The Rugby World Cup is here again, the excitement is brewing, and there are many questions to be answered. Will the Springboks make us proud? Is this host nation Japan’s time to shine? Or will the All Blacks storm to a fourth win?
What’s certain is that you don’t want to find the answers to these questions by yourself. Sports are better enjoyed in the company of other fans and Cape Town offers a host of pubs, bars and taverns where you get into the spirit of things.
So, consult the World Cup schedule below and then choose a spot to get in on the action:
SA Match Schedule
Saturday 21 September
New Zealand VS South Africa 11:45AM
Saturday 28 September
SA VS Namibia 11:45AM
Friday 04 October
South Africa VS Italy 11:45AM
Tuesday 08 October
South Africa VS Canada 12:15PM
Saturday 19 October – QUARTER FINALS 1-2
Winner Pool C VS Runner Up Pool D 09:15AM
Winner Pool B VS Runner Up Pool A 12:15PM
Sunday 20 October – QUARTER FINALS 3-4
Winner Pool D VS Runner Up Pool C 09:15AM
Winner Pool A VS Runner Up Pool B 12:15PM
Saturday 26 October – SEMI-FINALS 1
Winner Quarter Final 1 VS Winner Quarter Final 10:00AM
Sunday 27 October – SEMI-FINALS 2
Winner Quarter Final 3 VS Winner Quarter Final 4 11:00AM
Friday 01 November BRONZE FINAL
Loser Semi Final 1 VS Loser Semi Final 2 11:00AM
Saturday 02 November: FINAL
Radisson Red, Silo District
If craft beer and rugby on the rooftop sound like your idea of heaven, then the Radisson Red is the perfect spot to catch the World Cup. Since opening this hip hotel has garnered rave reviews for its food, views and sense of fun. A great spot to assemble your crew for a World Cup viewing party.
The Brass Bell Restaurant & Bikini Bar, Kalk Bay
So, you want to watch the game but can’t drag yourself away from the increasingly good weather? Problem solved. The Brass Bell is a Kalk Bay institution and, with its unique position right next to the water, it’s the spot for those who want sport and sunshine at the same time. The hearty pub-style menu also goes great with a few beers, meaning you don’t have to move from your spot in the sun.
Oblivion is a popular restaurant and bar in the Southern Suburbs, with a rooftop sundeck, leather couches, and fires for cold days. There’s an extensive wine list, tapas, burgers, pizzas, and a large cocktail menu. By night, it gets quite busy and the downstairs section turns into a dance-floor. There are two big screens downstairs and two flat screens up top. Grab some food and drinks, watch some sport and then stay to celebrate till late!
Shimmy Beach Club
This popular nightlife spot is going all out for this year’s RWC, with live screenings on a projector screen in the Absolut Lounge for all the main World Cup fixtures.
With a dedicated rugby menu including biltong sushi (SA meets Japan), Springbok platters and more, plus a Boerewors burger and beer special for R75, and fantastic Heineken hampers to be won, they’re making sure you have the best seat in the house.
Foresters Arms, Newlands
Forrie’s is an institution in Cape Town and an absolute favourite among the Southern Suburbs crowd. Just a couple of kilometres away from the Newlands Rugby Stadium, this perennially busy spot is always packed for the rugby. There are big screens situated all over the venue, but be warned, get there early or you may not get a good vantage point for the games.
The Fireman’s Arms, Waterfront
This massively popular pub is a must on game day. With nine 46-inch flat-screen TVs and two big screens, you won’t miss a single moment of the action. Just make sure you get there early or you’re going to struggle to get inside, let alone to a table to watch sport.
Café Caprice, Camps Bay
It might not be the first place that comes to mind for the big game, but the stylish bar on the Camps Bay Strip has a loyal sport crowd and they screen all the big games. Book or get there early and you will get prime position, but hanging by the bar while soaking up the vibe is just as good.
Perseverance Tavern, District Six
The city’s oldest pub is a great place to watch your team in action. With 11 beers on tap, an awesome beer garden and LCD screens to show the sport, you can’t go wrong with Percy’s. People have drinking here since 1808, so they are clearly doing something right!
(closed down during the 2020 National lockdown, may reopen in future)
Woodcutter’s Arms, Hout Bay
A pub in the traditional British style, the Woodcutter’s Arms is a great place to hang out with mates, sink a few beers and watch the game. With four big screens and a warm, welcoming vibe, this Hout Bay local is a perfect spot to watch sports.
Toad in the Village, Noordhoek
The Toad has a solid rugby pedigree with former Springbok Bob Skinstad one of its founders. The Toad, of course, is often filled with people who’ve come to watch sport on weekends, with a number of big screens to make sure you don’t miss a thing. There are also eight different beers on tap to go along with a menu with a variety of food on offer.
Mitchells’s Scottish Ale House and Ferrymans, Waterfront
You are always guaranteed a raucous atmosphere at Mitchell’s come game day and it makes for a great vibe to support your team. Large TV screens, great food and plenty of beer on tap—you can’t go wrong with this Waterfront staple. And right next door is Ferrymans, another staple at the V&A—and for good reason. It was the first tenant of the Waterfront and is still going strong with a wide variety of beers, food and big screen TVs for the games!
Quay Four, Waterfront
One of the mainstays in the V&A Waterfront, Quay Four has been going strong for more than a decade and is a favourite with rugger crowd. There are plenty of screens (seven to be exact) so grab a meal, order some beers, and settle in for all the action.
The 41, Camps Bay
The 41 is not your usual sports venue, but it will be screening all the RWC matches. They’re also running a sweet special for rugby fans: purchase any burger and receive a complimentary draught beer.
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