When given a choice and assuming all other factors remained constant, would you pick the bar that offers no view to speak of, or the one where you spend half the time ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the view instead of paying attention to the drinks?
The fact of the matter is, there's just something about a watering hole with a great view that makes the drink in your hand a little sweeter and wallet strings a tad looser. We suss out our five favourite waterfront haunts in Singapore where we might have lingered around a little more than necessary.
Brewerkz Microbrewery (Indoor Stadium)
Not every great waterfront bar needs to be backed by the Marina Bay enclave. Thanks to the rather far-flung location of Brewerkz at Indoor Stadium, the bar remains relatively uncrowded even on nights where soccer matches are telecasted on the giant screens -- a far cry from the boisterous sports bars in town -- which makes it a surprisingly peaceful, and even romantic spot for dinner or drinks.
Choose to be seated outdoors for a lovely view of the Kallang River framed by lush greenery and the twinkling lights from the surrounding condominiums. No snooty service or pretentious patrons -- diners are mostly residents from the nearby condominiums looking to chill out with neighbours over a pint.
Brewerkz Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk #01-06/07/K1, Singapore Indoor Stadium, +65 6345 9905
Kinki Rooftop Bar
Kinki Rooftop Bar is a mere three levels off the ground -- more manageable for the acrophobic -- but no less blessed with enthralling views of the bayside and a light breeze than its towering counterparts.
An extension from the Japanese-themed restaurant below, Kinki Rooftop Bar is every bit the edgy, urban Japanese watering hole, with Japanese-inspired tipples and bar bites. Expect exotic creations like Hokkaido Plummet, an interesting blend of vodka, umeshu, Kinki spiced syrup and pickled plums, as well as chow like sampler platters of assorted sushi and hand rolls.
Kinki Rooftop Bar, 70 Collyer Quay, +65 6533 3471