7 bars to catch the National Day Parade (NDP2019) fireworks from
Raise a toast to our nation’s 54th birthday and enjoy the pyrotechnics at one of these watering holes.
Let’s be honest. The best thing about the National Day Parade is the fireworks. If you have yet to score that hotel suite with the stunning view, the next best option is to head to the bars around the bayfront. Here are the best joints to watch the razzle-dazzle in the sky.
ARTEMIS GRILL & SKY BAR
The SummerSop cocktail is Artemis Grill & Sky Bar’s homage to our island nation’s local flavours: Tanglin Gin – Singapore’s first locally distilled gin – soursop fruit puree, house-made sweet and sour mix, bubble tea tapioca pearls, and fresh soursop combine to create a fruity, refreshing sip. Snack on some bar bites like Spanish Chorizo and Chargrilled Shishito Peppers as you watch the fireworks light up the night. Happy Hour prices for drinks will be offered throughout the evening.
Time to break out that old blazer with the big shoulder pads. Bar Rouge on level 71 of Swissotel The Stamford is bringing back Disco Lah!, an 80s-inspired party that debuted last year. DJs Kenneth Francis, Matty Wainright and Stephen Day will be spinning tunes from various disco genres like Balaeric and Nu Disco. Singaporean treats like Kacang Putih Cones, Milo Dinosaur, Ice Cream Sandwiches, and a live DIY Rojak Station will also be available. And with this year’s National Day Parade happening right across the hotel at the Padang, you can bet on getting some excellent overhead views of the performances.
CE LA VI RESTAURANT AND SKYBAR
Ce La Vi’s SkyBar raises a glass to Singapore’s bicentennial and 54th birthday with the Berry Bellini (S$23), a tropical libation made with martini prosecco and a fresh berry mix, and the classic Singapore Sling (S$23). The Club Lounge, on the other hand, puts a little spin on the iconic Singapore tipple with the Singapore Fling (S$30 for two), a refreshing rendition made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Benedictine, Triple Sec, cherry and grenadine syrup, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice and soda water. And of course, you get the mother of all views here.
What’s a celebration without some top bubbly? Over at The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s Lantern bar, which faces Marina Bay, a table reservation of six persons (S$648) comes with two bottles of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagnes (or a bottle of premium spirit) and a National Day Snack Platter that includes treats like Salted Egg Fries with Curry Leaves, Chilli Crab Bun with Chilli Egg Gravy, and Mini Mackerel Otah Slider with Achar.
Hopheads should make a beeline to LeVeL33, where the microbrewery-restaurant will be tapping its very first Bicentennial Black Glutinous Rice Beer (from 11.30am to 8pm: S$9.90 for 0.3l/S$15.50 for 0.5l; from 8pm: S$12.90 for 0.3l/S$18.50 for 0.5l), a nod to traditional Asian tipples fermented and distilled from rice. Brewmaster Gabriel Garcia first boiled black glutinous rice before mixing it with barley malt and fermenting it with American Simcoe hops. Regulars of LeVeL33 would also notice that the restaurant has undergone a revamp. The space is now redesigned around a working brewery and the bar counter has been given a facelift with ‘floating’ beer taps that hang from the ceiling and over the counter. Sip a cold one and enjoy the fireworks.
Mandarin Oriental’s elegant Mo Bar, which opened last year, will be rustling up The Roaring City (S$24), a cocktail made with sparkling pineapple tepache and vermouth jelly. The tipple comes with a complimentary lobster roll. Don’t forget the moreish bites like Somen Noodles with Tasmanian crab (S$32) and the Mo Burger (S$36), a wagyu patty topped with egg, bacon and cheddar. The bar also offers a view of the Marina Bay skyline.
Perched on the Marina Bay waterfront, Italian establishment Monti takes you close to the pyrotechnics during the National Day celebrations. Tuck into a four-course National Day menu (S$168 per person) that includes Coconut Risotto and Mayura Wagyu, before heading to the rooftop bar to join in the festivities and sip on signature cocktails like the Monti Rita (S$20), a blend of tequila, amaretto and lemon. Resident DJ Resty will spin a mix of progressive house and dance hall tunes.
Ticket to bar: S$54 (includes a complimentary house pour and a cocktail).
Minimum spending for sofa seating for four guests: S$1,000; rectangle high tables for four to six guests: S$700; standing cocktail table: S$100 per person.