In many hotels across the world, the hotel bar is somewhere to grab a quick drink while waiting for friends or perhaps down a quick nightcap before heading to bed. They often have the reputation for being soulless and expensive, and would not be at the top of your list for places to head for a fun and funky evening.
Not so in Singapore. Here the hotels are competing vigorously to attract the clientele to their in-house bars, with promises of spectacular views, trendy DJs and enticing cocktails.
The New Asia Bar presides above them all, situated on the 71st floor of the Swissôtel the Stamford. Here a selection of cocktails and glasses of cold bubbly are sipped to a background of stunning city views, while revellers party to the sounds of resident DJ Chris Smith. The last Thursday of every month sees the party ramped up as visiting celebrity DJs hit the decks. A happy hour daily from 3pm-9pm makes this hotspot a good option for sunset cocktails.
While the New Asia Bar used to offer unparalleled vistas across the city, newcomer Ku De Ta perched atop the roof of the Marina Bay Sands hotel has trumped the Swissotel’s offering, with 360 degree views across the city and out to sea. This current see-and-be-seen hotspot boasts an illuminated bar where the resident mixologists will whisk you up an innovative cocktail such as the Lady Be Mine – a vodka-based lychee martini infused with rose water and apple juice, or a Wassup, B? – Ku De Ta’s interpretation of a Bloody Mary, served with Grey Goose vodka and a wasabi grilled prawn. The attached nightclub sees the city’s nightowls get down to the sound of world renowned DJs and live acts until the early hours.
Lantern Bar at the uber-stylish Fullerton Bay Hotel may not boast such a vertiginous spot but it still benefits from some of the best views of Marina Bay in town. This poolside watering hole oozes style and sophistication and with its Caribbean and Latin-inspired drinks list, you can expect plenty of daiquiris, mojitos and caipirinhas to be on offer. A live Cuban band completes the picture of tropical evenings under a starlit sky.
Nearby in Chinatown, rooftop Ying Yang at the boutique Club Hotel also draws in a hip crowd, who sip their drinks with a cool evening breeze in their hair as they enjoy views over the red rooftops of Chinatown’s heritage buildings. Regulars head here for the relaxed yet upbeat pre-club vibe and its lengthy cocktail menu.