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When it comes to impressive skylines, the dazzling city-state metropolis of Singapore is tough to beat. Full of curious architecture and towering skyscrapers, it’s the type of city where taking an elevator upwards is an activity entirely in its own right. But what’s better than skyline views? Skyline views with a drink. Here are the nine best bars to soak in the Singapore skyline:
No beating around the bush — 1-Altitude, as the name suggests, is the highest outdoor rooftop bar in the world. Towering some 920 feet (and 61 floors) from the city below, 1-Altitude offers sweeping 360-degree views of not only the city but the rolling countryside in the distance. On a clear day you can see across the river to Malaysia, and at night you’ll look down upon a sea of twinkling lights.
The decor is modern with funky lighting and tropical plants, but that doesn’t mean you can wear flip-flops. Try to arrive when the doors open at 6:00 pm to catch the sunset around 6:30.
CÉ LA VI SkyBar
Perhaps the most decadent spot on any Singapore itinerary is the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel. The boat-in-the-sky building has gained international fame for its architectural creativity, and is fully equipped with infinity pools and excellent views. CE LA VI Skybar is one of the hotel’s accompanying bar located on the ‘bow’ of the boat.
Be prepared to pay hefty cover charges (especially on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights) — nobody said this view was for free! Dress up and take some photos with some of the most stunning skyline backdrops in the entire continent.
Lantern at the Fullerton Bay Hotel
The Lantern is one of Singapore’s most stylish rooftop bars, fully equipped with low lighting, comfy seating, smooth house music, and an infinity pool moat that wraps around its perimeter. Come midday for lunch, or at sunset for a cocktail. They also have some extremely delicious gourmet snacks for when you work up an appetite.
Kinki Restaurant + Bar
As the bar’s motto suggests — ‘Come on in and get Kinki’ — zen was the last thing on the designers’ minds when picturing the ambiance here. Kinki is a fun, carefree spot that rejects the pretentiousness of other rooftop bars. In a kind of fitting symbolism, it’s actually located down at water level with beautiful upwards views towards the skyline. The chef is a former sumo wrestler who took his talents to the kitchen, so there’s lots of fun sumo-themed art also. For other low-altitude activities, consider heading to one of Singapore’s Best Beaches.
Smoke and Mirrors
Smoke and Mirrors is a fairly new bar perched at the National Gallery. The view, which is best savored after the sun sets, includes views of the skyline and the bay. They’re big on the cocktails at Smoke and Mirrors, and offer inventive drinks that include dark chocolate, orchid blossom garnishes, curaçao orange, and tropical rums.
Supertree by IndoChine
Arguably one of the most iconic landmarks in Singapore is the grove of ‘supertrees’ located just outside the city center. They vary in height between 75 feet and 150 feet, and while they’re not trees themselves, they’re covered with over 160,000 plants over 200 species.
The Supertree by IndoChine is one of the city’s most unique dining spots located at the top of one of the gigantic architectural behemoths. Gaze out at the skyline in the distance or peer over the edge down to the green spaces below. Supertree is open from 10:00 am to 1:00 am, and an $18 entrance fee includes a complimentary drink.
Mr. Stork Rooftop Bar
Romantics take heed — Mr. Stork Rooftop bar has teepee huts (with mattress floors and pillows) dotted across its lush greenery. Cuddle up with a drink and gaze out at the stunning Singapore skyline below. The bar is perched on the 39th floor of Andaz Singapore, and if you’re looking to stretch your legs, you can take a stroll along the cobbled paths that wind around the bar’s perimeter.
After a long night drink of drinking, make sure you have somewhere comfortable to return home to. Check out Where to Stay in Singapore for your perfect home-from-home.
While much of Singapore prides itself on its modern aesthetic, there’s something to be said for some historical-gastronomic tourism. Loof was the first standalone rooftop bar in Singapore and is still going strong today. The views don’t quite compete with 1-Altitude or Smoke and Mirrors, but there’s a much more relaxed atmosphere. Their fun take on happy hour works as such: at 5:00 pm all drafts and wines are $5, and they increase one dollar every hour. Also, there’s beer pong.
Beer lovers can feel a bit lost in Singapore. It’s a city that isn’t exactly brimming with humble and barren microbreweries, but LeVel 33 offers an excellent option. It’s the highest microbrewery in the world, and it’s difficult to determine which is more pleasant: the house-brewed craft beers or the stunning views across the Marina Bay. Choose between sours to dark stouts and traditional ales, and pick from a menu of classic bar eats like buffalo wings and sweet baby back ribs.