Now in its 10th year, you gotta admit the F1 season isn’t quite as exhilarating as it was a decade ago. But no matter – even if you’re not one for fast cars and high-octane entertainment or sweaty masses at crowded concerts, there’s always the long list of exclusive parties and boozy affairs to look forward to.
From high class brunches to race-themed pub crawls to blinged-out shindigs, here’s a peek into all the off-track action happening in September.
Sept 16-17; 11pm-late at Temasek Reflection.
The swankiest of ’em all, Amber Lounge brings glitz and glamor to another level — with an open bar, a chill-out terrace featuring the Magnum Pleasure Bar, performances across both nights by British singer-songwriter Raye, fashion shows, and a dance floor where you can bump shoulders with the rich and the famous.
Table packages from $8,000.
Sept 15-18; Fri & Sat 9pm-late, Sun 3pm-late at Atlas.
The gorgeous Art Deco bar ushers in the F1 festivities with roaring style, featuring grooves by Darker Than Wax DJs Rah, Daryl C and William J on Friday and Saturday, as well as special opening hours on Sunday.
Nibble on late night bites from the exquisite menu or end off the weekend with an elegant afternoon tea — but just bear in mind that you may find yourself on the long waiting list if you don’t manage to secure a reservation at the wildly popular hangout.
Brunch: Sept 9, 11.30am-2.30pm; Party: Sept 10, 2pm-late at Tanjong Beach Club.
Once again, the chic beachside space is well ahead of most other F1 happenings. On Saturday, it’ll host a bottomless surf and turf brunch with oysters, ribeye steaks and free flow bubbly ($100-$125) so you can toast to the occasion.
The next day sees NYC-based DJ Eli Escobar take the decks for a medley of house and disco, with Battleshots and beer pong games to keep you entertained while you’re taking a breather from all the action on the dance floor.
Free entry for the party.
Sept 16-17; 10pm-late at The Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel.
Let this decadent adult playground set to the themes of “Fantasy Land” and “Twilight Zone” seduce you with its waterfront views, theatrical cabaret and cirque-style performances, gourmet bites by The Clifford Pier, premium champagne pours, as well as pop-up bars by Maison Ikkoku and new private members’ club 1880.
Also expect appearances by the likes of ex-Moulin Rouge burlesque icon Fallon Dee and tropical house DJ/producer Klingande.
Rockstar passes from $350, VIP passes from $650.
Sept 14-17; 9pm-late at Zouk Singapore.
Your new favorite Clarke Quay haunt cranks up the party for four nights across its main space Zouk and swanky lounge Capital. On Thursday, you’ll get a chance to meet former Finnish professional racer and two-time F1 World Champion, Mika Hakkinen.
Friday is all about the Johnnie Walker Grand Prix World Circuit Party, while Saturday features collabs with Heineken and Dom Perignon. If you’re still up for a good time on Sunday, end your weekend with a bang at Capital.
Sept 14 & 17: Free. Sept 15: Men $40, ladies $30. Sept 16: $50.
Sept 16-17; noon-3pm at Monti.
Nestled in The Fullerton Pavilion right by the Marina Bay waterfront, Monti wants you to live the high life over the F1 weekend, with its spread of oysters, sashimi, charcuterie, cheeses, steak, suckling pig, beef wellington, pastas, salads and, of course, indulgent Italian desserts.
While you eat to your heart’s content, the jazz band will be belting out pop classics and bossa nova melodies. Diners can also opt for a 30-minute sailing experience onboard the SB20 along the Singapore River.
Brunch: Adults $90-$160, children $60. Sailing experience: $10/person, $40/boat per person.
Sept 11-17; various timings at CÉ LA VI.
From its vantage point high in the sky, the lounge offers spectacular views of the night race, with hyped up happenings over the course of the entire F1 week. Highlights include the Martini Terrazza party on Thursday, Shortee Blitz helming the decks on Friday, Cedric Gervais spinning on Saturday, and the all-day Noon to Moon Party featuring beats by DJs Fred Everything and Lexer.
Sept 11-12: No cover charge. Sept 13: Ladies free, men $38. Sept 14: $38, includes one premium pour.
Sept 15-17: $38-$98; three-day pass $228, includes one glass of champagne per day.
Sept 8-9, 15-16; meet 7.30pm at fat pigeon statue by UOB Plaza.
Can’t quite afford to live the high life? Indulge in a boozy high instead — at five popular watering holes around the Boat Quay area. The five-hour pub crawl also includes race-themed games and ten complimentary shots, as well as promos like one-for-one deals, longer Happy Hours, one-hour free flows and, of course, newfound drinking buddies.
End things off at a “mystery” night club in the vicinity, where you’ll be ushered in past the queue like a regular to groove the night away.
Standard ticket $35, VIP ticket $59.
Sept 15-17; 9pm-late at LuLu’s Lounge.
Hosting its first series of F1 after-parties this year, the Pan Pacific Hotel lounge inspired by the back alley bars of ‘60s New York City offers stage entertainment that includes jazz singers, burlesque and boylesque performers, drag queens, gogo dancers, and more.
Oh, and keep an eye out for Aussie burlesque names Lulu Liquor and Lucy Lovegun as you sip on your umpteenth round of cocktails.
Sept 15-17 at ME@OUE.
Forget standing by the sidelines at red carpet parties and gazing longingly at the celeb-filled VIP section. For a fuss-free F1 experience, pop over to the rooftop space at OUE Bayfront for heart-stopping views of the race along the Esplanade bridge (hailed as the track with the fastest action), all-day Happy Hour on Saturday, potent cocktails, “five bottles for $25” beer buckets, and small bites to keep those hunger pangs at bay. The bar’s “no cover charge” rule is a plus point, too.
The nightclub at Pan Pacific Singapore will be throwing a two-day bash starring Agent Smith on Friday and Jesse Marco on Saturday. As the beat maestros wind you up for the action-packed weekend with dizzying melodies, throw aside all your inhibitions and rock up to the dance floor for a wild night out.
Sept 13-17; various timings at Empire and Skyline.
Kick off the week with a ladies’ night at the 45th level of the Singapore Land Tower, followed by a singles’ party on Thursday with tickets to Paris up for grabs.
On Friday, the two clubs will see, um, a “sexy bunny invasion”, whatever that is — and Saturday brings about a collab with Johnnie Walker Gold Label for an evening filled with everything that glitters. At the final race, swing by for a gourmet pop-up featuring bites by the likes of Angie’s Oyster Bar and Sear.
Sept 13: Free entry. Sept 14: $45. Sept 15-17: $48-$68, includes two drinks.
Sept 15-17; 10pm-late at The Grand Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.
The celebrity-studded soiree returns to the Ritz with its VIP balconies and overhead catwalk, as well as performances by the likes of Pixie Geldof, Coolio and Macy Gray on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Other features at the party include a pop-up island bar, a charity auction, an aerial acrobatic display, an exhibition presented by Sundaram Tagore Gallery, speed painting sessions by the world-renowned Armin Flossdorf, a showcase of Lamborghini car models and WingsOverAsia’s aircrafts, and loads more.
Early bird tickets from $188, at the door from $340, VIP tables from $1,488.
Sept 8-17; various timings at 1-Altitude.
To celebrate a decade of F1 races in Singapore, the highest al fresco bar in the world with a panoramic view of the CBD is getting all revved up for 10 days’ worth of festivities. Party till you drop, starting from a pre-race weekend blowout with Heineken on Sept 8 and 9, all the way to The Circuit with Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve on Friday, The Martini Party on Saturday, and the Heineken Race Day Party on Sunday.
Sept 15-17: $68-$88, includes two drinks.
The 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix is on from Sept 15-17.