With some places shutting down in Hatfield Square in the past year to make way for a potential residential development, students may be left wondering what hot spots are left in Pretoria where they can enjoy a great night out. Rest assured there are still a couple of spots where they can take a load off.
Visit Aandklas on the corner of Hilda and Prospect streets in Hatfield to enjoy the best in South African rock and alternative music in a chilled atmosphere. The bar opened in June 2006 and is situated in a 70-year-old house, a heritage building created by Norman Eaton, a prominent Pretoria architect. With four bars, eight big screens, foosball and pool tables, Aandklas is perfect for a great night out for rock music fans and is super-friendly on the student budget. This bar has offered great live music from performers such as aKing, Jack Parow and Bittereinder over the years and is home to one of the longest-running quiz nights, in Pretoria on Wednesday evenings. Its annual Spring Day and Halloween parties and its biannual Potjiekos Party are a hit among partygoers. For great live tunes and a buzzing crowd, visit Aandklas.
Celebrate and cheer on your favourite sports team at Trademarx, situated off Kirkness Road at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, where you can watch the latest matches on one of the 50 or so LCD screens or two big-screen TVs. This sports bar, which opened in June 2007, has interesting sports memorabilia, including top Springbok jerseys from Francois Hougaard and Jesse Kriel, decorating its walls. With a view of the fields at Loftus Versfeld, check out the players live as they train while you enjoy a tasty lunch. Try a Passion Wagon jam jar, a double Richelieu and Coke, or a 1L carafe of Merlot with the Trademarx platter of beef samosas, vegetarian spring rolls, boerewors and cheese grillers. Exciting events hosted by this restaurant include the University of Pretoria’s official Spring Day party, the Pre-Spring Day party and various hostel socials. Trademarx provides friends and family with fun-filled sports viewing.
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Words: Lisa Dewberry