Singapore turns 53 this National Day (that’s 9 August for any SG newbies!), and we can’t wait to get in on the birthday bash action, especially the National Day Parade fireworks extravaganza. We’re already planning where to catch the show, which will kick off around 8pm from the floating platform at Marina Bay. In the past we’ve hit up the usual vantage points like Merlion Park, the Esplanade, and the Promontory. But to be honest, while the views from those spots are great, the lack of elbow room leaves something to be desired. This year we’ve decided to watch the National Day Parade fireworks in style, so we’ve put together a bucket list of super vibey spots where the ambiance, food, and booze are right on par with the spectacular views.
Perched high above the bay on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands, CÉ LA VI offers lofty front row seats to the NDP firework display, not to mention a slew of activities taking place all day and night on National Day. Think a family-friendly fiesta at the lounge, gourmet indulgences with wine pairings in the restaurant, and dynamic beats going down at SkyBar. Table bookings are highly recommended for seats with the best view of the fireworks.
CÉ LA VI, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, Singapore 018971. p. +65 6508 2188.
$28 pre-sale, $48 at the door for entry. Get your tickets here
With funky urban vibes and sick views over Marina Bay and the CBD skyline, Kinki is a very cool spot to get down with some Asian-inspired drinks and bites while soaking up the dazzling fireworks display. We love that even though this edgy rooftop bar is a popular hotspot, the offerings from the bar and kitchen are very reasonably priced. They are offering up a National Day brunch at $58++ and deals on their rooftop for groups at $580++, where you can catch stellar views of the fireworks.
Kinki, 70 Collyer Quay #02-02, Customs House, Singapore 049323. p. +65 6533 3471. Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 2:15pm, 6pm – 10:15pm (restaurant), Mon – Thurs 5pm – 12am, Fri, Sat & PH 5pm – 2am (rooftop bar)
LAVO offers 180-degree vistas of the city from the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands, plus damn good Italian-American cuisine, craft cocktails, and party vibes after dark. Book a table next to the window for fab views of the fireworks and delish dishes like the famous LAVO meatball made with imperial wagyu beef, Italian sausage, and ricotta cheese. Stay on after dinner for soulful rhythms and signature drinks at the lounge and open-air bar on the terrace.
LAVO, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 1, Singapore 018956. p. +65 6688 8591. Open daily 5pm – 2am
Planning a National Day date? Lantern is a seductive rooftop spot to watch the fireworks and create a few of your own. Settle in on one of the soft sofas and indulge in a few glasses of bubbly accompanied by gourmet tapas like the cod sliders will dill-yuzu mayo and 5-spice roasted crispy pork belly with mustard and hot bean sauce. Seats are already filling up fast for National Day, so reservations are highly recommended.
Lantern, 80 Collyer Quay, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore 049326. p. +65 6333 8388. Open Sun – Thurs 8am – 1am, Fri, Sat & eves of PH 8am – 2am
Besides offering ridiculously fresh beer brewed on site, the world’s highest urban craft brewery also offers jaw-dropping views of Marina Bay. Gather your mates and snag a spot on LeVel 33’s patio if you can or a seat inside next to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Then sit back and enjoy the show with a few pints of blonde lager, stout, or wheat beer. They also have great pub grub to go with the beer like the halloumi sizzler and buttermilk chicken sliders. The price is $33 ++ for cover charge with one drink included.
LeVel 33, 8 Marina Boulevard #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Tower 1, Singapore 018981. p. +65 6834 3133. Open Mon – Thurs 11:30am – 12am, Fri – Sat 11:30am – 2am, Sun 12pm – 12am
Another elegant MBS offering, Spago is one of our favourite spots for sundowners against a stunning backdrop of the city skyline. The ambiance is chic, yet casual with comfy sofas and plenty of lush greenery, and the drinks and food are spot on. If you don’t mind splashing out a bit, then Spago makes for a trendy spot to catch the fireworks. Be sure to try one (or three) of their handcrafted cocktails made with fresh fruits, bitters, and herbs.
Spago, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Sands SkyPark, Tower 2, Level 57, Singapore 018956. p. +65 6688 8888. Open Mon – Fri 6pm – 10pm, Sun 6pm – 11pm
Swissotel The Stamford
National Day is a great excuse for a Singapore staycation, and if you want to stay close to all the action, Swissotel The Stamford is the perfect spot. The harbour view rooms here feature huge windows looking out to the bay, so you can witness the pyrotechnics while relaxing in luxury. The National Day package includes accommodation for the night of 9 August, plus complimentary breakfast for two and free parking for 24-hours.
Also, head to Bar Rouge on the 71st floor. From 3pm to 10pm, join the comradery with fellow Singaporeans and groove along to funky Disco and Nu-Disco tunes by DJs Aurora and Kane Ian whilst enjoying a bird’s eye view of the beautiful city from the 71st floor.
Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882. p. +65 6338 8585
Super Loco Customs House
Head down to Super Loco at Customs House for their Viva Singapore fiesta. Dig into Mexican bites such as lamb al pastor tacos, chickpea tostadita, and cócteles, including the signature frozen lucha lime margarita, available as free-flow from 5.30pm–8.30pm Tickets to the event begin at $120 nett for adults and $60 nett for children between the ages of 7–11 (excluding booking fees); children under 7 receive free entry.
Super Loco Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-04, 049323, +65 6532 2090