Day 2: When night falls
After an action-packed first day, take it easy until sundown – which is when the Little Red Dot is at its prettiest. Kick off your evening at the sky-high Lavo, a restaurant and rooftop bar with an outdoor terrace at Marina Bay Sands. Drop by between 5pm and 7pm to take advantage of its one-for-one special on signature cocktails as you enjoy stellar views of the city’s skyline at sunset.
For dinner, head down to the newly opened Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, direct from New York. Sink your teeth into the juicy Greg Norman Burger made with wagyu beef and blue cheese, but save some room for one of its trademark CrazyShake milkshakes like the Cotton Candy. Walk off the sugar high at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, open till 11pm daily (and till 11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays). You’ll find an impressive array of boutiques such as Hermès, Cortina Watch, perfumery Henry Jacques and pearl specialist Mikimoto.
New additions include London-based Turkish brand Bora Aksu, known for its demi-couture creations and lavish tulle dresses, and Singapore’s first Puma Select store stocked with premium collaborative merchandise from the likes of Fenty Puma by Rihanna, MCM Puma Suede and the Weeknd. Then, take a walk on the wild side at the Singapore Zoo. Explore the new Rainforest Lumina night walk, which takes you through 11 illuminated zones. For culture vultures who prefer to stay downtown, opt for Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay where, in conjunction with Malay Language Month, Cipta Cita (which translates as “inspiring creativity” in Malay) shines the spotlight on some of the region’s best vocal artists, such as Amni Musfirah and Iskandar Rawi.
Before hitting the party circuit, regroup at craft beer bar The Guild on Keong Saik Street. You’ll find 10 distinctive brews on tap, including the unusual Young Master Cha Chaan Teng Gose – a tart and refreshing German-style beer that’s brewed with salted lime. End the night at Lulu’s Lounge, where there’s always a party going on until the wee hours of the morning. During the F1 period (14–16 Sep), it’ll stage a nightly Va Va Vroom burlesque show fronted by the Sugar Blue Burlesque performers from Australia. While you’re there, pop over next door to Amber Lounge, where certain Formula One drivers will be strutting the catwalk during a one-night-only fashion show (15 Sep). This is also where they’ll be partying once the chequered flag has been waved (16 Sep).