If you’ve decided against taking a short break over the August public holiday in favour of staying in Singapore for National Day on August 9, there are all sorts of options for you to make the most of the country-wide celebrations. But the most popular event is undoubtedly the Singapore National Day Parade, featuring acrobatic parachutes, roaring fighter jets, speedy boats (er, otherwise known as speed boats) and, of course, the fireworks.
So whether you’re hoping to see the action unfold from the ground, high in the sky or even from your own snazzy room, we’ve listed heaps of fun options to help you plan your day out.
Level with the action
Catch whole shabang from the vantage point of Catalunya, which is practically in the water at the Marina Bay display. Set along the newly built Fullerton Pavilion, this contemporary Spanish restaurant is set inside a glass-encased dome that offers diners a 360-degree panoramic view of the city. Eat up, drink up (you must try the sangria) and stare out of the window, before the party really kicks off with DJ Suren.
From 5pm. $28 includes one drink; minimum spend applies for 6.30pm to 9pm seating from $160 per person. Call 6534 0886 for reservation. Catalunya is located at 82 Collyer Quay, The Fullerton Pavilion. catalunya.sg
Breathtaking aerial views
Standing 200 metres above the ground and facing into the city, Ku De Ta Club Lounge offers a pretty breathtaking view of the National Day celebrations. It’ll feel like you’re inches away from the action during the aerial fly-past. And while there’s a DJ set that’ll see you through the night, this event caters for families too. Kids under 12 get free entry before 9pm, with face paint and other goodies to keep them occupied.
On 3 and 9 August. $38 nett per person including one complimentary housepour . KU DÉ TA Club Lounge is located at 1 Bayfront Avenue, Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands.
Brilliant brews 156 meters up
When it comes to making the most of National Day at Level 33, you’ll need to take up the mindset of divide and conquer. While one of you stakes out a spot at the outdoor terrace, the other should be at the bar grabbing a top class lager or ale. Level 33 has a craft brewery in their penthouse suite 156 metres above ground level, so none of this champers nonsense. Hit the beer while enjoying the panoramic sight of Singapore’s skyline, which offers full views of the light shows and fireworks going down over at Marina Bay.
Level 33 is located at 8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1. Call 6834 3133 for reservation. Level33.com.sg
Room with a view (no, an even better view than that)
Stay in the heart of the city and enjoy dazzling views of the fireworks display from the privacy of your own quay-side room. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore offers lots of packages, all of which include a daily American buffet breakfast for two at their Town Restaurant. We suggest getting the Courtyard Room so it’s easy to access the One Fullerton Rooftop for an even better look at the fireworks display.
Promotion valid on 13, 20, 27 July and 3 August. From $468 per night for a Quay Room. Call 6533 8388 for reservations. fullertonhotel.com
Alfresco casual dining
For relaxed open air dining experience, sit back and enjoy the breeze at OverEasy while waiting for the parade to start. All while with a Singapore Sling in hand, of course. This chilled out diner and bar serves American style food with a twist. Truffled mac and cheese with wild mushroom anyone? Sure.
$25 with one drink for walk-ins. Minimum spending of $98++per adult for table bookings. Call 9129 8484 to book a table. OverEasy is located at 1 Fullerton Road. overeasy.com.sg
Dinner just a bit higher up than the others
If you’re not a fan of having your ‘do mucked about with when you’re at a rooftop bar/restaurant, Stellar at 1-Altitude is for you. The super high eating spot offers a 180 degree view of the island while protecting you from Mother Nature. With a new menu, window seats and the tallest view of them all, this evening at 1-Altitude is the stuff over-dramatic proposals were made of.
From $95 for course meal. Stellar at 1-Altitude is located at 1 Raffles Place.
A National Day celebration you probably will forget
Given that you’ve got the whole weekend to recover, why not try out The Official National Day Pub Crawl for a party that’ll have you celebrating across the city? This event will take you to the best nightlife hotspots across town, with your $35 ticket getting you insider access to bars and clubs without cover charge, free shots galore, drinks specials and a snazzy t-shirt. It’s a great chance to meet people, play some funny games and see the city during one of the biggest party nights of the year.
$35 per ticket (or $99 for a group of four). Get hold of them and register by downloading free app WATSinside. Call 6933 9901 or 9640 5611 with any questions.