Dude, where’s my beer?

If you haven’t already heard of the proposed Liquor Control Bill, we just have one question for you —

Where’s this rock you’ve been living under?

Anyway, here’s a quick recap of the Bill’s details:

  1. No consumption of alcohol in public places between 10.30pm and 7.30am daily,
  2. No retail sale of take-away liquor between 10.30pm and 7.30am daily.
  3. No drunkenness in public places

Yes, the proposed measures is still only a Bill for now, but the outcry from young clubbers has been swift and loud. Don’t expect the G to back down, though. We all remember what the MPs and public said about casinos 10 years ago, and just look at Marina Bay and Sentosa now.

To prevent confusion, we have collated a handy guide where you can, and cannot drink in the near future:

1. Bridges

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Can drink here?: CANNOT

See those kids hanging around at the bridges behind Zouk and around Clarke Quay at night? They’ll soon be gone. Those bridges, or any bridge on the island, are denoted as public places, and we can’t drink in public places no more.

Drinking at Clarke Quay will only take place inside bars and restaurants, and the pathways will finally be free to traverse. Meanwhile, the uncle can finally stop acting like he’s washing the floor behind Zouk. We know what you’re really doing.

*sheds a silent tear for the Holiday Inn uncle who sells cheap booze*

2. Parks

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Can drink here? CANNOT

Can drink at a BBQ pit? CANNOT

Can drink at a BBQ pit with a valid license? CAN

All parks in Singapore fall under the banner of “public place”, and therefore drinking will not be allowed. The only exceptions are at BBQ pits inside the parks, even so, a license is required.

3. Bars, Pubs, Clubs, and Restaurants

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Can drink here? CAN

Can drink while having a smoke outside? CANNOT

Can drink inside then head outside for a smoke while still drunk? CANNOT

We foresee plenty of problems for this one. Most smoking areas are outside such establishments, so smokers will have to head outside of the premises for some fresh air. Unfortunately, “outside of the premises” also means “public place”. So, drinking and smoking outside of a drinking establishment is outlawed. Also, the guy who had a couple of drinks and is headed outside for smoke is at risk of being arrested for public drunkenness.

4. Coffeeshops

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Can drink here? CAN

Can drink at the designated smoking area? CAN

Can drink while standing just outside the coffeeshop cause I ran into my friend and he passed me a beer? CANNOT

Just take a seat inside and have your swig of beer before heading off on your way. Also, try not to run into any policemen along the way or you might suffer the consequences of public drunkenness.

5. Predestrian crossings, public paths, walking around from one place to another

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Can drink here? CANNOT

Can be drunk here? CANNOT

In general, just try not to consume alcohol while in motion, because you’re most likely to either be in a public place, or will eventually end up in one if you walk far enough. Drunk individuals walking home or waiting for a taxi also appear to be out of luck.

6. HDB corridors, void decks

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Can drink here? CANNOT

You can no longer bring an alcoholic beverage outside your flat, look into the distant night sky, and think about life as you nurse that nightcap. The more philosophical among us will have to find a new way to secure inspiration for their prose.

7. Homes

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Can dri — CAN

Yes you can, you idiot. Homes are not public places, ergo, you can drink there. Pools and other open areas of condominiums are also not public places, although that status depends entirely on the diligence of the security guard.

7. Buses, MRTs, other forms of public transport (except cabs)

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Can drink here? (most likely) CANNOT

Can be drunk here? (most likely) CANNOT

As mentioned above, just try not to drink/be drunk while moving. While not explicitly spelt out in the press releases, public transport can be assumed to be a public place, at least according to the provided definitions of a public place*.

*Public places are defined as any place (whether open-air or enclosed) to which members of the public have access to.

8. Cabs and personal vehicles

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Can drink here? CAN (provided you’re not driving)

Can be drunk here? CAN (provided you’re not driving)

This is a little bit of a grey area, tbh. While members of the public still have access to cabs and cars that are already occupied, random strangers are unlikely to be welcomed with open arms. Therefore, our understanding of the definitions is that cabs and vehicles are not public places.

9. Hawker centres

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Can drink here? CAN

Drink stalls at hawker centres are subject to the same rule as coffeeshops, and the alcohol sold has to be consumed at the hawker centre. To ensure that the alcohol sold is not taken away for consumption, stall holders have to ensure that the beverage has been popped open upon sale.

Now you know where to drink

So there you have it. The (almost) complete guide to where you can and cannot consume alcoholic beverages. You can thank us later, when the Bill eventually becomes law. Or, you can also laugh at us for completely wasting our efforts on this article if the Bill never actually comes to pass.


With reference via Ministry of Home Affairs, AsiaOne