Located at the Equinox complex at Swissotel, you are guaranteed spectacular sights here. Unfortunately I visited during the hazy weather period and was unable to witness the glory of it at full potential. But even so, the glittering city lights were bright enough for us to enjoy panoramic views of the skyline. Singapore is a beautiful city especially at night, we should sit back to really soak it in and appreciate it more often. City Space is the perfect place to do so with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, minimizing any obstructions to your view.
What sets it apart from New Asia Bar, which is just upstairs, I think, is that it is a quiet place to unwind. It’s literally how you would imagine a hotel bar to be. There’s a grand piano in the room, jazz music plays in the background, and the seats are typical hotel leather armchairs. New Asia Bar on the other hand is targeted at party people. The vibe is more pumped up and there’s a dancefloor. I would choose New Asia Bar to pop a bottle of champagne, but I’ll patronize City Space if I wanted a cocktail.
Their cocktail menu is impressive. Choose from an extensive list, there are 5 pages of cocktails, and the full drink menu is a whopping 22 pages. Ranging from classic cocktails to creative mixtures, to wine, beer, and any bottle you can think of.
Enlisting the help of expert mixologists, it’s one of the best hotel bars in Singapore. Their citrus juices are pressed by hand, mint from their herb garden and syrups are made in-house. Ice cubes are double frozen to ensure a cooler, crisper drink.
I ordered a classic cocktail – the pisco sour (on the left in the above picture), which originated from Peru by the way. It contains BarSol Pisco shaken till frothy with lime and a touch of sugar and egg white, topped with a dash of Aromatic Bitters. There is also an added passionfruit for extra fruitiness as done by locals in Peru. If anything I felt that the passionfruit overwhelmed the drink. There is an option to go without the passionfruit, so I would advise you to opt out of it if you do decide to go for a Pisco Sour.
GT ordered an Amber Tiger – Yamazaki 12 years and Lychee Liqueur with a hint of Cinnamon and Vanilla syrup, home pressed lemon juice topped with Tiger Beer Espuma and ginger ale Caviar. This drink was absolute bliss. I have a weakness for sour drinks it’s true, but this was so delicious. GT gave the whole glass to me halfway because you know, he’s such a great boyfriend 😉
Try to visit during happy hour between 5-8pm because the cocktails then are $15, compared to $22 otherwise. It’s a very quiet place, and service is attentive. I find it an ideal place for dates because it is quiet and romantic with a good view to boot. Note that for window seats there is a minimum spend of $60.
Oh and how can I forget, they serve the best complimentary bar snacks ever. Period. Golden pillows and two different flavoured nacho chips. I think we ended up eating more than we were drinking.
Do drop by if you are in the area, and I strongly recommend this place for dates. It’s out of the box and you won’t find any hipsters here.
2 Stamford Road
70F Swissotel The Stamford
Tel: +65 6837 3322
Sun to Thu: 5pm–1am
Fri & Sat: 5pm–2am