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Bars, pubs and restaurants screening nothing but the Rugby World Cup

18+ bars perfect for families, mates, couples or big groups

Last updated: Thursday, 30 October 2023

They did it in 2019! Now the Springboks are the first nation to win the Rugby World Cup FOUR TIMES. The Bokke will be in Cape Town on Friday 3 November with the Webb Ellis Cup! Here's all the details on the Springboks trophy tour 2023.

DO A BEER TASTING AT A BREWERY

Easy-does-it comfort foods and craft beer on tap – what more do you need for the big game? Woodstock Brewery’s Beerhall has three TVs and a 2.5m x 4m screen for major sporting events. Every table can spot one of the TVs or the big screen. Plus, celebrate everything Rock ‘N Hops at Woodstock Brewery with a live music and beer festival. And get a taste of the craft beers at Woodstock Brewery.

Sound On/Off: On
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am - 10pm; Sundays, 11am - 6pm
Cost: From R80 for Rock ‘N Hops festival; find out more on Facebook


252 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | 021 203 3045 | @woodstockbrewery | Image: Woodstock Brewery

JOL AT TWO HAPPY HOURS

Rick’s Cafe has not one, but two daily Happy Hours: 3pm to 6pm and 10pm till midnight. The prime spot at Rick’s is the covered rooftop terrace with two TV screens and an extensive cocktail menu. The downstairs bar also boasts two TV screens, along with 500 liquor options. Plus, when the rugby isn’t on, you’ll see the 1942 classic, Casablanca, being screened. Find out 7 more reasons why locals love Rick’s

Sound On/Off: Yes
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11am - 2am


Corner of Kloof Street + Weltevreden Street | Gardens | @rickscapetown | Image: Rick’s Café Américain

CATCH THE GAME AT A REAL SPORTS BAR

Owned by South African rugby star Bob Skinstad and friend Dougie Boyes, The Toad in the Village is made for sports fans, by sports fans. The bar has five screens, a beer garden, affordable pub grub and lager on tap. You can get anything from lamb vindaloo to butter chicken, a variety of pizzas and burgers, plus the special Toad Ribs (made of pork, not toad). 

Sound On/Off: On
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm - 11pm


Village Lane & Noordhoek Main Road | Noordhoek | 021 789 2973 | @thetoadsa | Image: The Toad

ENJOY AN EPIC WORLD CUP SPECIAL

You might not think that a hotel in the city is a great place to watch rugby, but Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore has got something special up its sleeve. For the duration of the Rugby World Cup, the hotel bar and rooftop bar are offering a game day special: A classic burger, chicken strips or battered hake & chips, served with a 500ml Windhoek or Jack Black draught beer for R180. You can catch the game at Harald's Bar & Terrace or RGB Bar & Grill at the Foreshore hotel.

Sound On/Off: On
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 11pm


29 Heerengracht Street | Foreshore | @parkinncapetown | Image: Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

PLAY A GAME OF DARTS

There’s something for everyone at Happy Folks. You can watch the big game (there are multiple TV screens across the restaurant), challenge your friends to a game of darts during half time, and grab a quick bite to eat in between.There’s a great selection of food and drinks, including 15 burger options (veggie too), sushi, pizzas, salads, poke bowls, seafood combos and more. 

Sound On/Off: On
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11am - 11pm; Friday + Saturday, 11am - 12am


Eden on the Bay | Big Bay Blvd | Big Bay | @happy_folksza | Image: Happy Folks

GET A TASTE OF PORTUGAL

Established back in 1972, Vasco’s Tavern has been serving Portuguese cuisine and selling litres of Castle’s finest tank beer to go with it. Vasco’s has more than 15 TVs across the bar, bringing you all of the hottest live sports (and it’s big on rugby). The vibe before, during and after a game is lekker. Reservations can be made directly on the website. 

Sound On/Off: On
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am - 10pm


3 Alfred Street | De Waterkant | 021 425 2157 | @vascos_tavern | Image: Vasco’s

CATCH THE GAME AT THE OFFICE

"I'm at the office till late babe". No, not your office, THE Office. This swanky bar in Sea Point has all the right vibes for rugby. Besides the Friday night DJs and date night specials, The Office has great drink specials that you won’t want to miss (on Thursdays you can get a free beer). You can watch the game from inside or outside the bar. Plus, you can play fussball during major tournaments like the Rugby World Cup.

Sound On/Off: Yes
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 11pm; Sunday, 11am - 10pm


315 Main Road | Sea Point | @theoffice_cpt | Image: The Office

JOL ON A ROOFTOP DECK

The rooftop deck of Oblivion Bar & Kitchen in Claremont is a festive spot to watch the games, but leave the kids at home – it's for over 23s only. There’s an extensive wine and cocktail menu, or simply enjoy an ice-cold craft beer on tap. You can also grab a pizza or burger if you’re feeling hungry. Other options for watching the game are on the projector screens downstairs or big-screen TVs in the intimate upstairs dining room.

Sound On/Off: On
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 7.30am - 11pm; Saturdays + Sundays, 8am - 11pm


22 Chichester Road | Claremont | 021 671 8522 | @oblivion_capetown | Image: Oblivion Bar & Kitchen 

WATCH THE GAME IN A GERMAN BAR

Café Extrablatt is a vibey sports bar, just a 2-minute walk away from Green Point Stadium. It has four big TV screens and features all the big sporting events, including rugby. Watch downstairs with the family ( there’s a kiddies’ corner) or upstairs in the shisha lounge. The menu has everything from pasta and grilled foods to German dishes, and there are epic weekend buffet specials

Sound On/Off: On
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 9am - 1am; Fridays + Saturdays, 9am - 2am


Exhibition Building | 79 Main Road | Green Point | 021 434 3759 | @extrablatt_cpt | Image: Café Extrablatt

PARTY DURING THE GAME

Rands Cape Town is a popular bar, entertainment and grill spot, serving traditional South African cuisine with the best vibes. Rugby games are shown on one major screen (5 by 2 metres) in the outdoor area. DJs will play their set while the game is on (the sound will be turned off), but the good times are at an all-time high.

Sound On/Off: Off
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday, Closed; Thursday to Saturday, 10am - 11pm; Sunday, 10am - 10pm


6 Makhabeni Road | Khaya Bazzar | Khayelitsha | @randscapetown | Image: Rands

TREAT THE KIDS WHILE WATCHING A GAME

If you want to watch the game with the whole family, Furley’s Bar & Grill in Newlands is a great choice. It’s a welcoming space, with an indoor kids’ play area along with some great food and a bar. Happy hour is every weekday from 4pm to 6pm. Enjoy some smoked jalapeno poppers, buffalo wings, beer battered onion rings or fiery steak strips – the perfect rugby snacks – while watching on one of the 5 large screens with full surround sound.

Sound On/Off: On
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday; 11am - 11pm


1 Dean Street | Newlands | 021 023 0537 | @furleysbarandgrill | Image: Furley’s

ENJOY DRINKS SPECIALS

Van Hunks is a favourite among Capetonians. Not only is it based on a legendary local fable (Devil’s Peak and Van Hunk), it’s also known for its daily drinks specials (3pm - 7pm) and bustling vibe during big sporting events. You’ll find everything from your typical bar food and beers to banging Espresso Martinis and Long Island Ice Teas. Book a table beforehand to secure your spot. 

Sound On/Off: Yes
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10am - 11pm, Friday, 10am - 2am, Saturday, 10am - 12pm

 
 
 
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7 MORE LOCAL FAVOURITES FOR SPORTS FANS

RESTAURANT

OPENING HOURS

ADDRESS

Fireman’s Arms

Tue - Sat; 11am - 12am

Sunday; 11am - 8pm

25 Buitengracht Street, De Waterkant

Mitchell’s Scottish Ale House

Daily; 9am - 2am

V&A Waterfront, Dock Road

Foresters Arms

Mon - Thur, 11.30am - 11pm; Fri, 11.30am - 12pm; Sat,9am - 11pm; Sun, 9am - 9pm

52 Newlands Avenue, Newlands

The Dubliner

Mon - Thur; 12pm - 11pm; Fri - Sun, 12pm - 4am 

251 Long Street, CBD

Barristers Grill & Café

Daily; 11am - 10pm

Kildare Road, Newlands

Mojo Market

Daily; 8am - 12pm

30 Regent Road, Sea Point

Kapstadt Brauhaus

Sun - Thur, 11am - 11pm; Fri + Sat, 11am - 12am

Multiple locations including Durbanville, Stellenbosch, V&A Waterfront + more

 

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2023 SCHEDULE


DATE

TEAMS

TIME

POOL

Friday, 8 September

France vs New Zealand

21:15

Pool A

Saturday, 9 September

Italy vs Namibia

13:00

Pool A

Saturday, 9 September

Ireland vs Romania

15:30

Pool B

Saturday, 9 September

Australia vs Georgia

18:00

Pool C

Saturday, 9 September

England vs Argentina

21:00

Pool D

Sunday, 10 September

Japan vs Chile

13:00

Pool D

Sunday, 10 September

South Africa vs Scotland

17:45

Pool B

Sunday, 10 September

Wales vs Fiji

21:00

Pool C

Thursday, 14 September

France vs Uruguay 

21:00

Pool A

Friday, 15 September

New Zealand vs Namibia

21:00 

Pool A

Saturday, 16 September

Samoa vs Chile

15:00

Pool D

Saturday, 16 September

Wales vs Portugal

17:45

Pool C

Saturday, 16 September

Ireland vs Tonga

21:00

Pool B

Sunday, 17 September

South Africa vs Romania

15:00

Pool B

Sunday, 17 September

Australia vs Fiji

17:45

Pool C

Sunday, 17 September

England vs Japan

21:00

Pool D

Wednesday, 20 September

Italy vs Uruguay

17:45

Pool A

Thursday, 21 September

France vs Namibia 

21:00

Pool A

Friday, 22 September

Argentina vs Samoa

21:00

Pool D

Saturday, 23 September

Georgia vs Samoa

15:00

Pool C

Saturday, 23 September

England vs Chile

17:45

Pool D

Saturday, 23 September

South Africa vs Ireland

21:00

Pool B

Sunday, 24 September

Scotland vs Tonga

17:45

Pool B

Sunday, 24 September

Wales vs Australia 

21:00

Pool C

Wednesday, 27 September

Uruguay vs Namibia 

17:45

Pool A

Thursday, 28 September

Japan vs Samoa

21:00

Pool D

Friday, 29 September

New Zealand vs Italy

21:00

Pool A

Saturday, 30 September

Argentina vs Chile

15:00

Pool D

Saturday, 30 September

Fiji vs Georgia

17:45

Pool C

Saturday, 30 September

Scotland vs Romania

21:00

Pool B

Sunday, 1 October

Australia vs Portugal

17:45

Pool C

Sunday, 1 October

South Africa vs Tonga 

21:00

Pool B

Thursday, 5 October

New Zealand vs Uruguay

21:00

Pool A

Friday, 6 October

France vs Italy

21:00

Pool A

Saturday, 7 October

Wales vs Georgia

15:00

Pool C

Saturday, 7 October

England vs Samoa

17:45

Pool D

Saturday, 7 October

Ireland vs Scotland 

21:00

Pool B

Sunday, 8 October

Japan vs Argentina

15:00

Pool D

Sunday, 8 October

Tonga vs Romania

17:45

Pool B

Sunday, 8 October

Fiji vs Portugal

21:00

Pool C

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