There’s something magical about sipping a cocktail while looking down at a city’s twinkling lights. In Singapore, where the skyline is otherworldly and libations are unmatched, rooftop bars are also prime real estate for getting in on the scene. We round up seven of the most sought-after hangouts in the city. Get a lay of the land and watch the city unfold from the best seats in the house.
1. Mr. Stork
On level 39 of Andaz Singapore is Mr. Stork, a rooftop bar inspired by storks who nest atop trees. Reserve a table or one of the bar’s teepee huts to enjoy al fresco dining and impressive views of the skyline. The rooftop bar is known for its selection of refreshing cocktails, wines, and its own Andaz Pale Ale by RedDot Brewhouse. It’s also a popular venue for the season’s most sought-after race parties. For those who want an elegant yet laid-back experience, nesting at Mr. Stork is your best bet.
DayAway Tip: Experience a perfect day of leisure and relaxation with the Andaz Essentials Pass. Enjoy eight-hour access to a Bay View Room and dining credits at all outlets.
Like the hotel that houses it, the Lantern rooftop bar captures Singapore’s modernity and rich heritage. Named after Clifford Pier’s Chinese name, “Red Lantern Pier,” the Lantern lights up the city from the peak of Fullerton Bay Hotel. Take a dip in the infinity pool amid panoramic views, or embark on their signature Negroni Odyssey and select from four negroni cocktails.
3. CÉ LA VI
Complete your night with a sky-high experience. CÉ LA VI Singapore atop the Marina Bay Sands is a good place to take it all in, at almost 200 meters above the ground. Apart from serving unobstructed views, the rooftop bar offers casual dining, brunch, and after-dark tapas. With resident mixologists helming the bar, CÉ LA VI is also the place to sip on the season’s “Bartender’s Handshake” or some celebratory champagne. As one of the city’s most iconic rooftop bars, CÉ LA VI is a worthwhile pitstop.
DayAway Tip: Unwind after race day with Swim & Siesta, an experience that gives you access to Marina Bay Sand’s infinity pool, six-hour access to a room that overlooks Gardens By The Bay, and in-room afternoon tea and wine for two.
A haven for beer lovers, Level33 at the Marina Bay Financial Center is a rooftop bar with the world’s highest urban microbrewery. At this award-winning dining concept, you can enjoy freshly brewed craft beers by brewmaster Gabriel Garcia, along with boutique wines and champagne, whiskies, wines, and sakes. Pair your drink with oysters or dishes from the bar’s ContemBrewery cuisine.
5. Smoke & Mirrors
For those craving culture and cocktails with an experimental twist, book a table at Smoke & Mirrors, National Gallery Singapore’s rooftop bar. Here, views of the city, particularly the enthralling architecture of Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands, are best paired with creative cocktails that pay homage to Southeast Asian art. Try the Sweet Sayang, a mix of pink guava, plum sour mix, pineapple liquor, Havana Club 7 Rum, and Campari — inspired by the work of Singaporean artist Liu Kang.
Seventy levels up Swissotel The Stamford is the aptly named SKAI Singapore, a rooftop bar for those who like the best of both indoor dining and majestic city views. A contemporary grill and wine bar, the floor houses SKAI Restaurant and SKAI Bar, the Rosé Bar in the city. Explore the versatile beauty of rosé through brands such as Minuty, Ruinart, Whispering Angel, Veuve Clicquot, and Moët & Chandon, and special pairing menus.
DayAway Tip: Extend your stay with the Ultimate Daycation at Fairmont Singapore. Get a day’s access to a Fairmont room and outdoor swimming pools for a bit of R&R before returning to your routine.
7. Artemis Grill & Sky Bar
Artemis Sky Bar is an al fresco rooftop space in the central business district. It offers panoramic views of the Marina Bay skyline and serves modern Mediterranean-inspired dishes by chef Oliver Hyde. Its inclusive menu caters to vegetarians, pescatarians, the gluten- and carb-sensitive, and carnivores. Cozy up under eco-friendly umbrellas circling a 100-year-old olive tree and soak in the best Singapore, after-hours.