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Exciting Spots to Watch the World Cup Soccer with Friends
Man caves for hire, a hotel converted into a mini-stadium, live matches inside a brewery and all the city’s unique sports bars, restaurants and World Cup specials
Last Updated: 16 June 2018
From unique mini-stadium experiences to unexpected and ultra-cool new places to discover, here’s our choice pick of spots to catch all your World Cup 2018 games at. First, though, check out these vids to get you in the mood.
IN THE MOOD: REMEMBER THIS 2010 TSHABALALA MOMENT?
We thought Cape Town was going to explode with that goal against Mexico when Tshabalala became the first African to score a goal in a FIFA World Cup tournament on African soil. But here we are eight years on, and the gees is back. South Africa might not have qualified for Russia 2018, but there’s always so much to get excited about when the World Cup rolls around.
WATCH: CRACKING GOALS FROM 2014 WORLD CUP
Sufficiently amped? Keep up the momentum by catching all the games with friends and these super-unique spots and World Cup soccer experiences in Cape Town.
WATCH IN UNSURPASSABLE STYLE
The Vista Bar & Lounge at One&Only will are serving up sumptuous burger specials for you to come and enjoy the game on their all-new big screen TVs. Catch both the third-place playoff on Saturday 14 July and the final on 15 July at the One&Only at the V&A.
Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | [email protected] | +27 (0)21 431 5888
BUD SPECIAL AT THE GHIBLI POOL BAR
Buy one Budweiser during the third-place playoff or final and get a second one free at the Ghibli Pool Bar at Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence on Riebeeck Street.
22 Riebeek Street | +27 (0)21 467 4000 | [email protected]
KICK OFF IN STYLE AT THE HOTEL THAT’S DESIGNED TO SAY YES
No matter who you are supporting this World Cup, you should be able to watch the matches with a great community. You can find that at Tobago’s in the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. They have a range of drink and food specials on Fridays and Saturdays which include a Jack Black draught beer 500ml for R45 which is served all day, or 300ml Jack Black draught beer and a gourmet boerewors roll with chakalaka sauce for R99. So indulge in these specials and celebrate or commiserate with your friends at Tobago’s at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront.
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront | 100 Beach Road, Granger Bay | +27 (0)21 441 3000 | [email protected]
THE STADIUM WITHIN THE BAR AT THIS V&A ART HOTEL
Africa’s RED Concept hotel (one of only four in the world) has converted its downstairs OUIBar into a stadium, complete with big screen, killer sound, awesome craft beers (one found only here) and excellent burgers. Come along and join in the spirit of match days. Ask about the specials and chances to win prizes during the games at the Radisson RED in the V&A’s Silo District.
Silo 6 | Silo Square | V&A Waterfront | [email protected] | +27 (0)87 086 1578
BE WHERE THE ACTION IS INSIDE THIS BREWERY TAPROOM
Flip the script and go straight to the source with big screens, beer on tap (bring your growlers or get one here) and loads of daily food specials, including craft burgers and pies, smack bang in the middle of the fully functional brewery taproom at Jack Black Brewing Co. in Diep River
10 Brigid Road Diep River | [email protected] | +27 (0)21 286 1220
ROCKING MATCH DAY BUD SPECIALS ON LONG STREET
Gather your friends to watch the game on a big screen (or several smaller screens in the restaurant) and get four Budweiser beers and your choice of four snack plates – jalapeno poppers, peppadew poppers and onion rings, rosemary potato wedges, skinny fries and hot wings, sticky ribs and nachos – for R249. That’s beer and food for four! Look out for more World Cup deals at Sgt Pepper on Long Street.
194 Long Street | [email protected] | +27 (0)21 424 5608
COMEDY AND KICKS
See five World Cup matches for free, including the quarter-final, semi-final and the big one – the final game. Some of Cape Town’s funniest will be your hosts, cracking jokes and keeping the evenings’ entertainment in full swing at Cape Town Comedy Club.
The Pumphouse | V&A Waterfront | [email protected] | +27 (0)214188880
JUST FOR THE BOYS
You and 10 mates can watch all the action from the man cave, a luxury private room in an inner-city hotel (free parking for your crew) with a 55-inch TV, comfy couches, hot snacks and bottomless draught served by your personal waiter. Plus: Guess the score and win a R250 meal voucher at the awesome Man Cave Experiences at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriot in New Church Street.
64 New Church St | Tamboerskloof | [email protected] |+27 (0)21 488 2555
BEACH-STYLE WORLD CUP FEVER
Catch all the games beach club-style, complete with big screen TVs, beer and burger specials and a popular premier oceanside venue that can accommodate up to 2 000 people, at Shimmy Beach Club near the V&A.
12 South Arm Road | V&A Waterfront | [email protected] | +27 (0)21 200 7778
With roots in Germany and Morocco and famously stocking a large selection of local craft and imported beers, plus large-screen TVs and an easy, warm, family-friendly atmosphere, there are loads of cool reasons to catch the game at Café Extrablatt in Green Point.
79 Main Road | Green Point | [email protected] | +27 (0)21 434 3759
HOME OF BEER IN THE CITY
Big-screen TVs, a projector for good measure, 25 brews on tap, 99 bottle beers (many that you can’t find anywhere else in the city), finger food and a great vibe, catch the game at Beerhouse on Long Street.
223 Long Street | [email protected] | +27 (0)21 424 3370
BE HERE FOR THE FIRST AND LAST WHISTLE OF SOCCER WORLD CUP
This funky sports bar has a stadium-like atmosphere that adds to the adrenaline of shouting for your team. The Blue Whistle has 360-degree HD screens including a giant 75-inch screen for life-size images and the latest high tech surround sound. Fans can enjoy quality food while being entertained during all the 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
KICKBACK AT KICKOFF TIME
A great place to kick back and watch the World Cup games. There are four HD televisions, three fireplaces and a laidback rooftop deck where you can put your feet up, crack open a cold one and enjoy the game with a smaller crowd. FIFA WORLD CUP SPECIALS: a pint of Jack Black Lager with every burger; El Jimador Tequila, buy 1 get 2; Jaegerbomb, buy 2, get 4 – only available during the live games. Play it safe and reserve a table at Rick's Café Américain
Rick's Cafe Americain | 2 Park Road | Gardens | +27(0)21 424 1100
The Happy Oak, a vintage-style pub and grill in the heart of Stellies is cozy and relaxed. The Irish-inspired menu offers guests hearty food to warm the soul. There's a range of draught beers on tap, and because it is located in a student town, the prices are very reasonable. The two-for-one specials will appeal to any hungry soccer fans.
62 Andringa Street | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 882 9672
RIGHT IN THE ACTION
Make a trip outside of the CBD to watch the matches at this laidback bar in Observatory. Sit on a bean bag and be surrounded by the cheers and jeers of the youthful fans that congregate here. This 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 at Foreign Exchange.
92-95 Station Road | Observatory | +27 (0)21 448 0083
FAB FOOD AND EASY VIEWING
Named after the Spanish word for ‘cellar’, this easy, breezy Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar in Mouille Point serves up simple, uncomplicated food to keep you sustained while watching the soccer matches. It boasts flat-screen televisions and a state-of-the-art fireplace. So if you’re on the hunt for a World Cup Soccer watching venue that puts pub-grub to shame, then the place to be is at Sotano.
121 Beach Road | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 433 1757
YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE
This trendy sports bar is kitted out for football fans. Watch all the matches on it's five 42-inch screens or the mega 250-inch screen. With four 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
ACTION, CELEBRATIONS AND GOOD GRUB
With large screens in the bar and restaurant area, as well as a giant projector, Pirates Steakhouse & Pub in Plumstead is the go-to sport watching place for locals looking for good grub and a cold lager. The friendly atmosphere and great food (think steaks, burgers, pork belly and juicy ribs) make this an easy choice for those looking to cheer on their favourite team. Expect a lot of celebrating after the match. Ask about the Privateers Club if you want to save some cash.
160 Main Road | Plumstead | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 797 5659
FUNKY AND FRIENDLY
Oblivion's 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. There's a choice of two floors from where to watch the games – the wooden benches downstairs offer a rustic atmosphere while the upstairs restaurant with a rooftop garden provides greater comfort. No matter where you watch from, you'll be in the middle of all the soccer action.
22 Chichester Road | Harfield Village | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 671 8522
JOIN THE LOCALS
Pisto's lounge – a trendy bar and lounge in the Mother City’s bustling Gugulethu suburb – is a favourite with locals. Kickback on the leather lounge suite in front of the big-screen TV to take in all the soccer action. Once the game is done, stick around and watch the venue fill up as hip and happening partygoers pour in and celebrate well into the night.
NY 112 | Gugulethu | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 952 4599
VIEW THE MATCHES AND THE SCENERY
Doodles Beachfront boasts a restaurant and bar with the largest outside seating area in Blouberg. The panoramic view of Table Mountain provides an awesome backdrop to any soccer match viewed on the large television screens. After the game, hang around and enjoy the company of young, vibrant soccer fans while listening to live music and watching the sun set across the bay.
110 Beach Boulevard | Bloubergstrand | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 554 1080
And then there are loads of cool places to have an epic get-together or party with friends in our selection of unique and unexpected function venues.
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