#LeftBackHigh5: Top sports bars in Cape Town

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Winter is coming and we’re not talking Game of Thrones. As the chill of winter descends upon South Africa, outdoor braais and garden sports start to make way for indoor activities.

Here at LeftBacks HQ our favourite winter pastime by far is catching a good sporting event at a good bar. The vibe, the buzz, the beers – your local bar could be considered a fierce and worthy rival of catching the game live, right?

But what bars exactly? That’s where we come in.

As proud Mother City boys, we’re dedicating this week’s #LeftBackHigh5 to five of Cape Town’s greatest sports bars.

5) Eastwoods


Eastwoods is the Northern suburbs’ top rugby jol. The bar is loaded with many, many beers on tap, a really affordable food menu and dirt cheap post-game Klipdrift and Coke specials.

Based in Durbanville, it can be a bit of a mission getting there but if you’re ever in that region you’ll want to be at Eastwoods come game time.

Vibe: 7/10

Affordability: 8/10

Must-watch game: Bulls vs Province

4) Springbok Pub


We’re big fans of Springboks pub in Newlands. There, we said it.

Not only is it super conveniently located (a stone’s throw from the Newlands fortress) but it’s affordable and comes complete with a dancefloor and a DJ to allow for an even more memorable celebration.

Vibe: 8/10

Affordability: 7/10

Must watch game: Any game featuring Province

3) Barristers


While Barristers might not be a bar in the traditional sense of the word, they do offer a great sport-watching experience.

Similar to the above two spots, their menu is affordable (are you starting to get a better idea of where to take us on a date?) and they have a massive range of beer on tap. It’s the perfect spot to catch a longer sporting event.

Vibe: 6.5/10

Affordability: 7/10

Must watch game: British Grand Prix or Ryder Cup

2) Forries


Any true sports bar fan will tell you that there is nothing quite like a pub steeped in history, and at 150 years old, Forries is South Africa’s oldest!

Set against a scenic backdrop, nestled under some oak trees – Forries offers sports fans the opportunity to enjoy a few cold ones inside or outside. That kind of flexibility is definitely rewarded here at LeftBacks HQ. And their pizzas are tasty.

Vibe: 8/10

Affordability: 8/10

Must watch game: Manchester derby

1) Mitchell’s


Mitchell’s tops our list for the best sports bar in Cape Town.

Located in the Waterfront, this spot, in my opinion, has the greatest vibe of all. On a recent visit to this fine establishment, the missus and I bore witness to one of the greatest renditions of Nkosi Sikelel’ IAfrica performed by the completely packed bar. It was legendary.

Also any place that makes a pizza with biltong on it is going to win in my books.

Vibe: 9/10

Affordability: 7/10

Must watch game: Springboks vs New Zealand

There you have it, our favourite sports bars in Cape Town. What are yours? And where do sports fans in Joburg and Durban go for a good time?

Hit us with a comment or tweet us @leftbacks and don’t forget to invite us next time you hit your local.

One comment:

  1. Can’t argue there buddy.
    The Dubliner is a good spot for an epic Six Nations battle, if that’s your kind of thing.
    And Rafiki’s is always a winner…

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