5 Ultimate Chill-Out Bars in Singapore

5 Ultimate Chill-Out Bars in Singapore

With a steady rotation of touring acts heading our way, festivals like ULTRA and ZoukOut already inked in our calendars, and a bevy of clubs bringing big names in nightlife revelry, there really is no rest for the wicked in Sin City. But for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle without escaping the city itself, these points of refuge provide a welcome reprieve to the ‘eat sleep rave repeat’ lifestyle, while still keeping the drinks and good times coming. 




Nested 282 metres above the chaos of the CBD streets below, 1-Altitude takes celebration to sky-high status. With a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city and the sea, guests can unwind during the Sundown Affair, where DJ Lindo Martinez curates a smooth playlist to accompany the setting sun, with an artisanal cocktail in hand. Once the sun goes down, the rooftop garden becomes a neon jungle, with a live band that delivers a steady supply of smooth soul, r&b and pop renditions, as well as resident DJs setting the mood for a soul-soothing evening. For those seeking to soothe a burning desire to party hard, 1-Altitude’s Wicked Wednesdays elevates the ladies night experience with complimentary entry, $10 martini specials, thumping tunes and a view that’ll make you feel like you’re on top of the world. For those who can’t wait for Friday to get down to an urban groove, the establishment’s Get Busy Thursdays have DJs Leonard T and AOS Collective kicking the weekend off early with specially curated hip-hop and R&B cuts.

Level 63 (Rooftop) One Raffles Place, tel: 6438-0410.



Acid Bar

Only a few steps away from the malls adjacent, Acid Bar’s discrete location may be easily missed if walking too quickly along with the rush of the street. Slow your pace and stop by Peranakan Place, where the converted shop house transports guests away from blaring retail outlets and places them in a soothing after-dark environ. Whether knocking off for a few beers with colleagues or settling in for a romantic evening, Acid Bar’s homely setting resembles that of a dependable neighbourhood bar, rather than inner-city hangout. With tantalising comfort food to accompany an extensive drinks menu, as well as resident bands performing daily from 7pm, guests can soak in the tunes up-close-and-personal inside, or bask in the dimly lit ambience of the shop house-lined beer garden.

180 Orchard Road, Peranakan Place, tel: 6738-8828.




There are bars you go to for a good time, where you end up ordering a cocktail as a folly when the moment calls for a stiff drink; then, there are bars you go to purely for the cocktails. Anti:dote belongs to the latter group of establishments, earning itself a deserved reputation as an essential stop for the mixology-minded. Specialising in handcrafted concoctions and tapas with an opulent, modern flair, the bar’s cocktail alchemists approach drinks as an art form, introducing unconventional blends like the Corpse Reviver #2’s inclusion of homemade vermouth and absinthe. With modern d├ęcor and lavish elements like a 7m-wide chandelier, Anti:dote brings an air of extravagance to your evening while keeping it low-key. 

Level 1 Fairmont Singapore, tel: 6431-5315.



The Powder Room

There was a time when it was commonplace, even encouraged, for gents to hit the bar for a Tom Collins before hanging up their hats for the night – those looking for to relive the Roaring Twenties needn’t look further than The Powder Room. A retrolicious throwback bar housed on the mezzanine level of The Black Swan, guests can expect to be greeted by a space that oozes sophistication; the kind of place you might find Jay Gatsby holing up in when not throwing a mansion party. Boasting an old-world interior with distinctive cocktails like the “BBKing” calling on inspiration from yesteryear, the only thing missing is a hint of musty cigar smoke to accompany the live jazz acts teleporting you to simpler times.

19 Cecil Street, tel: 6438-3757.




A brand-spanking new nightlife destination that sits within the iconic Fullerton Pavilion building, Monti’s multi-concept space places guests before an impressive panoramic view of Marina Bay, while immersing partygoers in an experience that’s both sexy and sophisticated. Inspired by the laidback lifestyle of Italian outings, guests can savour aperitivos sunset in awe of the glistening sea with a wide range of sharing plates and toothsome Italian fare, before caressing craft cocktails, like the potent namesake margarita, as DJs elevate the evening with jazzy electronic grooves and transform the jewel of the bay into a flurry of activity.

82 Collyer Quay, The Fullerton Pavilion, tel: 6535-0724.


Text Trent Davis

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