Best rooftop places to see Singapore National Day fireworks

by Singapore n Beyond | July 18, 2017 3:43 am

Singapore’s National Day fireworks are something very special. They are planned ahead, rehearsed even, several times, and everything always runs so smoothly and with such a perfection that only Singapore can achieve. Here are five rooftop places to watch the Singapore National Day firework extravaganza that have amazing views.


1. Me@OUE (permanently closed)

Singapore National Day fireworks
Image from Me@OUE

Update April 2018: After five wonderful years Me@OUE has closed its doors for good. The text is kept her for brevity. Read on for more ideas on where to watch the fireworks on National Day. 

We love Me@OUE rooftop bar and restaurant because they have some of the most amazing views of the Marina with a full 180 degree view of the Gardens by the Bay[1] in the distance, the Marina Bay Financial Center and the Marina Bay Sands[2]. Also, its outdoor location, with comfy sofas and a loungy feel, is a great place for after work drinks on any evening. On National Day there are always special events and fabulous views. A great spot. But book early to make sure you get a place.

2. Ce La Vi

Singapore National Day fireworks
Image from Ce La Vi[3]

The former Ku De Ta, Ce La Vi[4] is a good place to watch the fireworks but it is very close to the action so you might lack the perspective and see them while looking down. A great place for a drink though, so make sure to book a table facing the right side.

3. Marina Barrage

"Marina Barrage Singapore"
Image from Marina Barrage 

Here you will not get any servers providing you drinks or food, but you will have some of the best views, if quite far from the fireworks themselves. The perspective from the Barrage[5] is that of the whole city, so the overall framing is good, although the fireworks will be behind the Singapore Flyer so slightly obstructed. And because you are in a public space you can bring your tripod and snap away with clear shots. Bring your own food and drinks and a blanket to sit on the grass and come early to snap up a good spot.


4. Tanjong Rhu Park 

Singapore National Day fireworks
Image from NParks[6]

At Tanjong Rhu Park[7] you are viewing the fireworks from the back but the view is very nice overall. As this is a popular place to watch them you will have to come early and bring all your food and drinks to celebrate. There is always a good atmosphere here.

5. Merlion

Singapore National Day fireworks
Image of the Merlion at night

Very packed and popular with visitors on any given day, the Merlion[8] is a prime spot on National Day for the fireworks and the area is packed with people coming very early to snag the best spot. If you want to come here you will most likely have to guard the space for a few hours but it might be worth it for the best photos and view against the marina and the skyline. If you prefer to sit and enjoy some casual food with your fireworks, make a booking at Overeasy[9].

6. Private dinner at the Singapore Flyer

Singapore National Day fireworks
Image from Singapore Flyer[10]

If you want something extra special and unique, you can book the S$1,800++ private dinner[11] at the Singapore Flyer just for two. There is a more affordable option where you are sharing the capsule with someone else, but the private version is just for you. The flight is at either 7,30pm or 8,30pm so book the 7,30pm one to catch the fireworks with your dessert.

7. Helix Bridge

Singapore National Day fireworks
Image from COX Architecture[12]

Another favourite location right under the fireworks for the closest feeling of the action. The Helix Bridge[13] is right at the end of the Marina Bay Shoppes[14] and is always full so expect it to be extra packed. There are a few balconies from where you can be even closer to the fireworks. Good thing, when it all ends, you are just there and can pop by one of the restaurants for dinner.

8. The Lawn at Marina

Singapore National Day fireworks
Image from the URA[15]

Another favourite location right under the fireworks for the closest feeling of the action. The Helix Bridge[13] is right at the end of the Marina Bay Shoppes[14] and is always full so expect it to be extra packed. There are a few balconies from where you can be even closer to the fireworks. Good thing, when it all ends, you are just there and can pop by one of the restaurants for dinner.


9. 1-Altitude

Singapore National Day fireworks
Image from 1-Altitude[16]

The high rooftop bar[17] in the CBD will have fantastic views and the highest location but will also mean a bit of looking down. Make sure to book one of the tables close to the edge. Or opt for their restaurant one level below. The food is not amazing but the views through the window will satisfy your firework needs.

10. Customs House

Singapore National Day fireworks
Image from Super Loco[18]

There are a lot of outlets at the Customs House[19] which will have great views, among them Kinki[20] and Super Loco[21], but we bet they will be booked out quite in advance so call them up asap. Particularly Super Loco would have great views but we fear the crowds will fill the public area in front of the table and not allow for the best views, or make you feel a bit crammed and surrounded. Once they dissipate, you can continue enjoying the Marina Bay views.

11. A friend’s house

Singapore National Day fireworks
Image from ongchihang[22]

You know where the very best views are? From the comfort of your home. Or, failing that, you know that friend who has a condo at The Sail or even better, at Marina Bay residences[23] (I used to live there, 14th floor, full marina view)? That person is the one you need to befriend for the ultimate National Day firework views. No issues with the tripod, affordable drinks, your favorite food and no crowds.

12. Smoke & Mirrors

Singapore National Day fireworks
Image from Smoke & Mirrors[24]

This is one of our favorite spots in town. Located at the top of the National gallery, Smoke & Mirrors[25] is a great bar serving sophisticated cocktails and nibbles with unobstructed views of the Marina end to end.

After checking out the fireworks, learn more about Singaporean culture at these museums[26]. 

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Endnotes:
  1. Gardens by the Bay: https://www.singaporenbeyond.com/gardens-by-the-bay-light-show/
  2. Marina Bay Sands: https://www.singaporenbeyond.com/10-things-didnt-know-marina-bay-sands/
  3. Ce La Vi: http://celavi.com/
  4. Ce La Vi: http://celavi.com/
  5. Barrage: https://www.pub.gov.sg/marinabarrage
  6. NParks: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/park-connector-network/tanjong-rhu-promenade
  7. Tanjong Rhu Park: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/park-connector-network/tanjong-rhu-promenade
  8. Merlion: https://www.singaporenbeyond.com/merlion/
  9. Overeasy: http://www.overeasy.com.sg/
  10. Singapore Flyer: http://www.singaporeflyer.com/corporate-events-memberships/corporate-packages/premium-sky-dining/
  11. private dinner: http://www.singaporeflyer.com/corporate-events-memberships/corporate-packages/premium-sky-dining/
  12. COX Architecture: http://www.coxarchitecture.com.au/project/the-helix-bridge/
  13. Helix Bridge: http://www.coxarchitecture.com.au/project/the-helix-bridge/
  14. Marina Bay Shoppes: http://www.marinabaysands.com/shopping.html
  15. URA: https://www.ura.gov.sg/MS/CallForIdeas/Design-Briefs/Marina-Bay.aspx
  16. 1-Altitude: http://www.1-altitude.com/
  17. high rooftop bar: http://www.1-altitude.com/
  18. Super Loco: https://www.facebook.com/SuperLocoCustomsHouse/
  19. Customs House: http://thefullertonheritage.com/dining-shopping/customs-house
  20. Kinki: https://www.facebook.com/kinkibar/
  21. Super Loco: https://www.facebook.com/SuperLocoCustomsHouse/
  22. ongchihang: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ongchihang/14933476281
  23. Marina Bay residences: http://www.marinabayresidences.com/
  24. Smoke & Mirrors: http://www.smokeandmirrors.com.sg/
  25. Smoke & Mirrors: http://www.smokeandmirrors.com.sg/
  26. these museums: https://www.singaporenbeyond.com/explore-singaporean-regional-culture-10-must-see-museums/

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