By: Neil Diño
Whether you’re in it for a VIP party where you can watch Formula One drivers burn rubber from an elevated spot and rub elbows with them post-race, or you prefer the more laid back and low-key atmosphere of a bar with a good pint in your hand, this handy guide to watching the Grand Prix is for you. (Psst… head here for even more F1 information, from tickets to headline acts.)
Posh F1 parties
Having hosted sell-out, celebrity packed events at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore since 2009, the high octane Podium Lounge event is expanding from their poolside location at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore to The Grand Ballroom. Catch Freddie Hunt as he guest hosts this year and makes a heart-warming tribute to his father, F1 Racing Legend James Hunt. This is an A-list after-party over the Singapore GP weekend from 19-21 September from 10 p.m. Head here for tickets and VIP tables.
This ultra-glamorous party features F1 Drivers swapping the cockpit for the catwalk to showcase fashion collections from international labels. Happening on 20-21 September, party until dawn with celebrities and supermodels. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and info.
To see the F1 action live, head to these venues (and look down)
Ku Dé Ta, Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands, 1 Bayfront Avenue. 6508 2088
Level 33, 8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1. 6834 3133
1-Altitude, 1 Raffles Place. 6438 0410
To watch a live broadcast of the race (while surrounded by beer), check out the below
Boomarang, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-15 The Quayside. 6738 1077
Brewerkz @ Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, #01-05/06 Riverside Point. 6438 7438
Harry’s at Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, #B1-06 Chijmes. 6334 9150
Harry’s at Boat Quay, 28 Boat Quay. 6538 3029
Muddy Murphy’s, 442 Orchard Road, #B1-01 Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade. 6735 0400
The Ascot, 200 Turf Club Road, #01-16 The Grandstand. 6462 0881
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa 098942
More great viewing spots
Helix Bridge: If you prefer literally rubbing elbows with fellow F1 fans, the steel and glass bridge offers viewing platforms for elevated viewing.
Mandarin Oriental: Watch the Night Race from Premier Harbour Rooms that overlook much of the circuit.
Carlton Hotel: For a cheaper hotel alternative, Premier Elite Rooms offer a partial view of the circuit.
Raffles Singapore: Raffles will be reopening its lobby for the annual F1 Brunch on September 21. Guests will be spoiled for choice with three kinds of oyster, international meat options and unique sweet treats.
Other hotels: The Fullerton, Conrad Centennial, Pan Pacific, Swissôtel The Stamford and The Ritz-Carlton Millenia all provide circuit views. Summer Pavilion at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia also has private dining rooms that overlook a stretch of the street circuit.
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