Sorry to disappoint but this is not a review of the ongoing matches. It is a review of the venues and no I am not talking about faraway South Africa but here in this little red dot! This is my review of the various means apart from TV and live streaming that one can catch World Cup 2010 live in Sg.
Clubs, pubs and restaurant
So far my experience was limited to standing outside a pub in Clark Quay for all of 10 mins to watch the Argentina-South Korea game and a further 45 minutes of standing outside a restaurant further down the road. The TV screens at both places are 42 inch wide screen LCD TV although the former did have a projection wall at one end but from where I was standing, the angle wasn’t good. Also, the TV screen at the first place was inside the pub and the sound could not be hear clearly. There was standing space only for us free loaders at both venue but I guess if we have to pay for something to eat, we would have spend a bomb. Atmosphere wise it was rather mute except when Argentina scores but other than that, there wasn’t really much noise.
Screen: So So
Ambience: Not Bad
Food: Available but expensive
Recommendation: Go for it only if won on the bets you place and want to impress your date
My experience at the coffeeshop was even shorter. A mere 2 minutes but it was enough to send me running – from the pall of smoke emitting from all the smokers. What happened to the no-smoking law? Anyway, from what I observed, at this particular coffeeshop, there was 2 screens, both outdoor and installed on the beam of the building well set back from the tables. Sound wasn’t really audible due to the openness of the area.