The weekend can mean many things for many people. Some like hitting the shops down Orchard Road, some work through their DVD box sets - tubs of ice-cream in tow, and some (actually, quite a few) scuttle across the causeway, grocery list in one hand and calculator in the other.
But, for a considerable portion of the male (female participation, it must be said, has been growing in recent years) population in Singapore the weekend can only mean one thing: football.
From university dorms, to heartland coffee shops and pubs and bars, Singapore's long-standing love affair with football (English or European) is truly a sight to behold. Especially so at watering holes in the centre of town, where locals, expats and tourists mingle and share in the communal pleasures of watching their favourite teams slugging it on the football field.
Here are some choice spots where you can catch footie on big screens while getting some good grub and drink deals at the same time.
O'Bama's Irish Pub
Address: 54 Tras Street
Tel: 6225 1090
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 4pm-midnight; Fri noon-2am; Sat 4pm-2am
Formerly Shamus O'Donnell's, this Tanjong Pagar bar was renamed in ode of the iconic US President (now that's Change we can drink to!)..
This is a boisterous, fun-loving pub that hosts intimate gigs, parties and loads and loads of live football screenings. Not only will you find the screens turned on to Irish Gaelic football on the weekends, this is also a superb place to watch English football screenings - with pint after pint of Guinness in hand. Happy hours run till 8pm daily and during those times, you can enjoy a Heineken, Strongbow and Guinness at $13 a pint (UP $15).
We also recommend you tuck into its eclectic food menu; fancy a 'ronnie reagan' cheeseburger or Nonya chicken curry? Or perhaps something a little more Emerald Isle-ish like the hearty traditional Irish beef stew. Just be careful not to spill it all over yourself when your team scores!
Muddy Murphy's Irish Pub
Address: #B1-01/06 Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Rd.
Tel: 6735 0400
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-1am; Fri-Sun 11am-2am; Sun 11am-midnight
At the basement of Orchard Hotel is one of the most prominent Irish pubs in Singapore. With its cozy interiors, Guinness posters and beer barrels, this place is perfect for dragging down your mates to watch some big screen footie action.
The weekend football experience here is loud and fun with a good sprinkling of expats and locals joining in to create a cracking atmosphere.
The food here is, to put it aptly, incredible! If your team's had a bit of a spanking then there's no better way to kill off that post match blues with some scrumptious shepherd's pie and Irish lamb stew with Irish soda bread. Yummy!
Harry's at Dempsey Hill
Address: #01-17A, Blk 11 Dempsey Road
Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 5pm-1am; Fri & Eve of PH: 5pm-2am; Sat: 11am-2am; Sun: 11am-1am
With around 30 outlets island-wide, you'll have no difficulty finding a Harry's bar somewhere in your neck of the woods. But Harry's at Dempsey Hill is just what the (football watching, beer drinking) doctor will order if you want to steer clear of the madding crowds in town yet want somewhere centrally located.
Hang out with a knowledgeable sports crowd here and take in the weekend games with a good, fun crowd of all ages and sizes. Plasma screens vie alongside a large projection screen, ensuring that you won't miss any action from wherever you may be sitting. What's more, happy hours run from 11am-9pm ($12 a pint for all draft beers, including Tiger, Guinness and Heineken; $6 a pop for house pour spirits) on weekends; which means you'll get quite a bit of drink in way before the action kicks off.
Harry's range of great pub grub -- from burgers, to sandwiches and pizzas, to side orders and finger food -- also means that there's something to look forward to even if you get bored by the action on the field. And if you don't feel like eating, there's always the free pool table for you and your pals to entertain yourselves.
Address: 25-27 Boat Quay
Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 11.30am-1am; Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 11.30am-2am; Sun: 11.30am-midnight
Located at Boat Quay, this rustic pub checks all the boxes when it comes to Victorian English pub authenticity. It's therefore no surprise to learn that Penny Black's interior was built piece by piece by master craftsmen in London and then shipped over to Singapore.
Not only will you be able to drink alfresco by the historic Singapore River, but watching football on a giant projector inside is truly a treat in the confines of this replica 19th century London pub.
Happy hours are from 11:30am-8pm daily (15% off draft beers and house wines). Look out for English faves like 'old speckled hen' and strongbow on tap. Also, tuck into its excellent fish & chips while watching the game to complete your "totally English" football weekend.
Brewerkz Riverside Point
Address:#01-05Riverside Point,30 Merchant Road
Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 12pm-12am; Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 12pm-1 am; Sun 11am-12am
Brewerkz Indoor Stadium
Address: #01-06/07 Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk
Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 12pm-12am; Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 12pm-1 am; Sun: 11am-12am
Brewerkz has two great places where you can head for during EPL weekends. For those who like the convenience of catching the MRT and heading to town, then the Brewerkz Restaurant & Microbrewery at Riverside Point, opposite Clarke Quay, is the obvious pit stop. Here, you can mingle with regulars who have been taking in EPL games for years at this centrally located, popular gastrobrewery.
Lap up your fill of handcrafted house brews consisting lagers and ales while tucking into some well-portioned dishes, with emphasis on all-American cuisine with regional dishes from the Deep South, the South West and California.