National Day is just around the corner, bringing with it both good things, and bad. On one hand, you have the potential for a quick getaway abroad, but on the flipside, red-and-white wardrobe woes and massive crowds in town loom ahead.
It’s true that 9 August gets less exciting the older you get, but it doesn’t have to be that way, nor is curling up on the couch watching the parade with a pint of ice cream the only option for showing your patriotic pride. Maximise your night off and head down to any of these rooftop bars in Singapore to catch the National Day fireworks at 8pm, or just soak up the view. Make your reservations while there is still time, though, as you don’t want to be caught in a mob without a table.
Smoke & Mirrors’ situation faces Marina Bay, so you get a stellar, full-frontal view of the fireworks display happening at The Float as you sip on a glass of champagne or one of their signature Playful Eye cocktails, which plays on optical illusions.
Smoke & Mirrors, #06-01, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957, +65 9380 6313
If you’re within the vicinity of the National Gallery and prefer to lounge with dinner and drinks, then Aura is your best bet. The two-storey multi-concept destination includes a mod-Italian restaurant, bar and a sky lounge, so you can have your meal, then hop to the alfresco area just as the fireworks begin for a romantic close to the night.
Aura, National Gallery Singapore, #05-03, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957, +65 6866 1977
Marina Bay Sands’ Cé La Vi is one of the places where you can get as close to the action as possible. You’re 57 floors up from the ground, with a 360-degree club and lounge space to traverse as the fireworks burst right above your head.
If you want to start the night on an extra-patriotic note, head chef Joseph Sergentakis has created a special National Day menu of dishes infused with Singaporean flavours, like braised Iberico pork in coconut curry and masak nanas (a pineapple-based curry) with tiger prawns.
Cé La Vi, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971, +65 6508 2188
Level 33 has already made a name for itself as the world’s highest urban craft brewery, so if you’ve got a fondness for the brew, it is the perfect vantage point to catch the fireworks over a beer or two. Aside from their crafted house pours, the chef at Level 33 has created a selection of bar bites with a local spin. Chilli soft shell crab sliders and a crisp pint of lager? Consider us sold.
Level 33, #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018981, +65 6834 3133
Another hotspot for a party on National Day is 1-Altitude at Raffles Place. The aerial view of the city you’ll get on the night is unlike any other — at 282-metres above the ground, you’ll be in the thick of things at the world’s highest alfresco bar.
1-Altitude, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616, +65 6438 0410
If you’re down at the Fullerton area for a staycation, pop by Lantern. Located at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, this poolside bar is a respite away from the hectic hordes, with intimate lounges for you to enjoy the night with your friends, family or that special someone.
Lantern, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326, +65 6597 5299
Mr Stork at Andaz is a rooftop bar spotted with snug little tepees for you to fulfil your glamping fantasies without the commitment of actually going camping. You’ll be surrounded by an indoor garden and an unobstructed view of the sky at the bar, and we can’t think of a setting more romantic than that.
In the spirit of National Day, Mr Stork will be having a viewing party for the fireworks, with free-flow Delamotte champagne, housepour red and white wine as well as beers at S$168++ per person.
Mr Stork, Level 39, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354, +65 6408 1234
Shanghai’s hottest import, Bar Rouge, is a hedonistic enclave that plays host to some of Singapore’s hottest parties. Red neon lights, metal cages, and a full-spectrum view of the cityscape from the 71st floor make this the place to be if your idea of a good time is dancing to old-school hip-hop until your feet can’t stop anymore.
Festivities begin at 3pm on National Day, where Singapore Slings will be priced at just S$20++. Once the fireworks are over, the club will segue into regular Ladies Night programming, where women get free entry and free flow drinks until 1 am.
Bar Rouge, Level 71, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882, +65 9177 7307
Cocktails made with fresh ingredients at the hands of highly skilled Japanese bartenders are a luxury you can afford at Orgo, a snug terrace bar planted at the top of the Esplanade Theatres. The bar also has a meaty selection of whiskies to please discerning malt lovers, and cigars for the smoking if you so please.
Flanked by the buildings that shape our iconic skyline, Orgo is also a lovely destination for photographs of the fireworks peeking beyond the skyscrapers.
Orgo, #04-01, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802, +65 6336 9366