1 Altitude boasts the highest views in Singapore, and arguably some of the best. This bar, on the 63rd floor of One Raffles Place, has a 360-degree vista and unlike many of its counterparts, there is only a thin, shoulder-height glass panel to stop people falling off the edge, which offers a real on-top-of-the-world feeling. Serving a decent variety of cocktails and hosting a live band and DJ, it is one of the most popular places to watch the sun set and party the night away.
The bar takes over two floors at the top of One Raffles Place building. Enter via a private lift on the ground floor, clearly signposted just in front of the main entrance. It is less than five minutes’ walk from Raffles Place MRT, but it is worth taking a map as it can get confusing amongst all the skyscrapers. It is recommended to reserve a table, but if you come here early enough to see the sun go down you will not usually have a problem getting in. The first level of 1 Altitude encompasses the bar, band and dance floor. The décor is minimal but striking; at first glance it feels strange to see real trees growing amongst the glass and slate, especially somewhere so high.
The top floor of 1 Altitude is all about vistas. It is triangular, offering unparalleled views of Singapore from 282 metres above the ground. The floor glows neon beneath your feet and there are clusters of low seating, designed so that nothing distracts you from the cityscape. Wherever you stand there is something to see; Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer, the river, Singapore’s CBD and into the hills beyond the city. The staff members are friendly and more than willing to take a few snaps of you, and the atmosphere is more casual than other sky bars in Singapore. Early evening a live band sings covers, but as the night goes on a DJ will take over, turning the skyscraping lounge into a funky dance floor.
The entrance fee includes one drink from a short selection of beers, cocktails and spirits, but the menu once you get upstairs is far more extensive and inventive. Like every rooftop bar in Asia 1 Altitude has a signature cocktail. This is a heady combination of vodka, green tea, lemongrass and mint, known as the Zen Breeze; it’s refreshing and won’t send your head spinning. If you are feeling peckish there is also a selection of bar food, gourmet pizzas and charcuterie plates that are perfect for sharing. For those who want a decent meal head one floor down to Stellar, a restaurant where you can enjoy the view from your table as well as some fine modern dining.
Visiting 1 Altitude is a fantastic experience and even though the view is the highlight, a great combination of friendly staff, good music and delicious drinks makes this a sky-high night to remember.
1 Altitude Bar
- Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 18:00 - 02:00, Fri - Sat 18:00 - 04:00
- Address: 1 Raffles Place, 63rd floor, Singapore
- Tel: +65 (0) 6438 0410
- Price Range: Entrance price is 25 SGD net