10 Alternatives for SG50 

How will you be celebrating Singapore’s 50th birthday? Whether you’re jetting off to take advantage of the 4 day holiday, or staying put to soak up the celebrations, there are loads of activities taking place over this weekend and continuing long after the SG50 weekend is over.

For those staying in town, your choice is generally whether to embrace the craziness of SG50 or get the hell away from it. Last year I put together a list of 5 ways to avoid the F1 in Singapore, the same list holds true for this weekend if you’re looking to get out of town. Alternatively, below I’ve put together a list of 10 Alternative Ideas to celebrate SG50.

The Views

If you really want the best views of the SG50 shenanigans then read the Honeycombers article on the best places to watch fireworks. Be warned though, all these places will be packed with revellers so if you want to keep it a little more low key then check out the options below.

Singapore Indoor Stadium and The National Stadium

I kid you not. I was there last weekend doing a night run on Saturday night (crazy, I know) and the fireworks can be seen super well from many different vantage points. You could take a picnic and seat yourself on the grassy river banks by the Indoor Stadium or get up a bit higher onto the National Stadium steps and pick a spot to settle down. Transport is easy too, the circle line on the MRT pops you out at The National Stadium (Stadium Station) so no need to worry about parking.


This bar at the newly refurbished Sofitel in town is pretty central to the SG50 action, but it’s just far enough out of the way, and doesn’t quite have the height of other bars, to make it somewhere more relaxing to enjoy the colourful fireworks displays zooming overhead as you sip a lovely cocktail.
35 Robinson Road, Singapore
phone +65 6701 6800

Rooftop Bar (at Screening Room)

Club Street and Ann Siang Hill are always great spots to hang out on the weekend, and the atmosphere this weekend is sure to by firing. Head up to the rooftop bar at Screening Room where you’ll see at least the very tips of the fireworks beyond the city And there’s loads of options for eating and drinking before and after too.
Rooftop Bar at Screening Room
Level 4, 12 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore
phone +65 6221 1694

Live Music The Botanic Gardens

For the third time this year the Botanic Gardens host a concert series in the heart of the gardens. Head over to the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage (no the swan has nothing to do with it but it was my only shot of the Botanic Gardens 😉 )for live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 4pm. There’s also a carnival at the Bandstand, movie screenings and other performances. And it’s all FREE. See this link for details.

100 Bands Festival

Or for something a bit more hard core head out to the Bedok Reservoir where the
100 Bands Festival is being staged. Not only that but to celebrate SG50 there are an additional 50 electronic and DJ acts added to the line up. It starts from 7pm from the 7th to 9th August and it’s all FREE. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

Culture Take a Diverse City Trail

I’ve just booked in to do two city trails with The Thought Collective in conjunction with Ben & Jerry’s. The group is hosting tours for tourists (free) and locals ($25) over the next couple of months. They run on the weekends and you can book them through the site link below. I’ve booked a Little India tour and a Jalan Besar tour for August and September respectively. The Little India trail is described as, “The heart of a living community” and the Jalan Besar trail is called, “Embracing the possibility for unexpected change”. Take a look, they sound like a great way to explore the place we call home.
Read about the City Trails here.

Food Bargain Brunch at Alkaff Mansion

A Prosecco Brunch at Alkaff Mansion is always good value but over SG50 weekend (on Friday and Monday) when you have four adults dining one will dine free. You can read more about Alkaff Mansion and their Italian Prosecco brunch here (scroll down). The standard brunch price of $98++ will still apply on the 8th and 9th, but it’s still good value and a great way to celebrate the long weekend. Alkaff Mansion is also well situated to head over to Sentosa afterwards and enjoy a leisurely afternoon by the beach. Yay for long weekends!!
Alkaff Mansion
10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore
phone +65 6510 3068

Celebrate Local Food with Good Wine at Merchants in Joo Chiat or Duxton

To celebrate SG50 Merchants have done their take on one of Singapore’s iconic dishes, grilled satay. You get 15 sticks for $16++ and over SG50 weekend Merchants are also offering their famous truffle fries at 50 cents per serve!!  Not to mention their charcuterie platters which are always a crowd pleaser. Find more details here.
Merchants at Joo Chiat
443 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore
phone +65 6440 0892
Merchants at Duxton
52 Duxton Road, Singapore
phone +65 6222 1162

Fun and Food at The Study in Keong Saik Road

Available throughout August The Study celebrates SG50 with a $50++ menu for 2 courses including a cocktail. The offer is available Monday to Thursday and includes choices of 3 starters and 3 mains. The food is typical of The Study’s inventive cooking approach with European and Asian elements combined to create interesting menus. You can see the menu here.
The Study
49 Keong Saik Road, Singapore
phone +65 6221 8338

Eggs at Common Man Coffee Roasters

A long weekend wouldn’t be complete without an Aussie style brunch. I say Aussie but Common Man’s breakfast and brunch menu covers more than that. The Turkish breakfast in fact is my favourite. The concept though reminds me of home in Melbourne and I’m sure I’ll be there at least once over the weekend to get my fix. And they’re open over the whole long weekend as usual. Bonus.
Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road, Singapore

I hope this post has helped to inspire your SG50 plans this weekend. Singapore has so much diversity to offer and I feel totally proud and happy to celebrate the little red dot’s 50th birthday. There is a lot of imperfection here, I don’t endorse the way the political system works, nor do I agree with many government policies. But I 100% appreciate and respect that this country has gone from essentially a third world country 50 years ago to a vibrant first world metropolis today. The standard of living in Singapore is far above anywhere else in Asia; we drink water from the taps, education is largely free, and we can safely walk the streets at night. No, it’s not perfect. But tell me somewhere that is.

Happy Birthday Singapore!! 

PS As with all my posts, none of the content on Singapore Foodie is sponsored. I picked the restaurants and activities above because I think they’re a combination of good venues/good offers/good value.

PPS What are you doing this weekend??

PPPS If you’re wondering what I’ll be doing on National Day, I’ll be dressed in red and white and hosting a group of friends at our place whilst we watch the aerial show and fireworks from the balcony

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