This article is especially for visitors or travellers planning to come Singapore. And for clueless locals alike.
Eating and drinking have been a common favourite for Singaporeans until the government decided to pass the bill. Alcohol Law In Singapore. Daily from 10:30pm till 7am – Alcohol Ban nationwide. Yes it is confirmed, effective 1st of April (not a joke)
For Tourist and Visitors in Singapore, in a nutshell:
You CAN go to clubs or pubs and drink till you puke.
Please do not go outside and drink.
By outside I mean, roadside or pavement, external area of store/shop premises, parks or bridges.
Try not to be seen holding a can of beer or alcohol while walking back to your hotel after 10:30pm.
If you want to drink, just stay out of Geylang and Little India.
You have been warned. If you’re interested to know more, read on.
Let’s look into the details. (Subject to changes)
For Locals: Most of the sources are from Mata (Police in Malay language) If you not sure, don’t heh kiang (Act smart in Hokkien dialect). Search for alcohol guidelines first before you commit an potential offence k? (means OK?)
What are the restrictions of Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act?
In areas of Geylang and Little India – No purchase of Alcohol on
- Weekends: 7am of Saturday to 7am of the following Monday
- Public holidays: 7pm of the eve of a public holiday to 7am of the day after the public holiday
If I am caught consuming liquor in public places during restricted hours, am I allowed to finish the liquor before disposing them?
The Police will advise subjects caught consuming liquor in public places to cease drinking and dispose of the liquor. Disposal can be done by throwing the bottles/can into the nearest rubbish bin. Subjects will not be allowed to finish the liquor.
What happens if i still want to drink in public area?
Ho Seh la! Got balls.
The Police will take a calibrated and even-handed approach in enforcing the law. If a person is found consuming liquor in public places, the Police will take down his particulars in the first instance and require him to dispose of the liquor. If there is public annoyance, the Police can also advise the person to move on and leave the place. If he complies, no further action will be taken. If the person ignores the Police’s advice or is a recalcitrant offender, the Police may consider taking stiffer actions such as issuing him with a composition fine or arresting him.
Uncle’s translated version:
1) If you drink and Mata see. They will ask you to stop and then throw away your beer or cheap 7-11 liquor. (Don’t tell me you drink expensive liquor at public area….I don’t believe. If you’re so rich, you don’t even need to drink at void deck.) Moving along…
2) Mata take down your IC number and phone number. Ask you to leave the public vicinity, guai guai go home. 10:30pm liao, late liao.
3) If you challenge mata and KPKB. They will be polite and “firmly” ask you to leave the place. Don’t play liao…..
They ask you to leave means they give chance.
4) If you still Ti Ki….(Metal tooth) literally means stubborn, actually you’re simply guai lan. Then Hor hor….don’t say uncle never wong you…
I think will kanna fine liao or the worse case scenario: Arrest. (If anyone can reach point 4. They ask for it.)
If a person is found guilty of an offence of unlawful consumption of liquor in a public place, he is liable to a fine not exceeding $1,000. If the person is a repeat offender, he is liable to a fine not less than $1,000 but not exceeding $2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding three months, or both. For a similar offence within the Liquor Control Zone, it will attract 1.5 times the penalty.
Can drink but don’t play with Mata. Cheers!!!!
Other sources: Ministry of Home Affairs
Image credit: ST MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS