Where to watch the cricket, er, football this weekend
Three in Cape Town, three in Joeys. Go for it, Tiger
Most of us don’t need an excuse for a drunken celebration. Well, we’re in luck, thanks to Fifa. Below are the best bars to stumble into before, during or after any game:
The Joburg Scene
Traditional German cuisine and filled with authentic German spirit and, of course, an assortment of beers.On nights with anything sports-related, the place can get pretty packed. With World Cup season taking over for the next few weeks, the place will ring with German pride – the German team is a top contender for first place. If you’re passing the Randburg area, be sure to check this place out.
Watch the game between Germany and Mexico there this Sunday at 5pm. Schwabinger Stuben is at 387 Main Ave, Ferndale, Johannesburg, 011-787-2550.Troyeville Hotel
If you are into Portuguese food and a good place to stay the night (if you’ve had one too many) the Troyeville Hotel has a charmingly down-to-earth, but fun vibe.Outside of its four-star rooms, it’s a warm and welcoming place to feast on anything Portuguese. Although the views of the streets below don’t have conventional beauty, visitors will experience the hustle of the Joburg lifestyle which can be interesting to watch. The online reviews show a high regard for the food, atmosphere and staff.
Watch the first Portugal game there on Friday at 8pm. Troyeville Hotel is on Albertina Sisulu Rd, Troyeville, 011-402-7709.Che Argentine Grill
For the most authentic Argentinean food in Joburg, matched with a great industrial space complete with winter-friendly fires, Che Argentine will be the best spot to watch Argentina’s Lionel Messi use his golden boot.Situated in the trendy hub of Maboneng district, Che Argentine Grill bagged an award in the Best Steakhouse category of the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes Benz Best Everyday Eateries. Go hungry and eat steak.
Watch the first Argentina match on Saturday at 3pm. Che Argentine Grill is at 303 Fox St, Jeppestown, Johannesburg, 011-614-0264.The Cape Town Vibe
The Forex Bar
Known as “a place for locals to meet foreigners and vice versa”, this pub will be one of the best places to kick off the Fifa season celebrations.With vibrant games of beer pong, and an endless drinks menu, the vibe of the Forex Bar stays fun and friendly. The lively and exuberant crowd is not the only attractive quality. The drinks are cheaper than other Cape Town bars, which is an excellent way to keep the crowd young.
The Forex Bar is at 96 Station Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 021-448-0083.
A small but cosy bar in Claremont has all that English pub charm, offering large cold beers and massive screens for any of the World Cup games, but especially the English ones.It doesn’t have a great food selection but customers like its portion-price ratio. If you’re on a tight budget and enjoy a warm community of fellow English supporters, look no further.
Watch England play Tunisia here on Monday at 8pm. Rascals is at 2 Meyer St, Claremont, Cape Town, 021-671-2844.
Mitchell’s Scottish Ale HouseSituated at the V&A Waterfront, this pub has plentiful menu choices and its karaoke nights rock. With multiple television screens, it’s impossible to miss your favourite moments. It has friendly staff, an exciting atmosphere and fantastic views of the Cape town harbour and mountains.
East Pier & Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 021-419-5074.