PUBLISHED August 30th, 2018 10:24 am | UPDATED May 18th, 2020 08:35 pm
If you’re tired of stuffy clubs and yearning for more refreshing spots to spend your Friday and Saturday nights, we figure you’ll enjoy this list. Here, we’ve rounded up the best rooftop bars in Singapore so you can plan your next drunken exploits at some of the most picturesque locations in the city. Bottoms up!
Artemis Grill & Sky Bar
Artemis’ Sky Lounge sits pretty at the top of CaptiaGreen on Market Street. Leave your worries on the bottom floor and ascend to the rooftops of one of Singapore’s tallest buildings, sitting at 242m above sea level. With ten different Gin Tonics alone (S$15++ each) and uber-afforable Happy Hour prices, the only thing that’ll get you feeling any more giddy with pleasure is partaking in their exquisite list of food and wines, cocktails, and digestifs. We suggest our very own home-grown Brass Lion Butterfly Pea G&T, made with a splash of Fever Tree tonic.
Artemis Grill & Sky Bar is located at 138 Market St, #40-01 CapitaGreen, Singapore 048946, p. +65 6635 8677. Opens Mon-Wed 11.30am-11pm, Thu-Fri 11.30am-12am, Sat 5.30pm-12am.
CÉ LA VI Sky Bar
No rooftop bar guide is ever complete without mentioning the iconic CÉ LA VI, which sits 200 metres above ground on the summit of Marina Bay Sands. Indulge in their menu of innovative cocktails and scrumptious bites laced with Asian ingredients and flavours, as well as an enchanting panoramic view of the city at the glamorous SkyBar. You can even can catch a glimpse of the Straits of Singapore and Gardens by the Bay. Don’t forget to head to the Club Lounge to elevate your night to new heights: live DJs play nightly from 6pm till late! Read our review here.
CÉ LA VI is located at SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018971, p. +65 6508 2188. Open daily 12pm – late.
Loof is a whimsical urban garden bar that’s perhaps best recognised by its Instagram-worthy neon sign. Located on the rooftop of Odeon Towers, you’ll find this playful spot serving up Asian-inspired cocktails and tasty bar grub (created by Artichoke’s Bjorn Shen, no less) with a local twist. Then, take a trip down memory lane with their curated little gems of nostalgia at The Mama Shop.
Loof is located at 331 North Bridge Rd, #03-07 Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720, p. +65 6337 9416. Open Mon-Thu 5pm – 1am, Fri-Sat 5pm – 2am. Closed Sun.
Smoke & Mirrors
Not just one for special occasions like National Day, F1, or New Year’s Eve, Smoke & Mirrors at the National Gallery Singapore is a must-visit for exquisite drinks, and yes, an unblocked panoramic view that overlooks the Padang and Marina Bay. The bar is all about pushing the boundaries with creative tipples such as the Kurokawa, an umami-laden drink with black sesame and sea grapes. Read our review here.
Smoke & Mirrors is located at 1 St. Andrew’s Rd, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957, p. +65 9234 8122. Open Mon-Fri 3pm – 1am, Sat-Sun 12pm – 2am.
Kinki Rooftop Bar
Boasting a fantastic array of Japanese spirits, sake, and sake-inspired cocktails, Kinki occupies a two-level space on the Marina Bay waterfront. Its open-air rooftop deck and bar boasts majestic 360° vistas of the city skyline, and of course, an edgy hip crowd that you definitely want to mingle with. The best part? Happy hour (one-for-one beers and house pours) comes early from 5pm to 8pm every day, so how about having an early dinner at the restaurant before climbing up? Cocktails like the Shochu Melon Citrus and umeshu-based Hokkaido Plummet are also some to try.
Kinki Rooftop Bar is located at 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323, p. +65 6533 3471. Open Mon-Thu 5pm – 12am, Fri-Sat (and PHs) 5pm – 2am. The restaurant is open Mon-Sat (and PHs) 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm. Closed Sun.
Perched on the rooftop of Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, there’s no doubt that Urbana is the highest bar in the business-residential district. Whether it’s to unwind after a long day or a romantic date, this quiet hideaway is super chic, featuring fine wines, decadent champagnes, and scrumptious bar bites (Curry Nachos, anyone?) from the hotel kitchen. There are spirit-forward drinks too, including a sweet Caramel Manhattan and nostalgic Chocoloco, inspired by iced Milo. Coming on a Thursday? It’s your lucky day with 1-for-1 drinks, excluding bottles, all night long from 5pm to 1am.
Urbana is located at L33 Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, 99 Irrawaddy Rd, Singapore 329568, +65 6378 2060. Open daily 5pm – 1am (1-for-1 happy hour from 5pm to 8pm daily).
Zafferano Terrace Lounge
If you’re looking for a gourmet meal and quality wine, Zafferano should be on your radar. Start with a refreshing glass of Prosecco and tuck into some of the finest Italian food in town while feasting your eyes on the 270-degree view of Collyer Quay. At the Terrace Lounge, you can indulge in free-flow Prosecco, beer or house wine for just $28++ from 8pm to 10pm on Saturdays. Read our review here.
Zafferano is located at L43 Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Qy, Singapore 049315, p. +65 6509 1488. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 11pm, Sat 6.30pm – 11pm. Closed Sun.
This newly-opened rooftop bar sits above So Sofitel Hotel, its glitzy terrace wrapping a round a gorgeous infinity-edged pool with golden tiles. Relish in the feeling of lounging by the water right in the middle of the city, but not without one of their artisanal equatorial cocktails and modern tapas in hand. Order the hard-hitting Rum Runner with housemade banana blackberry cordial or classy Hashtag Frose, comprising rose, champagne syrup and elderflower liqueur.
1927 is located at Sofitel So Singapore, 35 Robinson Rd, Singapore 068876, p. +65 6701 6800. Open daily 5pm – 1am.
Japanese master mixologist Tomoyuki Kitazoe heads this chill rooftop bar atop the Esplanade. Here, you can watch as night begins to settle over the city, with an exquisite cocktail made from fresh fruits and vegetables in hand. A Watermelon and Chili Martini, maybe?
Orgo is located at #04-01, 8 Raffles Ave, Esplanade Roof Terrace, Singapore 038981, p. +65 6336 9366. Open Sun-Wed 6pm – 1am, Thu-Sat 6pm – 2am.
[email protected] sits leisurely atop the Hotel Jen in Orchard Road, meaning that you’ll be able to admire the bustling city centre while soaking up its vivacious energy. Just sit back, sip on signature cocktails, and dip your toes in the rooftop pool.
[email protected] is located at L19, 277 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238858, p. +65 6708 8832. Open daily 11am – 11pm.
Holding the title of the world’s highest alfresco bar, 1-Altitude offers killer 360° views and the vibes to match, having hosted hundreds of stunning sunsets, nightlife events, and renowned DJs from all over. Not to mention, great cocktails too. Take in the best feeling in the world at the Sundown Affair every day from 6pm to 8pm with refreshing sunset cocktails and light bites to take you into the night.
1-Altitude is located at L61, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616, p. +65 6438 0410. Open Sun-Tue 6pm – 2am, Thu 6pm – 3am, Wed, Fri-Sat 6pm – 4am.
Sum Yi Tai
One of the coolest kids on the Telok Ayer block, Sum Yi Tai embodies the romanticism of 80s, gangster-rife Hong Kong while whipping up cheeky cocktails and premium whiskies. Spread over three stories (check out our review of Mona Lounge on the second floor), the rooftop bar is the one you’re interested in, perfect for CBD corporates to let loose in a wave of breezy camaraderie. Give their yummy Cantonese tapas a shot too.
Sum Yi Tai is located at 25 Boon Tat St, Singapore 069622, p. +65 6221 3665. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 1am, Sat 7pm – 1am. Closed Sun.
Squirrelled away at the corner of the CBD, this stylish rooftop hideout offers mesmerising views of the glittering skyline as well as modern cocktails, bubbly, and wines. Lit by red lanterns, you’re surrounded by an infinity lap pool, green landscaping, and sensual house music – ideal for a romantic night on the town over Berry Mojitos.
Lantern Bar is located at 80 Collyer Qy, Singapore 049326, p. +65 6597 5299. Open Sun-Thu 10am – 1am, Fri-Sat 10am – 2am.
Beers brewed onsite and stunning views of the Lion City skyline? Count us in. It might not exactly be on the roof of Marina Bay Financial Centre, but you can definitely play a game of ‘Spot the Merlion’ at this chill yet sophisticated restaurant-bar. From low ABV session pale ales to heady stouts, these are not your run-of-the-mill beers. Read our review here.
LeVeL33 is located at #33-01, 8 Marina Blvd, MBFC Tower 1, Singapore 018981, p. +65 6834 3133. Open Mon-Thu 11.30am – 12am, Fri-Sat 11.30am – 2am, Sun 12pm – 12am.
Potato Head Singapore
The team behind Bali’s world-renowned Potato Head Beach Club brings its laid-back vibes to this rooftop along Keong Siak Road. With a view overlooking heritage shophouse rooftops and the modern skyline, as well as an exotic tiki-themed cocktail menu, this is the place to hit if you’re looking for a breath of fresh air. Read our review here.
Potato Head Singapore is located at 36 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089143, p. +65 6327 1939. Open daily 5pm – 12am.
The Screening Room
Film, food, and most importantly, alcohol, converge at the Screening Room. Once you’re done with your film screening at the Boutique Theatre on Level 3, walk up to the rooftop bar for a view of lively Chinatown and the boisterous crowds on Club Street. Not forgetting, gourmet sausage platters, martinis, and excellent gin tonics.
The Screening Room is located at 12 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069692, p. +65 6532 3357. Open Mon-Thu 5.30pm – 12am, Fri-Sat 5pm – 1.30am. Closed Sun.