From rooftop bars to alfresco restaurants, public spaces, and reservoirs, here are the best viewing places to be when beautiful fireworks shoot off
There’s something about fireworks that incites lots of oohs and ahhs, even from the hardest self-proclaimed unromantics. Thanks to the many cool rooftop bars and swanky alfresco spots in Singapore, getting front-row seats to see spectacular pyrotechnic displays during major events like National Day & NYE isn’t all that difficult. Here, we round up the best lookouts in the city that provide a perfect view, and then some.
FYI this year, the NDP 2019 fireworks are set to go off around 8pm on 9 August at Marina Bay, the Singapore River and the Padang where the National Day Parade will be held. If you live in and around Bishan, Geylang Serai, Jurong East, Punggol and Woodlands, you can expect a four-minute-long National Day fireworks display this year in your hood on 10 August at around 6.45pm. You can track the mobile column that’s bringing the celebrating and the fireworks to your heartland neighbourhood on the NDP website too.
Smoke & Mirrors
Located in one of Singapore’s most historic buildings, National Gallery Singapore, this rooftop bar is the ultimate site for a panoramic view of this year’s National Day Parade that will be held at the Padang. An unpretentious setting with killer cocktails, you’d definitely want one in hand as you marvel at the spectacular flypasts, performances and trails of lights & colours in the sky this coming National Day.
Smoke & Mirrors, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Supertree by Indochine
Sitting atop the tallest structure at Gardens by the Bay, SuperTree offers a wonderful 360-degree view of the South China Sea and Singapore’s CBD skyline. Enjoy a scrumptious IndoChinese meal at the restaurant below, before heading upstairs to soak in the festivity and fireworks, with a glass of martini no less!
SuperTree by IndoChine, #03-01, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Take to the skies aboard the world’s second tallest observation wheel for scenic views of Marina Bay, the Central Business District, and beyond. The only trouble is timing when it comes to jumping on board so that your trip coincides with the fireworks show.
Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803
Front row seats to the fireworks display with a side of mouthwatering burgers? Yes, please! Besides the killer views, OverEasy’s grub is the other thing that keeps us coming back for more. Menu highlights include the truffle burger (this American staple features wagyu beef mince slathered with house-infused truffle mayonnaise, a cheese blend of red milk cheddar, Emmental and parmesan, sautéed onions and mushrooms inside a grilled brioche bun), and the Mac & Cheeks, which uses Australian beef cheeks. We recommend making reservations waaaay in advance.
OverEasy, #01-06, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
This 300m long waterfront is the perfect place to catch the fireworks – and you don’t even have to fork out a single cent! Head early to score yourself a good spot; the waterfront gets really crowded during the National Day Parade and New Year’s Eve.
Esplanade Waterfront, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Nestled high above the city in the penthouse of the Marina Bay Financial Centre; this high-rise brewery, restaurant, and lounge is an impressive venue to catch the stunning fireworks display. For a more intimate experience, book their private dining rooms that boast a spectacular view of the city. There’s limited outdoor seating, so call ahead to nab that sweet spot.
Level33, 8 Marina Boulevard #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981
Located along One Fullerton — one of the best public spaces to catch the fireworks — The Pelican’s alfresco sitting area offers an unobstructed view of the fireworks while you dig into crabs, lobsters, mussels, prawns, and more.
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill, #01-01 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
While the view of the fireworks is from a distance here, this hilltop destination is perfect for a romantic rendezvous without the crowds. A couple of bars and restos – including Arbora and Dusk Restaurant & Bar – are located here, so kick back over a beer or two and soak in the show in serenity.
Faber Peak, 09 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore 099203
Cé La Vi
Perched above the observation deck of the SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Ce La Vi boasts a restaurant, club lounge and an unrivalled view of Singapore and beyond. The perfect venue to catch the fireworks, while partying with your mates.
Cé La Vi, 57/F Skypark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3 Marina Bay Sands, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971
It should come as no surprise that the world’s highest alfresco bar delivers one of the best views of the fireworks. Standing at 282 metres above sea level, expect an aerial view of the spectacular light display as you raise your glass.
1-Altitude, Level 61, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 04861
Located on Esplanade’s spacious roof terrace overlooking the bay, Orgo offers an unobstructed view of the celebratory pyrotechnics. Renowned Japanese mixologist, Tomoyuki Kitazoe, leads the fine drinking joint, and only uses fresh ingredients (read: no liqueurs and syrups) for his list of adventurous martinis, including a wasabi salt chocolate martini and a dragon fruit and vanilla concoction.
Orgo, Roof Terrace, #04-01 Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039802
Overlooking the Central Business District is the spiffy penthouse lounge known as Empire. Standing at 45 stories high, the swish premises offers a jaw-dropping view of the fireworks at their outdoor platform.
Empire, Level 45, Singapore Land Tower, Singapore 048623
The swanky rooftop bar and tapas restaurant Lantern is the place to be if you want knock-out views of the fireworks. Mains like seared black cod and steak and fries are to be had, but if you prefer, go for light bites like the popular mini wagyu beef sliders. Head there before 8pm to also catch Marina Bay Sand’s spiffy laser light shows from your seat.
Lantern, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay Singapore 049326
Singapore’s 15th reservoir, Marina Barrage is a dam in Singapore built across the mouth of the bay, between Marina East and Marina South. Bring along a picnic mat and chill on the spacious rooftop garden during major celebrations, as you wait for the spectacular illuminations in the sky.
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Bay East Garden
Easily one of our fave secret spots for picnics and scenic bike rides, Bay East Garden offers gorgeous, sweeping views of the Marina Bay Skyline without the usual hordes of tourists. Situated opposite the Supertree Grove, the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, we suggest splurging on hawker treats to go from Satay by The Bay beforehand to feast out while waiting for the big show.
Bay East Garden, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.
Oysters, alcohol, and a remarkable view of the fireworks: Best. Combo. Ever. If you’re like us, be sure to hit up Southbridge. The bar, which overlooks the Singapore River, knows a thing or two about umami with its show-stopping creations like the Pearls (grilled oysters with white wine sauce and avruga caviar), lobster knuckle roll, and truffle and smoked pancetta sandwich.
Southbridge, 5/F (rooftop), 80 Boat Quay, Singapore 049868
For swanky elegance in the heart of the city, it’s hard to top Aura, National Gallery’s chic 90-seat Italian resto. Once you’ve polished off your dinner, head up to the Sky Lounge for killer views of the fireworks. The adjoining 200-seater lounge steals the show with bewitching vistas of the Marina Bay skyline. The menu is no runner-up either with delectable, homey, Italian dishes concocted with the freshest ingredients.
Aura, National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, level 5 & 6, Singapore 178957
Guarantee yourself a spectacular view of the fireworks with a fancy dinner at this dreamy urban loft. Perched atop Ocean Financial Centre, Zafferano offers a sleek dining experience, thanks to its elegant ambience, subdued, chic colour palette, and authentic Italian menu bursting with bags of flavour. If you’ve got a luxe gathering in the works, book the private dining room. With seatings for up to 14 people and a private entrance, you’ll be treated to a totally spectacular (and best of all, private) view of the show with your chosen few.
Zafferano, Ocean Financial Centre Level 43, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315.
Regarded as one of the best restaurants in the world (recently winning a Michelin star), this high-flying restaurant pairs modern French cuisine with to-die-for views of the Singapore skyline. Dig into the seven-course Menu Prestige, which includes ‘forest’ pigeon served with white polenta and cromesquis and confit rainbow trout with organic chicken – with the magnificent light show as your backdrop.
Jaan, 2 Stamford Road, Level 70 Equinox Complex, Singapore 178882
Marina Bay Promontory and The Lawn
Bring the gang, a picnic, and your cameras and head to The Lawn where you can sit, relax and enjoy the firework show from your picnic mat! Get there early to catch the parade being broadcasted live on huge LED screens around the area. If you don’t fancy lounging around at The Lawn, park yourself down along Marina Bay Promontory, with unhindered views galore.
The Promontory@Marina Bay, 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
If you’re not looking for a super luxe stake-out spot, this might be a great alternative. Secure your seats early as many will flock to this open space for the most picturesque and unhindered views of the skyline. There isn’t a more apt way to commemorate our independence than with Singapore’s famous icon, the Merlion!
Merlion Park, 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213
Kinki Restaurant & Bar
Apart from its contemporary Japanese grub, graffiti walls, sake and themed cocktails, this casual street-styled eatery with a stellar view is another joint for catching a glimpse of the fireworks. Clink those ochoko cups as you toast to Singapore’s birthday!
Kinki Restaurant & Bar, #02-02 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
The Rooftop @ 1919 Waterboathouse
This rooftop deck is another great place to capture the colourful light displays this 9 August, located near the five-star Fullerton Hotel. Tuck into a sharing platter of ceviche, salmon tartare, Maine lobster and more as you join in the festivities – doesn’t get more lavish than that.
The Rooftop, #03-01 The Waterboathouse, 3 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049215
Super Loco Customs House
Apart from the incredible music, Mexican bites and free-flow, Super Loco Customs House is awesome as it sits pretty on the bay. And that means just one thing on 9 August – front row seats to catch the fantastic fireworks. It’s limited seating so better get your tickets now.
Super Loco Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-04, Singapore 049323
So you’d rather treat your loved ones to an elaborate family-style meal? Caffe Fernet might just be your spot for the evening. The restaurant hosts a wonderful dinner and free-flow drinks with a side of fireworks! Almost every table has a lovely view of the Bay…
Caffe Fernet, Customs House #01-05, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
Cloud 9 Infinity Rooftop Pool & Bar
If you want see the fireworks minus the crowds, you should get a seat at Cloud 9. This rooftop bar with its unobstructed view of the fireworks has a chilled yet luxurious vibe – so sip on those delicious drinks and catch the fireworks in full glory.
Cloud 9 Infinity Rooftop Pool & Bar, Naumi Hotel Singapore, 41 Seah St, Singapore 188396
If catching the fireworks is high on your list of priorities for National Day, you best be heading over to Andaz Singapore. Mr Stork is the famous rooftop bar at this lush hotel: at 39 stories high, this is one sweet spot to catch the dazzling fireworks display, especially from the observatory deck.
Mr Stork at Andaz Singapore, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser St, Singapore 189354
You just know this iconic nightlife destination will come in with something special for Singapore’s birthday. Perched on the 71st floor, Bar Rouge is just about one of the best places to catch the flypast, parade and the fireworks.
Bar Rouge, 2 Stamford Road, Floor 71, Singapore 178882