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From sky- high hotspots to ter­race­topped shop­houses, here are 10 of our rooftop favourites around Sin­ga­pore.

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Contents - BY AMY GREENBURG

Ten rooftop venues to check out in Sin­ga­pore

#1 Bar Ca­nary Level 4 Grand Park Or­chard, 270 Or­chard Road 6603 8855 | parkhotel­group.com/en/or­chard/bar-ca­nary

Af­ter un­der­go­ing a re­vamp, Bar Ca­nary re­opened ear­lier this year with a new bar area and re­freshed menu – and re­fresh­ing it is! With three dif­fer­ent Boozy Pops ( al­co­hol- in­fused pop­si­cles) to choose from, plus an ar­ray of fun cock­tails ($18-$24), this place feels like a trop­i­cal get­away smack in the mid­dle of Or­chard Road, com­plete with twin­kle lights. What makes this place ex­tra visit-wor­thy is its daily pro­mo­tions. The pop­u­lar Ladies’ Night (ev­ery Wed­nes­day from 7 to 9pm) fea­tures a $55 “liq­uid buf­fet” (free-flow cham­pagne, house pours and se­lect cock­tails), while Gen­tle­man’s Night of­fers $10 beers on tap and 15 per­cent off whiskies ev­ery Thurs­day evening; on Mon­day and Tues­day, bar-go­ers get 20, 30 and 40 per­cent off their first, sec­ond and third bot­tles re­spec­tively, while Fri­day and Satur­day of­fers a “beat the clock” spe­cial from 6 to 9pm.

#2 LEVEL33 8 Ma­rina Boule­vard #33-01 Ma­rina Bay Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre Tower 1, 8 Ma­rina Boule­vard 6834 3133 | level33.com.sg

Perched in the pent­house of the Ma­rina Bay Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre, LEVEL33 has one of the best panoramic views in town, which can be en­joyed from both the spa­cious out­door ter­race and the air-con­di­tioned in­door area. And it’s not just the views that bring peo­ple flock­ing to this place. This is the world’s high­est ur­ban craft mi­cro­brew­ery, with beers made on site us­ing au­then­tic Euro­pean recipes; sig­na­tures in­clude Blond Lager, In­dia Pale Ale, House Porter, Stout and Wheat Beer. If you’re not a beer fan, don’t worry – you’ll also find Mou­ton Roth­schild vin­tage wines and a se­lec­tion of bou­tique wines sourced from a global se­lec­tion of ar­ti­sanal wine pro­duc­ers. Food-wise, there’s an ex­ten­sive menu of con­tem­po­rary Euro­pean cui­sine, com­plete with sug­gested beer pair­ings, mak­ing this a prime spot for busi­ness lunches, post-work gath­er­ings and Sun­day roasts, not to men­tion a great way to im­press out of town vis­i­tors.

From 2 Au­gust, don’t miss try­ing an ex­clu­sive Golden Ale us­ing Tas­ma­nian hops, made by LEVEL33 brew­mas­ter Gabriel Gar­cia in col­lab­o­ra­tion with vis­it­ing brew­mas­ter Jayne Lewis of Mel­bourne-based (and Aus­tralia’s first fe­male-owned) brew­ing com­pany, Two Birds Brew­ing.

#3 Mr Stork An­daz Sin­ga­pore, 5 Fraser Street 6408 1234 sin­ga­pore.an­daz.hy­att.com

Si­t­u­ated on the rooftop of An­daz Sin­ga­pore, this cir­cu­lar bar of­fers 360-de­gree views of the city, and a lovely, hushed am­bi­ence de­spite its bustling lo­ca­tion in Bugis. Sit in one of the bar’s In­sta-wor­thy teepees with a cock­tail in hand (fruity and flo­ral cock­tails rule the flock here) or opt for a nor­mal seat to im­bibe. There’s also a se­lec­tion of bar bites, plus Häa­gen-dazs ice cream and other sweets avail­able.

Mr Stork is host­ing a fire­works view­ing party on Na­tional Day, Thurs­day 9 Au­gust, with free- flow­ing De­lam­otte cham­pagne, wines, in-house craft beer and com­fort food like fresh shawarma and hot dogs from pop-up food sta­tions (from $168 per per­son).

#4 Zaf­fer­ano Level 43, Ocean Fi­nan­cial Cen­tre 10 Col­lyer Quay 6509 1488 | zaf­fer­ano.sg

At an ear-pop­ping 43 floors, this sky-high gem al­ways hits the high notes with its Ital­ian fare by Tus­can-born chef Emanuele Faggi. Fea­tur­ing a con­tem­po­rary and bold in­te­rior to match the clien­tele, the venue is con­sis­tently busy with in-the­know ex­ecs and post-work date nights, yet space is never a con­cern; there’s an in­door and out­door bar, as well as plenty of al­fresco seat­ing to choose from. We love that Zaf­fer­ano’s Ter­race Lounge of­fers free-flow prosecco, house wine and beer on Satur­day nights from 8 to 10pm for just $28, mak­ing it a great spot for group gath­er­ings and birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

#5 Artemis Level 40, Cap­ita­green Rooftop, 138 Mar­ket Street 6635 8677 | artemis­grill.com.sg

Sit­ting pretty atop the Cap­ita­green build­ing, this place of­fers un­beat­able views of the CBD and the sea be­yond, with a beau­ti­ful, out­door “Sky For­est” bar that’s great for af­ter- work drinks ( happy hour hap­pens Mon­day to Fri­day from 3 to 7pm), and an el­e­gant din­ing room per­fect for a busi­ness din­ner or ro­man­tic treat. The menu fea­tures Mediter­ranean- in­spired fare made with eth­i­cally sourced and mostly or­ganic pro­duce, meats and seafood – cre­ations like Bos­ton lob­ster with mango, rasp­berry and mint salsa ($32), and sweet pea and ri­cotta ag­nolotti ($22/$30) are rec­om­mended! – ac­com­pa­nied by a strong wine se­lec­tion for pair­ing, and a solid cock­tail list with fun choices like the Wild & About ($22) with Mon­key Shoul­der whisky, pas­sion­fruit, le­mon juice and La Per­ruche syrup, and the Bee­tini ($22) with Stolich­naya vodka, Golden Faler­num liqueur, home­made beet­root syrup and lime juice.

#6 Oxwell & Co Rooftop Gar­den & Bar 5 Ann Siang Road 6438 7036 | oxwellandco.com

Gin lovers will flock to this whim­si­cal Hen­drick’s-ex­clu­sive bar set atop Club Street’s Bri­tish-in­spired gas­tropub Oxwell & Co – think Alice in Won­der­land tea party-chic, but with gin! The space it­self may be small, but there’s a lot to take in: an or­ganic herb gar­den from which the chef and bar­tenders col­lect herbs for the food and cock­tails, a vin­tage phone booth, fairy lights and great Chi­na­town views. Sig­na­ture botan­i­cal and tea-in­fused gin drinks come in teacups and small bath­tubs (the G&T bath­tub is for four to share, $70), along­side nib­bles like salt and pep­per squid ($14), fish and chips ($26), prawn cock­tail ($16) and a beef burger ($24).

#7 Rooftop Bar at Screen­ing Room 12 Ann Siang Road 6532 3357 | screen­ingroom.com.sg

This place has al­ways been a pop­u­lar pick for its Chi­na­town shop­house views set against the CBD sky­scrapers be­yond. With a vast se­lec­tion of spir­its, wines and sig­na­ture cock­tails – in­clud­ing the Say Yes ($19) made with sloe gin, wa­ter­melon, le­mon juice and basil – bar bites like a ke­bab trio ($26) and Mediter­ranean dips ($14), and mains such as An­gus striploin steak with truf­fle fries ($29) and a tan­doori chicken burger ($20), there’s re­ally some­thing for ev­ery­one here. Happy hour ($10 house-pour spir­its and bot­tled beers, and $ 45 for a Corona or Heineken bucket) hap­pens six days a week: all night from 5.30pm on Mon­days and Tues­days, from 5.30 to 8pm on Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days, and from 5 to 8pm on Fri­days and Satur­days.

#8 Spago Bar & Lounge Level 57, Sands Sky­park Tower 2, 10 Bayfront Av­enue 6688 9955 | marin­abaysands.com

Lo­cated on level 57 of Ma­rina Bay Sands, Spago is a reign­ing favourite, of­fer­ing fab­u­lous views and a stun­ning set­ting for lunch, din­ner or al­fresco drinks. Though you can eat in the restau­rant’s in­door din­ing room, the beau­ti­ful and airy out­door ter­race is where you’ll want to be for spec­tac­u­lar sky­line scenery, views of the ho­tel’s fa­mous in­fin­ity pool and a “mod­ern meets colo­nial-style bun­ga­low” feel – even bet­ter with a glass of rosé or one of the bar’s hand­crafted cock­tails in hand (we rec­om­mend the Devil in Dis­guise, made with Pa­tron Re­posado, pas­sion­fruit and Kash­miri chilli, $26). Or­der up ev­ery­thing from sushi and slid­ers to sal­ads and sweets from the Cal­i­for­nia-in­spired menu by chef Wolf­gang Puck; spicy tuna tartare cones with chilli aioli ($36) and chicken “laksa” spring rolls ($22) are among the fan favourites here.

#9 Bar Rouge Level 71, Swis­sô­tel The Stam­ford 2 Stam­ford Road 9177 7307 face­book.com/bar­rou­gesin­ga­pore

Since its launch in early 2018, this sky-high night­club from Shang­hai has been all about am­bi­ence, with floor- to- ceil­ing win­dows, un­ob­structed Ma­rina Bay views, per­form­ers in sus­pended cages, and the bar’s sig­na­ture red lights trans­form­ing the space into a daily dance- party hotspot; club- go­ers can ex­pect the hottest hits from DJS around the re­gion, as well as dif­fer­ent themed nights through­out the year. Cock­tails are in the $20s but, on Thurs­days, grab your girl­friends for Ladies’ Night, when fe­males get com­pli­men­tary drinks from 10pm to 1am.

#10 Smoke and Mir­rors #06-01 Na­tional Gallery Sin­ga­pore, 1 St An­drews Road 9234 8122 | smoke­and­mir­rors.com.sg

This op­ti­mally po­si­tioned rooftop bar atop Na­tional Gallery Sin­ga­pore fea­tures both in­door seat­ing and an al­fresco ter­race that looks across the Padang to the The­atres on the Bay and be­yond. Sip on beau­ti­fully pre­sented cock­tails by bar­tender Yugnes Susela – for ex­am­ple, the “M.C – N.L.” ($24) is a ca­cao-in­fused vodka drink with sweet ver­mouth, pineap­ple and co­conut nec­tar, served in a pot­ted plant with edi­ble “soil” – and, if you’re hun­gry, or­der bar bites like duck ril­lettes ($14), lamb ke­bab ($28) or a cheese plat­ter ($18).

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