Whether it’s football, rugby or boxing you’re into, there’s a bar for you and your friends to enjoy some live sporting action.
Singapore is in an ideal time zone for sports fans. We’re able to catch a lot of international sporting events without having to sacrifice too much sleep (and God knows we need our sleep). It’s easy to watch games taking place in Australia/Asia, we don’t have to stay up too late for European matches, and when it comes to American sports, we might be able to watch it by waking up a little bit earlier. Sure, there’s the odd 3am match but most sports-mad fans don’t mind a little ‘suffering’ from time to time.
Watching sports is definitely more fun in a crowd and one of the most enjoyable ways to do this is at a watering hole. Whether it’s a neighbourhood vibe you prefer or you’re more interested in the type of food you can enjoy with the game, here’s a guide to the best sports bars in Singapore.
Soon after Harry’s opened its first outlet in Boat Quay in 1992, it became a very popular jazz bar and the go-to spot for office workers in the area to throng to for after-work drinks. Now with 20 bars dotted all around Singapore, it’s known as one of the best places to watch live sports. The Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Chijmes outlets are especially popular for sports viewing. There’s also a great selection of food and drinks to enjoy while you watch, so that’s another reason to head here. Check its website or social media accounts to find out which outlets are showing the game/race before heading down. With so many outlets all over Singapore, you might not have to travel far to get to a Harry’s so get your kakis together for some sporting fun.
Various outlets, visit harrys.com.sg for details.
Affectionately known as ‘Muddy’s’, this was one of the first Irish pubs to open in Singapore and still retains its cosy and friendly ambiance today. You’ll be able to catch a wide range of sports here such as rugby, football, boxing or Formula 1. The vibe is contagious when a live sporting event is showing on its big screens and you won’t be able to resist getting into the swing of things even if you’re usually more of a spectator than a cheerleader when it comes to sports. The bar also serves a wide selection of international beers on tap, including Guinness (of course!), Kilkenny, Heineken, Strongbow Cider, Old Speckled Hen, Erdinger Weissbier and Tiger. The bar food menu is exceptionally good and you shouldn’t leave without trying the Spicy Chicken Drumlets and Mini Fish N Chips.
At 442 Orchard Road, #01-02 to 05 Claymore Connect, 238879, tel: 6735 0400. Visit muddymurphys.com
What’s going for this resto that serves Mediterranean fare: decently priced Middle Eastern nosh, affordable beer and a riverside view (it’s located at Boat Quay, near the Singapore River). And not to mention, the owner Esad Sejdic, is an ex-professional soccer player in SG’s professional league for men’s association football clubs, the S. League (now known as the Singapore Premier League) so you can trade stories with the man if you want.
No. 58 Boat Quay, 049847
This is a popular spot for birthday parties and baby showers, but it also screens a lot of live sporting events. The casual spot is located at Parkland Green at East Coast Park so you’ll also feel relaxed as you have a drink or meal by the sea – especially if you sit in the al fresco area. There are good beer deals here so if you love a pint – or three – while watching your favourite sport, you can do it here. It’s an especially ideal venue for anyone who lives in the east but you should also check it out if you’re from another end of the island but love chilled-out bars.
At 920 East Coast Parkway, #01-25/26/27, 449875, tel: 6440 9705. Visit atmosphere-bistro.com.sg
It’s no surprise that this is a place that serves Australian cuisine, just by looking at its moniker – albeit spelt differently than that Aussie aerodynamic stick. It screens a lot of Australian sports such as the Australian Football League (AFL) and rugby, but it does show a lot of the regular big international sports too, such as the English Premiere League (EPL) and Formula 1. It has a casual vibe and you can watch a game while enjoying something from its extensive menu, including Aussie faves such as Kangaroo Burger, Aussie Steak Slider, and Moreton Bay Seafood Basket.
At 52 Circular Road, 049407, tel: 6536 4990, and 60 Robertson Quay, #01-15 The Quayside, 238252, tel: 6738 1077. Visit www.boomarang.com.sg
Bond with fellow sports-mad fans at this popular microbrewery restaurant. The original outlet at Riverside Point is still crowded — more than 20 years after it first opened. There are now two other outlets too – at Singapore Indoor Stadium and Orchard Rendezvous Hotel. Beer lovers will be thrilled at the selection of handcrafted beers available here and its burgers, nachos and buffalo wings will definitely satisfy any hunger pangs. Check its website or social media accounts to find out which outlets are showing the live sporting event before you make your plans.
At 30 Merchant Road, #01-05/06 Riverside Point, 058282, tel: 6438 7438; 1 Tanglin Road, #01-02 Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, 247905, tel: 6884 7077, and 2 Stadium Walk, #01-06/07 Singapore Indoor Stadium, 397691, tel: 6345 4330. Visit www.brewerkz.com
‘Penny Black’ refers to the world’s first ever self-adhesive postage stamp which was printed in black and sold for one penny by the UK’s Royal Mail. This is the sister pub to Muddy Murphy’s and the atmosphere here is similarly relaxed except, of course, this transports you to a pub in Victorian London, instead of a bar in Dublin. It’s big on sports too and sponsors a number of local sporting clubs such as Newcastle Supporters’ Club Singapore, Casual’s Football Club, and Bucks Rugby and Netball Club. The view of the Singapore River is an added bonus as you watch your favourite live sports here.
At 26/27 Boat Quay, 049817, tel: 6538 2300. Visit pennyblack.com.sg
How about some quality DJ-spun music to accompany your pastas, pizzas or bar bites such as the ubiquitous sliders, alongside the rah-rahs of soccer fans? Or drinks specials – Prosecco on Wednesdays, Margarita for Tuesdays, and Thursday Beer Nights – to get you in the mood for all that ball playing? The Berlin Bar promises all these and more.
30 Victoria St, CHIJMES, #B1-06, 187996
Photo: The Jolly Roger
Neighbourhood bars are awesome casual spots to catch up with family and friends – after all, they’re usually a short walk or drive away and you won’t have to get dressed up to hang out at such bars. The Jolly Roger is one such place and, located in the Hillview area, it has the added charm of being surrounded by lush greenery. The drinks menu is highly impressive, with beers on tap (London Pride, Stella, Hoegaarden, San Miguel and St Austell Ales Tribute Pale Ale), award-winning craft beers (such as Pirate Life, Garage Project, Yeastie Boys and BrewDog), bottled ales, bottled ciders, wines, spirits, and a cocktail list with enticing names such as Flaming Shipwreck and Forbidden Paradise. They screen football, rugby, F1 and other sports, and there’s a pool table too, if you want to while away your time before the big game/race starts.
At 15 Chu Lin Road, 669907, tel: 6468 2344. Visit www.jollyrogerbars.com
There are McGettigan’s pubs in several countries such as Indonesia, England, Ireland and the UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi). The Singapore outlet has a prime spot at Clarke Quay and is a hot favourite when it comes to watching live sports with friends. Irish hospitality, delicious food, and a healthy dose of sports and entertainment make this a bar one you’ll be returning to a lot after your first visit. The late bites menu (served from 10pm to 1am) is what you’ll be reaching for while watching your favourite team on the big screen at night. Choose from items such as Fish & Chips, Pork Belly Popcorn, Chicken Satay, and Beef Chili to calm your nerves or to celebrate.
At 3A River Valley Road, Merchant’s Court, 179020, tel: 6837 0577. Visit www.mcgettigans.com/singapore
Despite its name, you don’t actually have to be a member of the mafia to have a good time at this place. A sports bar that serves Italian food, Al Capone’s is a hidden gem in the Sports Hub area. It’s especially popular with football fans so if you love the EPL or any European football league/championships, you might want to meet your friends here. There are good deals on drinks and, mixed with the relaxed atmosphere, it’s no surprise that sports fans let their hair down and let their passion and loyalties show when they’re watching a game here.
At 1 Stadium Place, #01-15 Kallang Wave Mall, 397628, tel: 6282 5926. Visit www.fb.com/alcaponeskallang
It’s known as ‘Singapore’s Original Coffeeshop Bar’ and Bar Bar Black Sheep’s relaxed setting has been attracting customers for more than 12 years now. The original outlet at Bukit Timah Road/Cherry Avenue still pulls in its loyal clientele but it now has three other bars too – at Robertson Quay, Kent Ridge and Cluny Courtyard (the Cluny and Bukit Timah outlets are especially popular with live sports fans). Choose from three cuisines (sorta like a coffeeshop, see?) – North Indian, Thai and Western – then sit back and relax with your chosen company. There are several craft beers to try here, as well as well-known beer brands such as Asahi, Stella Artois and Carlsberg, plus there are frequent drink specials too.
Various outlets, check website for details.
By Balvinder Sandhu + Chris Ong, updated August 2019
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