You know what you want from a pub: you want it to look like it was decorated by Vikings, with a chef who’d satisfy a Viking’s appetite as easily as a celebrity chef’s, and a good combination of craft beers you’ve never heard of, plus your trusty favorites. These South African pubs offer that and more.
This beloved staple of the bar scene has been around since 1870 and although beer prices have gone up since then, it still has reasonable priced drinks as well as pub fare like bangers and mash, and traditional South African dishes.
This quirky place has been around for over a decade and is known for its big screen TV’s, jukebox and pizza, making it not a bad place to host a birthday or event. You can always count on a crowd dancing to the music.
It’s known as a pub for the local university but the upstairs open-air dining attracts all ages. Expect it to be packed but friendly, and be sure to order one of their pizzas or the chile con carne french fries.
Foresters Arms was built in 1880 and still retains its old world charm. The menu is straightforward and tummy filling with treats like Forries breakfast (rump steak, eggs, bacon, pork sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast) and delicious wood-fired pizzas like the prawn and chorizo. The bar is stocked with fine whiskeys, drought beers and fun shooters.
The Grand Daddy Bar sits in the popular Grand Daddy hotel and has a special layout with a rooftop area and an elegant foyer. The bar puts on a ladies night, mojito nights and plenty of other festive events. Expect filling dishes like chicken schnitzel and large pasta dishes plus a long champagne menu.
This is the pub inside the restaurant Le Petit. The pub is known for interesting meats like crocodile and ostrich, as well as great music and pool tables.
People go to Joe Cools for the view as it sits right on the beach. As for the food, it’s known for great baskets full of fried things and meats, as well as sky-high sandwiches. Try some of their creative, colorful cocktails or extensive wine list.
Meant to have a pirate vibe, Van Hunks boasts a menu with hearty dishes like rump steak and traditional bobotie and tons of beer. The tavernous establishment mixes white-tablecloth fine dining with rustic cobblestone.
Peddlars is unique in that it has three different settings: a garden, a fine dining area and a pub. The menu is just as diverse with baskets of ribs and juicy burgers as well as smoked trout salad and chicken, leek and mushroom pie. It’s known for a great wine list and fair prices.
Fireman’s Arms is another staple of the bar scene. Built in 1864, the bar has rustic charm but also modern additions such as big screen TVs and Wi-Fi for patrons. Guests sit at long, family-style tables and benches and scarf down big baskets of fries with gourmet burgers, pints of craft beer and homemade pies. The pub also hosts quiz nights!