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Newlands is known as the wettest place in South Africa, in terms of rainfall. But it’s also a great place to wet your whistle at these fine bars…

Foresters Arms

Foresters Arms, or Forries as it is affectionately known, is about as iconic a South African bar as the Southern Suburbs has. The perfect place to watch the rugby, catch up with friends over a beer or while away an afternoon with a surprisingly delicious meal (it’s not just a pub!) Their lamb burger is a winner, and their banting pizza will let you indulge in one more drink without feeling guilty…


This restaurant and bar prides itself on good food – great wine – warm friends. It’s the perfect place to meet friends, whether for drinks or a meal, and has a pub lunch special that will have you coming back again and again (R65 between 11am and 6pm – every day!)

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The Toad and Josephine

A lively pub upstairs, a cosy restaurant downstairs – The Toad and Josephine has whatever you’re in the mood for. The main feature of the pub is an Oregon pine bar made from old floors and roof beams. You can choose from their standard pub fare (woodfired pizzas and burgers a speciality), sit back and soak up the vibe – and whatever the sport of the day is.

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If wine is more to your liking than beer, this wine bar and grill will suit you down to the ground (although they do also serve beer!) With more than 500 wines on their wine list, including collectors and vintage wines, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Twenty of these are available by the glass, so you’ll have more than enough to choose from as you sit back, relax and sip.

Springbok Pub

With its prime location between the rugby stadium and the cricket stadium, Springbok Pub is all sport, all the time. Open from noon until late, Monday to Saturday, it’s the perfect place to catch a game of any description on their big-screen TVs, or soak up the live bands and the beer garden vibe. Fun, friendly, sports mad!

Words: Bridget McNulty

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