The best sports bars in Singapore to catch the FIFA World Cup

There’s no need to rush to Russia – these local sports bars have all the FIFA World Cup action covered
Sports bars
By Graham Turner |
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We're all for chilling at home and enjoying respectable, sedate appreciation of the beautiful game. But there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as some good old-fashioned tribalism – being surrounded by your fellow and rival countrymen – enhancing the atmosphere and making even the dullest game a spectacle. So, with the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicking off in Russia on June 14, here are our picks of the best bars in Singapore that are screening the games live.

Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Penny Black

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Do you like your football with a healthy dose of Englishness? Then The Penny Black at Boat Quay is going to be your World Cup hang-out. Obviously, being as Brit-tastic as it is, expect a heavy England-supporting contingent and a lively atmosphere – maybe just don’t cheer if England misses a goal and expect a fair dose of colourful language if that happens.

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Bar Bar Black Sheep

Perennially packed, Bar Bar Black Sheep is perfect if you’re looking to have a drink and take in the game with fellow die-hards. Expect noise, cheering and booing in hefty abundance. It’s showing all the games as well – we suggest hitting up its Cluny Court outlet as it’s bigger and has a cracking outdoor area for running around in circles with your finger in the air when your team scores.

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Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Café Football

icon-location-pin Toa Payoh

Given the name of this resto-bar – and the fact that it’s part-owned by football legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville – it would be a bit odd if they weren’t showing the footy. Thankfully, they are. Most of the games are screened live with updated schedules posted on its Facebook page regularly. Plus there’s a bevvy of hearty grub on the go to fuel the fandom too.

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Court Martial Bar

icon-location-pin City Hall

Housed in JW Marriott Singapore and a former military forum, the 55-seater speciality cocktail bar helmed by bartender Navin Raj. If you’re a sports fan who isn’t into the rowdier places, this spot offers a more reserved atmosphere to watch the beautiful game from the comfort of a plush leather seat while sipping on a heritage-inspired drink.

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Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Atmosphere Bistro & Bar

icon-location-pin Marine Parade

Enjoy some good eats with your mates at this East Coast Park spot that’s showing a plethora of the games. And best of all? If your team’s taking an absolute battering, you can avert your eyes and take in the scenic views and pretend it’s not happening. Genius. Again, keep an eye on its social media pages for match details.  

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Harry's @ Boat Quay

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Founded in 1992, Harry's is always a solid choice for catching the game. With 21 bars across the island, you won't have to go far to catch a screening. During World Cup season, Harry's is extending its operating hours and is putting up projector screens so you won't miss any of the details. Budweiser buckets are going for $49 and snacks like its laksa popcorn chicken ($9) and wings platter ($26) shouldn't be missed either.

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Restaurants, Australian

Boomarang Bistro & Bar

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

No, that’s not a typo. Boomarang is the correct way to spell the name of this relaxed, family-friendly riverside hang out featuring open-air seating, picnic-style wooden tables and low-back chairs. Australian haunt Boomarang Bistro & Bar begs to be a beer-stained watering hole, with its open-air seating, picnic-style wooden tables and lowback chairs that you can catch the game from.

Restaurants, European

Brewerkz @ Indoor Stadium

icon-location-pin Kallang

At the Singapore Indoor Stadium, with views of the Kallang River and some of Singapore’s most coveted high-rise living, Brewerkz Bar & Grill’s spacious alfresco dining area is ideal for chilling out with one of their famous handcrafted beers and pizzas made on-site in the wood-burning oven – the latter is unique to this outlet. The place fills up every evening, so make sure you stake out a spot early.

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