Food & Drink

Singapore’s Best Rooftop Bars For Sky-High Sips

By Gracie Stewart

Las Palmas rooftop bar

Let’s take it from the top… Singapore is home to one of the world’s most iconic skylines—a captivating blend of imposing colonial buildings, traditional shophouses and glittering skyscrapers, best admired with a perfectly mixed drink in hand, and happily, it’s also home to a wide variety of lively rooftop venues from which to soak up these truly spectacular views.

Whether you prefer A-list cocktails next to the world’s most famous infinity pool, understated Scandi-chic mixology or casual armchair beers watching an indie film, here's the best rooftop bars in Singapore.

Southbridge

80 Boat Quay, Level 5 Rooftop

Southbridge
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One of Singapore’s best-kept secrets, Southbridge is the city’s rooftop destination for chic and buzzy bar dining. The fully alfresco rooftop bar, which is located on top of a refurbished heritage shophouse, has one of the best  360-degree views of the Singapore skyline, which spans from the historic Parliament House, across the Singapore River, to the iconic Marina Bay Sands and Boat Quay skyline.

The 100-seater bar-restaurant serves up a fun dining experience, with gins from around the world and craft cocktails accompanying its elevated small plates menu focused on oysters and casual nosh. All of Southbridge’s original cocktails are made using artisanal spirits from small-batch distillers, homemade infusions and aromatics, and fresh tropical fruits. Inspired by sultry midsummer nights, the craft cocktail menu offers refreshing coolers and long drinks, as well as a dedicated section of delicate low-ABV drinks.

Las Palmas

Level 33, Courtyard By Marriott Singapore Novena, 99 Irrawaddy Road

Las Palmas bar counter at night
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Taking cue from the iconic lushness of Palm Springs, Las Palmas, perched on the 33rd floor of Courtyard Marriott Novena is a rooftop bar offering 360 degree views of the cityscape. Complete with a pastel theme and a rooftop pool perfect for lounging and insta-worthy shots, their new cocktail menu is inspired by vintage Hollywood spanning profiles from the easy drinking for poolside lounging to complex and spirit-heavy for post-work unwinds.

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s visit to San Francisco, Go Nude cites the artist’s bold proclamation of of artistic nudity through a playful highball that blends Ford’s Gin with muddled strawberries, raspberry liqueur, and a touch of creamy strawberry yoghurt. Sultan of Swing pays homage to Frank Sinatra's favourite whisky—Chivas Regal 12—in an Old Fashioned-styled drink stirring coffee, spiced apple honey and banana that culminates into a warm and spirit-forward choice that always hits the spot.

If you find yourself getting peckish, Las Palmas serves up an all-day menu of classic Americana-inspired favourites. You will find everything from tasty baby back ribs and hot wings to tacos and sushi.

CÉ LA VI

Level 57, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, Hotel Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue

CE LA VI rooftop at sunset
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Drink and dine like the Crazy Rich Asians at this glamorous rooftop bar, which offers breathtaking views of the city below from the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands

This chic venue serves up delicious, modern Asian bites, chilled cocktails and ‘Gram-worthy views, accompanied by a regular line-up of international DJs to keep the sophisticated clientele in the mood to party. Top tip for CÉ LA VI: book well in advance and request a table overlooking the iconic MBS infinity pool, where the film’s famous synchronised swimming scene took place. 

Smoke & Mirrors

1 St. Andrew's Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore

Smoke & Mirrors
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Perched above the National Gallery Singapore, Smoke & Mirrors is a rooftop haven boasting stunning skyline views and an innovative cocktail program. 

Ranked #60 in Asia's 51-100 Best Bars list of 2022, Smoke & Mirrors' Volume III drinks menu is an exploration through 12 chapters, each representing a unique art form. In celebration of true artistry, each cocktail is inspired by a specific creative discipline and celebrates, through its flavour profile, the passion, vision, and limitless creativity and inspiration. Highlights include the dawn of romance, let's get inked and bridge of glory.

LeVeL33

8 Marina Boulevard #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1

Level 33
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If you’re in search of a brew with a view, head to LeVeL33, the world’s highest urban microbrewery. Craft beer enthusiasts will love the sophisticated upgrade to their favourite tipple, which are best accompanied by the sweeping Marina Bay views afforded by LeVeL33’s wrap-around terrace. 

Meanwhile, those who prefer something a little more creative will love signature beer cocktails such as the Blond Mojito, which pairs house-brewed lager with rum, strawberries and fresh mint for a uniquely refreshing sundowner.

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SKAI Bar

Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road

SKAI Bar
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Perched atop the dizzying 70th floor of Swissôtel The Stamford, SKAI offers contemporary dining and drinks with unrivalled city views. 

Offering artisanal craft cocktails themed around the four altitudes of Sea, Rainforest, High Desert and Alpine, SKAI Bar is headed up by a team of incredible mixologists who create creative tipples that are tailor-mixed to each customer’s personal preferences. A Scandi-chic space, the bar’s minimalist décor is kept purposefully understated, letting the spectacular city views do the talking. 

The Rooftop Bar at Potato Head

36 Keong Saik Road

The Rooftop Bar at Potato Head
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Located on the top floor of Potato Head in Chinatown, The Rooftop Bar is a tropical oasis in the middle of downtown Singapore. Filled with fairy lights, vintage furniture and leafy plants, the bar is a favourite among the 9 to 5 crowd looking for an after work drink.

Alongside its tropical vibe, you can expect to find tiki-themed cocktails, a range of ice cold beers and delicious bites from the resturants below. We recommed the pork belly skewers, crispy chicken bites and truffle cheese fries. 

Artemis Sky Bar

138 Market Street, CapitaGreen Rooftop Level 40

Artemis Sky Bar
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An offshoot of acclaimed restaurant Artemis, this alfresco terrace bar is located in the heart of Raffles Place, perched atop the 40th floor of the CapitaGreen building. Designed by renowned architect Toyo Ito, this chic, contemporary bar is full of comfortable corners and plush perches, with the bar itself wrapped around a 100-year-old olive tree. 

With stunning cityscape views that are best enjoyed with a premium cocktail in hand and a mouth-watering Mediterranean bar menu, Artemis is the ideal destination for special occasion dinner and drinks.

Mr Stork

5 Fraser Street, Level 39 Andaz Singapore

Mr Stork rooftop bar
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Fancy an alfresco tipple in bustling Bugis? Fly straight to the 39th floor of Andaz Singapore, where you’ll find the chilled-out Mr Stork surveying the scene below. 

This circular rooftop space offers 360-degree views over downtown Singapore, with a quirky-cool pavilion bar providing a focal point… if you can tear yourself away from the view, of course! Arrive early to snag one of Mr Stork’s signature tepee huts—seating up to five, these Andre Fu-designed tents add a fun and funky twist to a night out with friends.

Lady Wu

11 North Canal Road, Attic Level, The Offshore Building

Lady Wu
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A lively alfresco attic bar in the heart of Boat Quay, Lady Wu is named after Empress Wu Zetian, who ruled China during the Tang Dynasty. The focus here is on contemporary craft cocktails, with regular drinks promotions and a tempting menu of creative Chinese bar bites making this a popular choice among the after-work crowd. 

Soak up the stylish interiors before heading to the spacious roof deck to enjoy some alfresco entertainment—Lady Wu boasts a packed weekly schedule of live music, performed in both English and Mandarin.

Rooftop at White Shades

25 Boon Tat Street

Rooftop at White Shades
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Perched on the top floor of Whites Shades, a multi-storey modern cocktail playground along Boon Tat Street, Rooftop serves draft cocktails and beers, each affordably priced under $20. The sounds of soulful acoustic covers and live music set the vibe, while a corner filled with games helps to liven up the space further.

On the menu you will find cocktails such as Elderflower's Dew, made with St Germain Elderflower, gin and bubbles as well as Vertiver High, a whisky-based drink featuring Muyu Vertiver Gris, an earthy, woody liqueur full of cedarwood notes. Pair your drinks with bar bites such as the barramundi fish taco or shaker fries which are available in seaweed, sour cream and hot and spicy flavours.

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