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The wait is almost over. Like the football addicts we are, we're getting jittery with anticipation as we prepare to dive into a month-long celebration of the Beautiful Game. To make sure you get the most out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, we've compiled this list of screenings, events and promotions around the country. Here we go!
A glass of caipirinha | Photo: The Cooking Coach
The Rock Bar
With Brazilian cocktails
The Rock Bar at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore will be mixing up an authentic taste of the land of samba with classic caipirinha ($10), Brazil's national cocktail. It is a refreshing mix of cachaça (spirit distilled from sugarcane juice) lime and sugar. They will also be serving shots of Rabo-de-galo ($10), a heady pairing of cachaça and vermouth, and Budweiser by the bottle and bucket ($14/$45). If tiredness starts to set in, or you're faced with a particularly dull match, just chug a couple of their espresso martinis ($10).
River Garden Coffee House
With a piping hot bowl of porridge
The Riverview Hotel's River Garden Coffee House will be open 24 hours during the World Cup, screening every game. Their Matchday Menu includes homestyle congee ($9.80), roti prata ($9.80) and The Full Monty All Day Breakfast ($17.80). Beers are available at promotional prices (from $11.80 for a pint of Tiger), and each pint gives you an entry into a "Guess the Score" contest where you stand to win... the price of your pint back. Every $50 spent in a single receipt puts you in the running to win a one-night stay at The Riverview for the World Cup Final, complete with a complimentary bottle of wine. Details here.
McDonald's Chicken Caramba | Photo: McDonald
Fast food, screenings and weekend carnivals
Whether you're lovin' it or not, McDonald's has always been a reliable source of late-night food that really hits the spot. They're the official restaurant of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will be screening matches at 41 outlets islandwide. Themed events will be held at a total of 127 stores and weekend carnivals featuring game booths, football skill tests and music and dance performances will take place at four outlets. McDonald's has unveiled a special menu to celebrate the tournament with items like the Chicken Caramba and Beef Picante burgers, Samba Spicy Drumlets, Copa-banana Pie and Lime McFizz to wash it all down. Their street art-inspired french fries boxes are pretty cool too though we haven't quite figured out how to degrease them before putting them on our shelves. Full details here.
Bar Bar Black Sheep
With four different cuisines
If you fancy your football with a plate of nasi lemak, a serving of tandoori chicken, some garlic bread on the side and a mango pudding to finish, Bar Bar Black Sheep at Cluny Court is the place for you. They serve Western, Thai, North Indian and local cuisine and have a decent booze menu too.
Penny Black and Muddy Murphy's
With the ever hopeful English
Ah, the Three Lions and their motley crew of often shirtless fans. They haven't had much to cheer about since 1966, but that hasn't stopped them from having a good time. Join them in their latest quest at Penny Black Victorian London Pub and Muddy Murphy's. Muddy's has put up a schedule which includes most midnight, 3am and 4am kick-offs along with England's blockbuster game against Italy at 6am on 15 June. Give Penny Black a call to check the details of their nightly lineup.
The merry-making Dutch at the Hollandse Club | Photo: Facebook, Hollandse Club
With the Oranje Army
If not for the heroics of Iker Casillas and Andrés Iniesta, the Netherlands may well have been going to Brazil as the defending champions. Nevertheless, the Dutch are ready to go again, and their home base in Singapore is the Hollandse Club. The Hollandse Club will be opening its doors to the public – yes, even if you don't bleed orange – and will be screening selected matches. You can look forward to one-for-one pre-match happy hours with traditional Dutch snacks. Their screening schedule can be found here.
The Bank Bar + Bistro
A little wager every now and then doesn't hurt. After all, for every mouthwatering match-up like Spain vs the Netherlands there are always going to be a few less inspiring ties that need an excitement injection. Judging by The Bank Bar & Bistro's clientele, you can bet that there will be more than a few "little wagers" among fans there; a potential source of great drama. The Bank will be showing 32 games, including every match from the quarter final stage, on its 120-inch projector screen.
Leisure World's cruise | Photo: Leisure World
On a cruise
Stayover on the cruise ship
For the price of an average pint, you could be enjoying the World Cup from the comfort of MV Leisure World off the coast of Singapore. Seriously. Leisure World is setting sail on nightly World Cup cruises from just $13 per person, inclusive of a cabin (for groups of three each), buffet-style meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and live entertainment. Screenings of the matches will be accompanied by punditry from members of the cast of First XI (football reality television series). Book your spot now on the Leisure World website.
Four bars and special drink deals
For one night only (14 June), you can dress up in your best football kit and join the World Cup Pool Party Pub Crawl. Kicking off at 6.30pm next to Botero's bird statue in Boat Quay, you'll stop at two bars before boarding an open-top party bus to Sentosa. At Sentosa, you'll swing by two beach bars before ending the night at a beach club. You get free shots on arrival at each venue and special drink deals after, and more shots on board the party bus. You might just drink enough to imagine you're on Copacabana. Early bird tickets are available from $30 through Peatix.
At Community Centres
With your neighbours
Thanks to a collaboration between the People's Association (PA), Singapore Pools and SingTel, all 64 matches of the tournament will be shown "live" at 30 community centres around the country. There will be fringe activities as well, which we assume will go beyond a gua zi (wintermelon seeds) eating contest. Get in on the action with the #JioYouWatchWorldCup hashtag on the PA Facebook page and you could also win some official merchandise. Screening details are available here.
Paulaner at Clarke Quay
With ze Germans
With all the quality players they've produced in recent years and with three World Cup titles already in the record books, Germany is due for some success, having last tasted glory on the biggest stage in 1990. Can Die Nationalmannschaft become the first European team to win the tournament in the Americas? Stay tuned at Paulaner at Clarke Quay.
The crowd pumping their night away at Neverland II | Photo: Facebook, Neverland II
Dancing clubs into football clubs
For the World Cup season, the Neverland Group will be converting its five outlets into – pun incoming – football clubs as they screen games within operating hours at Neverland, Neverland II, Sonar, Mono and Nitro. They've got their own "Guess the Score" contest with towers of beer up for grabs. More details on their Facebook page.
With the mighty men and women of the Singapore Armed Forces
If your SAFRA membership has lapsed, now would be a good time to renew it. The SAFRA clubs at Mount Faber, Tampines and Yishun will be showing every game, while the club at Toa Payoh will screen the final. Each club has its own activities and games, ranging from a foosball championship to predict and win contests, and will be handing out goodie bags. Most screenings are free but some big games require an admission fee. You get a free flow of drinks and snacks for your troubles though. Full details here.
The Carlsberg trophy glass | Photo: Harry's
With limited edition glassware
The always reliable Harry's will be screening games at three of its outlets (Claymore, Esplanade and The Sail) serving drinks until 6am with a one-for-one offer for fans in football jerseys from 11.30pm to 12.30am. With every three pints of Carlsberg purchased at any Harry's outlet, you'll also receive a limited edition Carlsberg trophy glass. Want something to remember the goal times with? Check it out here. German software giants SAP will also be hosting a World Cup pub quiz night on 16 June from 5.30pm at Harry's Boat Quay – a good excuse to start things early in anticipation of Germany vs Portugal later on.
The Sleeping Rhino
With 50 per cent discounts after every goal
It might be called The Sleeping Rhino, but this restaurant will be very much awake in the month ahead. They'll be showing the games on a 55-inch plasma TV and every time a goal is scored, you'll have 60 seconds to make the most of a 50 per cent discount on selected food and drinks. klapsons is also running a promotion on its executive rooms – they're priced at $390 a night with $150 credit to spend at The Sleeping Rhino.