#WorldCup Finals: Best spots to say goodbye to laduma fever in SA

2018-06-15 16:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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Friends cheering sport at bar together

The end is upon where everyone will be soon heading back into their normal lives once the finals is over, and while you may only be able to get into the spirit from your couch, why not head down to the bars, pubs and party parks to share in that laduma spirit with fellow fans.

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Across Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Johannesburg, let us guide you through a bar hopping journey to places where all your World Cup fantasies can come true - or crash and burn.

Remember though - drink responsibly and no driving - make taxis and lift-sharing apps your best friend.

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Cape Town

Fives Futbol, Century City

Budweiser is kicking up the World Cup spirit into the highest gear for the finals with party parks where you not only get to see who will be crowned with the ultimate glory, but get to groove post-game with SA's sickest music acts like Goodluck, AKA, DJ Loyd and Youngsta CPT.

The parks kick off on 10 July and you can buy tickets beforehand or at the door for R100, which comes with a free beer and light-up cup.

Devil's Peak Taproom

How about taking a gulp of a Devil's Peak First Light as your favourite team scores a goal on their big screen TV? Not only that, the brewery has caught such a bad case of World Cup fever that they've introduced a new special burger for the occasion.

Fireman's Arms

One of the veterans of the Cape Town bar scene, Fireman's Arms has long been THE spot to watch any sports match from every angle while downing a Castle tower. It'll be no different for the World Cup, but bookings as always is recommended. 


Radisson RED's OUI bar as always is going the extra mile with their very own stadium seating for all the World Cup games, so you can really feel like you're in Moscow while drinking a South African beer.


With branches in Hout Bay and Table View, you can support all the island-countries with Pakalolo's laid-back vibes and vibrant cocktails while trying to ignore the winter weather outside.


Grand Slam Sports Diner

With 12 drafts on tap and enough screens to make you go blind, Grand Slam Sport Diner in Edenvale is pumping up the World Cup fever with some ballsy balloon decor.

The Brazen Head

Dotted throughout Jozi in Fourways, Sandton and Edenvale, this franchise has still managed to retain its Irish authenticity and a Guinness will go down perfectly while watching the soccer in this cold weather.

The Jolly Roger

The legendary Parkhurst bar The Jolly Roger will keep the pizzas and half time drink specials coming while you sit at the edge of your seat watching your favourite team doing 'who-knows-what'.

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Kitcheners has been around since 1906, and at night it brings the sleepy pub into the 21st century with some of the biggest parties in Braamfontein. But while the party is pumping upstairs, you'll be able to tune into the games with an ice cold Budweiser.


The hub for South Africa's best craft beers, Beerhouse is running a World Cup special where brewers sponsor a soccer team and whenever that team plays, you'll get discounts on their beer. Even if their favourite team loses, you don't. The same special will be running at the Cape Town branch.

Zone 6, Soweto

Budweiser hasn't forgotten Joburg for their party park tour. Soweto will be home to the the Jozi party park where you can scream at the screen while Major League, DJ Zinhle, Shane Eagle, Nasty C and other talented musos will keep your spirits up as your favourite team kicks a penalty.

The parks kick off on 10 July and you can buy tickets beforehand or at the door for R100, which comes with a free beer and light-up cup.

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Port Elizabeth

Ziggy's Rock and Reggae Bar

Chill out and the let the week's worry be drained away by Ziggy's Rock and Reggae Bar on Port Elizabeth's seaside. Local live music gets the crowds going every Fridays in case the World Cup doesn't, and you'll always find a special on beer towers.

Bridge Street Brewery

If your blood pumps craft beer, then the Bridge Street Brewery is the place to sample the work of South Africa's father of microbreweries, Lex Mitchell, while shouting at the TV during the World Cup.

Barney's Tavern 

Get the sounds of wave crashing mixed in with ecstatic World Cup commentators at Barney's Tavern, Port Elizabeth's main seaside bar. They have another branch in Fairview if the main one gets too crowded.

Glendore Pub & Grub

This venue offers a family-friendly environment for the kids who also want to watch their sport heroes shine and have TVs inside and outside if you feel like you can brave the weather.

Tilting Heads Taco Cafe & Margarita Bar

It may be small but Tilting Heads Taco Cafe and Margarita Bar is the place to go if you want to get your fiesta on - especially if you're supporting the Mexico team! They have the iconic Mexican margarita and beeritas ready for the World Cup.

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Beach Bums 

Enjoy Durbz year-round warm weather at Beach Bums - where you can support your favourite team right on the beach. Their slogan perfectly encapsulates the mood - "where life is forever chilled" - and although it's family-friendly during the day, at night the party island DJs take over.

Waxy O'Connors

You can wax lyrical about Russia's hosting of the World Cup at Irish pub Waxy O'Connors, and keep an eye on their social media for their daily deals to keep you feverish.

Porter's Sports Pub

Gooi north in Durban to Porter's Sports Pub, where they're #alwaysinthegame as beer and sports pump through their veins. The view is also superb for sundowners if your team is getting you down.

The Lighthouse Bar

If you want to add some class to your World Cup experience, the Lighthouse Bar at the Oysterbox Hotel will be showing the matches where you can ask their resident cat Skabenga about his predictions for the games.

Lords and Legends Sports Cafe 

See history made at Amanzimtoti's Lords and Legends Sports Cafe where you can watch the World Cup with a lekker Klippies and Cola and snack down on their famous eisbeins! They also have a branch in Brighton Beach.

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