• The art of the cocktail; Japanese mixologists craft exquisite drinks
• Find the fourth floor’s hidden door to enter this bar atop a city landmark
• Grab some satay skewers and catch a larger-than-life laser light show
For craft cocktails with a view, locals head for Orgo, the bar atop the curvy Esplanade Theater, affectionately known as the Durian (an apt nickname, given its resemblance to an outsize version of the tropical fruit). The entrance is hidden on the fourth floor—find it and you’ll be rewarded with fresh passion-fruit martinis crafted by a staff of Japanese mixologists, along with stunning views. This is the only place to get an up-close look at the spiky surface of the Durian, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks; when it was completed in 2002 by local firm DP Architects and the U.K.’s Michael Wilford & Partners, it put Singapore on the daring-modern-architecture map. You’ll also get a unique angle on Marina Bay and the skyscrapers that encircle it, plus the old Supreme Court dome, which forms the perfect Colonial-era counterpoint to all the new spires. Although it’s just a 12-minute stroll from the Conrad, we recommend you use a route that takes you through the air-conditioned comfort of the underground passages connecting the nearby shopping malls. Stay until 9:30 p.m. on weekdays or 11:00 p.m.on weekends and catch the free laser light show that blazes out from the top of the triple towers of Marina Bay Sands. Peckish? Grab some satay skewers at Makansutra Gluttons Bay, the outdoor hawker center next door.
Just above Marina Bay, you’ll find these two experiences right next to each other. They’re located at the same address on Raffles Avenue. Just go to the intersection of Raffles and Fullerton Road and head east. You’ll see Orgo closer to the road and Makansutra Gluttons Bar closer to the water.
ORGO: 8 Raffles Ave., #04-01; +65-6336-9366; orgo.sg
MAKANSUTRA GLUTTONS BAY: 8 Raffles Ave., #01-15; +65-6336-7025; makansutra.com