Here is our pick of the best rooftop bars in Singapore for drinks with a view of our incredibly picturesque city.
If you ask us, one of the best things to do in Singapore at night is to head to one of Singapore’s best rooftop bars. Singapore is blessed with an incredibly picturesque skyline… and what better way to appreciate it than with a drink in hand?!
Popular Singapore nightlife areas include Club Street, Duxton Hill and Telok Ayer 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 amazing 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.
You will find the best bars in Singapore hosting a lively throng on any night of the week, so be sure to book ahead as these bars in our list are popular.
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. 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 kick back on an alfresco sofa or 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.
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 and water show. 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 inspired by art works within the National Gallery. QR codes on the menu allow you to admire the painting on your phone as you sip on your drink.
Bar bites such as Crispy Panko Shrimp, sliders, tacos and quesadillas are also on offer.
The Smoke & Mirrors dress code is “casual city chic” so leave your tank tops, gym clothes and flip-flops in your hotel room or you’ll be turned away at the door. Dress shorts are allowed for men with closed shoes.
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 and gin 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, quesadillas and seafood dishes.
The romantic ambience means that aside from the gin-focussed menu, champagne is the drink of choice amongst the clientele. Southbridge also serves up a selection of other 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’s neighbour Spago is another of the Marina Bay Sands rooftop bars. It’s been around since October 2015, and still enjoys 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!
Be sure to check out the lounge bar snacks menu, where you can tuck into delicious Asian inspired bar bites such as Laksa Spring Rolls, Chinese Bao and Glazed Short Ribs and sushi rolls with your fancy cocktail.
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, but with global accents.
As with all the best cocktail bars in Singapore, it’s best to book ahead and you can do this online.
Completing the trio of restaurants / bars on the Marina Bay Sands rooftop, LAVO is an Italian-American restaurant, rooftop bar and nightclub all-in-one.
As a restaurant, it’s famous for its LAVO meatball and sinful 20-layer chocolate cake, layered with peanut butter marscapone.
Come Friday and Saturday evenings LAVO transforms in to a party zone as the DJs get revellers on the dance floor. If you’re more of a day drinker, then head here for the lively and convivial Sunday brunch with freeflow champagne, or indulge in bottomless mimosas on a Saturday afternoon.
All of this can be enjoyed with spectacular 180-degree views of the Singapore skyline, including the iconic Marina Bay Sands infinity pool.
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.
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 we’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 Other Roof
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.
Located atop the Ann Siang Hotel, The Other Roof features a dark and moody interior and a spacious and airy roof terrace.
It doesn’t boast the best views in Singapore as it’s only a few storeys up, so what you get instead is the view of other buildings towering over you. It’s still a great view, and a very Singaporean one at that.
The real draw here is the unique drinks list – you’ll find over 300 tea-infused spirits behind the bar (all are blended in-house), which are used to create innovative cocktails and mixed drinks.
If you want to be wowed, try the Butterfly Effect, that comes smoking to your table, or have some fun with the tiki-style Fog Cutter or Cobra Fang.
There’s also a section of tapas-style dishes to line the stomach, including chicken dumplings, sliders, and cheese and charcuterie boards.
Located on the 39th floor of Andaz Singapore hotel in the Bugis neighbourhood, Mr Stork gets its name from the storks that once lived on the hotel’s rooftop.
Known for its laid-back vibe, this Singapore rooftop bar has a unique garden-like atmosphere with lush greenery and its unique teepee-style huts.
Enjoy views of the Singapore skyline and out to sea while sipping on cocktails or craft beers.
The cocktail list is inspired by the sights, aromas and flavours of 14 iconic Hyatt properties around the world, from Sri Lanka to Tokyo via Bali and Goa.
There’s also rotating selection of local and international craft beers on offer and a small food menu with dishes like truffle fries, charcuterie, and cheese platters.
For the ultimate Mr Stork experience, book one of those teepees for a cozy and private way to enjoy the view.
Braci is a cute little Italian hideaway in the heart of Boat Quay, overlooking the Singapore River. It’s a great spot for a romantic date or a special occasion.
Primarily a restaurant, with a Michelin-starred Italian kitchen, it also has a small little-known rooftop bar area where guests can enjoy a drink before or after their meal with stunning views of the CBD and Singapore river.
The bar is known for its high-end cocktails and excellent wine selection. Be sure to try the Banoffee Negroni(a twist on the classic Negroni made with Wild Turkey instead of gin and infused with banana) or Pisco Passion (a light and refreshing pisco flavoured with passion fruit).
Despite being perched on the 51st floor of the CapitaSpring building in the heart of the CBD, 1-Arden rootop bar offers a breezy garden setting.
The lush greenery comes from the 1-Arden food forest, the world’s highest food forest, that provides fresh produce to the bar’s sister restaurants.
1-Arden offers spectacular views of Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline and a good selection of cocktails as well as an extensive whisky and sake selection.
A daily happy hour from 5pm-8pm helps keep the bill in check. There’s also live music several nights a week and special offers for Ladies night on a Thursday.
Be sure to try one of their garden-to-glass cocktails featuring fresh fruits and herbs. Our picks are the Arden Fling (gin, elderflower liqueur, fresh dragonfruit, strawberry syrup, fresh lime juice and egg white) or the City Tropic (tequila, Italicus, fresh passionfruit, basil leaves and fresh lime juice).
There is also a small bar menu but if you are hungry you’d be better heading to one of the four restaurants that are located within the four floors of the Arden space. (We recommend Australian restaurant Kaarla).
It may only be small, but from its position on the 70th floor of the Swissotel The Stamford, Skai Bar has one of the most impressive views in Singapore.
If you love a pink drink then you’re in luck as the drinks menu here is firmly focussed on rose wine, with their claim to be the first Rose Bar in the city. There is an extensive selection of roses from around the world in addition to other wines and spirits. There’s also a small cocktail menu.
Bar nibbles include charcuterie and cheese platters, dips and fried finger food. You can also head here for a luxury High Tea on a Saturday.
With a seating capacity of just 53 guests, you are advised to book award. Note also that there is a strict dress code in place: no shorts or flip flops.
This Mediterranean-inspired bar is hidden away atop a heritage shophouse in Tanjong Pagar, where you can sip cocktails surrounded by twinkling lights.
Cocktails at Levant are innovative and beautifully presented. Each follows the Mediterranean theme with a citrus twist to each offering, such as the zesty Sea of Citrus (tequila, Navelina orange sherbet, grapefruit soda, Amalfi lemon).
If you get hungry, order up some hot and cold Mezze plates with everything from skewers and calamari to hummus and Turkish pizza on offer. We recommend the chicken or lamb skewers that are flame-grilled, giving a delicious smoky flavour, as well as the Baba Ganoush.
Levant usually has a pretty laid-back vibe but keep your on their socials for party nights when the DJs crack out the tunes and get everyone up and dancing.
It’s chic, sleek and sophisticated and boasts uninterrupted views over Marina Bay. A visit to Vue on the 19th floor of the OUE Bayfront building is guaranteed to be memorable.
While the focus here is on the fine dining restaurant that specialises in steaks grilled over Japanese Binchotan charcoal, there is also a rather fabulous rooftop Spritz Bar that serves up innovative and beautifully presented cocktails worthy of the view.
If you are in need of sustenance, Vue Bar dishes up charcuterie and cheese platters, freshly shucked oysters, light bites, risotto and of course their famous steaks.
If you’re just here for the drinks, you will find a lengthy spritz and cocktail menu and if nothing takes your fancy, you can also ‘build your own spritz’.
You’ll need to book well in advance for this one.
Artemis Grill Sky Bar
This sleek and sophisticated rooftop bar towers over the CBD from its 40th floor perch, offering magnificent views of Marina Bay and beyond.
The bar at Artemis is light and airy, with seating surrounding a 100-year old olive tree, under which the bar staff conjure up drinks from the cocktail list.
These include old favourites such as the Negroni and Singapore Sling as well as more innovative original offerings like the Guns n’ Roses (Aviation gin, red wine, verjus and fresh lemon juice).
There’s also a strong focus on Gin & Tonics here, with a healthy selection of gins from around the world.
When it comes to food you can snack on small plates such as popcorn chicken, arancini and cheese and charcuterie boards in the bar area. Alternatively head inside after your drinks to the restaurant for more substantial Mediterranean fare and grilled share platters (we recommend the Moroccan Lamb Chops).
Note that Artemis Grill is only open Monday – Friday (closed Saturday & Sunday). It is also sometimes closed for private events, so check ahead (you are advised to book ahead anyway).
It’s all holiday vibes at this alfresco rooftop pool deck at the Outpost Hotel in Sentosa. Kick back on a sun lounger, float around in the pool or relax on a sofa as you soak in the view.
1 Altitude Coast is a great spot for sunset, with views out over the beach and Singapore Straits and a happy hour from 5pm – 8pm during the week.
Come Sunday afternoon, it’s party time with DJs kicking off at noon, the booze flowing and people partying in and around the pool until well after the sun goes down.
There are plenty of delicious cocktails on offer, such as The Islander, a refreshing mix of hibiscus and rosemary-infused gin blended with honey, lemon and ginger beer.
You can line the stomach with pizzas, pastas, burgers and salads, or go local and order one of the Tastes of Archipelago platters, which includes regional favourites such as Tempeh Goreng and Papa Gulai Chicken.
Note there is a minimum spend here at weekends: $50++ per person during the day and $100++ per person at night. Age limit is 16+.
Atico Lounge at 1-Atico
If you’re all shopped out after flexing your plastic on Orchard Road, head to this little oasis of calm at the top of ION Orchard.
After the bustle of the shopping malls, you’ll welcome a comfy armchair, chilled music and never-ending views stretching across the city.
The mixologists at Atico Lounge pride themselves on their innovative offerings, such as the Lucky Cat – tequila, Midori, banana liqueur, yuzu, mint and egg white. And there are also bar snacks available, including winglets, calamari and sliders.
A High Tea is offered daily from 12noon – 5.30pm and a Happy Hour from 5pm – 8pm.
If you’re looking for a more substantial feed, the Atico Lounge shares its space with two restaurants – FIRE, an Argentinian steak house and FLNT, a Japanese-meets-Peruvian gastro bar.