Melissa Kok picks the top 10 F1 parties

Taiwanese DJ Sharon (above) will be spinning at Neverland. -- PHOTO: NEVERLAND GROUP
Taiwanese DJ Sharon (above) will be spinning at Neverland. -- PHOTO: NEVERLAND GROUP

THE WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING PARTY SERIES AT CANVAS

If you are into alternative dance music, this is your party. The three-month-old club lounge is the official party venue for the Williams Martini Racing team. It has lined up many acts, including indie darlings Alex Trimble and Sam Halliday of Irish electro-pop band Two Door Cinema Club on Day 1 and English drum and bass DJ Dub Phizix & MC Strategy on Day 2. On the final race day, DJ Tujamo from Ultra/Mixmash Records entertains with electronic dance music.

When: Sept 19 and 20, 10pm till late, Sept 21, 9pm till late

Where: Canvas, 20 Upper Circular Road, B1-01/06 The Riverwalk

Admission: $28 (women) and $35 (men) on Sept 19 and 20 - includes one Martini Royale cocktail; $48 (women) and $65 (men) on Sept 21 - includes two Martini Royale cocktails. Free entry for women before midnight on Sunday

POOLSIDE PITSTOP PARTY

Get wet and wild at this party inspired by the epic pool parties of Miami and Las Vegas. Pop bottles of champagne and get pumped with the high-energy remixes of DJs that include American DJ Smith Agent Smith and Taiwanese DJ Junior from famed club Spark in Taipei. They will be supported by lifestyle group Massive Collective's team of DJs, including DJs Sabrina and party duo Stas and Mathias Schell. Popular local female DJ Tinc will spin the decks. If last year's bash is anything to go by, expect to see hot bikini babes, water gun fights and champagne showers.

When: Sept 20, 12 to 8pm, and Sept 21, 6pm to 3am

Where: Pan Pacific Singapore, Poolside, 7 Raffles Boulevard

Admission: $38 (early bird) or $58 (standard) for Day 1. $48 (early bird) or $78 (standard) for Day 2. Two-day passes at $78 (early bird) or $118 (standard) from poolsidepitstop.com. Table bookings from $600 to $12,000. E-mail pitstop@massive.sg for reservations

NIGHT RACE WEEKEND AT KU DE TA

If the view from the top of the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark is not enough to win you over, maybe the prospect of partying alongside A-list celebrities will. During the F1 weekend, Ku De Ta has hosted big-name celebrities including pop star Justin Bieber and British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. English hip-hop DJ Shortee Blitz and American DJ and turntablist Spinbad will headline Day 1 and Day 2 respectively. On the final race day, Ku De Ta's team of resident DJs will close the Grand Prix with a bang. At the outdoor SkyBar, Thai tech-house DJ Nakadia will spin on Sept 20, while local DJs Joshua P and Brendon P take over on Sept 19 and Sept 21.

When: Sept 19, 20 and 21, 6pm till late

Where: Ku De Ta Singapore, SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3

Admission: $100 from 6 to 11pm, $200 after 11pm, includes a glass of champagne. Event packages start from $500 a person (minimum 10 people). Call 6688-7688 for details

THE NEVERLAND CHARITY DRIVE - DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE

Get a chance to go for a spin around Singapore in a supercar such as a Lamborghini or Ferrari, and have your car washed by sexy Korean racing queens in this charity event organised by nightlife operator Neverland and Godspeed AutoTechnik. Trophies will be awarded for the best-looking, sounding, groomed, tuned and luxury cars. Stay for dinner and watch a live telecast of the final day of the Singapore Grand Prix, and party to electronic dance music remixes by sexy Taiwanese female DJs Sharon and Alyshia. All profits will go to the Community Chest.

When: Sept 21, 4 to 11pm

Where: Neverland 2 at St James Power Station, 3 Sentosa Gateway

Admission: $150 a car, for two persons. Car owners can contact Herman at 8228-2877 (registration closes next Wednesday)

JOHNNIE WALKER CIRCUIT LOUNGE

One of the coolest F1 parties in town. Started in 2009, it is held at a different venue each year and features acclaimed guest DJs. This year, there are two such parties held at The Butter Factory and new club lounge Altimate at 1-Altitude.

Come dressed in this year's theme of "bold, gold and sophisticated" and rock to the tunes spun by American female DJ Sophia Lin and Australian bass music DJ Spenda C. Prizes up for grabs include a VIP Formula One Paddock Club Experience at the race track. The lucky winner will enjoy a tour of the pit lane and a privileged vantage point above the pit garages.

When: Sept 19 from 11pm and Sept 20 from 10pm

Where: The Butter Factory, One Fullerton (Sept 19) and Altimate, Level 61, 1 Raffles Place (Sept 20)

Admission: Buy two bottles of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve at Altimate ($420++ for two bottles) or The Butter Factory ($549 nett), then register the code on the neck tag of the bottle at www.circuitloungesg.com. Every two bottles lets you invite four guests for free

PODIUM LOUNGE

Started in 2009, the Podium Lounge has become a mainstay in the F1 party calendar, with chi-chi fashion shows, charity auctions and world- renowned DJs. This year, the event is expanding from its poolside location to the Grand Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore hotel.

On the decks will be English DJ Miles Slater, music director of upscale club Boujis in Hong Kong; and Miami-based house DJ Ian Carey. Online fashion retailer Gnossem will showcase 10 fashion designers on the catwalk. There will be a live charity auction of F1 memorabilia, including a race glove signed by Sebastian Vettel and a Ferrari race suit signed by seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher.

When: Sept 19 to 21, from 10pm till late

Where: The Grand Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue

Admission: $188 (early bird) and $218 (standard) for Day 1, $298 and $328 for Day 2, includes a bottle of Moet & Chandon, $498 and $528 for Day 3, includes a bottle of Dom Perignon; three-day passes at $388. Tickets from podiumlounge.com/sg. VIP tables priced between $1,388 and $25,000. Call 9459-5211 or e-mail robbie@podiumlounge.com for bookings

ZOUK

The iconic home-grown nightclub is bringing in Dutch trance wunderkind Dash Berlin this year to rev up the party mood. It will also host the drivers and crew of the Williams Martini Racing next Wednesday. The fun continues on Sept 20, where revellers can gear up for UK garage music with English electronic duo Bondax at Velvet Underground. Zouk, which is known for pulling out all the stops in its themed parties, will also deck out its entire complex in F1-themed props and decor.

When: Next Wednesday, 10pm till late, Sept 19 and 20, 10pm till late

Where: Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street

Admission: $28 for men (includes two standard drinks) and free for women next Wednesday, $50 on Sept 19 (includes two standard drinks), $28 for women and $33 for men on Sept 20 (includes two standard drinks). Table bookings range from $800 to $1,550

f CLUB

If you are a hip-hop fan who prefers to party away from the race circuit, this is the place to be. The Clarke Quay nightspot is one of the official G.H Mumm champagne brand's party venues during the race weekend and will feature a diamond-themed night on Wednesday, where women will receive a free glass of champagne and stand to win diamonds worth $20,000.

When: Next Wednesday, Sept 19 and 20, from 10pm till late

Where: f Club, 3B River Valley Road, The Foundry, 01-08

Admission: $35 at the door (includes two standard drinks), VIP tables from $1,000. E-mail res@f-club.sg

FULL STEAM AHEAD

Started as a full moon beach party in 2011, this event series launched a special edition for the F1 season starting last year. Kicking off tomorrow, partygoers will be entertained by the usual fire twirlers, pole dancers and beer pong drinking games. Expect to groove to music spun by seasoned local DJ One with Aldrin, who will be accompanied by tabla player M.S Maniam. Aldrin will be supported by a crew of home-grown DJs that include Jon White, Seng Wei and Stephen Day.

When: Tomorrow, 4pm till late

Where: Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa

Admission: $42 (includes 6 standard drinks if bought between 6 and 10pm; includes 3 standard drinks if bought after 10pm). Table bookings between $650 and $1,800. Call 9750-5323 for reservations

1-ALTITUDE

This three-tier establishment at the top of One Raffles Place offers one of the best views of the F1 race track. On the 63rd floor, the bar and gallery will have a Mardi Gras party theme, complete with Middle Eastern belly dancers and Brazilian percussionists. At its restaurant Stellar, get set for an international hawker centre on Sept 19, where diners can try dishes such as Spanish paella, Australian grilled meats and Belgian chocolates and waffles.

Club Altimate will host this year's Johnnie Walker Circuit Lounge party on Sept 20. Resident DJs will be spinning top 40s hits, hip-hop, R&B, house and electronic dance music through the weekend.

When: Sept 19 to 21, from 5pm till late

Where: 1-Altitude, Levels 61 to 63 at One Raffles Place

Admission: $68 for entry to 1-Altitude gallery and bar (includes one F1 cocktail and one standard drink), $88 for entry to club Altimate (includes one F1 cocktail and one premium housepour). Stellar's international hawker centre opens from 6.30pm to 1am on Sept 19 at a cover charge of $88++. Table bookings from $1,000. Call 6438-0410 for inquiries