Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in Singapore

Where to watch the Rugby World Cup in Singapore

These are the six best spots to catch all the Rugby World Cup action

"Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi" ... better learn this chant if you're going to be watching the rugby at Boomarang Bistro and Bar. Rugby and Singapore go a long way back.

The “hooligans’ game played by gentlemen” was brought over by the British in the 19th century, with Singapore competing in the Malay Cup, one of the oldest rugby competitions in the world.

Come 2019, with the Rugby World Cup being hosted in Japan, Singapore will co-host five  matches; but until the rugby ball lands on our shores, we have only satellite feeds for our rugby fix.

But no one said that we should stay at home for it …

1. CHIJMES

Probably the most venerable of sport-watching spaces, CHIJMES is known to roll out huge projection screens for any of the World Cups: rugby or football. It might seem like a co-shared marketing ploy from the various pubs, but it’s hard to beat this spot for its picnic-like atmosphere and laid-back al fresco setting.

30 Victoria St., +65 6337 7810; www.chijmes.com.sg

2. Picotin

Sick of the city? Then head out to this joint on Turf Club Road. Picotin really isn’t really a sports pub, it’s better known for its pizzas and lazy, dozy afternoons. They do have a wide selection of beer and the manager always has the television switched on to a game -- often it's rugby -- happening somewhere around the world.

100 Turf Club Road, +65 6877 1191; www.picotin.com.sg

3. Old Empire Gastrobar

Beer goes best with men plowing into each other. That’s what this new entrant in the microbrewery scene does very well. It serves bottled beers from Britain and everywhere else that will soothe most palettes. But really, it’s their Jungle Beers on tap -- made in Singapore and drawing on its creator's Indian, Chinese and American heritage -- that gets our pick. The Kiasu Stout at a robust nine percent packs a wallo -- a perfect toast to the Rugby World Cup.

491 River Valley Road, #01-16 Valley Point Shopping Centre; +65 6735 7881

4. Boomarang Bistro & Bar

Wherever there are Aussies, there’ll be rugby, and the Boomarang Bistro & Bar is about as Aussie as it can get. The restaurant/bar has a chilled-out vibe by the river that, of course, changes when the matches come on, and then it becomes Australia versus well … anyone else.

60 Robertson Quay #01-15 The Quayside, +65 67381077; www.boomarang.com.sg

5. 282

282 has got to be the "prettiest" sports bar we've ever seen with its 61st floor perch. Even better, it’s in the middle of the city, so you could just pop up for a quick two-hour Rugby World Cup fix. Take a crack at their indoor golf simulator if you’re bored with overt displays of sweaty testosterone.

Level 61, 1 Raffles Place, +65 65364846; www.1-altitude.com/#282

6. Prince of Wales

Rugby World Cup  and polished company don’t mix? Then the Prince of Wales, a local backpacker institution, might be your place. The Boat Quay outlet is cozier than the original at Little India, but it’s got the same laid-back vibe and imported Aussie culture.

51 Boat Quay, +65 6536 9697; www.pow.com.sg

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