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Top places to watch rugby in Cape Town
Grab your mates and enjoy a few beers while cheering on your favourite team at these top spots to watch the rugby.
With all the local and international tournaments that are underway (or due to start soon), there are plenty of opportunities for you to try out some of Cape Town’s best places to watch the games. The following bars and pubs are perfect for viewing sport. If you're wondering when your favourite teams are tackling each other, make sure you also consult our Super Rugby and Currie Cup schedules.
PLACES WITH GREAT SPECIALS:
BEER, BRUS AND THE MAN CAVE EXPERIENCE IN THE CITY
If you enjoy watching the game with friends, but not the crowds, then you’ll love the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott’s private “Man Cave” experience. This stylish cave comes equipped with a 55” screen and includes a hot snack and bottomless draught beers served by a personal waiter. And when you’re done, you can always join the rest of the sports lovers at the bar downstairs. The Man Cave accommodates up to 12 guests and can be booked for any occasion that calls for some man time. Which is any time really.
Cost: R4500 for 10 people.
Bonus: Guess the score or closest to the score and win a R250 meal voucher.
64 New Church St | Tamboerskloof | +27 (0)21 488 2555 | [email protected]
Mavericks Revue Bar
Mavericks will be open for all the South African matches, as well as the quarter-, semi-finals and finals. There will be two massive front-projecting screens on the main floor and another large wide screen in the VIP area. The smaller screens throughout the club will also be showing the games. Book your seat in TheStands, a box or the Presidential Suite for the ultimate in Rugby World Cup viewing and entertainment (starting from R250p/p). Packages include entry to Mavericks, drinks and snack platters, and a variety of competitions and other specials.
68 Barrack Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 9988
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!
Watch the big game with your mates in one of the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice’s Man Caves – a private venue with a 55” screen, which includes a hot snack and bottomless draught beers served by a personal waiter. The Man Cave can accommodate 12 guests. The hotel is offering a transfer to anywhere in the CBD after the game. Otherwise enjoy the electrifying action in the bar downstairs.
New Church Street | Tamboerskloof | +27 (0)21 488 2555
Shimmy Beach Club
This luxury lifestyle destination is ideally located, with a fine dining restaurant, whisky and vodka tasting rooms, two bars and a massive deck with an infinity pool and private beach. This place is paradise. They have a Rugby World Cup special where, on designated rugby match days, an array of entertainment, games and competitions will take place. These include a special a la carte menu (featuring cuisines from around the world), games projected on a big screen, bucket deals, beer pong, coinage, kegs for tables, and pom pom girls.
12 South Arm Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0)21 200 7778
Settle in and catch all the games live on five HD screens around the venue. Café Caprice will have 2-for-1 Castle Lite beer specials and in-house betting during the tournament. They will also be giving away loads of prizes, including tickets to the 7's Rugby Tournament in Cape Town at the end of the year, adrenaline adventures along the Atlantic Seaboard, and a Matertouch Weber to boot. The Café is also braaing for the games and every week for the duration of the tournament they will have a different flame-grilled speciality.
37 Victoria Road | Camps Bay | +27 (0)21 438 8315
RUGBY AT THE PUB:
Elephant and Barrel
The only English Pub in Franschhoek, Elephant and Barrel specialises in thirty traditional beers and features a fantastic cocktail menu. If you’re looking for a well-priced traditional pub setting to catch the game then this is the one and only place for you. With two HD screens inside and one outside, Elephant and Barrel will become your one-stop destination for every live sport match.
Village Centre, 48 Huguenot Road | Franschhoek | (0)21 876 4127
Toad in the Village
Owned by SA rugby star Bob Skinstad and friend Dougie Boyes, the Toad is made for sports fans, by sports fans. The bar features five screens, a beer garden, affordable pub grub, and lager on tap making it the perfect place to watch the game.
Noordhoek Farm Village | Noordhoek | +27 (0)21 789 2973
Mitchell's Waterfront Brewery
This traditional bar setting filled with the flags of different nations brings home a bit of a rainbow nation feel. Advantage: their extensive draught selection of real beer is always welcome.
Corner of East Pier & Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0)21 419 5074
This upmarket space in Devil’s Peak Brewing Company’s warehouse offers impeccable craft beer and tasty grub amidst the rich aromas of hops, malt and yeast. The trendy and infectious vibe will make your rugby experience that much more exciting.
95 Durham Avenue | Salt River | +27 (0)21 200 5818
This legendary, nautical-themed, English pub offers nine 46” screens and two projectors - a unique viewing experience for rugby fans. If you’re a fan of quiz nights, this is also the place to be.
25 Mechau Street, corner Mechau and Buitengracht | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 419 1513
Peddlars & Co.
Do you live in the Southern Suburbs? Peddlar’s is an institution for fans and families alike to watch sports. The interior is cosy yet contemporary and their food deserves a mention too.
3 Spaanschemat River Road | Constantia | +27 (0)21 794 7747
This is just about as close to the Newlands Stadium that you can get without a ticket. Right across the train tracks is Springbok Pub where there’s always a good crowd to watch the games and share a laugh.
1 Sport Pienaar Road | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 671 4251
Quay Four buzzes with locals and visitors alike. This jaunt overlooks the beautiful harbour at the V&A Waterfront. Grab a plate of hearty, pub grub and gather around one of their seven screens.
Quay Four | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 419 2008
Foresters Arms Pub
Affectionately known as “Forries”, this popular southern suburbs pub is packed with people when there’s a game on. They have an extensive menu and a fairly large outdoor area.
52 Newlands Avenue | Southern Suburbs | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 5949
Enjoy the game in Cape Town’s oldest pub, also known as “Percy’s”. There is a dedicated crowd when the rugby’s on. There are a selection of draughts on tap, a full menu and a beer garden.
83 Buitenkant Street | District Six | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 2440
Catch the game at this popular spot in Camp’s Bay. The pub is next door to Dizzys restaurant so you can move between the two but meals are also available in the bar.
41 The Drive | Camps Bay | +27 (0)21 438 2686 / +27 (0)21 438 7328
RUGBY AT THE BAR:
Tipples Bar & Grill Durbanville
This local favourite is a rugby lover’s home-away-from-home. After the first restaurant was opened in Hermanus in 2011 and received praise, Tipples branched out and opened two more branches in Onrus and Durbanville. Patrons can expect long bar tables, stylish decor and six televisions to get completely lost in the game! Whether you are in the mood for drinks indoors or a more social outdoor setting, Tipples provides the perfect atmosphere and vibe for a rugby night.
High Street Shopping Village, 5 High Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 914 2330
This high-end bar at the five-star African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa in Century City is hosting a Rugby World Cup special. Enjoy a Game Time mini burger and beer combo which includes a mini platter and two local beers for R150p/p. The bar will be also be serving the usual quality wines and signature cocktails too, so you can watch the games on their drop-down projector screen with your favourite beverage in hand.
Century Boulevard and Rialto Road | Century City | +27 (0)21 525 3888
This bright yellow establishment is hard to miss. With a minimum of 99 bottled beers and 25 beers on tap, they will ensure that you are well-oiled for any rugby match. They have flat screen televisions set up around the bar, as well as a massive projector and screen, so you will never miss the action.
223 Long Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 3370
Snug Bar at Societi Bistro
Sink into sumptuous leather couches, sneak a peek at erotic imagery (if the game ever slows down, that is), and sip something tasty. If your crowd is big, consider hiring out the entire venue.
50 Orange Street | Gardens | +27 (0)21 424 2100
This delightful bar tucked in at the Park Inn by Radisson Newlands Hotel will be showing all the games on their multiple television screens. They will also be offering a full a la carte menu as well as a bar snack menu with pizza and beer specials. Grab a burger and beer combo for R85p/p, or tuck into a pizza with a complimentary glass of wine.
10 Hemlock Street | Newlands | +27 (0)21 822 6500
Randy Warthog Bar & Grill
This bar, tucked away at the [email protected] Hostels in Green Point, will be showing all the games on a projector and a flat screen. Grab a 1l jug of Castle and any snack basket for R80, or order any burger for R65 and receive a free Striped Horse draught to keep you sustained during those intense matches. The bar will also have double brandy and vodka specials for R30 during the tournament.
107 Main Road | Green Point | +27 (0)21 434 9282
RUGBY AT THE RESTAURANT:
The Village Idiot
This eatery and bar has quickly become a neighbourhood favourite. The outrageous yet inviting interior is the ideal spot to unwind, crack open a cold one and enjoy a spot of rugger with the buggers. Boasting a giant screen and projector; rugby matches can be watched in a much more exciting venue. With beer on tap, hearty helpings of grub to feast on and a cosy fire crackling in the fireplace; you can keep warm as the sport heats up too.
32 Loop Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 1548
This American diner-style burger joint has a laidback vibe with a simple-and-to-the-point attitude. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that their burgers and other foods anything less than exquisite.
Corner of Portswood and Somerset Road | Green Point | +27 (0)21 433 1496
69a Kloof Street | Gardens | +27(0)21 426 5974
Shop 1A, 25 Protea Road | Claremont | +27(0)21 674 5152
Weinhaus + BierGarten
Previously called “&Union”, the Weinhaus + BierGarten is a great place to watch all your favourite rugby games on two screens, whilst indulging in craft beers and charcuterie.
110 Bree Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 2770
Newscafe Table View
This multi-national cafe has become a household name in the last 20 years. Known for its exceptional food and drinks and sensational vibe, Newscafe is a popular chill spot to sit back, unwind and watch the rugby. Gather a group of colleagues or friends for a chilled evening where the drinks will flow as easily as the atmosphere.
1 Beach Boulevard, Table View | Cape Town | (0)21 557 6336
The revamped deck and bar area combined with their big screen TVs make this an ideal viewing spot. There’s a variety of food on offer and a selection of beers on tap to keep you going throughout the game.
Cardiff Castle | Corner of Kildare Road and Main Street | +27 (0)21 671 7907
Long Street Café
The trendy but unpretentious vibe and comfy couches make this Cape Town institution an ideal watching spot. Long Street Café's bistro-style food and cocktails will keep you happy throughout the game.
259 Long Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 2464
This restaurant is right on the rocks so you can enjoy the sea view at half time. There are five different restaurant sections each offering a different menu to choose from while you watch the game on one of their ten 42" flat screens.
Adjacent to Kalk Bay Harbour |Kalk Bay | +27 (0)21 788 5455/6
Rick’s Café Américain
Back the Bokke at this inner-city restaurant. With a selection of drinks reaching up to 600 (yup - that's the correct number of '0s'), which includes 60 different beers (Jack Black lager, pale ale and weiss go for as little at R26), and a wine list of 140 items, this is certainly the spot to settle in for an afternoon of fun with the boets. Rick's Café is big enough to host all the buggas keen to catch the game, and the entire venue has four HD televisions and three fireplaces, not to mention happy hour and lunch-time specials. Pull in for a good time guaranteed.
2 Park Road | Gardens | +27 (0)21 424 1100
Located in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs, Starlite Diner offers an extensive menu featuring everything from grills to burgers and pastas. Although mainly attracting a soccer-loving crowd, this diner has everything needed to entice lovers of rugby, including food specials and a sweet happy hour special that runs from 4PM until 7PM.
14 Mispel Road | Bellville Park | 27 (0)21 949 6864
This central café offers quality coffee and delicious food. Try the eggs benedict or choose from the sugar-free confectionaries on offer – we like their brownies.
138 Long Street | City Bowl | +27 (0)21 424 1124
RUGBY IN THE CAPE WINELANDS:
Situated in Stellenbosch, this popular Latina eatery offers the perfect atmosphere to kick back and watch rugby matches while being surrounded by good food and even better company. With four televisions and a projector, you are guaranteed not to miss a second of a thrilling evening! What’s more- Cubana offers an authentic house special and buy-one-get-one-free discounts on specific days of the week. Settle back in their indoor or outdoor area and let the game begin!
4 Plein Street | Stellenbosch | +27(0)21 887 3229
Die Mystic Boer
Originally from Bloemfontein and known as Die Mystic Boer, this trendy hangout made it’s way to the Mother City to bring you sweet tunes and cool beer. Nothing goes together better than an ice cold drink and a rugby match and this Stellenbosch-based bar does it best.
3 Victoria Street | Stellenbosch | (0)21 886 8870
Tuck into a kudu and rocket pizza, while watching the game with other rugby fans and students. Support your favourite team on one of 13 screens at the bar, upstairs or beneath a Bedouin tent.
18 Andringa Street | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 886 8075
Bossa Nova Restaurant & Bar
Sports lovers flock to this bar, with its bustling atmosphere and big screen television. The spacious restaurant serves hearty pub grub and is the perfect place to kick back and relax.
166 Main Road | Paarl | +27 (0)21 872 9861
The Thirsty Scarecrow
This fully serviced bar offers an impressive range of craft beers on tap and some stunning views of the Winelands. The food is carefully prepared and takes pub-grub to the next level.
Corner of R44 and Annandale Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 881 3444
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