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7 unique places in Singapore to watch the Fifa World Cup Russia 2018

1. Watch it with tourists all around the world – Changi Airport

Photo Credit : Changi Airport

I may be biased since I live in the East, but I think Changi Airport is the best place to catch the Fifa World Cup. It’s probably the only place in Singapore you can mingle with tourists from around the world to watch the World Cup for free, and in air-conditioned comfort! Sure, the pubs and all at Boat Quay will probably see its fair share of foreigners, but you probably have to pay for a drink at the very least. And because the screen is so huge, even if you don’t snag one of the seats, you can still get a good view of the live action.

Terminal 3, Departure Hall North, Public Area (Near Skytrain To T1)

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70 Best places in Singapore to watch the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia

Need some ideas on where in Singapore to watch the 2018 World Cup held in Russia? How about 70 ideas??? Scroll down to see the list of places sorted by location. This includes places to watch the World Cup for free (bring your own food and drink), as well as good cafes/pubs/restaurants. Practically every single establishment is having some sort of drinks promo, special dishes and even contests. Click on the blue links to find out more.

Make sure you check the screening schedule of the individual locations, as not all the matches might be screened. More people in Singapore are expected to watch the World Cup outside this time round because Russia’s time difference with Singapore is much more favourable. I’ve consulted an “in-house expert” and these have been listed as some of the more popular matches at convenient timings. So if you want to go soak up some World Cup atmosphere, follow this list! The timings below are all noted in Singapore time.

  • 16 June Saturday 6pm – France vs Australia
  • 17 June Sunday 11pm – Germany vs Mexico
  • 18 June Monday 8pm – Sweden vs Korean Republic
  • 19 June Tuesday 8pm – Colombia vs Japan
  • 21 June Thursday 8pm – Denmark vs Australia
  • 22 June Friday 8pm – Brazil vs Costa Rica
  • 23 June Saturday 11pm – Korea Republic vs Mexico
  • 24 June Sunday 8pm – England vs Panama
  • 27 June Wednesday 10pm – Korea Republic vs Germany
  • 28 June Thursday 10pm – Japan vs Poland

Round of 16 schedule is not out yet. And of course not forgetting the quarter-finals, semi finals and Finals on 15 July Sunday 11pm. Or check out the Match Fixtures Schedule in full, so you can choose your favourite matches to watch!

–> 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Match Schedule

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Places to watch the World Cup for free!

  • Changi Airport – Terminal 3, Departure Hall North, Public Area (Near Skytrain To T1) as well as several areas in Transit Area. Participate in quizzes and games and win Changi Gift Cards worth up to $5,000.
  • 55 Community Clubs and Centres around Singapore
  • McDonalds – 22 locations around Singapore including Downtown East, Tampines Mart, Marine Cove ECP, Boat Quay, AMK Park, Sengkang Sports Complex and Jurong Bowl. (Well almost free, since food here is so cheap)
  • SAFRA Clubs – All SAFRA clubs will be screening ALL matches live! Non-SAFRA members (who are not members’ 2 guests) will have to sit at the non-member area. Pre-event activities include football carnival, lucky draw and fan packs.
  • Our Tampines Hub – 1 Tampines Walk Singapore 528523
  • OCBC Arena at Singapore Sports Hub – 5 Stadium Drive Singapore 397631

Hotels in Singapore

Parks in Singapore

East Coast Park

Other Parks in Singapore

 

CBD (Raffles Place, Tanjong Pagar, Shenton Way)

  • Boulevard – 12 Marina View Asia Square Tower 2, #01-04/05 Singapore 018961
  • Bull and Bear – 31 Pekin Street #01-01 Far East Square, Singapore 048761
  • The Exchange – 8 Marina View, #01-05 Asia Square Tower 1 Singapore, 018960
  • McDonalds
    • Springleaf Tower
    • Boat Quay

City Centre (City Hall, Orchard Road, Marina Bay)

Boat Quay

Robertson Quay

  • Boomarang Bistro and Bar – 60 Robertson Quay #01-15 The Quayside Singapore 238252
  • Brewerkz – #01-05/06 Riverside Point 30 Merchant Rd Singapore 058282
  • BQ Bar – 39 Boat Quay Singapore 049828

Clarke Quay

  • Cuba Libre – Clarke Quay, River Valley Road, #01-13, 179021
  • McGettigan’s – 3A River Valley Road, Merchant’s Court, Singapore 179020

East Singapore

  • Boulevard – 5 Changi BusinessPark Central 1 ChangiCityPoint, #01-72 S486038
  • Brotzeit – 126 East Coast Road, 428809
  • Ikura Japanese East Village – 430 Upper Changi Road, #01-01 East Village S487048
  • Our Tampines Hub – 1 Tampines Walk Singapore 528523
  • Moa Tiki – 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, #01-70/71 Changi City Point, 486038
  • See East Coast Park F&B outlets above under Parks section

North Singapore

North-East Singapore


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Overeasy Overcrowded!

I really am a night person. Despite sleeping only 6 hours yesterday, and pretty much that for the last 1 week, I still have the energy to stay up late. I even mopped the floor just 10 minutes ago! (It’s 2 am now btw) Waking up early is a huge problem for me, but sleeping late is no problem at all, which is so weird because you would think that if you’re tired in the morning, then you remain tired all day and want an early night. Or maybe it’s due to the exciting night I just had.

Was over at Overeasy at One Fullerton for the Brazil versus Netherlands match. We didn’t manage to reserve a table even though we tried calling all day today. As expected, it was packed to the gills and then some. There was a huge screen erected right in the middle of the Al Fresco area. The lucky ones had seats, but many more were standing along the walkway, even the non-customers.

We went inside, and an amazing thing happened! A portion of Overeasy was cordoned off for a private party. But we didn’t know that at first so we walked straight in. And right at the end there was another TV screen so we headed for that and plopped ourselves on some seats right smack in front of the TV. At this point I realised that we had barged into some company’s football function! It was an Indian company so it was so strange that here were 4 Chinese women plus 2 ang mohs sitting in the prime spot as if nothing weird was going on. One of the ang mohs with us is a Dutch and his patriotism must have given him the courage to lead the way.

Nobody said anything and I was privately giggling to myself the entire 1st half of the match. I felt like taking photos just to prove that this really happened but then I might be identified! While we were walking in, some of the people from this company even smiled at us! I think if we had ordered drinks, they would have been billed to the company!

At half time, we quietly left, and found a table in the public indoor section of Overeasy, but it was not easy to see the match. So after a while, we gravitated outside to the big screen again. It was very fun watching the match outside. Every time there was a target shot, everyone would be shouting along, even if you couldn’t see what was happening.

There’s only 1 more week of World Cup left. And probably every establishment will be crowded like hell during the match hours now that it’s nearing the finals. The best bet, if you want to get a good spot, is to go to a place where there are many pubs and restaurants with TV screens. Then if 1 pub is too crowded, you can move on to the next. Overeasy was nice, but it is the only establishment at One Fullerton showing the World Cup. I still say your best bet would be to go to Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay, Boat Quay or Chijmes.

World Cup at Clarke Quay

After work yesterday, I thought I’d go to Clarke Quay to have dinner as well as soak in the football atmosphere. It was 6.30pm when we got there and most of the pubs and restaurants were hardly filled. I thought the pubs would be full of people “choping” seats in anticipation of the 7.30pm match between Germany and Serbia. But I guess maybe the frenzy will only be seen in the later rounds.

All the pubs had TVs but I noticed that many restaurants had TVs too. When we got to the middle of Clarke Quay, we saw that Carlsberg had erected a huge stand, with a big drop-down screen. We decided to eat at the Highlander and were so happy to get the last seat facing the big screen. But strangely, when 7.30pm came, nothing was on the screen! What is the purpose of having that big screen there if they are not going to show the match????

After dinner, we walked around again and most people weren’t even watching the match. They were having dinner and chatting with friends like the World Cup wasn’t on at all. Mulligan’s, an Irish Pub, had several TV screens at their premises yet they were showing Rugby League instead of the World Cup. What’s going on???

We roamed around Clarke Quay and even went to the Riverside Point mall. The restaurant seats are all lined along by the river. It would have been a nice view, except the river was really muddy looking, thanks to the rainy weather lately I suppose. Apart from the restaurants which are all facing the river, there is almost nothing going on in the rest of Riverside Point. It seems much of the floor space has not been rented by anyone. Why is Riverside Point languishing in such a state in a prime area?

After we left Clarke Quay, we happened to drive past Hong Lim Park, and guess what we saw? There was a humongous big screen with lots of people watching the football! The Telok Ayer Hong Lim Community Centre had set up the big screen for fans. The seating area was cordoned off, and it was packed inside. But I suppose you could just as well stand outside the cordoned off area because the screen is so big I could even see it from the park.

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