What: Terra Rooftop Bar
Where: #03-308 Suntec City Sky Garden
Opening hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 3pm-12am: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3pm-1am: Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
If you need your rooftop tipples served with a side of panoramic vistas, don’t bother going up to Terra. Sitting atop Suntec City in the mall’s newly-revamped Sky Garden, Terra simply doesn’t have the height for pretty views of the CBD, but that’s precisely why you should go there. It offers respite from a setting many have seen a thousand times and instead welcomes the weary with something all Singaporeans are starved for: space.
Designed by Fuur Associates, whose work you will recognise at other popular watering holes such as Jigger & Pony and Les Amis Wine Retail, Terra’s sprawling 353 sqm space is a copper and mahogany eden for those seeking to escape the masses below. The tables on the deck are so few and far between that you won’t have to worry about raucous neighbouring buzz. Some may say it’s sparse; we say it’s serene.
That is, if you go on the weekdays. As Terra is owned by Limited Edition Concepts, the nightlife group best known for hot clubs Kyo and Refuge, you can expect a thumping crowd on the weekends when its resident DJs take the spotlight. But amble in on a Monday and be greeted with blissful (but not ghostly) calm and extra enthusiasm from the peppy staff.
Behind the 27m-long terrazzo-panelled bar comes a small selection of Latin American-inspired cocktails. The red sangria, made with fresh berries and basil, is one of Terra’s most popular orders and one can see why from its mellow sweetness. Its signature however, is the Aloevation, a fragrant tipple made with gin, aloe vera juice, lime and dill. The food keeps with the theme, as you will find croquetas de pollo, empanadas and chimichangas on the menu.
Terra doesn’t need to wow with its location or even its elevation because it’s not for tourists. It’s for the hardworking folk in the grey buildings that need to leave work behind quickly without leaving the vicinity.
In three words: A great escape.
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