Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity… to watch everything you wanted.
Would you buy the World Cup Package, or just let it slip?
You’re nervous, but on the surface you look calm and ready.
Should you spend an arguably exorbitant amount to watch everything from the comfort of your home, or stake it out elsewhere in the hopes that you can catch matches for FREE?
Snap back to reality, oh there goes logicality. And you realise no, you’re not gonna shell out $112.35 when you can watch everything for free.
But where, you wrote down, the crowd goes so loud. You open your mouth…
And the answers have come out.
1. Bar Bar Black Sheep
If you’re looking for cheap drinks and good food to go hand-in-hand with your game-watching experience, Bar Bar Black Sheep’s your place.
With die hard fans expected to storm the bar come World Cup, it’s guaranteed to be a wild ride with noise, cheering and even booing all expected to be the norm. Nothing like a rowdy World Cup experience, eh?
While each of its joints will be screening the matches, we advise that you turn up at the Cluny Court outlet, with the simple notion that it’s bigger and it boasts a large outdoor area for all your exaggerated celebration gestures.
Don’t act; you know who you are.
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Showing all matches
Address: all outlets
2. The Penny Black
If you’re like me and have a thing for the English flair, this is one hang-out you might want to… hang out at.
Sporting an intense England-supporting contingent and a lively atmosphere, The Penny Black at Boat Quay might not be the place to be at on an average day, but it sure as hell is on a feisty World Cup day.
Just don’t be too animated if England misses or concedes a goal, seeing how colourful language wouldn’t be the worst thing if that happens. 😉
Address: 26-27 Boat Quay, Singapore 049817
3. Changi Airport
There are only three reasons why one would go all the way to Changi Airport:
- Catch a flight/ send someone off on a flight/ welcome someone back from a flight.
- You’re there to take pictures/ to study.
- You’re homeless and without a bed.
But it seems that we can now add a whole new reason to that list, as Changi Airport Group has announced plans to screen 33 key matches on a brand new 7m by 4m high-definition LED screen at Terminal 3 (near the Skytrain station to Terminal 1).
And with the area decorated with soft carpet, football-shaped inflatable seats and cosy lounge chairs, comfort is definitely not an issue.
Plus, visitors can play Changi’s version of Singapore Pools, by guessing the winning team for each match to win Changi Gift Cards worth up to $300 (the finals will offer $1,000 worth of Changi gift cards).
And that’s not the only venue; television clusters in World is Flat (Terminal 1), Experience Zone (Terminal 2), Pret a Manger (Terminal 3) and Herman Miller (Terminal 4) will also be screening live matches.
Address: Seriously, you need us to type out the address of our airport?
SAFRA will be doing its part for the ballsick people of Singapore, as it will be airing the football matches at all its clubs. Members will also get special privileges (what a surprise), with fun packs and exclusive premier members seating up for grabs.
But it’s not just screen and go, as food and beverage (F&B) vendors will be on hand to offer special treats and promotions during screenings.
Plus, SAFRA has also set up football clinics for designated clubs during screenings, for parents and children to learn some skills!
Address: all SAFRA outlets
Harry’s is like the Kopitiam of nightlife bars, in the sense that it has 21 outlets spread across the country and you really don’t have to go far to access one. And seeing how it’s gonna be screening World Cup matches over the June/July period, I reckon that’s a notion that’s well-appreciated by most, if not all football fans.
Additionally, it’ll also extend its operating hours during WC season, and is incorporating projector screens for the benefit of just about everyone in the room.
While its fare isn’t exactly cheap (its laksa popcorn chicken and wings platter are going for $9 and $26 respectively), they are definitely worth a shot if you’re famished and itching for a distraction to take away from the fact that your team just conceded thrice in two minutes.
Will screen all matches, but some outlets might not screen the 2 a.m. games.
While a World Cup game is entirely grandiose on its own, Brewerkz @ Indoor Stadium offers scenic views of the Kallang River, as well as some of Singapore’s most sought-after high rise living for your perusal.
But nobody really cares about that so… moving on.
Chill out at Brewerkz’s spacious alfresco dining room with a beer in hand and on-site pizzas (which is unique to their Indoor Stadium outlet) while enjoying your late night game.
Do take note, however, that spots tend to fill up fast. So if you decided to make this your game haunt of the night, stake out a spot early.
Address: all outlets, but if you have a particular fetish for the Kallang River, their Indoor Stadium outlet is an advisable one to go to.
7. Atmosphere Bistro
When a bistro publicly boasts good food, good vibes and an even better view, you know you absolutely have to visit it.
And all the more so when it’s screening your coveted World Cup matches.
Plus, if you’re hungry, you can always pick from their delectable menu of mains and desserts. #livetheatmospherelife
8. Cafe Football
Cafe Football is screening World Cup matches. What an honest surprise.
Alright jokes aside, this resto-bar, that’s part-owned by football legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, will be in on the whole World Cup crazy come June/ July, and it will screening live games with schedules constantly updated on its Facebook page.
Plus, the hearty fare there is pretty good too, so you’ll definitely not be disappointed should you need a munch mid game.
Address: 48 Woodleigh Park, 357844
9. Boomarang Bistro & Bar
Featuring open-air seating, picnic-style wooden tables and low-back chairs, this relaxing bar is one family-friendly hangout you can take your kids to.
And being a somewhat beer-stained watering hole, you can be sure to get your alcohol fix there too.
Address: 60 Robertson Quay, #01-15 The Quayside, 238252
10. Tonic Bar
Dislike rowdy atmospheres? Absolutely detest football fans jumping up and down when their favourite team scores?
Well, look no further than Tonic Bar, the spot reserved individuals need, and also deserve.
Located at JW Marriot hotel, Tonic Bar features opulent surroundings that are designed by none other than reputable French designer Philippe Starck, alongside plush leather sofas for you to lean back on while watching your games.
Of course, you can choose to withdraw a premium gin from its collection, but that’s entirely optional.
Address: JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
So there you have it folks
Contrary to popular belief (or rather mine), you can actually watch a World Cup game without having to camp over at
- Your own home
- Your friend’s home
- Your long lost uncle’s home
- Community Centres
- A random stranger’s home
Who ever expected that really?
But of course, practice a good sense of work-life balance, and don’t start taking offs just to catch midnight games at Harry’s. After all…
It’s really not worth it to lose your job over the World Cup, even if it does take place only every four years. Instead, be like me.
Hey Boss, I think I have to take MC from 14 June onwards. I got a fever.
World Cup fever.
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