2018 is just round the corner, and like you, we can’t believe it either. Where did the time go? Regardless of how 2017 has treated you, it’s time to turn the page to a new chapter. Forget the good, the bad and the ugly. Instead, look forward to a New Year’s Eve night of booze-soaked merry-making, rollickin’ good fun, and fireworks – definitely the fireworks, especially since there’ll be a minute-long dazzling shower of light every hour from 8.05PM at the Marina Bay and Civic District area. With that, let’s raise our glasses to 2018!
Enjoy an unimpeded view at Smoke & Mirrors
Sprawled across the highest floor of the National Gallery is rooftop bar Smoke & Mirrors, famed for their panoramic views of the Marina Bay area and creative cocktails. For those who covet the best seats in the house, opt for the Outdoor Terrace Table Package ($1,088 for 4 pax, includes a bottle of Lanson Black Label Magnum Champagne and a bottle of Clos Lanson Champagne). You’ll get to enjoy the cool night breeze as you sip on glasses of bubbly and nosh on bar bites. Groups who prefer a more intimate setting can choose the Indoor Lounge Table Package ($588 for 4 pax, includes a bottle of Lanson Black Label Magnum Champagne and a bottle of Lanson Gold Label Brut Champagne). The polished, walnut-and-leather interior decor provides the perfect classy ambiance to celebrate the last day of 2017. And for those who want to roam freely looking for the best photo spots, pick the Walkabout Tickets ($98 per pax, includes one glass of Champagne Lanson or one standard house pour drink).
1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957. Tel: +65 9234 8122
Get up-close to the action at Monti
Monti is a glass-paneled restaurant that sits at the edge of the waterfront, directly across Marina Bay. Not only is it a stunning destination in itself, its proximity to Fullerton Bay and the Merlion means diners get to enjoy all the perks of its enviable locale. Take a stroll along the Jubilee Bridge or pose with our national icon the Merlion before enjoying Monti’s New Year’s Eve Menu (4 courses, $180 per pax including a glass of Veuve Clicquot; 6 courses, $350 per pax including a glass of Dom Pérignon). Start the dinner with an appetiser of King salmon, cold-smoked to keep the flesh tender, and move on to a scrumptious lobster and prawn ravioli. Mains for the 4-course meal include a choice between the pan-seared Japanese kinmedai, a dish of purplish Washington clams and mussels, and a charcoal-grilled USDA prime ribeye. Those who opted for 6-courses will be served a mouth-watering dish of A4 Hida wagyu tenderloin. Finally, end the night on a high note – not just with the firework displays – but also with a delectable yoghurt cheese cake.
82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049213. Tel: +65 65350724
A vantage point 57 floors high at CÉ LA VI
‘La Vie En Rosé’ is the theme of the cabaret-style countdown party at CÉ LA VI. Think burlesque performances (yes, especially the martini glass act that Dita Von Teese popularised) and the sexy, seductive tunes of a live saxophonist. Accompanying the entertainment is a one-night-only six-course menu ($388 per pax) created by executive chef Joseph Sergentakis. Dishes to look forward to include a Thai Basil Lobster Bisque with sago and lemongrass, and a Black Truffle Cod with potato and leek. With an unbeatable view of fireworks 57 floors up in the air, the New Year’s Eve night here promises to be a spectacular way to end the year.
10 Bayfront Avenue, #57-01 Marina Bay Sands Hotel Lobby Tower 3, Singapore 018956. Tel: +65 6508 2188
Masquerade-themed gala at Zafferano
Perched 43 levels high atop Ocean Financial Centre, Zafferano (italian for ‘saffron’) is hosting a masquerade-themed gala dinner with five-courses ($450 per person, inclusive of complimentary access to the countdown party at Terrace Lounge and a glass of Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne during the countdown). For the first course, indulge in a house-made tagliolini served with Canadian lobster, marinated tomatoes and fresh mint. Other tantalising dishes include a wild-caught seabass and a 48-hours sous vide Tajima wagyu beef short rib with glazed French chestnuts. The fun continues up on the rooftop ($250 per pax for non-dining guests, inclusive of unlimited pours of G.H Mumm Champagne, house wines and beer), where revelers can enjoy the stunning spectacle of fireworks from the Marina Bay district.
10 Collyer Quay, Level 43 Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315. Tel: +65 6509 1488
Dining on Cloud 9
For those looking for exclusivity, One Faber Group’s sky dining concept within the Singapore Cable Car, Dining on Cloud 9 is offering up Celebration Cabins ($498, up to six pax) for the last day of the year. Two bottles of Champagne and a dessert platter are included; the perfect mix of bubblies and sweets. Kick back in your private cable car cabin and be ready to whip your phones out as you get thrilled by the views of three firework displays from Faber Peak, Siloso Beach, and Resorts World Singapore – all while up in the air!
109 Mount Faber Road, Faber Peak, Singapore 099203. Tel: +65 6377 9688
Glitter in Gold at 1-Altitude
Stellar at 1-Altitude’s executive chef Christopher Millar has pulled out all the stops for the six-course NYE menu ($388 or $408 with window seating; both prices are per pax and is inclusive of a glass of Dom Pérignon 2006 Champagne). Break into the poached egg starter topped with truffle and caviar, before savouring a caramelised foie gras on clams. Group pastry chef Jasmin Chew’s dessert creation for the occasion is the Fireball, a flaming ball of creamy Valrholna chocolate, mousse, feuilletine sponge and a lick of brandy. Up at 1-Altitude Gallery and Bar and Altimate, you’ll want to dance the night away with heart-thudding beats spun by guest DJ RODG and resident DJ Leonard T, as well as a host of other international musicians and artistes. At 282-metres above the city streets, you’ll be dazzled by the Marina Bay fireworks as you sip on the specially-concocted cocktail for the night, the Pop!Star ($20), a bubbly made with Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne fused with elderflower syrup and peaches.
1 Raffles Place, Level 61, 62 & Rooftop, Singapore 048616. Tel: +65 6438 0410
Fireworks by the Waterfront at Bayswater Kitchen
Located at the waterfront of Keppel Bay, Bayswater Kitchen offers diners a spectacular view of Mount Faber’s NYE fireworks. Enjoy the NYE set dinner ($118 per person) at their breezy alfresco dining area, with seafood favourites such as the cured Hokkaido scallop with avocado and Oscietra caviar, and the wild shellfish bisque with white clams and whipped cod’s roe. Other briny-fresh offerings include the hand-picked blue crab with hand-rolled linguine, and a scrumptious seafood platter (min. 2 to share) with grilled lobster, prawns, tuna tartare and oysters. This laid-back, unpretentious seafront restaurant is the perfect way to ring in the new year, away from the bustle of the city crowd.
2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382. Tel: +65 6776 0777