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.
2. Muddy Murphy’s Irish Pub
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, Singapore 238879, tel: 6735 0400. Visit muddymurphys.com
3. Boomarang Bistro & Bar
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, Singapore 049407, tel: 6536 4990, and 60 Robertson Quay, #01-15 The Quayside, Singapore 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, Singapore 058282, tel: 6438 7438; 1 Tanglin Road, #01-02 Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore 247905, tel: 6884 7077, and 2 Stadium Walk, #01-06/07 Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore 397691, tel: 6345 4330. Visit www.brewerkz.com
5. The Penny Black
‘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, Singapore 049817, tel: 6538 2300. Visit pennyblack.com.sg