Settle down for a drink or two at these rooftop bars and waterside hotspots with views of Marina Bay and beyond.
Your imbibing experience is heightened at Lavo, the eighth-month-old bar perched on Marina Bay Sands’ Tower 1 Sands SkyPark. TAO Group’s first swanky Asian outpost features an Italian American restaurant and rooftop bar complete with a luxurious lounge and nightlife entertainment including live DJ sets. Guests can enjoy hearty Italian American food (think: linguini with clam sauce or meatball made with wagyu beef and Italian sausage) along with hand-crafted cocktails. The uniquely designed indoor and outdoor space offers a stunning bird’s-eye view of Marina Bay and the surroundings.
Meatball pasta served at Lavo Bar, featuring meatballs made of Wagyu beef and Italian sausage.
A little further from the Marina Bay crowds is Artemis, another destination for rooftop dining and drinks in Singapore’s CBD. To get there, zip up to the 40th floor, atop the Capita Green building on the corner of Cecil and Cross Streets, which overlooks our skyscrapers and sparkling bay. The rooftop Sky Lounge is great for post-work or pre-meal cocktails. If the skies open up, there are eco-friendly state-of-the-art tulip umbrellas to shield you from the rain.
This rooftop bar at Boat Quay – overlooking Singapore River and our glittering skyline – is a great place to slurp oysters, paired with glasses of champagne or prosecco. The menu includes a range of craft cocktails to boot. The bar food here is not your average chips and olives. You’ll get satisfying stuff like pulled pork or wagyu sliders, and spaghetti with truffle and mushrooms – perfect for after-work sustenance.
Who can say no to breezy post-work tipples matched with Italian-inspired food? Caffe Fernet at The Custom House is the spot to sip refreshing Aperol Spritz and Negronis by the glittering waters. This concept by cocktail bar veteran Jigger & Pony Group offers casual chic vibes, and friendly service. The bar also exclusively stocks about 15 varieties of Fernet, a special bitter mostly sourced from Northern Italy (try the King Cole Old Fashioned, a classic cocktail laced with herbaceous notes).
Cacio e Pepe, a signature dish at Caffe Fernet made with ribbon-shaped mafaldine pasta topped with pecorino and peppercorns.
Smoke & Mirrors
Perched on the rooftop of the National Gallery, Smoke & Mirrors is known for its progressive cocktail programme curated by head bartender Yugnes Susela. The flashy cocktail experience covers three senses: taste, sight and touch, so you’d be treated to unique flavours woven with imaginative presentation. There’s a range of excellent gins, rums, Asian whisky and even agave in the bar menu to boot. But the drawcard has to be the view – this indoor/outdoor space affords spectacular panorama of the Padang and Singapore’s skyline.