Whether you’re after a VIP party to see cars racing around from above or a cracking, normal bar to catch the race with a bit of atmosphere, this handy guide to viewing the Grand Prix is for you…
Posh F1 parties
After consecutive sell-out events in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, The Podium Lounge returns for a massive Year 5 Celebration together with Boujis (renowned as London’s favourite private members’ club) on Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September from 10pm at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s poolside. A two-minute walk away from the race pit building, The Podium Lounge has been a star-studded after-race party of choice for race drivers, celebrities, Asian royalty, ambassadors, models and musicians. Head here for tickets and VIP tables.
At this party, you can catch all the action from above at The P’enthouse, the venue for this year’s F1 Ultra Lounge. For three nights only, the exclusive private members club is opening its secret doors to the high society including F1 drivers, teams, celebrities, A-list party-goers, socialites and royalty. International DJs will be spinning, cars will be zooming about, models are hitting the catwalk for a fashion show and there’s food and bevvies everywhere. Night & Day is expecting over 1,200 privileged guests to turn up across the three nights – plus win tickets through EX Magazine here. Standard tickets are $138, get them over at Sistic .
Renowned post-race party with free-flow Champagne, top international acts and a guest list featuring F1 racers and celebrities. 21-22 September, 11pm to 6am, Temasek Reflection. Individual passes from $900; tables from $8,000. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and info.
Johnnie Walker Circuit Lounge
The Circuit Lounge returns with fashion, cocktails and entertainment. Purchase Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Limited Edition bottles in selected stores to get onto the special guest list. 21 September, 9pm, Marina Bay Sands. Head here for more info .
Great bars on the island for watching the F1
Boomarang , 60 Robertson Quay, #01-15 The Quayside. 6738 1077 | boomarang.com.sg
Brewerkz @ Riverside Point , 30 Merchant Road, #01-05/06 Riverside Point. 6438 7438 | brewerkz.com
Harry’s at Chijmes , 30 Victoria Street, #B1-06 Chijmes. 6334 9150 | harrys.com.sg
Harry’s at Boat Quay , 28 Boat Quay. 6538 3029 | harrys.com.sg
Ku Dé Ta, Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands, 1 Bayfront Avenue. 6508 2088 | kudeta.com
Level 33, 8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1. 6834 3133 | level33.com.sg
Muddy Murphy’s , 442 Orchard Road, #B1-01 Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade. 6735 0400 | muddymurphys.com
The Ascot, 200 Turf Club Road, #01-16 The Grandstand. 6462 0881 | theascotbritishgrub.com
1-Altitude, 1 Raffles Place. 6438 0410 | 1-altitude.com
Other great spots
Helix Bridge: The steel and glass bridge has a couple of viewing platforms that provide an elevated view, though be prepared to be jostled by the crowds.
Mandarin Oriental: Premier Harbour Rooms overlook much of the circuit.
Carlton Hotel: Premier Elite Rooms offer a partial view of the circuit – one of the cheaper hotel options.
Other hotels: The Fullerton, Conrad Centennial, Pan Pacific, Swissôtel The Stamford and The Ritz-Carlton Millenia all have circuit views, though expect high occupancy and marked-up rates.
Watch the F1 at home
MediaCorp will screen the race live on Channel 5; alternatively, catch it on StarHub Star Sports Channel 209 or Fox Sports Plus HD Channel 210.