Enjoy top-of-the-world views at these bars
With a gorgeous skyline and magnificent vistas, it’s no wonder that bars are capitalising on the view that Singapore has to offer. Here are some of the best rooftop bars where you can sip your cocktails while feeling on top of the world.
Derived from the Singlish pronunciation of the word “roof”, Singapore’s first standalone rooftop bar offers you a slice of local culture along with a side of nostalgia. Whether it’s the Mama Shop (Loof’s take on the convenience store or sundry shop traditionally found at void decks of public housing estates in Singapore’s heartland) that sells a curated mix of old-school souvenirs or its food and beverages, you’ll easily notice its local and Asian influences.
Sitting at the top of the low-rise expansion of Odeon Towers, Loof’s urban garden environment is a relaxing spot for kicking back with bespoke cocktails infused with familiar Asian flavours. Try Uncle Tee-Kee (gin, passion fruit and cranberry sorbet, vanilla beans, ginger ale and fresh mint) and local favourites like Kaya Lumpur (pineapple rum, kaya, house bitters and fresh basil) and Stylo Milo (spiced rum, Milo, roselle, hazelnut oil, orange and vanilla).
The Rooftop at Potato Head Folk
This tiki-themed bar occupies the roof of an iconic four-storey heritage building in Keong Saik Road, voted among the top 10 travel destinations in Asia by Lonely Planet.
This sister property to Bali’s swanky Potato Head Beach Club throbs to a beat all its own. Surrounded by fairy lights and a panoramic view of the nearby skyscrapers that form Singapore’s financial district, relax and imbibe on Potato Head Folk’s tropical elixirs with a local twist such as Yakun Kaya (pandan infused Bulleit bourbon, coffee bitters, orgeat syrup) and Chendol #36 (Appleton estate 12, coconut milk, gula melaka, pandan bitters).
If you’re arriving with an empty stomach, dig into a hearty burger at Three Buns which occupies the first and second floors. A burger concept by chef Adam Penny with recipes brought over from London, there’s something for everyone (even vegetarians) on the menu.
Smoke & Mirrors
You don’t need to be 30 storeys off the ground to enjoy a picturesque view. Just pop by Smoke and Mirrors and see for yourself. Modern, stylish and furnished with wicker furniture, the bar sits atop one of Singapore’s most historically and culturally significant icons – the National Gallery Singapore.
Its alfresco area boasts a majestic and refreshing view that overlooks The Padang, The Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands® integrated resort as well as the downtown financial district.
Come for the scenery and stay for its beverage menu that focuses on carefully curated wines, whiskies, craft and draft beers and handcrafted signature cocktails. Looking for something oriental and savoury? Check out Duck’s Fat Hope (jackfruit rum, five-spiced honey, lemon and peking duck jus). If you prefer something more refreshing on the palate, try Temporada (house blend rum, coconut agave syrup, rockmelon juice, fizz, indian borage). Or just let the inventive mixologists behind the bar mix up something to match your mood.
1-Altitude Gallery and Bar
The world is your oyster when you visit the highest al fresco bar in the world.
Located on the 63rd floor of One Raffles Place and towering over its neighbouring buildings at a height of over 280m, 1-Altitude boasts a stunning 360-degree vista right in the heart of Singapore’s financial district.
While it makes for a great chillout spot to catch the sunset, 1-Altitude is more popular for hosting the hottest weekend parties not to be missed. Whether it’s live music by top local bands or the establishment’s internationally renowned resident DJs, 1-Altitude knows how to crank the entertainment up to 11.
Stand-outs on the drinks menu include unique cocktails such as Altitude Affair (vodka, passion fruit, lime juice and basil leaves) and Pink Floyd (vodka, grapefruit, apple juice and grenadine).