Because there are few combinations better than beer and football. By Jagdish Singh
After 11 weeks of waiting, football season is finally back! The first round of games kicked off over the past weekend, with 37 more rounds of Barclays Premier League action for us to enjoy over the next 8 months. There’s no better way to unwind after a long week at work than watching soccer with family and friends over great food and drinks. Here’s a list of where you can get in on the action!
1. Pints & Curries
#01-14, Clarke Quay
3D River Valley Road
Pints & Curries serves up delectable curries, predominantly of the Thai and North Indian varieties, as well as a range of Tandoori items that can be complemented with a selection of delicious Naans and Biryanis. It’s conveniently located in the heart of Clarke Quay, and always has a great atmosphere especially on match days (typically Saturday and Sunday nights). Enjoy the games over a wide selection of food and drinks with your mates and mingle with other football fans throughout the night.
Bonus: Girlfriend-friendly – the great atmosphere and good food increase your chances to make her fall in love with the game.
2. Bar Bar Black Sheep
The brother company of Pints & Curries, Bar Bar Black Sheep has more than 160 items on its menu for you to choose from, across a range of three specialty cuisines – Thai, North Indian and Western. With 4 outlets located across the island and a 5th one opening soon, location or distance can never be an excuse for any of your friends to miss out on the action. This joint features a bar in a chill and laid-back coffee shop setting, with multiple HD screens for you to watch the matches.
Bonus: No GST and no service charge mean no excuse to not head down to Bar Bar Black Sheep to enjoy the games!
3. Molly Roffey’s
#01-02A Manulife Centre, 51 Bras Basah Rd.
Offering a variety of bar favourites like pizzas, burgers and fish and chips, Molley Roffey’s is also the home of the Official Arsenal Singapore Supporters Club. Judging by the support the Arsenal team had in the recent Barclays Asia Trophy held in Singapore, expect the place to have a huge crowd on match days, especially during Arsenal games. This only means that there will be a crackling atmosphere inside as the fans cheer on their team and engage in friendly banter with supporters of rival teams. You may find it difficult to get seats or standing space so remember to head down early – it is definitely worth the effort!
Bonus: The Official Arsenal Singapore Supporters Club turns this place into a mini Emirates Stadium on match days so you can always look forward to an amazing atmosphere. Just don’t go turning up in their rivals’ Tottenham Hotspur jersey!
4. Muddy Murphy’s
111 Somerset Road, #01-02 TripleOne Somerset Singapore
Muddy Murphy’s offers traditional Irish pub favourites and is especially good for those who enjoy their beers. This place has 6 large screens showing live soccer actions on weekends, usually attracting a large crowd. Conveniently located in Somerset, one can expect many tourists from Britain and Ireland visiting the bar to catch the games while on holiday – great opportunity to make new friends during the night! With a regularly updated schedule of their live sporting telecasts online, be sure to check out their website to find out if they are showing the matches you want to catch.
Bonus: Muddy Murphy’s also screens Gaelic sports such as hurling and rugby, which is great for sports enthusiasts who love to sit back and watch live action sports as you keep the pints coming.
5. Atmosphere Bistro & Bar
920 East Coast Parkway #01-25/26/27
Located in the relatively new Parkland Green at East Coast Park, Atmosphere Bistro is a family-friendly bistro by day and bar at night, drawing many football enthusiasts. This place is heaven for soccer fans as it broadcasts football matches live on one big screen, as well as on other smaller screens within the restaurant. No worries about missing out on the action while you feast on delicious food and beer! Check out their website for beer promotions, as well as updates on the live screening of matches.
Bonus: This family-friendly place is great for those with young kids. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy your match without worry as kids can cycle or run around at the nearby tracks.
6. River Garden Coffee House (Riverview Hotel)
382 Havelock Road
Liverpool fans in Singapore have turned the River Garden Coffee House at the Riverview Hotel into a mini Kop End during matches on weekends. The coffee house offers their regular international buffet as well as additional finger food and drinks especially on match days! With a large fan base in Singapore, you can expect a large crowd dressed in their Liverpool jerseys, holding Liverpool scarves above their heads and singing their rendition of the famous “You’ll Never Walk Alone” Liverpool anthem – truly a hair-raising experience prior to kick off.
Bonus: Great family-friendly atmosphere and perfect for the die-hard Liverpool fan as you’ll see the different generations of Liverpool fans coming together to support their team. Be sure to wear the right jersey when you go over to watch the game otherwise you’ll have to watch it topless.
*Live Screening has been shifted to the executive lounge of the hotel for the time being to accommodate soccer fans while Riverview Hotel undergoes a major renovation, and the restaurant is closed for the next few months.
7. Bistro Avenue at The Bedok Marketplace
348 Bedok Road (Simpang Bedok)
Bistro Avenue is located at the corner of the newly renovated The Bedok Marketplace. Selling only beer and wine, they hope to add Japanese cuisine to their menu in the near future. The place is perfect for a guy’s night out to enjoy soccer over a few towers of beer. This place attracts large crowds during the weekend, with many eating dinner at eateries around the area before going up to watch the live screening of matches on a large projector screen. It was a lively scene during the first round of matches last week, so we expect this will be an exciting place to tune into the season!
Bonus: Bistro Avenue is great for those who enjoy the early kick-off and the 10pm matches. The place closes at 12 midnight as it is located within the Simpang Bedok neighbourhood, hence liquor laws prevent them from selling alcohol after midnight.
Here’s to a great season ahead in the Barclays Premier League!