By: Rachael Wheeler
If there’s one thing we love about Singapore’s major celebrations, from National Day to New Year’s Eve, it’s the fireworks over Marina Bay. Even if you’re not sardined with the merry-makers on the floating platform itself, there are lots of spots to take in the in the party from the skies or the water. Take a look below for lots of brilliant ideas when it comes to watching Singapore’s sparkly displays…
Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View | 6922 6968 (Seasonal Tastes), 6922 6948 (Cook & Brew)
The posh Westin Hotel has two great bars and restaurants that look across Marina Bay. For an indulgent meal, visit to Seasonal Tastes, and for comforting bar grub and a lengthy list of beers, make your way to Cook & Brew.
1 Fullerton Road | 9129 8484
For relaxed open air dining experience, sit back and enjoy the breeze at OverEasy while waiting for the explosions to start. This chilled out diner and bar serves American style food with a twist. Truffled mac and cheese with wild mushroom anyone? Sure.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue | 6434 5288
The Greenhouse restaurant is close to the bay, and offers all-day dining with a delectable seafood spread and a blend of international and local dishes.
Ku De Ta
1 Bayfront Avenue, Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands | 6688 7688
Standing 200 metres above the ground and facing into the city, Ku De Ta Club Lounge offers a pretty breathtaking view of the fireworks. It’ll feel like you’re inches away from the action.
8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 | 6834 3133
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 fireworks going down over at Marina Bay.
30 Raffles Avenue | 6333 3311
The Singapore Flyer is a pretty unique way to catch the fireworks, plus you can get a special ‘Champagne Flight’ ($69 per person) to make it a ritzy affair. Just be sure to time your trip with the show if you can!
Stellar at 1-Altitude
1 Raffles Place | 6438 0410
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 brilliant menu, window seats and the tallest view of them all, an evening at 1-Altitude is the stuff over-dramatic proposals were made of.
Singapore Land Tower, Level 45, 50 Raffles Place | 6336 8111
This incredibly chic new penthouse lounge has an outdoor terrace with a great view of the Marina Bay. Watch the fanfare while sipping on cool cocktails and showing off some fancy footwork to fidgety commercial house and electro mash-ups.
70 Collyer Quay | 6533 3471
This edgy Japanese bar and restaurant is a good night out at the best of times, so make the most of their rooftop view of the bay and throw some fireworks into the mix.
8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Rooftop, #04-01, 6336 9366
There’s a strong chance that you’ve never trotted along to this awesome rooftop bar at the top of Esplanade Theatres as it’s not one of the ‘biggies’, but it offers an amazing view of Marina Bay. The open-air bar thinks of itself as a drinks lab, with Orgo meaning ‘organic chemistry’, so expect a focus on organic produce and interesting ingredients.
The Pan Pacific
7 Raffles Boulevard | 6336 8111
Book a room at the Pan Pacific and get access to their VIP Pacific Club lounge on the 38th floor, which has cracking views of the fireworks.
1 Fullerton Road | 6438 0400
The Pelican is a trendy seafood bar and grill that sits next to the water at Fullerton One. Watch the show unfold from one of their outdoor tables and chow down on seafood-based plates like baked snapper pie and the Pelican platter, a glorious spread of fresh oysters, clams, crab, lobster and prawns.
1 Fullerton Road | 6690 7764
This gorgeous restaurant overlooks Marina Bay from One Fullerton and boasts exquisite Italian fare. Tuck into pasta, oysters, wagyu and prosecco while the skies light up.
1 Esplanade Drive
The Outdoor Theatre at the Esplanade will be hosting live performances across a multitude of genres each weekend. It’s also a great spot to catch the fireworks next to the water (if you can get close enough!).
10 Collyer Quay | 6509 1488
This posh Italian restaurant has a fabulous view across Marina Bay, and serves up cuisine from the 43 floor rooftop of the Ocean Financial Centre.
Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive
While you might be a little away from the Marina Bay water display, taking a picnic blanket and bottle of wine to the Gardens By The Bay for the air show and fireworks is a jolly nice idea.
109 Mount Faber Road
If you’re keen to stay away from the crowds and catch the fireworks from a distance, you can hike (or cab!) to the top of Mount Faber, which sits 105 meters above sea level and looks across the city. There are a few bars up there, so settle in with a vino and enjoy the show.