Social

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Rooftop Bars in Singapore: My Top Picks


A visit to Singapore wouldn't be complete without enjoying an ice-cold drink at one of the city's rooftop bars. With a mix of iconic sky-high buildings offering impressive views of towering skyscrapers to small and cosy bars for an after-work gossip,  I've never known a city with as many options! I have compiled a list of some of my favourites to inspire those of you visiting for a holiday or perhaps living here but looking for some new drinking inspo. There is a mix of modern and older buildings as well as some at a lower vantage point than others to give you a different view of the magnificent skyline.

1-Altitude (1 Raffles Place)


No list of rooftop bars in Singapore would be complete without including the highest al-fresco bar in the world complete with an epic 360 degree view of the city. I think 1-Altitude has to be my favourite rooftop bar to visit in Singapore and definitely surpasses expectations. As it is so popular there is a fairly steep cover charge. If you enter between 6pm and 9pm expect to pay S$35 entry, or S$45 after 9pm.


Both prices include two drinks which is good if you are going to drink alcohol anyway as the bar is expensive. On a Wednesday evening they have their very own own ladies night. Ladies skip the usual cover charge and can get cocktails for S$10 including tax and service! Last time I visited on a Wednesday there was a live band, party atmosphere and some random guys dressed up as huge minions wandering around to get photos with tourists. Easily the best ladies night experience I have had in Singapore. To get there the easiest way is to get the MRT to Raffles place and leave at exit A which takes you right next to the bar.

Spago (10 Bayfront Avenue, Sands Skypark Tower 2)


Another very high-rise favourite of mine, Spago is situated at the top of Marina Bay Sands hotel. Look out for signs to Tower 2 and get the lift all the way to the top to find this bar next to the swimming pool. There is also a restaurant here which is fantastic and I would highly recommend trying for a special occasion. Non-guests can't use the pool but if you go to Spago for a drink you at least get to see what the pool is like and just how busy it gets. Apparently it is the most Instagrammed spot in the world. I couldn't get over how crowded it was, with people who have paid S$100's for a room hardly able to swim! Drinks are expensive at this bar but the Monday to Thursday happy hour is a good time to visit. Between 4pm and 7pm drinks start from S$10++ including prosecco for S$14 a glass. I didn't eat in the bar but there are also some happy hour snacks on offer which looked delicious: I must go back to try the chicken 'laksa' spring rolls. Going at this time is perfect as on a clear day you get beautiful sunset views over the pool. There is also an amazing view looking down over Gardens by the Bay on the other side of the building.


Ce La Vi (1 Bayfront Ave, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3)


The other high rise bar I would recommend at Marina Bay Sands is Ce La Vi. It is situated in Tower 3 of the hotel and you can't miss the desk at the bottom where you can buy your ticket. For this bar you pay S$20 entry per person which is redeemable against a drink. Again, a cocktail will set you back at least S$23 so the entry fee will be recoverable if you plan to drink alcohol. MBS's website states that if you book online you don't have to pay the fee so this is worth a try if you aren't planning to spend much at the bar. If you are trying to stick to a budget but would like to see views of Singapore from above then I would advise visiting Ce La Vi rather than the observation deck below. The deck costs S$23 for adults and it doesn't have a bar so you can't redeem your ticket cost against a drink. Ce La Vi has similar views but be aware it is a busy place so a seat with a perfect view won't be guaranteed. On Wednesdays at Ce La Vi, ladies skip the cover charge and get a free drink!

Oxwell and Co (5 Ann Siang Road)


Moving on from the high rise famous bars to a smaller, cosier affair. Oxwell and Co is a gorgeous British gastro-pub on Ann Siang Hill. I previously talked about it in my post on Where to find British food in Singapore as it's a firm favourite of mine for a hearty Sunday roast. As you approach the bar you will see a sign promising you that the rooftop bar is worth the four flights of stairs. A big promise when you are exhausted from walking around in humidity, but rest assured it is worth it! I love the decor up there and as a lower bar it works for those not too keen on heights. It has a nice feeling of a garden oasis amongst the high rises all around you. There is also a decent happy hour on weekdays 12 noon - 8pm and weekends 4pm - 8pm. How cute is the green phone box?!



Sum Yi Tai (25 Boon Tat Street)


My good expat friend showed me Sum Yi Tai and I can't get enough of it! It feels very exclusive as it is hidden on top of a Chinese restaurant with no mention of the bar above as you enter the main door. Just enter the restaurant and take the lift immediately on your right to the top floor and you will find this charming little rooftop bar with gorgeous decor and reasonable drinks for this area in Singapore. On a weekend it can sometimes be hard to get a table as it is so popular! You get a nice view upwards here of skyscrapers all around you, as well as benefiting from a cool breeze. Happy hour is 5pm - 8pm Mondays to Saturdays with drinks starting at S$10++.

Baywatch @ Jen


This entry to my list is a bit of a wild card. I was shopping with my cousin on Orchard road recently and we fancied a nice cocktail to end a busy afternoon. A quick Google brought up Baywatch @ Jen so we decided to check it out. Wow! We loved this place. It happened to be one of the Saturdays where the fireworks were being tested before National Day and we got a perfect view of them over Marina Bay Sands. They also had a BBQ party on that day so we had some lovely food and drinks to enjoy whilst watching the display. The pool seemed to be open for bar customers as well but unfortunately we didn't have our swimwear. If you are around the Orchard Road area and fancy a nice drink to break up the shopping then I'd highly recommend this as another different rooftop bar with gorgeous views of Singapore!

Smoke and Mirrors (1 St. Andrew's Road, National Gallery Singapore)


The last bar on my list is probably my next favourite after 1-Altitude. Head up to the rooftop of the National Gallery to take in a different perspective of Marina Bay Sands from Smoke and Mirrors. This is really one of my favourite spots to sit and relax in Singapore. It never gets that busy, the drinks are beautiful and I love the National Gallery building which you can look around for free on your way up to the bar. This is also a great place to try an authentic Singapore Sling whilst Raffles is closed! Not a cheap bar but I guarantee you will be blown away...


I hope this has given you some inspiration to try my favourite rooftop bars next time you are out for a drink in Singapore. Cheers!

2 comments :

  1. I've been itching to visit Singapore and your posts have definitely deepened that desire! x

    rhymeandribbons.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm so glad to hear it! It has so much to offer, far more than I ever expected.

      Delete