Cosy pubs in Cape Town where you can watch the big game

Hunting down a cosy spot to catch the game? These Cape Town pubs offer big screens for all the sporting action as well as good, hearty grub.

Barristers (Newlands)

Aside from the comforting and reasonably-priced pub grub, this popular Newlands watering hole will be screening the big games in its cosy restaurant. Before, after or during the sport, you can chow down on classics like chicken livers, burgers, bangers and mash, and hearty steaks. Also look out for the daily pub lunch special with a range of dishes going for only R70.

Barristers Grill. Photo supplied.

Beerhouse on Long (City Bowl)

This buzzing Long Street brew house will be showing all the big games live on the big screen. Tuck into bottomless ribs on Wednesdays, snack baskets filled with pulled pork, bitterballen, pap chips and pickles, and burgers. They’ll also be having some awesome beer specials on the likes of Striped Horse, CBC and Devil’s Peak.

The Clubhouse at Claremont Cricket Club (Claremont)

This sports clubhouse has a cosy fireplace, views of the cricket field and decent food. The restaurant screens will keep you up to date with all the sporting action while you enjoy dishes like chicken-and-leek pies, steaks with your choice of sauce, burgers, pizzas and pasta.

Devil’s Peak Taproom (Salt River)?

Catch all the sport on the big screen at this popular brewery-eatery. Pair the live action with good gourmet pub grub like cheeseburgers with rosemary fries, buttermilk fried chicken, truffle mac ‘n cheese, and barbecue pork ribs. The brewery also hosts quiz nights on Wednesdays alongside happy hour specials.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app

Dias Tavern (City Bowl)

This wouldn’t be a pub list without the infamous Dias Tavern. The popular Portuguese spot is known for hosting vibey evenings for sports fanatics. Tuck into unpretentious favourites like prawns, trinchado, peri-peri chicken, and Portuguese steak fried in wine and garlic, and topped with a fried egg.

Forester’s Arms (Newlands)

This cosy Newlands spot is equipped with a toasty fireplace and a buzzing bar that pours a range of draughts, cocktails and wines. Settle in to one of the warm nooks of the old Victorian house and enjoy burgers and wood-fired pizzas while you catch the game. There’ll also be some World Cup promotions on offer.

Hudsons The Burger Joint (Claremont, Gardens and Green Point)?

Chow down on your favourite gourmet burger while watching the game. Plus, throughout the FIFA World Cup, Hudsons will also be running a R20 Budweiser special. Pair that with burgers topped with biltong chilli cream cheese, bacon jam, deboned rib, or beer-battered jalapeños.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app

Perseverance Tavern (Gardens)

The oldest pub in Cape Town will be showing all the sporting action in its cosy bar area. The menu features all the usual pub grub favourites like buffalo wings, nachos, chicken strip baskets, steak and ribs, and hearty eisbein for those chilly winter days. This spot gets very busy on big game days, so arrive early or make an advance book.

Picadas (City Bowl)

This new Latino bar above The House of Machines will be showing all World Cup games and whenever Spain or South America are playing, there will be some delicious specials. The food here features everything from empanadas to homemade chorizo. Look out for the traditional asado which will take place on 16 June when Argentina will be taking the field.

Ricks Cafe Américain (Gardens)

Comfy couches, two fireplaces and four big screen televisions complete the picture at this popular spot. Alongside the burger, beer and tequila specials that will be on offer during the Soccer World Cup, you can also fill up on hot tapas platters, gourmet burgers, grills, and warming tagines. Be sure to book if you’re planning on heading here with a big crowd. The restaurant will also be closed on Sundays.

Rick’s Café Americain. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Sotano (City Bowl and Mouille Point)

Head to Sotano in Mouille Point or the cosy new branch on Bree Street to watch the game. Both spots will keep you warm with a fireplace or heaters, and the bar will be screening all the sporting action. To keep the hunger pangs at bay, dive into Mediterranean-style tapas, espetada, beef short ribs, or the famouse lamb burger with hummus and tzatziki.

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