World Cup fever has once again gripped the world, and with it, comes a warm resonance of 2010, when we wowed the world with our pride. So, while you are scrambling to pick a team, a winning side, man of the match, or even guess the outcome, the beers will keep flowing. These 31 days of soccer fever mean one thing for us Cape Tonians. Facing the cold, rainy outdoors (urgh right?) and heading out to catch some of the matches in some of the buzzy bars in and around town.
Whether it is an after work beer at a bar close to you, or a pub lunch Saturday that ends up in both games, dinner and an Uber home (it happens!), we have the list for you. For me personally, a old school pub and few draughts of beer is the answer to all my World Cup needs. But now and then, during the crisp winter afternoons, a glass of bubbles and a plate of sushi cheering the boys on goes down a treat. So, here is my list of places that I will be checking out the games as the month unfolds.
Dizzys- Camps Bay
I love Dizzys. It is a proper sports bar in the middle of the glam Camps Bay strip. Here, you can spend an afternoon watching the game with a few beers and not have to consider selling your spleen online. You can rock up in your t-shirt and jeans (I said it) and not have noses turned up. They also have live music on certain evenings, so that is even more reason for me to frequent the bar! They will be making sure that all of your soccer needs are seen to this World Cup, so make a turn!
Percies - Gardens
Most people know this gem as Percies, but its actual name is in fact, Perseverance Tavern. Anyway, this gorgeous old-school pub is actually the oldest pub in South Africa, having started trading in 1808! If that’s not reason to visit it to simply feel the history, I don’t know what is! They have made sure that this is the place to be to watch the World Cup. Picture this; 12 TVs throughout the pub with surround sound, a variety of beers on tap, including their very own Lager and Ale, and, best of all, a lunch special! Before each game (from 12pm to 2pm) lunch will only set you back R65. That’s just more money for beer right?
Budweiser have also weighed in, and for all of the big games, will be giving away lots of prizes. If you are not already calling to book your seat, if you have the CLINK app, you will get your first drink for free.. See you there!
Woodwagon- Sea Point
There is a new sports bar in town, and yes, it is totally worth a turn. The food is fantastic, the beer is cold and the service is personal and friendly. They are showing the soccer every single day on a big screen, and there is plenty of space to bring all of your friends.
I loved the venue when I visited recently and cannot wait to see how it going to grow. If you are feeling up for it, try out the oyster shooters! They are surprisingly delicious and moreish. We take no responsibility for your head the next day though.
Firemans Arms Foreshore
Let’s face it, when it comes to any sporting event, Firemans Arms is usually first to mind to go and watch. The outdoor/ indoor pub is usually packed and festive and you will find yourself brushing shoulders with passionate fans. Interestingly, the pub, which was established in 1864, has kept the old, original building and simply kept it refurbished to keep up with the times.
The pub nods to the old English style with the dark wooden bar and fireman memorabilia. You will always feel at home with the cozy seating, delicious pub grub, and of course, the cold beer. All games are shown in HD, so you will not be missing out a thing!
Cape Town Comedy Club
If you are in the mood to mix some laughter into soccer watching, why not head down to Cape Town Comedy Club. They will be screening the top five big games (semi finals and finals) with a bit of a twist. The evenings will be hosted by some of the countries top comics who will weigh in with their thoughts on the game.
The venue has a great menu for when you get hungry during the games, and naturally, plenty of drink options to choose from. So, if comedy and footie are both down your alley, make your way own to The Pumphouse for a great evening.
FIFA World Cup 2018 screening dates at the Cape Town Comedy Club:
6 July 2018
7 July 2018
10 July 2018
11 July 2018
15 July 2018
If you can’t be in Russia, you should be at Radisson RED, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town where the hotel’s restaurant has been transformed into the OUIBar Stadia, a specialised area designed to mimic that of a stadium-like experience creating a perfect football-watching venue for the optimal viewing experience.
The vibe is buzzy, fun, and very reminiscent of the 2010 month that was spent celebrating the beautiful game.
Nomad Bistro Bar Town
Nomad, like Cape Town Comedy Club will take a break from its usual routine of live music, comedy and salsa to host the final games. This inner city gem is a must visit for some down to earth vibes. The space is large and welcoming, and you can choose to sit inside, or outside, taking in the city around you.
What do I love about this place? Firstly, the great specials that are always running; whether it be all you can eat ribs, two for one burgers or all you can eat chicken wings. There is always great drink specials too, and if you have the Clink app, the first drink is on the house! How can you say no!
If you, like me, live a bit out of town and are always in search of the local gem, look no further. This is truly, a hidden gem, as the pub is actually underground! Located at Sunrise Circle, you will be excused for not spotting immediately, but once you know where it is, you are sure to become a regular.
The food is delicious, with great pizza’s, burgers and ribs (watch out for when they have specials) and the venue is vibey and laid back. Apart from showing the games, they usually do have live music and events, so keep an eye out for what is happening. There is also a Soccer World Cup competition, where you can win prizes to the value of R6000. And just like Nomad, make sure you use the Clink app to get the first drink free!