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Now that Singapore’s 10:30 pm drinking ban has been lifted, there is no reason not to visit these bars for a fun night out

Singapore’s skyline is one of the most picturesque in the world, and the best place to view it is from above the ground. Fortunately for us, the island is home to various rooftop bars that look out to these scenic backdrops. And what’s even better? They serve deliciously concocted cocktails and bar bites that make your visit worthwhile. 
 
Whether you are impressing your date or just looking for a change of scenery, here are some of the best rooftop bars in the Lion City.

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1. Mr Stork

When you visit Mr Stork for pre-prandial drinks and bites, you will be able to admire the 360-degree vista of the city skyline, which looks more majestic when the sun is setting. Park yourself in one of the teepee huts, situated in the al fresco section surrounded by lush greenery, and choose your poison amongst its extensive list of botanical-inspired cocktails.
 
Start with something refreshing like the Amrita, a mix of Stranger and Sons gin, guava, lemongrass and mint, or opt for the Siam Fling for a drink with a kick. The spice comes from the Chalong Bay white spiced rum, but this is balanced out with the addition of coconut, cinnamon and lime bitters.
 
Tipples are best had with bites, and some of the delectable options are the beef sliders, chicken karaage and truffle fries. Book here.

Mr. Stork, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Level 39, Andaz S(189354), +65 6408 1288

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2. Level33

Beer lovers are always in for a treat at Level33, a restaurant and bar on the 33rd floor of Marina Bay Financial Centre which has its own microbrewery. While the space consists of an indoor and outdoor dining area, it is recommended to sit at the al fresco area for unobstructed views of the Marina Bay.
 
Start the night with freshly brewed craft beers—in particular, the refreshingly smooth blond lager, medium-bodied wheat beer, and light and malty house porter. There are also creative beer cocktails, crafted by mixologist Javier De Las Muelas. Perfect for the island’s humid weather is the Parish Lush, concocted with blond lager, champagne, crème de cassis, elderflower syrup and gold dust. Book here.

3. Smoke & Mirrors

Perched atop National Gallery Singapore is Smoke & Mirrors; it offers a good vantage point to view architectural wonders such as Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands. You will be well taken care of by head bartender Jorge Conde, whose signature cocktails include Green Gimlet and Pass the Pineapple.

A clean and citrusy concoction, Green Gimlet features a wonderful medley of gin, homemade lime bitters, kaffir and ginger. For something spicy and fruity, Pass the Pineapple pleases the palate with its combination of cava, aperitif wine, and fermented spiced pineapple tepache.

Imbibers can also look forward to its cocktail special of the month, Blah x 3, curated by winner of the Mancino Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2021, Bannie Kang. Blah x 3 is anything but blah; it is fruity, fizzy and citrusy all at once thanks to a combination of Farmer’s gin, guava, carbonated water and plum bitters. Book here.

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4. Potato Head

Soak up the views of Keong Saik while enjoying a cocktail or two at Potato Head’s rooftop bar. Decked out in fairy lights and fauna, it sets the mood for refreshing tiki cocktails curated by mixologist Dre Masso. For something bittersweet, the Kokoi Baldo is concocted with Tanqueray London Dry gin, lemongrass and vanilla syrup, and egg white. Pinatubo boasts tropical flavours, thanks to a combination of Sailor Jerry spiced rum, coconut liqueur, coconut cream syrup and pineapple juice. Book here.

Potato Head Rooftop Bar, 36 Keong Saik Road, S(089143), +65 6327 1939

5. Southbridge

Oysters, tipples and a glorious view—nothing gets better than that, right? At this oyster and gin bar, get to sip on some cocktails while admiring the backdrop of iconic Singapore River. Get comfortable at the chic and spacious outdoor area and savour libations like the Yuzu Express, a bubbly offering of Zardetto Spumante, yuzu and grapefruit cordial and rose; and Tropical Sunrise, a potent but fruity concoction of tequila blanco, passionfruit monin, kaffir lime. Book here.  

Southbridge, 80 Boat Quay, Level 5, Rooftop S(049868), +65 6877 6965

6. Levant Bar

Located on the rooftop of a conservation shophouse in Tanjong Pagar, Levant Bar offers sleek cocktails and gorgeous views of the CBD. Get started with Blossom Mint, a floral and sweet tipple that sees a delightful mix of Roku gin, bergamot, elderflower and calamansi. But for something bright and refreshing, opt for the Sea of Citrus, featuring a concoction of Espolon Blanco tequila, Navelina orange sherbert, grapefruit soda and zesty Amalfi lemon. Book here

Levant Bar, 32 Tras Street, Level 4 Signature Hotel, S(078972), +65 6304 3298

7. Kinki Restaurant + Bar

Sip on tipples while taking in views of the Marina Bay skyline at Kinki's open-air rooftop bar. The recently revamped bar offers a series of Asian-inspired cocktails, beer and sake. With over 20 different cocktails to choose from, imbibers will be spoilt for choice. Begin the night with the floral Aurora Polaris, made with butterfly pea-infused Kyro gin, cucumber lime syrup and soda water. Need a perk me up? Try the Naughty Kopi, a chocolate-y take on the espresso martini, comprising Matusalem rum, Kahlua coffee liqueur, Bailey's and espresso. Book here

Kinki Restaurant + Bar

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