Hankering after that top-of-the world feeling? You can get it at these rooftop bars. Boasting unbeatable vistas, good tipples and innovative concoctions, these classy watering holes are just the place to sit back with a glass in hand, catch the sunset and gaze at the skyline
The view Named for the idea that storks bring good luck wherever they build nests, this circular al frescodrinking and dining spot on Level 39 of Andaz Singapore has 10 Insta-worthy teepee huts for guests to nestle in while taking in scenic vistas of the city. Admission to this watering hole is by reservations only.
The tipples Among the specially crafted cocktails is AAliya, a fruity concoction of Ceylon arrack, spiced pear, coconut, passion fruit, lemon mist and bitters that pays tribute to Sri Lanka’s hardworking toddy tappers. More adventurous cocktail explorers can sample the resident mixologists’ personal favourites. Teetotallers too can choose from a range of mocktails and non-alcoholic spirits while nibbling on an Impossible slider or Boston lobster roll.
Address Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354
Telephone 6408 1234
Opening hours Mon–Fri: 5pm–10.30pm (last seating 9.30pm; last order 9.45pm)
Sat–Sun: 3pm–10.30pm (last seating 9.30pm; last order 9.45pm)
The view Perched on the fourth floor of ST Signature Hotel in Tanjong Pagar, Levant is an open-air bar that offers a knockout view of the neighbourhood.
The tipples Try the Mediterranean-themed Greek Forest, a beautiful concoction of tsipouro, Greek wild honeycomb, Otto Greek vermouth, mountain pine liqueur, and Maglini lemon — which immediately whisks you away to the sun-drenched beaches of Greece. Another crowd-favourite is the floral Il Rhubarb Sour, with M&H Elements Israelian whiskey, rhubarb, hibiscus, cinnamon and Maglini lemon. An array of hot and cold mezze fare are on hand to assuage hunger pangs.
Address 32 Tras Street, ST Signature Hotel Level 4, Singapore 078972
Telephone 6304 3298
Opening hours Daily: 4pm–10.30pm
SMOKE AND MIRRORS
Smoke and Mirrors stands out for its storied location atop the former City Hall building — now part of the National Gallery — and for having one of the best unobstructed views of the city’s skyline.
Its drinks menu has a section called the Real Art of Drinking, featuring cocktails inspired by local artworks and the iconic spaces surrounding the National Gallery. By the Padang, for example, pays homage to the national monument with a concoction of aged rum, apple brandy, spice and bitters; while Serenity, named after Singaporean artist Chen Wen Hsi’s painting, is a blend of gin, almond, bar-made kaya, and citrus.
Address 1 St Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957
Telephone 9380 6313
Opening hours Daily: 3pm–10.30pm
Sprawled across two levels at the top of ION Orchard, 1-Atico (Spanish for penthouse) is home to three distinct concepts: Fire, an Argentinian restaurant, FLNT, a Japanese-Peruvian-influenced sumiyaki bar and grill, and Atico Lounge, for drinks with a view.
At Atico Lounge, you’ll find creative libations like Lucky Cat, with Mexican tequila, Japanese midori melon, banana liqueur, yuzu, mint, and egg white; and Bichi Painappuru, a fizzy blend of Black Tears spiced rum, orange liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice, black truffle oil, yuzu, mirin, ginger beer, and angostura. Coffee aficionados won’t want to miss the Straits Kopi, a concoction of Caribbean rum, espresso, hazelnut liqueur, Baileys, and milk.
Address 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard Level 55 & 56, Singapore 238801
Telephone 6970 2039
Opening hours Daily: 6.30pm–10.30pm (Sunset drinks)
LeVeL33 touts itself as the world’s highest urban microbrewery. It is also a restaurant and bar — with stunning views of the Marina Bay area.
Enjoy freshly brewed beers — from refreshing pale Indian ale to fruity blond lager — by resident brewmaster Gabriel Garcia. Not sure which to choose? Order the tasting paddle and try them all. The dining menu is just as interesting, incorporating beer ingredients and processes from the in-house brewery into the dishes. Among them are the kurobata pork collar with a stout char siu glaze, and the charcuterie board, which is accompanied by stout wholegrain mustard.
Address 8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981
Telephone 6834 3133
Opening hours Daily: 11.30am–10.30pm