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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!
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.
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.
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.