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Easter in Nelson Mandela Bay means splashing out big time. The late-summer, extra-long weekend has always been the much-anticipated break when locals and visitors alike enjoy the Splash Festival.


What’s happening?

This weekend the Bay is enjoying a full four-day fest once again (after it was shortened to just three), and there’s plenty on the menu in the way of sport, live music and, of course, the multitude of stalls with diverse food offerings and all manner of arts and crafts to add to the buzz.

One of the best vantage points to soak in the Splash action while also sipping on your favourite cocktail or refreshment, are the elevated bars and eateries at both Blue Waters Cafe and Barney’s in the original Boardwalk centre on the shore side of Marine Drive.

At Blue Waters you can either relax at tables inside or on the sun-splashed balcony, or you can park off at the elegant bar where there are a broad spectrum of beers, wines, spirits, classic cocktails and liqueurs. If you fancy something on the smoothie side, there’s a tantalising selection of White Choc Berry, Strawberry and Banana, Mango Blast, Le Mint Delight, or Brazilian Hazelnut.

On the hot drinks side there is similarly a wide choice ranging from cappuccino and cream cafe latte and Chai latte, to herbal teas – camomile, Earl Grey, green tea, and mint.

Right next door is Barney’s, one of the beer capitals of the Bay, with its trademark decks, huge wraparound bar and one of the best line-ups of draught beer on tap in the city, as well as a number of craft options. There’s also no shortage of coolers, bottled beers, wines, spirits and shooters.

Barney’s is also known for its live music and there are top artists performing throughout the Splash weekend.


See for yourself:

Blue Waters Cafe

041 583 4110

Barney’s Tavern

041 583 4500


Words: Brett Adkins
Images: Eugene Coetzee

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