Rugby World Cup: experience the thrills and excitement at these bars and restaurants

As the Rugby World Cup 2023 kicks off, fans across South Africa are gearing up to support their favourite teams. If you’re looking for the perfect place to watch the live action, we’ve got you covered. From bustling burger joints to cosy Irish pubs, here are a few spots in SA to catch all the rugby excitement.


Hudsons in Parkhurst

Located in Parkhurst, Hudsons Burger Joint offers a taste of America with its specialised burgers and lively atmosphere. Hudsons has gone all out to create a rugby-friendly atmosphere, with big screens, enthusiastic staff, and a menu that’ll keep you fuelled throughout the game.

The Filly in Sunninghill

The Filly in Sunninghill not only satisfies your food cravings but also provides a comfortable space to watch the games without breaking the bank.

JoyJozi in Dunkeld

For a family-friendly experience, make your way to JoyJozi in Dunkeld – a unique venue designed to cater to all ages, with a diverse menu featuring everything from delicious pizza and salads to mouth-watering cocktails. With a big screen streaming the live games and free entrance for kids from 4.30pm, it’s an excellent choice for a family outing.


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Louise & Anna in Craighall Park and Waterfall

If you’re looking for a unique way to enjoy the Rugby World Cup, head over to Louise & Anna in Craighall Park for their Sunday Rugby Brunch Special. For just R350 per person, you can indulge in bottomless mimosas and flapjacks. Plus, wear your Springbok jersey, and you’ll receive a complimentary Fiero and tonic!


Railways Café in Irene

Railways Café in Centurion is more than just a music venue; it’s a rugby hotspot offering a variety of dishes, including pizzas and burgers.


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Hank’s Olde Irish on Bree Street

For a touch of Ireland in the heart of Cape Town, head over to Hank’s Olde Irish on Bree Street. This charming Irish pub boasts a range of craft beers on tap and provides the perfect setting to enjoy the rugby matches. Get ready to raise your glass and cheer for your team in true Irish style.

Foresters Arms (Forries)

Foresters Arms, affectionately known as Forries, offers draughts and delicious meals while cheering on your team.


Gochu Gang in Stellenbosch

Gochu Gang specialises in Asian street food, offering classic dishes like dim sum, dumplings, sushi, bao buns, and yakitori (skewered grilled chicken). It’s the perfect place to savour Asian flavours while watching the rugby matches.


Harry James Food & Cocktail Bar in Umhlanga

In Durban, Harry James Food & Cocktail Bar in Umhlanga stands out as a rugby hotspot. With an impressive outdoor LED screen and a delectable menu featuring mouth-watering appetisers and cocktails, this bar offers an unforgettable viewing experience. They even offer happy hour specials on cocktails and draughts!

Sunsets and Mermaids in Umhlanga

For seafood lovers, Sunsets and Mermaids is your go-to destination with its seafood offerings and refreshing cocktails during game time.


SMOKE in Hazelwood

Pretoria’s SMOKE combines a love for outdoors, cooking over fire, and top-notch wines to create a unique rugby-watching environment.


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Forti Too in Lynnwood

For traditional Italian cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere, Forti Too in Lynnwood is an excellent choice for rugby fans.


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