If you’re looking for an urban oasis, a refuge from the busy and bustling streets of Singapore, then all you need to do is look up to find The Sundowner. The rooftop retreat, which is perched atop a conserved shophouse in the Siglap restaurant belt, runs a variety of workshops and private experiences for you to rest, relax and find repose.
From private movie sessions high above the city streets to cocktail-making experiences in the only desert-themed bar in Singapore, there’s an experience at The Sundowner to educate, entertain and excite everyone.
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Experiences at The Sundowner
Movie Nights, Cocktails, Mead Making, and Roasting Coffee
Skip movie night at home and take a trip to The Sundowner for film night under the stars. The Sundowner rooftop lounge, resembling an Australian vineyard, or the Nomad’s Tent can both be completely booked out for a private movie night for just you and your favourite people.
The Sundowner is also home to Singapore’s only desert-themed bar, the Nomad’s Tent, which is where the Desert Cocktail Making Experience takes place. Inspired by the oasis of Ksar Ghilane, Tunisia, the bar features a real sand floor, mood lighting and bar table with water running through it.
Attend a mead making workshop and learn more about an old drink with a lot of history and phenomenal mythology behind it. At The Sundowner, mead-makers will get a rapid-fire tour of the rooftop apiary to see where the honey they’ll use comes from as well as get to taste a few too.
Why not learn how to roast your own coffee? Up on The Sundowner rooftop, you’ll get to select and roast raw coffee beans over a fire before grinding them up by hand and experimenting with two different brewing techniques. Then, voila. You’ll have your own personal cup of coffee to drink with the help of the in-house barista who’ll make sure you’re doing everything right.
Pizza and Pasta
You can also attend the Pizza Making Experience on the rooftop, not only will you get to make your own pizza by hand—including preparing the ingredients, building a base sauce, stretching and shaping the dough—but you will also have to raise the fire to 500º yourself.
Pasta is better when fresh. It’s also super simple to make and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing in preparation for lunch at The Sundowner. Thankfully, if you have no clue where to start, the urban retreat’s head experience makers will lead the way with eggs and flour.
You’ll knead the dough till it’s just right and then roll it through the pasta machine. But, it’s not just Tuscany’s egg dough pappardelle you’ll be making because The Sundowner is inviting you to try your hand at squid ink tagliatelle as well.
Garden and Craft
To have a large garden in Singapore is almost impossible. But at The Sundowner, you can create your own mini-zen garden with guidance from a professional zen-garden landscaper to take home with you. The living garden will be yours to take home and take care of remembering that zen is a state of being and not a place.
Who hasn’t seen a treehouse and thought to themselves how cool it would be to build one yourself?Created by a professional arborist and landscaper with real, hands-on treehouse building experience, The Sundowner’s mini-treehouse workshop is as close as you can get to building your own castle among the treetops in Singapore. Give it as a gift or take it to work and decorate your desk as a reminder of what’s important in life.
Lack of space should be no excuse for building your own garden because The Sundowner is here to help and inspire you with its very own Terrarium Building Workshop. Using unique globe terrariums that nobody else has, you’ll get to design and build your own mini bioactive garden on the rooftop to take home.
Paper marbling is a tradition that dates back to Venice and the 15th Century, but which you can now experience yourself on the rooftop at The Sundowner. Thanks to Studio Marbleous, you’ll get to produce patterns similar to smooth marble on paper with a kaleidoscopic range of colours. Design your own with all the tools and equipment you’ll need to create a work of art that you can keep for yourself or gift as a framed art piece.
Create your own jewellery on the rooftop at The Sundowner. Yes, their farm might be on a rooftop and a tad smaller than the typical farms we see on TV but it’s full of interesting things like honeycombs, flowers and snail shells. These and more you can find on the rooftop before getting to preserve them in resin so that you can transform them into a pendant, necklace, brooch or earring.
Rooftop Gardening and more
Farmland is hard to come by in Singapore, which is why The Sundowner’s urban farm is paradise and its Rooftop Farm Experience a treasure to us city-slickers. The Rooftop Farm Experience at The Sundowner is actually what kickstarted it all and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings you can experience the best that a city rooftop farm has to offer, including organic farming, bee encounters and farm-to-table tastings.
From pulling on a bee suit and visiting the rescued honeybees who do the hard work around the garden to feeding ants in their underground lair and trying your hand at macro photography and ant art, The Sundowner will not only teach you about life on Earth but they will also set you up with the tools to look after your own insects at home.
The 90-minute experience includes hand-feeding pollen to bees, two take-home kits to begin your own ant colony and a mini vermicomposting kit to turn biodegradable waste into organic fertiliser. You’ll never look at insects the same way after a visit to The Sundowner.
📍705A E Coast Rd, No. 705, Singapore 459062