You’re too stingy to fork out for an F1 ticket – hey, we’re not judging – but always happy to spend on a good booze-up session.
This weekend, move the drinking to these bars located near/along/over the Marina Bay Street Circuit, where your pint of beer or lychee martini will be given the additional value of blazing floodlights, the high-pitched sound of F1 cars, and the cheers of thousands.
Position yourself right on the edges of 1-Altitude to get a commanding view of the tightest half of the race circuit 63 floors below. Coming in from a nice bend on Turn 9 at City Hall, the race drivers will be driving right towards you down St Andrew Road, swinging a sharp left at Turn 10 and hanging another left away down Esplanade bridge.
1-Altitude | Address: #63-01 One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place | Tel: 6438 0410 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat 6pm-4am
From 57 storeys high and with a glass of bubbly in hand, you will still be able to spot the cars whizzing down the Esplanade Bridge towards a right bend on Turn 15. Keep an eye on them as they pass three iconic landmarks – The Esplanade, Marina Bay Floating Platform and the Singapore Flyer - before going by Turn 29 to complete a lap.
Australian house DJ, Kenny L aka Ken Lockhart will be providing the tunes from Friday to Saturday while residents will take over on the race finals. Cover charge ranges from $100 to $200, inclusive of a glass of champagne. Table bookings start from $2,000 up to $8,000 for a table for 10, inclusive of free flow drinks and food.
Ku Dé Ta | Address: Skypark, Marina Bay Sands North Tower, 1 Bayfront Avenue | Tel: 6688 7688 | Opening hours: Daily noon–late
|The amazing view from LeVeL 33|
From the 63rd floor of 1-Altitude to the 57th at Ku De Ta, we head closer to the action on the 33rd floor of microbrewery, LeVel 33.
At the terrace, catch the thrills and spills as drivers zip through the Esplanade bridge, past the floating platform and disappear past the Singapore Flyer. While the bar-restaurant is fully booked on Friday and Saturday, walk-ins are welcome at $33 (inclusive of one drink and only after 10.30pm) on Saturday.
Entry for Sunday is at $258 with unlimited drinks and canapés from 7pm to midnight. The venue has extended its opening hours for Sunday to close at 2am.
LeVel 33 | Address: #33-01 Marina Bay Link Mall, 8A Marina Boulevard | Tel: 6834 3133 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sat noon-2am;
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Food Guide: F1 Gate 6 (One Fullerton)
|The energy is off the glass walls at New Asia Bar|
New Asia Bar
Head up to the highest club in Singapore, perched 71 floors up with arguably the best view of the F1. Here, get a bird eye’s view as drivers negotiate one of the toughest bends in the circuit at Turn 8 heading towards another corner at Turn 9 right beneath your feet.
Energetic dance music from Frenchman Keza, Italian duo DJs from Mars and Roma Pafos from Russia will inject some adrenalin as you soak in the action of the race. Entry is at $30 inclusive of a drink but for those who want to score prime seats (and views), fork out $1,000 for a table, a bottle of liquor and champagne, and a choice of selected bar grub.
New Asia Bar | Address: 2 Stamford Road, 71 Floor Swissotel The Stamford | Tel: 6837 3322 | Opening hours: Sun-Tue 3pm-1pm; Wed-Thu 3pm-2am; Fri & Sat 6pm-3am
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Food Guide: F1 Gate 3 (Stamford Road)
Le Saint Julien
Right smack along the track, at the tip between Anderson and the Esplanade Bridge, hang onto your tables as drivers swerve past the dangerously tight corner at Turn 13.
As part of the official package during the F1, entry costs $1,280 for Saturday and $2,228 on Sunday. The steep price tag does come with free flow of drinks, selected items off the menu and access to Zone 4 – the main entertainment area hosting the likes of Maroon 5 and Katy Perry.
Le Saint Julien | The Waterboat House, 3 Fullerton Road | For bookings, contact Edith Lai at 6534 5947 or email email@example.com | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am
|For a complete F1 Food Guide, go to: Food Guides: The F1 Gates|
Entertainment writer Zul Andra has published over a hundred interviews with local and international artists in the last five years; from Carl Cox and Lamb of God to BBC TV presenter Simon Reeve. On top of covering Singapore's entertainment, art, nightlife and drinking landscape for I-S, Time Out Singapore, Nylon, The New Paper, inSing.com and Ziggy, he also maintains a column in Juice magazine. He is also a prominent blogger, on his own portal Kiss My Culture.