Fifty years ago on July 20, astronaut Neil Armstrong took humanity’s first steps on the friggin’ moon. For those of you astronomy geeks who want to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we’ve rounded up 7 rooftop bars in Singapore that’ll confirm plus chop give you a good view. For those of you who’re just looking for an excuse to drink? Well, here’s your excuse – the anniversary of the moon landing. We’re celebrating humanity and science, guys.
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1. Lantern, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
This stylish rooftop bar with a gorgeous view of the Marina Bay area is a favoured spot for parties and celebrations. Go on weekdays and you may find networking events in session, while weekends are popular for birthdays and after-wedding parties. Nibble on their popular Butter Poached Lobster Roll with Mayonnaise and Truffles Fries ($33) or Mini Wagyu Beef Burgers ($27) while sipping on refreshing cocktails such as Red Lantern ($24), which has tequila, watermelon, cucumber, lime, or the Imperial Berry Mojito ($28), which is made with rum, berries, mint and Champagne.
Lantern is at Level 8, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, tel: 6597 5299. Visit their website here.
2. Aura, National Gallery Singapore
Perched on the top two floors of National Gallery Singapore is Aura, a dining destination with a 90-seater Italian restaurant and a sprawling 200-seater rooftop Sky Lounge. Fronted by the amazing view of the Marina Bay skyline, Aura Sky Lounge is a sophisticated lounge and bar designed for effervescent conversations and chilling out. While taking in the awesome sights at night, munch on some Foie Gras and Duck Sliders ($24) and toast to the good life with Cosmic Karma ($18), which features homemade green-apple-infused vodka, lychee liqueur, lime and egg white.
Aura is at #05-03 and 06-02, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrews Road, tel: 68661977. Visit their website here.
3. LAVO Marina Bay Sands
There is no shortage of places for drinks on level 57 of the Marina Bay Sands: there’s Spago and SkyBar at Cé La Vi, but LAVO—a partnership between Marina Bay Sands and restaurant-nightlife group TAO Group—remains our top pick for a special evening. You can not only enjoy the dazzling lights of the city, but also have an excellent view of the outdoor light and water show display Spectra. Be mesmerized by the beautiful symphony of music, water and light, with a cocktail in hand – perhaps a 58th St. Negroni ($25), with Gordon’s Gin, Amaro Montenegro and Dolin Dry Vermouth. The bar-restaurant-lounge also features classic Italian American cuisine ranging from pizzas and pastas to grilled steaks.
LAVO is at Level 57, Sands SkyPark, Hotel Tower 1, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, tel: 6688 8591. Visit their website here.
Photo: Marina Bay Sands
4. Mr Stork, Andaz Singapore
Situated on level 39 of the exquisite Andaz Singapore is a tranquil rooftop bar set among tropical landscaping with cobbled pavements and teepee huts. The unobstructed 360-degree view of the city skyline and the heartlands is a huge draw, so try to come by in the late afternoon (they open at 5pm) before it gets busy for a nice stroll around the place. Cocktails here lean toward the fruity and floral style and feature garden herbs and fresh fruits. We enjoyed Ruby ($22), a citrusy concoction made with lemon, ginger, fresh mint, vermouth and Ceylon Arrack, a traditional Sri Lankan spirit distilled from the sap of the coconut flower and aged in Sri Lankan oak casks, and also Rhubarb ($22), a fizzy drink made with fresh rhubarb puree, strawberry and lemon juice, sparkling wine and a shot of vodka. For light bites, try the fried chicken rice risotto balls ($14) served with chicken rice chilli, and crab cakes ($19) served with aioli.
Mr Stork is at Level 39, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, tel: 6408 1234. Visit their website here.
Photo: Mr Stork
5. 1927, SO Sofitel Singapore
Opened in August 2018, 1927 at SO Sofitel Singapore is a charming rooftop cocktail bar and pool set in the heart of the Central Business District. It features contemporary equatorial cocktails and gourmet bar bites, and signature drinks include the Absinthe Colada ($26), an absinthe-infused variation of Piňa Colada, which has St. George Absinthe from California, agricole and cool créme de menthe alongside the classic base of coconut and pineapple. According to Head Bartender Thomas Sobota, this addictive drink was concocted to evoke the adrenaline of escaping for a holiday. He recommends pairing his cocktails with the bar’s Relish Platter ($40) which comprises a selection of Beef Po’Boy (Wagyu hangers brioche), Crispy Pork Belly, Coco Prawns (tiger prawns with coconut and avocado), Jerk Chicken (spicy chicken with Scotch Bonnet chilli, onions and garlic) and Chipotle Poppers (chipotle with whipped cheese and sweet corn).
1927 is at Level 6, SO Sofitel Singapore is at 35 Robinson Road, tel: 6701 6800. Visit their website here.
Photo: 1927, SO Sofitel Singapore
6. 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar, 1 Raffles Place
This award-winning venue, often referred to as the “world’s highest alfresco bar”, stands 282 metres above the Singapore’s Central Business District. The 360-degree view of the city’s spectacular skyline from here is unparalleled, so it is no wonder that this remains a coveted spot for celebrations, parties and weddings. Snap the best photos at its triangular tip, or lounge in one of their cabana beds as you sip on a cocktail. The Gallery & Bar is part of the multi-concept lifestyle destination 1-Altitude, which occupies over 16,000 square feet of space spread across four levels (including the ALT Café & Bar on the ground floor) at One Raffles Place. The restaurant, Stellar, at level 62, is helmed by Executive Chef Christopher Millar and features progressive Australian cuisine, while the club lounge at Altimate (level 61) is an exclusive nightspot.
1-Altitude Gallery & Bar is at Level 63, 1 Raffles Place, tel: 6438 0410. Visit their website here.
7. Loof, Odean Tower
Loof (a play on the way some Singaporeans pronounce ‘roof’), by the Lo and Behold Group, has been popular since 2005. We love the breezy vibe, the old school Mamashop and the superb view of Raffles Hotel. Quirky South-east Asian-influenced cocktails, such as its signature Loof Bubble Tea ($21) that comes shaken with vodka, orange liqueur, sour plum, passion fruit, calamansi, lemon, yogurt and fruity pearls, come highly recommended. And you should try their ‘Dude-Sin’ (think modern Singaporean meets bar grub) dishes, such as the sinful B.C.M. Grilled Cheese ($18)—it’s a hearty dish of sourdough bread stuffed with cheese, pork mince and mushrooms inspired by Bak Chor Mee.
Loof is at #03-07 Odeon Towers, Extension Rooftop, 331 North Bridge Road, tel: 6337 9416. Visit their website here.