From rooftop bars to public spaces, here are the best viewing places to be when beautiful fireworks shoot off in the city.
There’s something about fireworks that incites lots of oohs and ahhs, even from the hardest self-proclaimed non-romantics. Thanks to the many cool rooftop bars and swanky alfresco restaurants 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.
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 peak festive periods.
Esplanade Waterfront, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
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 the pyrotechnics display. An unpretentious setting with killer cocktails, you’d definitely want one in hand as you marvel at the stunning night sky.
Smoke & Mirrors, #06-01, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
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
Nestled high above the city in the penthouse of Marina Bay Financial Centre, this high-rise brewery, restaurant and lounge is an impressive venue to catch the amazing explosions in the sky. For a more intimate experience, book the 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, #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard, 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, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203
It should come as no surprise that the world’s highest alfresco bar delivers one of the best views of the glittering night sky. When you’re standing at 282 metres above sea level, expect an aerial view of the jaw-dropping light display as you raise your glass.
1-Altitude, Level 61, One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 04861
Cé La Vi
Perched above the observation deck of the SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Cé La Vi boasts a restaurant, club lounge and an unrivalled view of Singapore and beyond. It’s pretty much the perfect venue to catch the fireworks while partying with your mates.
Cé La Vi, L57 Skypark, Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971
If catching the fireworks is high on your list of priorities, you’d 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 breathtaking fireworks display, especially from the observatory deck.
Mr Stork, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354
The swanky rooftop bar and tapas restaurant 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 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 dazzling illuminations in the sky.
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Super Loco Customs House
Apart from the incredible music, Mexican bites and delightful booze, Super Loco Customs House is awesome as it sits pretty on the bay. And that means just one thing – front row seats to catch the fantastic fireworks. It’s limited seating, so you’d better get your reservations in now.
Super Loco Customs House, #01-04, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
Guarantee yourself an unforgettable 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 glorious (and best of all, private) view of the show with your chosen few.
Zafferano, L43, Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315
Overlooking the Central Business District is the spiffy penthouse lounge known as Empire. Standing at 45 stories high, the swish premises offers a magnificent view of the fireworks at the outdoor platform.
Empire, Level 45, Singapore Land Tower, 50 Raffles Place, Singapore 048623
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. It’s situated opposite the Supertree Grove, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, and we suggest splurging on hawker treats to go from Satay by The Bay to feast out while waiting for the big show.
Bay East Garden, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
The Rooftop @ 1919 Waterboathouse
This rooftop deck is another great place to capture the colourful light displays, since it’s located near the five-star Fullerton Hotel. Tuck into sumptuous sharing platters and more as you join in the festivities – it doesn’t get more lavish than that.
The Rooftop, #03-01, 1919 Waterboathouse, 3 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049215
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
Regarded as one of the best restaurants in the world, this high-flying, Michelin-starred restaurant pairs modern French cuisine with to-die-for views of the Singapore skyline. Dig into glorious dishes with the magnificent light show as your backdrop.
Jaan, Level 70 Equinox Complex, 2 Stamford Road, 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 picturesque show from your picnic mat! If you don’t fancy lounging around at The Lawn, park yourself down along Marina Bay Promontory, with unhindered views galore.
The [email protected] Bay, 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940
You just know this iconic nightlife destination will come in with something special for any sort of celebration. Perched on the 71st floor, Bar Rouge is just about one of the best places to catch the night sky aglow with dramatic fireworks.
Bar Rouge, L71, Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
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 make your toast!
Kinki Restaurant & Bar, #02-02, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, 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 drinks with a side of fireworks! Almost every table has a lovely view of the bay…
Caffe Fernet, #01-05, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323
Located on Esplanade’s spacious roof terrace overlooking the bay, Orgo offers a neat 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, which include a wasabi salt chocolate drink and a dragon fruit and vanilla concoction.
Orgo, Roof Terrace, #04-01 Esplanade, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802
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 striking 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 Road, Singapore 049213