What do you think about Singapore's Best Rooftop Bars?

Singapore’s breezy evenings are best enjoyed at the city’s rooftop bars.

Popular for after-work sundowners, these bars are the perfect place to watch the sky change hues as the sun sets. Perched above the twinkling lights of the island, the pulsating music and contagious vibe allows you to forget your worries for a while. Here are our favourite rooftop bars in the city, whether you’re looking for a quiet romantic evening or a night out with friends:


Smoke and Mirrors

Situated strategically atop the National Gallery Singapore overlooking the panoramic view of the Padang and Marina Bay, Smoke & Mirrors​ is not your usual cocktail bar. They are all about bringing new senses to your palette with their imaginative and impressive cocktails. Get 20% Off Total Bill with the EatPlayLive app. Eat Play Live ( EatPlayLive ) is an awesome Premier Lifestyle App in Asia. All that and more! You get 20-50 percent off the total bill at the Coolest Cafes, Celebrity Chef restaurants and Fine Dining digs as well as the best Beach Bars, Spas, Supercars, Yacht charter and Helicopter rides around the region.Download Today App Store HERE or Google play HERE



Popular with the working crowds of CBD, Japanese bar Kinki is located on the second level of Customs House. Though at a disadvantage from a height-perspective, being in Collyer Quay allows Kinki to have a close-up view of Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum across the water. You don’t feel dwarfed by the tall office buildings all around, instead it gives you an interestingly different perspective of the city.  


Ce La Vi

Award-winning Ce-La-Vi is one of Singapore’s hottest nightlife spots. Its enviable vantage point atop Marina Bay Sands gives it an edge above the other contenders. The food menu offers global dishes with an Asian twist. Notoriously difficult to find, just enter the hotel lobby in Tower 3 and you will find your way up. Though many rooftop bars in the city boast of great city views, this is one of the few (if not the only, along with Lavo) from where you get a postcard-perfect view of Gardens by the Bay as well as the sea dotted with brightly lit ships.  



Right next door to Ce-La-Vi (entrance through Tower 1 of MBS), Lavo is a new Italian destination that spills out into a wonderous patio and outdoor area. The ivory-coloured bar stretches out on one side of the seemingly never-ending terrace. The Italian food is outstanding and we recommend Lavo over Ce-La-Vi if you’re looking for fabulous food to complement the views. Of special note is the giant-sized meatball and a fun cheesecake sundae to end with.   


Screening Room

This underrated rooftop venue on Ann Siang Road is a closet-favourite amongst expats. Weekends are busy here and the music progressively gets louder post 9pm. The alfresco seating has lovely views of Chinatown and an intimate chilled-out feel. Skip the starters on the menu and order the Indian kebabs which go well with your chilled drinks.   


1 Altitude

We suspect that it is the spectacular 360-degree view that makes 1-Altitude one of the most popular joints in the city. It does help that it is one of the world’s highest bars, being located on level 63. Frequented by young professionals, the chic ambience is modern and classy. Split into three different concepts across three levels, the bar has an impatient sense of excitement. 



Singapore’s first standalone rooftop bar, Loof has great happy hours Mon-Fri with beer priced at $5++ amongst other deals. The one-page menu may seem concise, but the food is prepared with care. Do try the sliders, they taste even better after a few drinks. Keep it light and challenge your friends to a game of beer pong for an evening of fun.  



Rub shoulders with Singapore’s who’s who at Lantern Rooftop Bar atop the five-star Fullerton Bay Hotel. Open till 1am Sun-Thurs and until 2am on Fri-Sat, the night’s always young at Lantern. A blue-tiled mosaic pool dominates the area with a lush tropical feel providing relief from the glass and concrete around. Laze around in private cabanas or cushioned sunbeds for two and soak in the charming atmosphere at Lantern as the Latin house band entertains guests with lively music.

LeVel 33


This elegant European-style restaurant has a classy outdoor deck and is known as one of the world’s highest and best urban craft-breweries. At LeVel 33, they brew their own craft beer in top-of-the-line copper kettles and boast of a range of delicious ales. 


1 comment
10 March 2018
Smoke & Mirrors at the top of the National Gallery is also an option for a roof-top bar, offering great views over Padang and MBS.


Thanks for the suggestion. The team at Expat Choice went to Smoke & Mirrors only recently so we will be adding this cool joint to the list.
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10 March 2018
I'm proud to say I've done all these roof top bars. What comes to mind that each view is uniquley different and I love the different perspective each place gives.


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6 March 2018
I love rooftop bars! Bookmarking this!!


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