[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]his time next week, Formula One (F1) will be making its way to the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore for the fifteenth round of the 2016 F1 season – and what better way to catch the excitement than with some food and wine? As the cars rev up the streets under the floodlights, we suss out the best places for you to watch the race live, close enough that you can hear the roar of the engines right by your seats.
01: Aura, National Gallery
Seated atop the National Gallery, Aura is in prime position for race watching – the National Gallery is opposite the Padang, astride a long straight in front of the Padang grandstand. A G Restaurant Awards 2016 Award of Excellence recipient, the restaurant’s Sky Lounge on level 6 offers a panoramic view of the circuit, while being close enough to make out the car liveries as they streak down the track. Have your Italian mains and homemade pasta indoors, before moving out the roof for bar bites and a glass of wine from Aura’s extensive wine list of over 500 labels. To reach Aura through the F1 road closures, enter through National Gallery’s main entrance at Coleman Street. www.aura.sg.
02: Axis Bar and Lounge, Mandarin Oriental
For those seeking to catch the cars as they slow around a bend, check out Mandarin Oriental’s Axis Bar and Lounge, which will be transformed into an Oyster and Champagne bar for the weekend. Unlimited servings of oysters and champagne (Ruinart Blanc de Blancs on Friday and Saturday and Dom Perignon on Sunday) will be available over all three nights, as well as canapés, miniature deserts, desert and charcuterie. To reach Axis Bar and Lounge through the F1 road closures, go through the nearest MRT station – Promenade (Exit A, towards Marina Square). www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore/fine-dining/axis-bar-and-lounge.
03: Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, Swissotel The Stamford
Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows for a full view of the streets, Wooloomooloo Steakhouse at Swissotel The Stamford will welcome guests with a special Trackside Hospitality package on Friday and Sunday. In addition to an open bar of selected champagnes, wines, spirits and beer, the package also features free flow canapés and live stations. Be sure not to miss any of the action with a live broadcast of the race available in the restaurant. www.wooloo-mooloo.com/sg/wooloomooloo-steakhouse.aspx.