Tucked away between the maze of roads and side streets of Cape Town’s city bowl, hides some gems when it comes to pubs. Offering up a mouth watering line-up of Saturday sports viewing, and old Perseverance Tavern (Persies) up on Buitenkant Street must surely rank among the best of them
Among one of the oldest pubs in Cape Town if not South Africa, Perseverance Tavern or Persies had sailors and erstwhile travelers stumbling in and out of it’s doors from as early as 1808. Much has not change except for the obvious renovations and the clientele tends to be more sports mad locals clamouring for a seat at the next big game or serious beer quaffers chasing that next ice cold draught.
Literally styled on what one would expect a typical English pub to look like, the entrance and first half of the pub has dark wood (think mahogany) bar counters and tables with historic portraits or Cape Town from the years gone by. Leading out into a dining type room followed by an outside garden. The outside to me is the best part. Big wooden benches with a braai area at the back, easy viewing access to well placed flat screens, and most importantly in Cape Town, generally wind free makes settling outside in the garden at Persies for a good graze well worth it.
The menu at Persies covers most bases and even has an Eisben as an option which was unexpectedly pretty good. Service was fast and friendly but took strain with a rammed pub due to the champions league final and the Sharks playing earlier in the evening, the preceding Stormers match may have played it’s part in the crowd…A word of advice, book a table if a big match is on as I saw enough sulky faces with an air of bewilderment about them trying to will a free seat out of thin air.
Verdict, Persies is a great spot to have a beer and decently priced pub grub. It has a great vibe and definitely takes a place as one our my future ‘local’ haunts, especially with the international rugby season around the corner.
Situated in the ‘heart of Newlands’ (literally), lies one of Cape Towns most favourite watering holes,Barristers Grill.
Well known among the southern suburbs locals, Barristers has surprisingly seemed to have escaped the attention of the city bowl trend setters. On good authority and with a juicy Super rugby game on the cards in the form of the Sharks and Highlanders, last Saturday proved a good day as any to pop in and see what all the fuss was about while grabbing a decent scoff while I’m at it.
The bar has a ‘gastro pub’ feel to it and has a welcoming atmosphere as soon as you step inside and the adjoining deck looked to be a firm favourite for those settling down to enjoy the evening with a cold brew.
We got down to business pretty quickly by pursuing the pub lunch menu (and with everything on the menu priced at R35 before 6pm -you can’t go wrong). To wash down our chicken schnitzel and fried calamari a couple of ice cold Castle Lite draughts proved to be a natural choice, with the rounds only increasing as we toasted to Pat Lambie’s success and the Sharks giving the Highlanders a proper carrot (yes I am that biased).
For desert I went for the Castle Milk stout and as a Guinness lover I have become quite taken with the local brewed version which is very quaffable, if you not careful one can easily slide three or four back without noticing.
Ambiance wise Barristers is great, good vibes, friendly, attentive staff and excellent for an afternoon of sports. There is a full restaurant through the pub if you after a more gourmet experience and word on the street is that the steaks are sensational.
I’ll definitely go back in fact I’ll be there for the Stormers game this weekend.
If you haven’t thought about attending this, I suggest you get off the couch and make the mission. Not to long ago Cape Town was awarded the World Design Capital for 2014 so with this in mind the Indaba being held at the Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC) is sure to be a real treat.
Don’t be misled that this is all about fashion. Far from it it cover’s ALL the aspects that design has to offer, from photography to architecture, art to city planning, if it can be designed it’ll be there.
Started off my Indaba experience by Popping over the the Labia on Kloof to catch a documentary on a photographer from New York called Bill Cunningham google his name, its quite a story! And the Labia, what a lekker place. Proper old school cinema and you can buy ice cold beers to take into the cinema. Quality.
See you at the Indaba