In a city that has no lack of rooftop bars (or crowds that flock to them) it’s hard to say what these sky-high watering holes have that’s so appealing beyond having a nice view and the occasional breeze. And Mr Stork, the latest of its kind that sits atop the Andaz Singapore hotel, does indeed have a thrilling view. Been there, seen that.
But Mr Stork actually does have an ace up its 39-storey-long sleeve: space. And more importantly, quiet space. The bar currently only does walk-ins, and patrons are all but running in to try and secure a table in time to view the sunset. (Go between 6.30pm and 7pm for the best view.) So it will most definitely be bustling in the areas facing the glass barricades, but take a walk around the premises and you’ll find the place more closely resembles a rooftop garden than a rooftop bar.
Escape from the hordes though winding paths lined with abundant foliage. Steal away into one of the teepee hut-style day beds and gaze at the stars. If you aren’t on a date, it may very well turn into one — that’s how insidiously romantic this side of Mr Stork is.
Drinks here are inspired by its garden setting. The Rhubarb is a refreshing cocktail made with rhubarb puree, strawberry and lemon juice topped with sparkling wine and a shot of vodka, while the Ruby is a mix of lemon, ginger, mint, vermouth and Ceylon Arrack. The bar has also teamed up with RedDot Brewhouse for its very own Andaz Pale Ale, a crisp and fruity brew.
There are (and will be) bars with better views, a higher address, more consistent service and maybe even a more exciting menu, but when it comes to providing a true escape from the hubbub down below, Mr Stork is hard to beat.
What: Mr Stork
Where: 39F Andaz Singapore
Opening hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 5pm to midnight; Fridays to Saturdays, 5pm to 1am
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This story first appeared on www.thepeakmagazine.com.sg