And the best tipples, too.
And the best tipples, too.
- By Adam Kerr
- | Aug 30, 2016
Watching the race from home is one thing, but actually being there is another. Straddle between the two and bask in the atmosphere of Singapore’s now-iconic F1 night race without actually sitting in the bleachers. Here are a few vantage points where you can have a drink or ten while having a heavenly view of the race.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
View from The Rooftop Bar at 1919 Waterboat House
F1 Deal: $298 (lounge seats), $368-$428 (terrace seats). Includes free flow drinks all night on Sep 16, along with a buffet spread of peking duck, canapes and more.
It’s the perfect spot to catch the racers make that hairpin Turn 13 from Fullerton Road to Esplanade Drive while enjoying views of both the Marina Bay and Central Business District skylines. Throughout the weekend, they’re cooking up a five-course menu with free flow house pours, with dishes like Roma tomato gazpacho with buffalo mozzarella frisee and basil caviar, Grilled foie gras, mango and mint puree, and more.
F1 Deal: $195 for the five-course set dinner and champagne pairing, and four hours of free flow drinks. Other packages include the Rooftop Package ($75) that gives you access to the free tanding area at The Rooftop Bar and one drink; a Waterboat House Premium Package ($550) that includes a bottle of spirit and two bottles of Moet champagne and entry for four guests at a standing table at The Rooftop Bar; and the Haute VIP Package that includes a three-liter bottle of Grey Goose Vodka, four bottles of Moet champagne and entry for eight guests for a VIP sofa at The Rooftop Bar.
This steakhouse on the third floor of Swissotel is not just a great place to have steak, but it is also situated overlooking Turn 9 of the circuit, offering pretty good close-up views of the St. Andrew's Road stretch through their floor-to-ceiling windows, where racers zoom past the Padang, St. Andrew's Cathedral and the National Gallery Singapore. They’re also opening up their balcony and private dining areas with big screens showing live feeds of the race.
F1 Deal: For $200-$400, you'll get to enjoy Wooloomooloo's signature free flow of canapes and live stations and an open bar with selected champagne, fine wines, premium spirits and draught beer.
Located just opposite the Bay Grandstand area and within Mandarin Oriental, you’ll get to catch the racers manouvering round the short and difficult Turns 16 and 17 in the comforts of luxury. From Sep 16-18, Axis Bar and Lounge will be turned into an Oyster and Champagne Bar, providing you with unlimited servings of premium oysters, champagne, miniature desserts, cheese and charcuterie.
F1 Deal: $350 per person on the first two days, and $550 on race day.
BIRD’S EYE VIEW
View from Empire
You’re pretty much right in center of the Singapore Grand Prix action, even though you’re 282 meters above sea level. Providing one of the best vantage points in Singapore, you’ll get to hear the whirring of the cars' engines as they zoom past between Turns 8 and 9, and onto the straight section of St. Andrews' Road. For three days, Altimate’s hosting its annual Circuit Party in association with Johnnie Walker, a day-to-night Farmer’s Market at Stellar and the Williams Martini Racing Party at 1-Altitude.
F1 Deal: $18 for a glass of Martini Royale. $180 for two bottles of Martini Prosecco. $280 for a bottle of Grey Goose.
This penthouse lounge on the 45th floor of the Singapore Land Tower offers panoramic views of Marina Bay and a race track view with six exciting turns. The race weekend line-up includes five themed nights organized by Vanilla Luxury, from Sep 14-18, with some of Singapore’s finest DJs spinning R&B, Top 40s and EDM for revellers to party the night away.
F1 Deal: A single day entry is priced at $108. Other drink packages range between $488-$2888.
FAR AND WIDE
CE LA VIE
Good ol’ Ce La Vi; you can’t go wrong with this trusty venue to provide a beautiful view of our skyline. Over the race weekend, you’ll also get a good unobstructed view of the 5km circuit 200 meters above sea level. They’ll also be providing all-day entertainment from 12pm till 6am from Sep 14-21 as part of their Night Race Week 2016.
F1 Deal: Entry fee ranges from $38-$188.
One of the best things about this place is that it's not directly affected by the road closures, making it easy to get to. This urban craft brewery offers unparalleled views of the race circuit, along with sweet dining and beverage deals to go along with it.
F1 Deal: For $33, you'll get a half pint of their signature craft brew or wine, whilst the $333 nightlife package offers you a front row view of the circuit for up to six guests, six craft beers or a bottle of selected boutique wine, two beer tasting paddles and the choice of a Ploughman's board or seafood medley.