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Top Places to watch Soccer in Cape Town
The soccer may be happening all around the country, but there are plenty of places to get in on the action in the Mother City.
Last Updated: 15 February 2017
We’ve put together a helpful list of bars, restaurants and venues that televise soccer matches, so you can spend your energy supporting your team, not launching investigations into finding suitable venues in Cape Town.
We all know that a game enjoyed with friends is infinitely better, so grab your mates and enjoy the diski in front of the big screens at one of the following hot spots. With lots of premiership matches scheduled this season, you’re going to want to stay glued to the action.
The Blue Whistle
This funky sports bar has a stadium-like atmosphere that adds to the adrenaline of shouting for your team. The Blue Whistle has 360 Degrees HD screens including a giant 75-inch screen for life size images and the latest high tech surround sound. The fans can enjoy quality food while being entertained by local and international soccer matches. Expect to bump into professional sportsman and legends at any given time at The Blue Whistle.
111 Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 671 7979
Rick's Café Américain
The Casablanca-themed Rick’s Café Americain may not be a sports bar, but as a cosy restaurant with a warm atmosphere it makes for a great, low key soccer-watching spot. There are screens above the well-stocked downstairs bar as well as televisions upstairs in the intimate (read: 15-seater) attic, where you can watch the games in a smaller crowd. Do note that the attic might be worth making a reservation for. Not to mention, the entire restaurant boasts ample fireplaces to keep you warm and spirited during games.
Rick's Cafe Americain | 2 Park Road | Gardens | +27(0)21 424 1100
Slug and Lettuce Kloof Street
*The Slug & Lettuce on Kloof Street will be closed for renovations until the end of July 2017. This warm and welcoming bistro in the heart of Kloof Street offers a space where “99.9% of the time we’re watching sport,” says owner Alex An-los with a smirk on his face. The recently renovated home of grub features two 49-inch dual-viewing TVs, so that two different matches can be viewed simultaneously. Slug and Lettuce Kloof Street combines the love of sport with a wide variety of craft beer. Think Skollie, Striped Horse, Jack Black and so much more. What’s more is that the staff is friendly and take pride in their jobs. The barmen have a reputation for remembering patrons drinks, so while enjoying a game of footy expect the barmen to blow you away with their exceptional service.
64 Kloof Street | Cape Town
Situated on Long Street, this Cuban-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar is the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the game with a few mates. Equipped with three televisions (two of which are in the smoking area), this popular haunt is the ideal spot to ensure that you don’t miss any of the action. What’s more, Café Mojito’s two happy hour specials (4pm-7pm and 11pm-12am) will have you buzzing no matter what the score may be!
265 Long Street | | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 1095
This butchery and restaurant in Gugulethu will certainly offer an authentic Mzanzi atmosphere when the diski is on the screen. Affectionately known as ‘Kwa-Mzoli’, the popular township venue is synonymous with vibrant parties and its shisa nyamas (large braais at a butchery). Bring your own drinks, plates and utensils and relax as the meat provided by Mzoli’s sizzles on the fire. The venue will be loud and proud when the soccer comes on, so if you’re looking for an exciting venue that truly understands this city’s love for the soccer, then this will be the ideal spot. Vuvuzelas are encouraged as well.
NY 115 | Gugulethu | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 638 1355
This legendary, down-to-earth English pub in Cape Town's De Waterkant area is a go-to venue where you can experience the footie, no matter who is playing. Like its atmosphere, people, steaming pies and giant Eisbeins, this local haunt is warm and homely. The watering hole has nine large screens spread throughout three different seating areas, and two large projector screens. Please be aware that Fireman’s Arms does not take bookings, so be an (abnormal) Capetonian and arrive early.
25 Mechau Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 419 1513
The Happy Oak
This vintage-style pub and grill in the heart of Stellies is cozy and relaxed. The Irish-inspired menu adds a unique dimension to pub-grub, offering guests hearty food to warm the soul. They have a range of draught beers on tap, and because it is located in a student town, the prices are very reasonable and the two-for-one specials will appeal to any hungry patron. So settle down and catch the game with pint in hand and friends close by.
62 Andringa Street | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 882 9672
Make the trip outside of the CBD to watch a game at this laidback bar in Observatory where college fun meets educated conversation (with a side of craft beer). You can sit on a bean bag for extra comfort and surround yourself with the screams of the youthful fans that congregate here. Foreign Exchange has screens that will show the footie, with the exception of Friday nights when the games will only be shown on the outside deck. The chilled-out watering hole does delicious and very budget-friendly-yet-filling food, like cheese fries and veggie enchiladas. Pull up a comfy couch and grab a few mates to join you.
92-95 Station Road | Observatory | +27 (0)21 448 0083
Although named after the Spanish word for ‘cellar’, this easy, breezy Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar in Mouille Point invites anyone who loves simple, uncomplicated food made well to come and watch the footie. The seaside spot boasts flat-screen televisions and a state-of-the-art fireplace. What’s more, Wednesday games coincide with Sotano’s famed 2-for-1 lamb burger special, which treats diners to two gourmet sandwiches and chips for a mere R90. So if you’re on the hunt for a football-watching venue that puts pub-grub to shame, while offering the welcoming ambience of a neighbourhood haunt, this is one of the best around.
121 Beach Road | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 433 1757
Premium Sports Bar
The chants of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” normally greets you as you enter this trendy sports bar, ready for a day of football. Premium Sports bar gives football fans an opportunity to watch various live games on their 5 42-inch screens with a mega 250-inch screen showing the biggest games. With 4 different beers on tap, it’s no wonder fans are keeping their cool during matches at the Premium Sports bar.
1 Avocado Street | Mitchell’s Plain | Cape Town | +27 (0)79 821 2398
Pirates Steakhouse & Pub (Plumstead)
With large screens in their bar and restaurant area, as well as a giant projector, Pirates is the go-to sport watching place for locals looking for good grub and a cold lager. The friendly atmosphere and reliable food (think steaks, burgers, pork belly and juicy ribs) make this an easy choice for those looking to cheer on their favourite team. Expect no-nonsense attitudes from the staff and a lot of celebrating after the match - regardless of who actually won. Ask them about the Privateers Club if you want to save some cash. Yer welcome matey!
160 Main Road | Plumstead | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 797 5659
The River Club
This relaxed golf and conference centre is a spot for everyone with a laidback and welcoming atmosphere. Bring your kids and let them loose at the River Rascals Kids Club while you unwind in front of the telly. Aside from their very own on-site catering team who provide professional services and accommodate a variety of dietary requirements, there is also a Slug & Lettuce restaurant and pub with indoor and outdoor seating options, so you can take the festivities outside on sunny days. The pub also boasts three flat-screen televisions so you will never miss a second of the nail-biting game. Ask the waitron about their daily specials, and once the 90 minutes is up, take part in a heap of activities that the club offers.
Liesbeek Parkway | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 448 6117
This Green Point restaurant is just a ball’s kick away from the Cape Town Stadium, and thus there’s no better place to channel a bit of the stadium vibe while watching the game. With beer on tap, two flat-screen televisions downstairs and another two in the upstairs smoking section and bar, you’ll feel comfy enough to settle in for the long haul. Extrablatt serves up a happy hour from Monday to Friday (5pm-8pm), and the restaurant also has a remarkably reasonably priced food menu for those who want to nibble on something while they watch the games (think thick and tasty soups starting at 29 bucks). The restaurant’s Sunday brunch will also give you strength for those end-of-weekend matches; just wear your team jersey and let the staff do the rest.
Exhibition Building | 79 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 286 0460
Mitchell's Waterfront Brewery
At this V&A Waterfront watering hole, you can sit in a high chair or booth, tall beer in hand, and root for your home team. Along with its very international audience, this dockside pub has two floors, the first of which has four screens and plenty of standing room and the second of which boasts a whopping 10 screens! Needless to say, you’ll be certain to catch the action in between sips of one of the brewery’s six unique craft beers. Not to mention, Mitchell’s two fireplaces will keep you warm during those late night games, and be sure to ask about their food and drinks specials so that you have the energy to scream for your squad.
Cnr East Pier & Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 419 5074
One of Newland’s most popular pubs, Foresters Arms (lovingly known as Forries) is the kind of place where you will find both young and old cheering side by side. There are comfortable chairs throughout, so you can rest easy as you criticise the refs’ incorrect ruling, and with an expansive outside area, the bar provides plenty of space for you to blow some steam when the ref makes that ruling – again. There are five screens inside and another five in the covered outside area. On Sundays they have their famous carvery (succulent roast lamb and pork, complete with crackling, Yorkshire puddings and roast veg).
52 Newlands Avenue | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 5949
This is the bar to go to if you want a trendy inner-city game-watching experience. The bright yellow beer mecca has two flat-screen televisions and, just for good measure, a projector; plus, it boasts a minimum of 25 brews on tap and 99 bottled beers, many of which aren’t sold anywhere else in the country. Sit at one of the restaurant’s long benches and let Beerhouse serve you and your friends delectable finger food – you’ll want to leave one hand free for all the high fives.
223 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 3370
This funky, friendly, European-style wine bar for over-23s offers up good food, delicious cocktails, five huge televisions (two of which are also projector screens) and a comfortable interior. With two floors to choose from, the wooden benches downstairs offer a rustic atmosphere compared to the more comfortable upstairs restaurant with a roof-top garden. Needless to say, Oblivion has all the right ingredients to make for an easy-going soccer-watching experience.
22 Chichester Road | Harfield Village | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 671 8522
This trendy bar and lounge in the Mother City’s bustling Gugulethu suburb is a favourite with locals. Order a whisky at the bar and kick back on the leather lounge suite in front of the big-screen TV to enjoy a spot of quality soccer. Once the game is done, stick around and watch the venue fill up as hip and happening partygoers pour in and take the celebrations late into the night.
NY 112 | Gugulethu | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 952 4599
This popular haunt on the Atlantic Seaboard boasts a restaurant and bar with the largest outside seating area in Blouberg. The amazing panoramic view of Table Mountain is an awesome backdrop to any soccer match. The vibrant and youthful atmosphere makes Doodles a great place to shout at one of many screens alongside your closest mates. After the game, hang around and enjoy the live music as the sun sets across the bay and bathes the mountain in amber hues.
110 Beach Boulevard | Bloubergstrand | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 554 1080
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