Footie fanatics in Singapore are already gearing up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which runs for an adrenaline-pumping month between June 14 and July 15. Given the time difference between here and Russia, the games will air anywhere from early evening to the wee hours of the morning, but not to worry because there are plenty of bars around town that are staying open late to screen all the matches. We’ve rounded 15 fab spots where you can cheer on your team, get in on great deals on drinks and bites, and score some seriously sweet prizes.
Bar Bar Black Sheep
Laid-back and lively, Bar Bar Black Sheep at Cluny Court is the perfect place to cheer on your team as loudly as you like without having to worry about pissing off the chi-chi set. A few things to note: resos include a minimum spend of $50 per person to guarantee your spot, and they’ll only be screening up to 11pm on weeknights and 1am on weekends.
Bar Bar Black Sheep, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Cluny Court #01-05C, Singapore 259760. p. +65 6763 4767
Boomarang Bistro & Bar
Fancy some great Aussie grub to go with the games? Make your way to Boomarang at Boat Quay for kangaroo burgers and BBQ platters along with live streaming on large screen HD TVs. Swing by early to grab great happy hour specials on house pour spirits, glasses of wine, and pints of Heineken, Strongbow, and Guinness. Happy hours run from 5pm to 8pm on weeknights and 2pm to 8pm on Sundays.
Boomarang Bistro & Bar, 52 Circular Road, Singapore 049407. p. +65 6536 4990
Throughout the World Cup month of madness, Boulevard will be screening FIFA matches live with commentary at their Asia Square, DUO Galleria, and Millenia outlets. Each location boasts huge screens with cinematic sound, great selections of bevvies, and tasty globally inspired bites. Be sure to book ahead to snag a table, or you may be left with standing room only.
Boulevard, various locations. p. +65 6336 6855
Brewerkz at Riverside Point is one of our favourite late-night dining spots, so you can bet we’ll be hitting it up for some of the 2am games. The riverside vibes here are seriously spot-on, as are the tasty bar bites like chicken wings, burgers, and pizzas. Even better, this renowned microbrewery has teamed up with five other local breweries to offer unique beers made specially for the FIFA World Cup.
Brewerkz, 30 Merchant Road, Riverside Point #01-05/06, Singapore 058282. p. +65 6438 7438
Not only is BQ Bar screening every World Cup match, but they’re also making things a bit more interesting with their ‘Tadcaster World Cup 2018’ Last Man Out competition. Sign up on their site and you could win a free weekend for two in Bangkok including flights and accommodation. There are also vouchers worth $100 on offer for 10 lucky runners up. Check out their FB page for more details.
BQ Bar, 39 Boat Quay, Singapore 049828. p. +65 6536 1571
Ce La Vi
Singapore’s swankiest rooftop spot will be in full swing for the 2018 World Cup with live matches screening on huge screens at their al fresco Club Lounge in the VUE area. Casual bites will also be served until 3am on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Some things to keep in mind: the dress code and cover charges still apply and wet weather may affect the screenings.
Ce La Vi, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, Singapore 018971. p. +65 6508 2188
With nine different venues screening live matches, Chijmes is THE place to be to catch every last goal. Expect fantastic deals on food and booze and a whole lot of cheering going on. Think you can guess the champion team? Be sure to join the 2018 FIFA World Cup Contest and you stand the chance of earning awesome prizes and dining vouchers worth more than $250.
Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Planning to catch an after-work match? Dallas has three locations in the CBD, each offering up contemporary bistro fare and classy concoctions like craft cocktails and fine wines. We highly suggest the buttermilk chicken burger with kimchi that’s on special until the end of June. No doubt they’re going to be chockers during the World Cup, so reservations are highly recommended.
Dallas, various locations. p. +65 6333 4068
There’s something to please all sorts at Erwin’s Gastrobar including healthy bites, pizzas, burgers, boutique wines, bubbles, and craft beers. The vibes are also warm and inviting, which makes this a great spot to gather a group and get into the FIFA spirit. Although they haven’t announced their World Cup specials yet, you can bet there will be some great deals going on.
Erwin’s Gastrobar, 8A Marina Boulevard, Ground Plaza #01-01, Singapore 018984. p. +65 6634 8715
No matter which hood you hail from, chances are there’s a Harry’s near you. This well-loved chain of sports bars will be screening every match live at their Esplanade, Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Holland Village, and Chijmes locations. Specials include buckets of five bottles Budweiser and quirky beer cocktails.
Harry’s, various locations. p. +65 6337 0657.
This bar in Milennia Walk is a great spot to catch the World Cup in an intimate space.Hairy Canary is decked out in plush seats and floor tiles designed to look like feathers, They have two TVs, so be sure to make reservations.
Hairy Canary, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-02 Millenia Walk, p. +65 9111 2868
Bustling Boat Quay is going to be awash in World Cup fever, and Hero’s is a prime spot to get in the action. This Wild West styled spot has plenty of space to spread out, multiple big screens, and an enticing menu of bourbons, whiskies, craft beers, and comfort food. Even better, they have a very cool VIP section where you can pour your own beer from taps right at the table.
Hero’s, 69 Circular Road #01-01, Singapore 049423. p. +65 6438 6058
Besides screening every FIFA match live on large screen TVs and projectors, McGettigan’s is also throwing down some awesome World Cup promotions. For example, if you can guess the first goal scorer, you’ll score yourself a free pint. Wear your national team’s jersey and pints are just $14++. Even without the guesses and garb, you can enjoy great deals like four pints for the price of three.
McGettigan’s, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020. p. +65 6837 0577
Like any good Irish bar worth its Guinness, Muddy Murphy’s will be screening all the matches live from their big-screen TVs with primo prizes thrown in for good measure. And with Hyundai as one of the sponsors, we can only assume the grand prize will be epic. Expect a warm and welcoming ambiance where revellery is not only welcomed, but highly encouraged.
Muddy Murphy’s, 442 Orchard Road, Claymore Connect, Singapore 238879. p. +65 6735 0400
The Penny Black
Owned by the same folks as Muddy Murphy’s, The Penny Black is a London-style pub that does hearty comfort food alongside cold pints and premium spirits. Just like its sister spot, this easy-going locale will be screening each and every game and with primo prizes up for grabs. Coming with a large group? Ask about their private room on the second floor.
The Penny Black, 26/27 Boat Quay, Singapore 049817. p. +65 6538 2300
Prince of Wales
Popular with backpackers, locals, and expats alike for their pocket-friendly pours and homey Australian eats, you can bet the Prince of Wales will be packed out during screenings of the World Cup matches. There are two locations to choose from: one in boisterous Boat Quay and another equally unpretentious spot in Little India.
Prince of Wales, 101 Dunlop St, Singapore 209420. p. +65 6299 0130 / 51 Boat Quay, Singapore 049840. p. +65 6557 2498
Assemble your amigos and head to Super Loco at Robertson Quay for mucho World Cup action with live matches playing on the jumbo screen, late-night tacos, specials on cervezas and Mexican shooters, fun games like beer pong, and more. Be warned though, this funky spot gets packed even on regular evenings, so you’ll probably want to call ahead to book a table.
Super Loco, 60 Robertson Quay, The Quayside #01-13, Singapore 238252. p. +65 6235 8900
Cheer to your heart’s content in between bites of super-stacked burgers and sips of ice cold beer at 25 Degrees. They’ll be screening live matches every game night and offering up great deals on their famous burgers and brews. We’re huge fans of the Number One with Angus beef, bacon, crescenza, gorgonzola, and caramelized onions. So. Damn. Good.
25 Degrees, 200 Middle Road, Hotel G, Singapore 188980. p. +65 6809 7990