Zaki Jufri selects 10 best alfresco hangouts

Le Noir
Evenings here are just raucous when the hip and trendy gather to see and be seen. Although its indoor lounge oozes intimacy and subdued sophistication with its elaborate, glittering chandelier and rich black draping right down to the shimmering black sand on the floor. The great outdoors (bar) is where all the action is.

Café Del Mar
Cafe Del Mar has been making waves with ambient and progressive dance music, wonderful sangrias and delish caipirinhas. Best place to chill under the sun.

Em By The River
This oasis of a bar by the Singapore River is the perfect chill out afternoon bar. A perfect alternative to the usual buzz of discos and pubs and a chill-out after dinner place. The all-day breakfast here is simply-to-die for.

1 Twenty Six
Don’t miss kicking back at this top-notch beach front bar at East Coast. Go alfresco and wine and dine or simply sip and slip away into the sunset evening by the beach, grooving to live music or tunes cranked out by their resident DJs. The food here is also worth trying out.

BQ Bar
A hotspot in Boat Quay, this chic and minimalistic bar with its playlist of smooth jazz and deep house is good for get-togethers and after work drinks. Although there’s an indoors, alfresco is the way to go here.

Villa Bali
Like its name suggests, Villa Bali is a piece of Bali right in urban Singapore. Willowy trees, frangipani scent and wooden furnishings give the place a welcoming, rustic feel. It’s the spot to hit when you just want to relax

Peppermint Park
This outdoor bar in front of the sprawling St James Power Station is the perfect prelude for punters of this mega-clubbing complex. It’s unique and interesting outdoor seating provides stunning views of the island’s famed seaport and stunning architecture of Vivocity across the road.

IndoChine Waterfront
This cocktail bar is popular among the hip and the savvy (us included); and we recommend you hang out at its spacious alfresco area to enjoy the view of the Singapore River.

This refuge for the cool, bold and gorgeous remains as a mainstay when it comes to outdoor clubbing. The draw of this place is undoubtedly, its very chilled old school and down-tempo grooves, with the occasional obscure track thrown in.

One Rochester
Nothing like chilling out in amid luscious surrounds of Rochester Park at this multi-roomed hangout. Its alfresco area is certainly a hit, with water features and greenery adding a wonderful touch to the place.