10 Best Bars in Singapore to enjoy a cocktail or ice cold beer



Singapore has long since shrugged off its image of being ‘boring’ and now has one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Asia, with plenty of fabulous bars vying for your business. With so many buildings crammed into a small island, it is no surprise that roof bars are big news in Singapore, and most of the current hotspots are perched atop a tall building, guaranteeing stunning views to admire as you sip on a cocktail.

 

Number one on our list, Ku De Ta, is the current see and be seen hot spot, with its illuminated bar hovering over the city. Its classy cocktail list, stylish restaurant, happening dance club and staggering views across the city bring in the beautiful crowd every night of the week.

 

Also worth checking out are 1-altitude – the highest al-fresco bar in the world at 282m; the Fullerton Bay Hotel’s poolside Lantern bar with its stunning views across Marina Bay; and the slightly more modest Ying Yang at the Club Hotel in Chinatown. If you prefer to take in your views in air-conditioned comfort, then head to the New Asia Bar at Swissotel the Stamford, or Level 33 at the Marina Bay Financial Centre.

 

To escape the noise of the city, check out our three off-the-beaten track options. One Rochester is perfect for cozy cocktails amongst the tropical garden foliage; Tanjong Beach Club sees beach-goers relaxing with cocktails to chill-out tunes; while Prive at the Marina at Keppel Bay is a stylish choice for sea breeze and romance. 



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Prive is the perfect spot to pretend to be a millionaire as you sip champagne beside the marina of docked yachts. This bar/café/restaurant-in-one is situated on a private island to the south of Singapore and with its comfy al-fresco lounge seating, chill-out tunes and tropical foliage, it is a great choice for a relaxed and romantic evening. A unique and exotic cocktail list includes fresh fruit mojitos, and decadent creations such as the peanut butter chocolate martini. A selection of bar snacks is available, or choose something more substantial from the café or fine-dining restaurant.


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Boat Quay


 

Boat Quay is one of the most popular destinations for Singapore's after-work crowd. The traditional shophouses that line the south bank of the Singapore River originally housed "godowns" - warehouses for storing the goods that were unloaded from the ships in the harbor. Today these same heritage buildings house a line of popular bars and restaurants, nestled in the shadow of the city's skyscrapers, and boasting views across the river to the Colonial District. Among the continually changing landscape of Boat Quay, BQ Bar remains a popular choice with the after-work crowd and tourist alike as it offers one of the best views from its alfresco riverside seating. House specialties include mojitos and a range of martinis, with draught Tiger and Heineken, in addition to a range of bottled options will keep beer drinkers happy. BQ Bar is also famed for its Dharma kebabs, the ultimate in drinking nibbles.


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Before the influx of trendy roof bars came to Singapore, the New Asia Bar, situated on the 71st floor of the Swiss�tel the Stamford, was THE place to head to for sunset cocktails. The tallest hotel bar in Singapore is still a popular nightspot, serving up a selection of cocktails and glasses of cold bubbly, and boasting stunning city views which stretch as far as Malaysia. Revellers party every night to the sounds of the resident DJ, while the last Thursday of every month sees the party ramped up as visiting celebrity DJs hit the decks.


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Club St/Ann Siang Road is one of the city's most popular evening hangouts, and Ying Yang heads the pack when it comes to trendy bars. This breezy alfresco rooftop terrace atop The Club hotel provides a laid-back atmosphere in which to sip cocktails and gaze over the rooftops of Chinatown and the CBD. The monochrome decor provides a classy and sophisticated setting, while the mood lighting allows for a relaxed ambience. A lengthy cocktail and drinks list make this a good option for pre- or post-dinner drinks, or to get the evening started before heading on to the rowdier bars and clubs of Clarke Quay.


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Rochester Park
One Rochester


 

One Rochester provides a great opportunity get away from the bright city lights, and enjoy a tropical garden setting, complete with trickling water features and the ever-present chirp of cicadas. Kick back on a plush sofa in amongst the thick foliage of the beautifully landscaped gardens of this stunning colonial black and white bungalow, and sip on a fresh fruit martini, cold beer or choose from the 200-strong wine list. A tapas menu provides sustenance to accompany your drinks, while on-site restaurant Roast specialises in wholesome rustic cooking with a modern twist.


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Financial District
1-Altitude Gallery & Bar


 

The world's highest al-fresco bar in the world, 1-altitude stands at a staggering 282 metres, and boasts 360-degree views of Singapore. Throw in some funky tunes, comfy seating and a trendy fun-loving crowd, and you've got yourself one of Singapore's most popular bars. Certainly not for those who suffer from vertigo, but if you have strong legs, then this is definitely somewhere you'll want to head to for sundowners. Also within the complex which spans the 61st-63rd floors of One Raffles Place is 282 - an interactive sports bar, complete with golf simulators, and Stellar a modern fine-dining restaurant. There is a $25.00 cover charge, but this is inclusive of one house pour drink. Sharing platters and pizzas are available to provide sustenance.


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Singaporeans like a view to look at while they enjoy a drink, and Level 33 has one of the best in town. Situated on the 33rd floor of the Marina Bay Financial Centre, Level 33's outlook takes in the whole of the Marina Bay vista, and beyond over the city and out to sea. But it's not all about the stunning views here; Level 33 also serves up a mean strawberry margarita and a selection of craft beers brewed on-site - including lager, pale ale and stout. A selection of bar snacks is available, or opt for a full a la carte menu in the restaurant section for something more substantial.


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Join the bikini-clad revellers as they sip cocktails, bump n' grind to the thumping music, and strike a pose at Singapore's favourite beachside bar, Tanjong Beach Club. Lounge around on the deck chairs and double-bed loungers, cool off in the swimming pool, or simply check out the beautiful people from the bar as you tuck into a cold beer. TBC is the ideal place to sip cocktails while working on your tan in peace during the week, while at weekends the music cranks up and the party people descend. Regular party events and visiting DJs keep the crowds coming back for more.


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One of the most stylish hotel bars in Singapore, Lantern provides a poolside oasis atop the uber-stylish Fullerton Bay Hotel. What this roof top bar lacks in height, it more than makes up for in style. With stunning panoramic views of Marina Bay and the CBD skyline, this urban getaway oozes sophisticated chic with its Latin-inspired cocktails and bar snacks, comfy seating and cozy candlelit ambience. A live Cuban band completes the tropical holiday atmosphere. Go with a loved one or a group of good friends, but make sure you book a table to avoid disappointment.


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Ku De Ta is one of Singapore's current see-and-be-seen hotspots. This bar, restaurant and dance club in-one, boasts one of the world's most stunning locations, perched at 257m atop the magnificent Marina Bay Sands hotel with unbeatable views across the city. Begin the evening with lychee and rose water martinis at the illuminated Sky Bar and then go on enjoy modern Asian fusion cuisine in the stylish restaurant, which gives you the option of indoor or alfresco dining. Night owls can end the night in the candlelit Club Lounge to dance the night away to live entertainment or well known DJs.


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