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Best Pubs in Cape Town

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The Fireman's Arm

The Fireman's Arm is by their own admission is one of the oldest running English Pubs in the city that dates back to the year 1864. Besides, the pub is also one of the few true blue English pubs in operation which makes it a must go for all those who are craving a fine drink. The pub offers an array of wonderful pub grub that is delicious and makes for a good accompaniment with the exquisite drinks. For all the sports lovers, the bar has two huge televisions that play exciting matches. Fun and enjoyment await you at The Fireman's Arm.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Mitchell's Scottish Ale House

Mitchell's Scottish Ale House is exactly what the name says it is - an authentic Scottish brewery with the best beers in town. Mitchell's is situated conveniently on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. It is a pub with an amazing atmosphere, friendly staff, hearty food and of course the best specialty beers, both local and international varieties, on draught and by the bottle. It is a place buzzing with excitement, from the moment they open up to the early hours of the morning. Definitely an exciting place to grab a beer on a hot African afternoon. -Annchen Marais

Cape Town, South Africa
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Ferrymans Restaurant and Bar

The Ferrymans Restaurant and Bar has the distinct identity of being one of the first tenants on the scenic Waterfront. Built using bluestone with exposed brick walls, old photographs of the harbor and bentwood furniture which gives the restaurant a look of its earlier days. On the top floor lies a non-smoking restaurant whose menu goes the contemporary way, with an array of local delicacies like Peri Peri Chicken Wings and Chicken Liver Terrine. The restaurant also has a kids menu and a highly recommended daily special menu for those confused about what to order. On the drinks front, Ferrymans serves the most amazing ales from all over the world. The restaurant also has an outdoor garden area which provides excellent views of the Tabletop mountain. The place also makes for a great option to host your private event at. Call ahead for reservations and further inquiries.

Cape Town, South Africa
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The Odyssey

The Odyssey is a place where patrons enjoy good food and locally-brewed beer. The pub is very spacious and it can accommodate larger groups with ease. Simple chairs and modest tables make comfortable seating spaces and the wooden decor adds a rustic charm to the place. The wood-polished bar and the exposed-brick wall behind it both make the place look old-school. The pub stems from an amalgamated love for food and music offering a platform for various forms of entertainment as visitors sip away at their filled glasses.The menu is lined with a variety of specials; Chilli Poppers, Mini Burgers, Sirloin & Mushroom, Crispy Skins taste amazing when accompanied with CBC Pilsner, Jack Black Lager, Stella Artois, Dragon Fiery Ginger Beer, &Union IPA and more. They also serve a few wines and their dessert menu is quite creative.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Perseverance Tavern

Perseverance Tavern is a place where one can enjoy good beers and delectable pub fare. The pub is very warm and welcoming, and though limited in size it can accommodate groups of six to eight people with ease. They have an extensive selection of locally brewed ales and a variety of other liquors adorn their wood-polished bar. Some of the dishes that taste excellent with their beers are: Garlic Pizza Bread, Crumbed Camembert, Cheese, Bacon & Tomato, Margarita Pizza and the Spicy Beef Pizza. Pub fare like Deep Fried Calamari, Bangers & Mash, Kassler Chops, etc is also great if you are not in a mood for an elaborate meal. Come to Perseverance Tavern for watching a good game, the atmosphere is particularly euphoric on such occasions.

Cape Town, South Africa
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JC Pub & Brasserie

JC Brasserie & Pub is located at The Best Western Cape Suites Hotel and is the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks, as well as amazing food after a long day. This gastro-pub serves up generous portions, such as its specialty burgers or seafood. If you are looking for something lighter, they also offer finger foods. JC Brasserie & Pub is also a wonderful place to come enjoy the big game with a bucket of beers. JC Brasserie & Pub offers various specials, such as half price cocktails on Mondays and Wednesdays, or the burger special on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Be sure to stop by JC Brasserie for amazing food, drinks and a good time . . . without breaking the bank. - Joel Bronkowski

Cape Town, South Africa
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Foresters Arms

The verdant Newland neighborhood is where this quaint bar is tucked away, in full view of the mountains. Wildly popular with the locals, this bar dates back to as long as 1852, making it the one of the oldest bars in the country. The food is freshly made and delightful, and the old-fashioned ambiance comforting and beautiful. ‘Forries’, as it is fondly called, caters to large families and groups of friends, besides hosting regular football matches and other important sport events.

Cape Town, South Africa
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Brass Bell

Brass Bell is a legendary Cape Town restaurant located in the hip and upcoming town of Kalk Bay. Brass Bell is just miles from Muizenburg and Simon’s Town and is right on the ocean overlooking the sea. Brass Bell offers a variety of seating locations - the local cabin pub is an outdoor seating area which is perfect for sunny days and decorated with old wooden ship artifacts, while the elegant inside seating area is perfect for a lovely evening of seafood, sushi or steaks. Brass Bell is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, so be prepared for crowds especially during whale watching season and peak holiday times.

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