The fastest event of the year is here. The noise, the thrill and the international spotlight of the F1 Singapore Grand Prix 2023 begins on Friday, 15 Sep and ends (too soon) on Sunday, 17 Sep. If you want to watch F1 racecars zooming about the track as you eat and drink, here are the places you want to be.
We cover prime locations and include everything from chic rooftop bars with panoramic race views to charming restaurants nestled along Singapore’s iconic Formula 1 track. Whether you want to watch F1 practice, qualifying or finals, these 10 restaurants and bars give you the best view of the action.
LAVO Party Brunch: Race Edition isn’t your regular F1 watch party, it’s an experience! It’s a standing party and F1-themed buffet with performances by professional dancers and stilt walkers. Guest DJ Tim Hox spins beats to match the spinning wheels just outside and the 180-degree view of the city certainly helps!
Delectable pasta creations and mouthwatering pizzas also await you, accompanied by a feast of free-flowing Italian delicacies with cocktails and champagne. The pastry buffet doesn’t feature the same tired choices you find everywhere but temptingly edgy creations reminiscent of aerodynamic Formula 1 cars.
Classics such as Chicken Parmigiano make their appearance, as does the delectable LAVO Meatball made of fresh Imperial Wagyu Beef and Italian sausage. It is delicately spiced and topped with whipped ricotta cheese. Your sweet tooth will indulge decadently in the signature 20-Layer Chocolate Cake layered with peanut butter mascarpone.
LAVO’s Annual F1-themed brunch is on 16 Sep from 12pm to 4pm.
2. CÉ LA VI
It’s hard to deny that Marina Bay Sands offers some of the best floor space to watch F1 in Singapore. CÉ LA VI sits beside LAVO on Level 57 of the towering landmark and the views you get of Singapore are as good as the ones you get of the racing action below. For once, their amazing food and premium drinks have a serious contender.
If the bird’s eye view of the twists and turns isn’t enough, CÉ LA VI will also let you watch F1 live up-close and personal at their Club Lounge.
Take your pick from curated dining packages to cocktail specials. From 16 Sep, guests can lose themselves in the music with Singapore’s longest F1 party with 40 continuous hours of DJ sets. Helming the F1 afterparty is Grammy Award Winning DUBFIRE.
For opening times, please refer here.
Sitting at its impeccable vantage point atop OUE Bayfront on Collyer Quay, VUE is a firm favourite for one of the premier locations to watch F1 every Grand Prix season. It boasts stunning views of the Marina Bay Circuit and the ambience itself is a draw even when there isn’t a once-a-year exciting race to watch.
The restaurant excels at binchotan-grilled specialities complemented by a wide selection of wines. VUE is also home to Singapore’s first rooftop spritz bar, further setting itself apart from other dining destinations around town.
It’s the perfect setting for the 17 Sep race day party from 6pm to 12am. Tickets cost S$320 per person and guests will enjoy butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and sweets, as well as a range of tantalising options at the Live Carving Stations and Charcuterie Counter. A live DJ will ensure that the vibe is maintained within acceptable levels.
4. Alley on 25
25 floors up is quite a height and that guarantees spectacular views of the F1 race. Place yourself at that altitude when you indulge in a delectable brunch at Alley on 25. Their famed Lazy Breakfast (S$55++ per person) is available on race weekend from 12pm to 2.30pm.
It’s a free-flow breakfast spread but also includes 1 à la carte dish. If you are up for the (playful) challenge, pay an additional S$40 for the DIY cocktail bar. If that involves more thinking than you like to indulge in on weekends, there is always the free-flow alcohol package for an additional S$78.
Alley on 25 has always excelled at recreating the feel of Singapore’s street food in an authentic way. This multi-cuisine experience as you watch F1 is just an excellent way to spend your weekend.
The world’s highest urban microbrewery is taking F1 to a very macro level. LeVeL33 gives patrons a front row seat of Marina Bay Waterfront all year round and its location is all the more desirable when the F1 is in town.
Watch the action unfold across vast swathes of the circuit directly or catch the close-ups on TV screens and projectors beaming the thrills and spills directly to the venue. The special menu is curated specially for the occasion and includes Minimum 45 dry-aged Stone Axe Full Blood Wagyu Bone-in Sirloin, Westholme Wagyu Bavette, Whole Spanish Turbot and King Crab Legs.
Take your pick of drink packages from between the 2-Hour Free Flow Package, Champagne Package featuring 3 bottles of Barons de Rothschild Brut and Do-It-Yourself Package featuring an assortment of premium spirits. Fresh house-brewed craft beers are the perennial draw.
Monti sits on prime F1 real estate at the Fullerton Pavillion, which also happens to be a gorgeous waterfront property. Sit here and watch F1 cars zoom past with all the theatre and spectacle.
Monti’s F1 Longest Brunch (S$88++) runs from 8-17 Sep and includes their special Weekend Colapranzo menu. This is an all-you-can-eat affair that you can enhance with a free flow of alcoholic drinks (S$78++) or non-alcoholic drinks (S$25++). Every choice on the menu is named after a famous Italian racetrack. It runs from 11.30am to 4.30pm.
Come dusk, Monti transitions to a 3-course communal menu (S$110++ per pax) of 2 dishes each. You may also order from their à la carte menu. The experience is made all the more special with a view of the riverside fireworks.
7. Altro Zafferano
A towering 43 floors among the clouds, Altro Zafferano is one of the top restaurants in Singapore in more than one sense. They made it to our list of the best Italian restaurants but have been earning accolades even before that.
The 12m-long open kitchen greets you when you enter and makes for a stunning sight. No less mesmerising is the view of the Marina Bay waterfront that makes Altro Zafferano one of the most sought-after dinner destinations in Singapore. On race weekend, that appeal is greater than almost any other time of the year.
Our choice is the 4 Course Experience Menu (S$148++ per pax) where you choose your own starter, pasta, main and dessert. You may also get dishes à la carte, with options such as House-made Tagliolini with Langoustine Carpaccio (S$48++), Wild Red Bream Crudo, Tomato, Basil and Frisella Bread (S$48++), Mediterranean Sea Bass with Caponata Elements (S$68++) and Giffoni Hazelnut, Guanaja Dark Chocolate and Raspberry (S$18++).
8. Conrad Centennial
Conrad Centennial is physically close to the action on F1 race weekend but the action inside is more F1-oriented than we ever imagined. Firstly, they have installed 3 McLaren simulators in the hotel lobby. Get in to enter the McLaren F1 Interactive Simulator Challenge. Post your best timing to see if you beat out your friends and the rest of Singapore.
The McLaren connection goes deeper; the hotel has been hosting the McLaren team and Oscar’s has been selected to fuel them gastronomically when they off the track. The odds are that you will catch sight of more than a few F1 luminaries if you stay.
They have also launched a special edition Weekend Champagne Brunch at Oscar’s. It includes fresh seafood at the ice bar, charcoal-grilled meats and premium roasts, as well as the ever-popular live stations for local favourites.
Oscar’s will be open for a marathon 104 hours straight (!) from 10pm on Wed, 13 Sep to 6am on Mon, 18 Sep.
9. Mandala Club@Mandarin Oriental
How badly do you want to watch F1 this year? If you are loaded, then you may want to sign up for the Mandala Club‘s Ultimate Trackside Viewing Party. Hosted in the newly-renovated Mandarin Hotel, this doesn’t come cheap if you aren’t a member of the club already.
They are releasing a limited number of tickets for the 15 to 17 Sep race weekend. The prices are:
- 2-Day Tickets (Saturday and Sunday) – S$2,288++
- 1-Day Ticket (Saturday Only) – S$1,188++
- 1-Day Ticket (Sunday Only) – S$1,388++
The venue is the Pool Terrace, Mandarin Oriental Singapore. It promises to be an exciting evening of endless champagne, premium spirits, hand-selected wines, gourmet cuisine, all the action trackside and even front row seats to the post-race fireworks.
There’s a curated DJ line-up that will set the mood every second of the night, too. Details and timings will be released to approved clientele.