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March 18, 2014

The Best Places to Watch the World Cup Soccer In Cape Town

Where's the best place to be so astounded by the magic of Messi the sauce is still dribbling down your chin? Where the excitement is palpable and the appreciation for the game runs deep? Where the tension is on every face and passion for every nation in the World Cup bouys the air? Here are our top 5 places in the Mother City that roar with every goal. 

Image courtesy of Anne Froehlich

1. Tommy's Sports Bar

179 Loop Street, Cape Town 
If you were to design a bar with a projector and 11 big-screen televisions, creating the capacity to simultaneously display 4 different games (2 with sound) at a single time, you’d probably consider yourself something of a sports crazed madman. That’s precisely the mentality of Tommy’s Sports Bar on Loops Street, run by Dutchman (and Ajax Amsterdam fanatic) Tommy Hoogeboom.

With sumptuous couches, high stools, tables, and lots of standing room, you can love the game from every corner of Tommy’s, which is always festive (thanks in no small part to the cheap beer!)

2. O’Driscoll’s

38 Hout St, Cape Town
An old-school-is-cool Irish Pub in the CBD, O’Driscoll’s has the traditional thick oak bar tops, stools, Guinness draughts and hearty, welcoming atmosphere. A textbook place to get cosy with a whiskey and watch the World Cup games, the warm hospitality is complimented by a solid pub menu and well-priced drinks. If you’re a feisty fan in the true Irish spirit, you can try out the ‘Irish Car Bomb’ shooter, sure get you raring to go before and after kick-off.

3. Long Street Cafe

259 Long Street, Cape Town
A cornerstone in the legend of Long Street, the eponymous Café sports the original Victorian facade and combines it with an open setting and relaxed décor. From tourists to artists to lawyers and students, Long Street Café attracts the cosmopolitan wanderers of Long Street and is always vibey, especially during big games. Chill out on vintage dark brown furniture and soak up the eclectic vibes before kick-off. 

4. Perseverance Tavern

83 Buitenkant St, Cape Town
People have been drinking at Perseverance Tavern – or ‘Percy’s’ – since 1808. They’ve got to be doing something right! The oldest pub in South Africa is today a sports Mecca, beaming with LCD screens, worn wooden finishes and enthusiastic crowds. Its charm comes from being old fashioned and somewhat grizzled, but it’s also very friendly with a choice of 11 draughts at the bar.

5. The Slug and Lettuce

218-214 Long St, Cape Town
The place is small but the screens are big and the decor is pretty interesting; you’re surrounded by 1900s unicycles, teddy bears, hardcover books, rocking horses and fire hydrants; there’s complimentary popcorn on the bar and there’s a courteous doorman in a suit. The Slug and Lettuce on Long Street has an extensive range of whiskeys, wines and draughts and is suitable for a wide range of clientele. 

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