinatown rooftop bar. You have to climb five flights of stairs to get here, but it is worth it.
This small rooftop bar in Singapore is housed in one of the city’s beautiful heritage shophouses and hosts a fun-loving laid-back crowd, who sing along to loud music and sip on their drinks as they take in the views over the rooftops and temples of Chinatown.
Downstairs, the boutique film theatre shows thought-provoking independent and foreign films in the early evenings, and then transforms into a champagne lounge after 10pm. But chances are you won’t want to leave the rooftop anyway.
Other Singapore Rooftop Bars to try:
Still want more? Other top bars in Singapore that enjoy a lofty position include:
- Lin rooftop bar in up-and-coming Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, where you can enjoy Asian cocktails and bar snacks in a charming and chilled out environment
- Peruvian rooftop bar Tiger’s Milk, which dishes up scrumptious ceviche alongside Latin American inspired cocktails and music
- Quirky and eclectic Potatohead Singapore, known for good cocktails and good times
- Hi-So rooftop bar poolside at trendy boutique hotel So Sofitel, where you can enjoy designer cocktails and creative bar bites
- The alfresco bar at Singapore rooftop restaurant Artemis, famous for it’s mediterranean cuisine with a view.
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.
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