Bar in Colonial District, the Quays & Marina Bay

Image by Ria de Jong Lonely Planet

It may be lacking in height (it's dwarfed by the surrounding CBD buildings) and serve its drinks in plastic glasses (scandalous!), but Lantern remains a magical spot for a sophisticated evening toast. Why? There are the flickering lanterns, the shimmering, glass-sided pool – for Fullerton Bay Hotel guests only – and the romantic views over Marina Bay.

To avoid disappointment, consider booking a table two to three days ahead, especially on weekends.