If you know of bars screening UFC in non-central areas of Singapore, please let us know, and we’ll update this list as we go along!
When I first got into MMA a few years ago, there was only one place I knew of that screened UFC fights. Evidently, MMA is fast becoming mainstream in Singapore, as there are now numerous places around the island you can catch some fight action. With UFC 197 coming up on April 23 (but April 24, 11am for us here in Singapore), here are some places you can head to to watch Jon Jones battle it out with Ovince St-Preux.
The outlet at Circular Road covers two levels, with well-placed screens throughout the premises. It does get extremely packed – at least, it was when we were last there in March for the McGregor vs Diaz fight – so be sure to get there way before 11am (when the main card starts). The food served here is decent but they seemed severely under-staffed the last time we were there, so be prepared to wait more than an hour if you plan to eat there. Boomarang has another branch at Robertson Quay but UFC fights are only screened at their Circular Road outlet.
Boomarang is located at 52 Circular Road.
2. Harry’s Boat Quay
What’s there to say about Harry’s that hasn’t already been said? It’s THE place to go to when you want friendly service, reliably great food, and good happy hour deals. When we got in touch with them, we were told that they were working on their UFC screening schedule for the other outlets, but you won’t be disappointed if you head down to the one at Boay Quay for some MMA action.
Harry’s is located at 28 Boat Quay.
When McGregor fought Diaz on March 5, McGettigan’s was the first place we thought of heading to. I mean, where better to watch Ireland’s most famous MMA fighter duke it out than at an Irish pub, right??? But everyone else must have had the same idea as they were fully reserved a few days before the fight. I still haven’t been there myself, but from the pictures, it looks like they’ve got ample seating – both indoors and al fresco – with numerous screens placed throughout. On fight days, enjoy their Irish breakfast for just $15++ and house drinks for $10 nett all day.
McGettigan’s is located at 3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay.
4. Amber Nectar – The Beer Garden
One of the Go Away editorial team’s favourite haunts (because $10 pints during happy hour!), Amber Nectar also screens UFC fights in their indoor space. But as they only open at 12pm, they won’t screen the full telecast. It might still be worth heading to if (1) you don’t feel like jostling with the crowds at Boat Quay or (2) you’re only interested in watching the co-main event and the main event.
Amber Nectar – The Beer Garden is located at #01-10/11 Robertson Walk.
5. Muddy Murphy’s
I have fond memories of Muddy Murphy’s – arguably the grandaddy of Irish pubs in Singapore – at its previous location at Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade. Did you know that it was designed and built to scale in Dublin almost two decades ago, then dismantled and shipped to Singapore in containers before being reassembled? It moved to TripleOne Somerset three years ago, but Sundays remain a good day to visit because that’s when you can enjoy their traditional Sunday Roast. (And should you, by any chance, also have the rather obscure interest in Gaelic football, Muddy’s is the place to go to catch it!)
Muddy Murphy’s is located at #01-02/05 Claymore Connect.
5. Dallas Restaurant & Bar
Dallas has opened its second outlet at Suntec City Sky Garden, but will only screen UFC fights at its original outlet at Boat Quay. The food – hearty, meaty mains – itself is worth going for, and they’ve got good selection of beers on taps and wines by the glass. What we love most about Dallas, however, is its friendly, welcoming and communal atmosphere.
Dallas Restaurant & Bar is located at 31 Boat Quay