Finally, after 4 years, the long awaited FIFA World Cup kicked off this past Thursday! Football fans are in a frenzy over their favourite teams and adrenaline is all abuzz. There are many places in Singapore where you can catch the football matches live for free, including 55 different community clubs across the island, the Singapore Sports Hub via a 66sqm led screen and all Safra Clubs.
Alternatively, if you fancy watching the matches with friends, screaming your heads off over a fierce tackle and a glorious goal, over good Japanese food and some ice-cold beers, here are 5 Japanese bars where you can watch the football matches LIVE!
This cosy Japanese bar hidden away from the throngs of people along Somerset is quite the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Serving a wide range of Japan hand-crafted artisanal beers, JiBiru, which means ‘local beer’ in Japanese, makes for a unique yet authentic modern Japanese drinking experience.
Some of the popular beers they have on tap now are the Black Schwarzbier from Shibuya, Tokyo and Saison Du Japon from Naka-shi, Ibaraki.
And they are all set to welcome you for the World Cup 2018! New TVs, speakers ready and wired for sound, refreshing unique Japanese beers and some scrumptious yakitori to go along. What more do you need for World Cup happiness?!
Address: 313 Orchard Rd, #01-26, Singapore 238895
Daily – 1130am to 12mn
With its own Sake Master, this intimate Japanese restaurant promises high-quality authentic Japanese cuisine, premium Sakes and traditional Japanese hospitality at its best.
Fresh seafood is air-flown several times per week directly from Tsukiji fish market and they have 3 different types of Japanese soy sauce to match different foods. The good people at Ryu are also very particular about their sakes and sake-food pairing, to the point that they serve sake at different temperatures – namely Hiya (10〜35℃), Nurukan (around 40℃), and Atsukan (around 50℃).
This football season, there will be live screening at Capitol, which is where Ryu is located. Yes, you can actually see the World Cup match live while indulging your taste buds at Ryu’s. They also have promotional food items customised to every match day, special sake, wine and sake cocktails all going for $10 nett!
Address: Capitol Piazza 15 Stamford Road, 01-87, Singapore 178906
Daily – 12pm to 12mn
Conveniently located within Chijmes, The Modern Izakaya is a casual Japanese Izakaya styled after the bars of Tokyo but with a much more contemporary touch. Just like a typical Izakaya, the restaurant offers a sumptuous array of charcoal grilled yakitori and maki rolls, and a huge selection of sake, beer and whisky.
Serving up fun vibes and a laidback atmosphere, this modern bar is a great way to spend a night out with friends or colleagues. What makes it even better is that you can watch a live screening of the World Cup via 3 giant TV screens placed at Basement 1, just outside the bar!
Join in the party, cheer along with other fervent fans and have an epic football frenzy night over some Japanese beers and yakitori sticks. It is going to be a boisterous affair!
Address: 30 Victoria Street #01-18, Chijmes, Singapore 187996
Daily: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm | 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
This friendly neighbourhood chill-out bar is perfect to unwind and catch the live football matches with a big group of friends! Located within ORTO in Yishun, with Khatib mrt being the nearest, Kamikaze is a huge alfresco bar with a scenic view of the lake.
More than just a Tapas Bar, they serve quite a huge array of other Japanese comfort foods such as Donburi, Curry Rice, Curry Udon, Cheese Baked Rice and affordable bento sets. Enjoy their beer bucket and tower promotions coupled with pretty waitresses dressed in sexy football jerseys.
Good music, cheap beers and affordable yet delicious food are essential to an awesome night out. You can even make reservations to chope a seat with a good view of the TV screen. The best thing is that you can head down in berms and flip flops, just the way we Singaporeans like it!
Address: 81 Lorong Chencharu, 01-05A ORTO, Singapore 769198
Daily: 4pm – 2am
This Izakaya-style Japanese restaurant in the East side of Singapore serves a delightful assortment of authentic and affordable Japanese fare. Some of the popular items include fresh sashimi platters, grilled squid, fresh Japanese oysters and grilled wagyu steak.
The atmosphere here is friendly and vibrant. Gather a few friends and maybe your dog (yes the outdoor area is pet-friendly) and relax over some delicious Japanese bites while cheering on your favourite football teams. Premium Japanese alcohol is also on promotion during the football season, choose from Yamazaki, Kirin Fuji Sanroku, Sapporo beer and sake.
Address: 430 Upper Changi Road, #01-01, East Village, Singapore 487048
Tue – Sun: 11am to 12mn
With one more month to go before the finals, there is plenty of time to join in the World Cup madness. If you have more Japanese bars to share with us, do let us know in the comments below!