South Africans are often described as sports mad – and Capetonians no less so. So, when they’re not on the field, pitch or court themselves, they like to get together with friends or family to watch their favourite game – usually while nibbling on something tasty or enjoying a drink.
With the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicking off in Japan in September, here’s our pick of five great places in the Mother City to catch a game on-screen:
Foresters Arms, Newlands
Life would not be the same for Cape Town sports fans without the Foresters Arms Restaurant & Bar (“Forries” to the successive generations of devoted patrons who have been coming here for more than 160 years).
If you’re a sports fan, this iconic spot established in 1852 is the place in the city’s southern suburbs to watch sports with like-minded supporters. Forries has several screens dotted around the place and, being walking distance from the famous Newlands rugby and cricket grounds, is always packed on big match days.
There’s a large, inviting outdoor garden area, but on a wet winter’s day you can relax inside near the fireplace, munching on wood-fired pizza and sipping draught beer on tap.
Where to find it: 52 Newlands Avenue, Newlands
Always buzzing, upmarket Peddlars restaurant and bar in the Constantia winelands has a great atmosphere, garden and fireplace and serves everything from succulent burgers and steaks to gnocchi gorgonzola. Vegetarian sports fans can tuck into the Vegan Noodle Salad, Beyond Vegan Burger and more.
This family-friendly, recently renovated spot is divided into a more formal restaurant area and a convivial bar space with a number of screens where you can spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon enjoying the game in a stylish setting.
Where to find it: 32 Spaanschemat River Road (corner of Brounger Road), Constantia
Quay Four, V&A Waterfront
Quay Four has been an institution for fun-seeking Capetonians since long before the V&A Waterfront achieved fame as one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations. This large venue is one of the oldest restaurants in the bustling precinct, and is split into a large downstairs tavern with a big terrace and an elegant upstairs restaurant (think giant prawns and seafood platters).
Head downstairs to catch your favourite game on a big screen – but be prepared to be distracted by the stunning waterfront views, and perhaps by a seal or two frolicking in the harbour just outside.
The pub fare on offer includes Quay Four’s renowned fish and chips, and popular platters – all washed down with beer on tap or your preferred tipple or soft drink.
Where to find it: Quay Four, V&A Waterfront
The Village Idiot, Cape Town inner city
Housed in a stunning old colonial building with a large balcony overlooking Loop Street, The Village Idiot is not only a great place for a quick meet-up after work, it’s also heaven for sports fans looking to catch the next match on screen while sharing a sense of bonhomie with fellow supporters.
Describing itself as a “vintage neighbourhood bar and restaurant”, this unpretentious spot has many mounted television screens and a big projector to cater for your sports-watching needs. If you’re here to watch the rugby in winter, the lovely old fireplace will keep you warm and toasty.
The Village Idiot offers wonderful homegrown dishes to satisfy any appetite – from bobotie and rice to ribs, with lunch specials including a Mrs Balls boerewors burger and beer-battered hake. Vegetarians can try the braaied veggie burger, vegan board or more. Wash it all down with anything from bubbles and beer to cocktail jugs and shooters.
Where to find it: 32 Loop Street, Cape Town
Dizzys, Camps Bay
Prefer to mix some glam with your game? Then join the beautiful people heading to Dizzys restaurant and pub on the Camps Bay seaside strip for live sports screenings on Saturdays, as well as weeknights for international soccer and other major sports events.
Camps Bay attracts international crowds year-round, so expect an upmarket vibe and friendly rivalry – especially when there’s a Test match on. The place gets busy, so call ahead to book a table.
In keeping with the cool location, the menu includes suggestions for wines to pair with different dishes, and the pizzas with their home-made thin, crispy bases are legendary. They do banting bases, too (this is, after all, Cape Town).
Where to find it: 41 Camps Bay Drive, Camps Bay