Sahara Bar & Restaurant

Go here for:
Casual drinks – Kick back after a hard day’s work and relax.

A Family affair – Looking for somewhere to have a bite as well as a drink? Head on down for a family friendly atmosphere.

Watch sports – Watch your favourite sports with a wide variety of drinks at the ready.

$$ – Decently priced drinks (Happy Hour until 9pm daily)

A real mainstay for anyone who has grown up in Singapore or been part of a football team here. The Boss (as aptly stated on his business card), Esad is a charming owner who has time for everybody. The footballing legend of Singapore has created a unique place for friends and family to meet up and relax with a shisha or cold beer.

Personal experience:
I have frequented Sahara so many times that I cannot even begin to count. Set against the backdrop of the Singapore River with Marina Bay Sands in the distance, Sahara is a cut above the rest at Boat Quay. A guarantee of decently priced drinks and friendly staff certainly keeps people coming back again and again.

Perhaps best known for their shisha (soon to be outlawed…boo!), Sahara is a favourite of ex-S-League players and expat amateur footballers. Despite the stereotype of expat footballers in Singapore being loud and boisterous, the atmosphere is very calm and relaxed. The outdoor seating just by the river is for the shisha smokers, whilst the upstairs serves as a function room with a fully operational and stocked bar. As the bar doubles up as a restaurant serving authentic Persian and Mediterranean cuisine a certain degree of decorum is instilled. The food is excellent to boot. I suggest the falafel.

If you are meandering along Boat Quay and sick of seeing the giant crabs every second block, head for Sahara. The staff are great, as they never pressure you into buying another drink and you are never asked to move from your seat if you aren’t spending enough money (Marakesh at Clarke Quay, I’m looking at you). Don’t feel the need to order an alcoholic beverage either (Marakesh, I’m still looking at you), there are plenty of herbal teas and soft drinks on the menu. I promise you, after a few visits you will soon be treated like a regular and friend. Just don’t try The Boss’ signature ‘drink’ from Serbia.

Contact details:
58 Boat Quay, Singapore 049847
Tel: 6536 6231 Email: N/A
Opening hours: Not stated