The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner, but unlike our lucky neighbours across the Straits of Johor who can catch the matches for free on local tv, we’ve got to rely on our trusty cable service providers if we wish to follow the game. And sure, we can enjoy the matches in the comfort of our homes, but nothing gets the adrenaline pumping faster than being surrounded by your fellow and rival football fans, all while cheering and shouting in unison.
Here are a few establishments that we’ve found that will allow you to indulge in quality grub and drinks, while you kick back, relax, and have a great time with your football loving friends.
Featuring a variety of Thai, Western, and Northern Indian cuisine that is dished out from three specialty kitchens, Bar Bar Black Sheep (Cluny Court) is the perfect place to catch the World Cup with friends who can never seem to decide what they would like to have. From Seafood Phad Thai, to crispy Beer-Battered Fish and Chips, to creamy Butter Chicken; there’s something here for everyone. Bar Bar Black Sheep (Cluny Court) also has a large al fresco dining area where they will be screening all 64 matches live. And best of all, they will continue to provide full table service with no extra surcharge.
Imagine this: you’re halfway through the game and you’re feeling peckish, but you’re stuck at home and you’ve only got a cup of tom yum seafood noodles in the kitchen. But hey, if you’re watching the match at Brewerkz (Riverside Point), you can order snacks like Spicy Chicken Satay or the Party Platter – which consists of generous servings of calamari, buffalo wings, quesadillas, and mini sausages. It says “serves three to four”, but I suppose it could mean “times”? Yes, it’ll serve one person three to four times, perfectly (disclaimer: the words of this writer does not reflect Chope’s view of the appropriate serving size).
If you and your mates are still hungry, they’ve got plenty of heartier offerings like the ever popular 3 Little Pigs Pizza (pulled pork, bacon, and spice house fennel sausage). And if all that cheering’s got you thirsty, why not try one of their famous craft beers? They’ve even got a lucky draw going on from now till 28 Jun 18, where you can stand a chance to win a year’s supply of craft beer!
Any sports fanatic worth their salt would know that Harry’s is the place to be for live telecasts of pretty much any sports event (including all the 2018 World Cup matches), quality brews, and a delectable menu, which features their Mirin Soy-Glazed Beef Cubes, addictive Laksa Popcorn Chicken, and Signature Wings dressed in their proprietary blend of spices. Harry’s outlets are also always conveniently located in key business districts and suburban neighbourhoods, which make them the perfect place to meet up with friends or colleagues after work for a round of drinks, and to stay to catch the latest World Cup match. Click here for their latest World Cup screening schedule.
Find it at River Valley Road, #01-01, Singapore 179023.
Click here for more information on Harry’s.
4. Muddy Murphy’s
Muddy Murphy’s is a well-known Irish pub that is a crowd favourite whenever it’s World Cup season – or during any major sporting ever for the matter. The pub offers more than 15 varieties of ales, beers, ciders, and stouts on tap including Erdinger Weißbier, Guinness, Heineken, Kilkenny, Old Speckled Hen, Strongbow, and even local brews like Tiger. So if you and your buddies are looking for a place, which is serious about their booze, you know where to go. And considering that Muddy Murphy’s screened the 2018 World Cup Qualifier matches earlier, it’s no surprise that they would be screening all 2018 World Cup matches live, on get this: not one, not two, but SIX big screens, so you’ll never have to be afraid that you’ll miss an amazing tackle or a momentous goal.
Find it at 442 Orchard Road, #01-02, Singapore 238879
Click here for more information on Muddy Murphy’s.
5. Media Bar
Media Bar is the gastropub to visit if you wish to elevate your bar food game while cheering on your favourite team. The menu features burgers made from Australian wagyu beef, roti paratha rolls served with fragrant curried chicken, and even a signature ice cream sundae if you need something sweet to celebrate after your team’s win. Choose your libation from a healthy mix of craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails, and spirits that should satisfy any thirst. Most importantly, adorning the bar counters are 24 LCD screens, which ensure that you’ll never miss a second of the beautiful game.
6. The Penny Black
Though situated in the heart of Boat Quay, you’d think that you were magically transported to London when you step into The Penny Black – probably because the decor of the establishment is painstakingly modelled after a traditional Victorian London pub. The pub also offers traditional London pub-style fare such as traditional Roast Beef complete with mash and Yorkshire pudding, as well as a hearty Beef and Guinness Pie. And there’s nothing better than a tall glass of refreshing Pimm’s Lemonade – a traditional English summer cocktail that is made with Pimm’s No.1 liqueur, lemonade, plenty of lemon and orange slices, and lots of mint – as you shout “Goal!!!” and celebrate when your favourite team scores.
Find it at 26 – 27 Boat Quay, Singapore 049817.
Click here for more information on The Penny Black.
Want to treat that special person in your life, who is also a diehard football fan, to an unforgettable night out? Stellar at 1-Altitude offers an epicurean experience, which promises a showcase of seasonal produce as well as Executive Chef Christopher’s masterful interpretation of progressive Australian cuisine. Not only will the food impress you, but the lofty view from the 62nd floor of One Raffles Place will have you feeling like you’re dining amongst the stars.
After you’re done with the aptly named Constellations Gastronomic menu (choose from 6 or 8 courses), head up to the 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar – currently the highest al fresco bar in the world – where you can nurse your favourite cocktail while you watch a live screening of the latest match.
If your significant other does this for you, you’ve found yourself a keeper (pun intended).
Love the game but can’t stand the chaos of a sports bar? TONIC is the perfect hangout for sophisticated aesthetes and cocktail snobs, who would like to appreciate the screening of the World Cup in a more atas setting. The main focus of the bar is a dazzling array of gin in all its different renditions, but there’s also an equally impressive list of spirits and handcrafted cocktails should you wish to expand your drinking repertoire. The bar’s interior is designed by famed designer Phillip Starck (for the uninitiated, he’s responsible for the lucite Louis Ghost Chair aka the world’s best selling designer chair), and is reminiscent of an eclectic living room – perfect for your lowkey flex on your Insta Story.