One thing Singapore isn’t short of is rooftop bars. Tourists clamour to CÉ La Vi at the top of Marina Bay Sands, Level 33 at MBFC, 1-Altitude at Raffles Place and a multitude of other high profile city locations. And there’s no doubt these venues are worth a look. These are bars with international reputations for a reason and they dazzle with their breathtaking views of the city. The downside though is that you’ll often need to queue to get into one of these bars, and when you do, you’ll probably find your wallet a lot lighter than when you arrived.
Luckily in Singapore there are a whole lot of rooftops that are under the radar, quite literally. Nestled amongst iconic shophouses you’ll find smaller bars, often with great views of the their own, and pleasantly without the crowds and prices found at the fancier rooftops around town.
Sum Yi Tai
This funky little bar is hidden on the top floor of a conservation shophouse in Boon Tat Street. The Hong Kong themed bar specialises in whiskey but also offers a good range of other drinks and delicious modern Cantonese bar bites. Happy hour is between 5pm and 8pm Monday to Saturday where there are $10 beers, wines and sakes.
The Mad Men Attic Bar
Mad Men is hidden behind Boat Quay, nestled on the third floor amongst skyscrapers with glimpses of the Singapore nighttime skyline. The casual style is livened up with graffiti art and live music from Monday through to Saturday.
The Bar Above
As the name suggests, The Bar Above is right above Pho Stop on Tanjong Pagar Road. Walk up the stairs and you’ll find a little sanctuary nestled amongst the buildings of Tanjong Pagar. Service is offered at the bar and there’s a good range of cocktails, wines and beers. Another bonus is that you can order food from downstairs when you get peckish.
One of the few low rise rooftop bars that offers views of Marina Bay Sands and the entire city skyline, Southbridge has become a firm favourite with locals in Singapore. Sitting just above the Singapore river, the expanses of water, city lights and rooftops stretch before you. Drinks range from prosecco and wine to cocktails and beer. There are also hearty bar bites including great sliders that will keep your hunger at bay.
One thing is for sure, Singapore has no shortage of rooftop bars to suit your occasion.
Article written by Victoria Milner from