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. 



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...  Read More

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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More


Meet Marianne Rogerson

Marianne is a freelance travel writer, who has lived in Singapore for six years. She is the author of a travel guidebook to Singapore and has written about Singapore for a range of...  More About Marianne