Every four years, millions hold their breath in anticipation of the world’s biggest sporting event. This includes Singaporeans, who are as excited as any other football fan around the world. Unfortunately, subscription fees have reached an all-time high in recent years, with fans paying $112.35 to watch the World Cup in Singapore.
On the bright side, many venues and bars in Singapore have stepped in to provide live screenings of the World Cup matches despite the extravagant costs. Here are our picks of the best places to watch the exciting 2018 World Cup in Singapore.
1. Community Clubs / Community Centres (Free!)
Since 1953, CCs have served the community well. As a continued gesture of goodwill, the People’s Association (PA) recently announced live screenings of all 64 matches for absolutely free! As per the previous World Cup, you would be able to watch the matches of the World Cup in Singapore within the convenience of your neighbourhood. For detailed match schedules and the full list of 55 CCs involved, check out the PA’s Facebook page.
2. Singapore Sports Hub (Free!)
Catch the football fever with Sports Hub’s Festival Of Football event! Sports Hub will be making use of their giant LED screen to showcase live World Cup matches alongside various activities like daily football pick-up games and World Cup museum exhibits. There will even be live music and entertainment before every first live match so you won’t be bored stiff while waiting for the matches to start. Head on down if you’re looking for a thematic stadium experience beyond simply spectating the various matches of the World Cup in Singapore.
The Sports Hub
Address: Stadium Boulevard, Kallang, Singapore 271003
3. Changi Airport (Free!)
Who says you have to sacrifice watching the World Cup to send a friend or loved one off at Changi Airport? Head on down to Terminal 3 and join in the fun and games! If you’re feeling lucky, Changi Airport will be launching their own ‘Guess the Winning Team’ contest. Your ability to predict the winning team (or draw if you think it’ll be an evenly matched game) for the first live match on Fridays and weekends will earn you up to $5000 in Changi Gift Cards.
Changi Airport Terminal 3, Departure Hall North, Public Area, Near Skytrain To T1
Address: 65 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819663
4. McDonald’s (Free!)
Alongside their massive marketing campaign to bring back the much beloved McGriddles, McDonald’s have also announced that 22 of their outlets will be screening select World Cup matches! While you’re not obligated to buy anything, nothing quite beats cheering on your favourite teams as you enjoy a midnight Sausage McGriddle and Banana Cone. Curious which of the 22 outlets have been selected? Check out McDonald’s official FIFA world cup site for more details.
5. SAFRA Country Clubs (Free!)
SAFRA is organising their very own Football Bonanza event to stir about their own version of football fever for the World Cup in Singapore! SAFRA is amplifying the live screening experience with special seating arrangements for SAFRA members, football competitions and clinics, lucky draws and free refreshments across all 6 clubs. Head on down to your local SAFRA club if you’re keen on joining the festivities.
Address: 333 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 649848
SAFRA Mount Faber
Address: 2 Telok Blangah Way, Singapore 098803
Address: 9 Sentul Crescent, Singapore 828654
Address: 1/A Tampines Street 92, Singapore 528882
SAFRA Toa Payoh
Address: 293 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319387
Address: 60 Yishun Avenue 4, Singapore 769027
Now that we’ve covered most of the free World Cup live screening options, let’s move on to the paid options! If you’re afraid of squeezing around with large crowds at the free public venues, why not consider the following options? As long as you manage to register or arrive early and aren’t afraid to shell out a bit of money, you’ll be able to enjoy quality food and drinks while watching the games.
HomeTeamNS is handling their World Cup 2018 live screening sessions a little differently from the others. While the Bukit Batok outlet is holding the screening at their main lobby, Balestier’s screening is held at the Wiser Sports Bar, where you’re able to enjoy free beers and discounts if you’re a member! Enjoy a game of darts and enjoy the bar’s atmosphere while cheering on your favourite teams.
As for Sembawang’s screening, they are holding it at Hai Bin, the popular prawning area. Although you’re able to sign up solo at $10, the real attraction here is that HomeTeamNS is providing a staycation option for $80 for groups of four. Save up on midnight taxi fees and wake up to free breakfast the next morning with your buddies after watching the midnight matches!
HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok
Address: 2 Bukit Batok West Avenue 7, Singapore 659003
Address:301 Canberra Road, Singapore 759774
Address:31 Ah Hood Road, Singapore 329979
A first for the world’s highest alfresco bar, 1-Altitude will be screening the World Cup in SIngapore. Transforming itself to provide an atmosphere that is closer to a football stadium, bar patrons will get to enjoy pre-game entertainment as you rock to the tunes from live local bands and resident DJs. Food and drinks will even be themed according to the countries of the teams playing that day. Enjoy the panoramic view of Singapore’s cityscape as you take in the sights and sounds that 1-Altitude has to offer!
Address:1 Raffles Place (Former OUB Centre), Singapore 048616
8. McGettigan’s Clarke Quay
Located in the heart of the nightlife district, McGettigan’s serves delicious Irish-styled food. This makes the place perfect for quelling those half-time hunger pangs. With sides like Chilli Beef Nachos and Buffalo Chicken Wings and mains such as McGettigan’s Beef Burger and Orange Glazed Baby Back Ribs, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice! To bring about the World Cup 2018 cheer, you’ll get a free pint if you’re able to guess the first goalscorer of any match. Also, dust off your old football jerseys because pints are discounted if you arrive dressed in your favourite team’s jersey!
McGettigan’s Clarke Quay
Address:3A River Valley Road, #01-01 Merchant’s Court, Singapore 179020
9. Fullerton Hotel / Fullerton Bay Hotel
Fancy a breathtaking view of the Singapore River while viewing the World Cup matches on the big screen? Or perhaps you would prefer the sophistication of the indoor Post Bar? Check out Fullerton Hotel’s Post Bar and Fullerton Bay Hotel’s Lantern Rooftop Bar! Featuring World Cup-themed alcohol and snacks, both bars are perfect locations for a sumptuous dinner and night of relaxation as you prepare to cheer on your preferred teams. It will indeed be a unique experience to watch the World Cup in Singapore in established hotels that have such great history and elegance tagged to them.
Address:1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Fullerton Bay Hotel
Address:80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
If you were lucky enough to be offered a free World Cup 2018 subscription from SingTel, make sure to take advantage of it by hosting the best football gathering possible! To help you along, do refer to our Champions League 2018 Finals article that also talks about maximising your enjoyment for any match.
Have any other places to watch the 2018 World Cup in Singapore? Recommend them to other fellow football fanatics by sharing them in the comments below!
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