Want to celebrate ‘Straya day in Singapore? Here’s where the party’s at…
Confession: every now and then (usually after a jaunt back to Sydney), I catch a big fat Aussie accent coming out of my mouth. So when 26 January rolls round, no matter where I’ve been in the world, I suddenly have an urge to bake lamingtons and feel the urge to throw a barbecue (or sniff out the nearest sausage sizzle). Here’s where the Australian community in Singapore is getting together this year… brace yourselves for the inevitable chants of ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi! Oi! Oi!’
Friday, 26 January, 3pm-midnight
If you’re into your craft beers, head on down to Freehouse for Australian brews from the likes of Beerfarm, Pirate Life Brewing, and Stockade Brew Co. If you’ve been craving the kind of burger you’d grab from an Aussie beach kiosk (we’re talking beetroot), Freehouse will be serving these bad boys on the night along with proper beer battered fish and chips.
Freehouse, 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620
Friday, 26 January, 5pm-11pm
If you’re chasing an epic BBQ, The Hangar is celebrating Australia Day with an all you can eat spread for $25. Think Aussie king prawns, pork and fennel snags, blue cheese burgers and ribs. There’ll be happy hour on all drinks, but they had us at all you can eat.
The Hangar, 25 Arab Street, Singapore 199724
Friday 26 January, 6pm-3am
Hello, sausage sizzle! BQ Bar at Boat Quay is going for the old-school sausage sizzle for $10 (pretend you’re at Bunnings!) and all day specials on Pure Blonde and Bundaberg Rum at $10. With the party going on till 3am, this one’s for the Aussies with staying power. But hey, it’s Friday night…
BQ Bar, 39 Boat Quay, Singapore 049828
Saturday 27 January, 7pm-2am
You’ve seen the photos from AustCham balls on Facebook. With a six-course fine dining menu and red carpet dress code, this event for the Australian business community in Singapore is known to sell out, and AustCham members already know to get in early. This year’s ball is already closed for registrations, but if you still want in, try emailing [email protected] Tickets for AustCham members are $235pp and $270 for non-members.
Swissotel the Stamford, Fairmont Ballroom, 2 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178882
Sunday, 28 January, 2pm-6pm
Hosted by ANZA Singapore at Australian International School, this one’s for the families: there’ll be a BBQ, of course, courtesy of The Butcher, more food stalls, a market and a bouncy castle and slip and slides for the kids. Live band ‘No Worries’ will be playing Aussie faves and entrance is free.
Australian International School, 1 Lorong Chuan, Ang Mo Kio, Singapore 556818
Special deals until 28 January
Celebrate all things Aussie at Boomarang Bistro & Bar, where you can watch the Australian Open with a Pure Blonde cold one in hand. What’s extra Aussie at this time of year at Boomarang? The $40 buckets of beer and $8++ pavlovas! The Boat Quay branch is partying until midnight, but at Robertson Quay you can stay out until 3am…
Boomarang, #01-15 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252