Monday, 8 February 2016

East London’s pubs and bars

East London’s pubs and bars
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The Pub, a drinking establishment fundamental to the cultures of many countries across the globe and whose history can be traced back to the Roman taverns. In many places, especially in smaller villages and towns, pubs can be the focal point of the community. In South Africa, a nation of beer lovers, there is a wide variety of different types of pubs. Coupled with the fact that the nation is also, officially, sports mad, the majority of the pubs feature big screens for fans to watch their favourite teams whilst sinking a couple of cold ones.

East London is no exception in this regard and features a large number of drinking establishments that cater to everybody’s tastes. Whatever type of pub outing you’re looking for, whether it’s for a quiet drink after work or a night out at the weekend, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the city.
Buccaneers Sports Pub and Grill in Marina Glen is somewhat of an institution in East London with breathtaking views of the beachfront and a party atmosphere. It is a regular stop for well-known SA bands and DJ’s and for the sports fans, there are massive screens ensuring you don’t miss a thing during your team’s game. Buccaneers is also known for its delicious food, offering everything from toasted sandwiches to Dutch fillets. Telephone 043 743 5171.
Beacon Bay’s most well known pub is Raggie’s Live Bar, a unique, live music entertainment venue which has played host to a wide variety of bands playing a range of music genres, from heavy metal to local garage sounds. It is a pub where you can go and feel completely comfortable whether you’re there after work for a quick one or for a major event – everybody and anybody is welcome at Raggie’s. If you have unique music tastes, it’s the place for you. They have also recently started offering a great pub menu with delicious meals at very reasonable prices. Telephone 043 748 6032.
Situated inside The Blue Lagoon Hotel in Beacon Bay is The Highlander, a lively bar whichhighlanderoverlooks the picturesque Nahoon River – the ideal place for a drink while watching a spectacular sunset. A popular hangout for the who’s who of East London, The Highlander plays hosts to regular DJ events and in addition to having a reputation for their excellent wines, they also offer a wide variety of meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Telephone 043 748 4821.
Located in Vincent, Dr Jekyll’s is a pub and restaurant with a great vibe, the perfect place to relax and catch up with friends, enjoy some good food or watch the latest match on the big screen. A popular pub, Dr Jekyll’s also offers a licenced games room. Telephone 043 726 6164.
Where there’s a Dr Jekyll, there has to be a Mr Hyde and you can find this particular counterpart in Beacon Bay. Also a very vibey pub, Mr Hyde’s Restaurant and Pub is all about comfort and relaxation, a place where you instantly feel at home. Enjoy a meal, catch your favourite team on the big screen or head there on one of the evenings when they host live bands. Telephone 043 748 2249.
Another popular pub in Beacon Bay is Monty’s, the ‘pub in the hub’. Featuring live entertainment seven days a week in the shape of local artists and karaoke, Monty’s boasts a large pool room, dance floor and braai area where you are more than welcome to take along your own meat and enjoy one of the nation’s most favourite pastimes. Tasty pub meals are also available with great specials on offer throughout the week. Telephone 082 753 5665.
Wiseguys Bar & Grill in Vincent offers a large selection of craft beer and regularly hold DJ and live music events. Delicious pub meals are available including gourmet burgers and boeries if you’re feeling peckish and you can enjoy your food and drink either inside or make use of the outdoor seating if the weather is being kind… Telephone 043 726 3792.
The legend lives on in the form of Jacqueline’s, a Nahoon-based pub that has been a favourite of many for a long time now. Having recently moved into a new era of late night club life, you can also visit and enjoy entertainment from resident DJ’s and live bands. With affordable and crispy cold draught beer, Jacqueline’s boasts a large dance floor and five pool tables. Telephone 043 735 4069.
catz pubCatz Pub in Berea is a popular, warm and friendly local pub with a real home away from home feel. They have a fireplace for the colder nights and a great outdoor section for sunny days. Every night at Catz has a different feel with live music, karaoke and various themed evenings. It’s also a fantastic place to head to watch your favourite team in the latest match. Telephone 084 959 9262.
At The Gonubie Hotel on the beachfront you will find both The Deck and the Captain’s Cabin. The Deck is a pub and restaurant which overlooks the main beach and offers very popular dishes from fresh fish to mouth-watering steaks. The Captain’s Cabin is renowned for its great vibe and hearty pub menu. Both are pubs that are definitely worth a visit with regular live music from local artists and resident DJ’s. Telephone 043 740 4010.
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Situated on the East Coast Resorts Road at Crossways, The Fish & Farrier is a lovely country pub with a lively bar and great food. A relaxed and warm atmosphere, The Fish & Farrier regularly hosts live music events and karaoke nights. Telephone 043 737 4455.
The Abbotsford Arms and the Nahoon Arms (located in Abbotsford and Nahoon, respectively!) are great venues with a real Old English pub and grub vibe. With regular live music, these pubs are perfect for both after work pints and relaxing mixers over the weekend! Telephone 043 721 0363 (Abbotsford Arms), 087 350 4144 (Nahoon Arms).
Located inside the Blue Waters Hotel is The Slipway Pub and Grill, one of Gonubie’s most popular family pubs and restaurants. It is close to the beach yet still maintains its privacy and offers a safe, friendly environment with delicious food and great customer service – don’t miss out on the weekly specials! Also a great place to watch the latest match. Telephone 043 740 2019.
the slipway
Located right on the waterfront inside the Premier Hotel Regent on the Esplanade is the Y-Knot Pub and Restaurant. Offering breathtaking views of the ocean while you sip a cold one, Y-Knot provides the perfect setting to relax, have a light lunch and watch the dolphins at play. Telephone 043 709 5000.
Offering you an unbeatable dining experience with a relaxing atmosphere with breathtaking ocean views is Café Neo, located in Quigney. Enjoy cocktails made from the finest ingredients available while you watch one of East London’s spectacular sunsets. Delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are also available. Telephone 043 722 4531.
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A lively pub for East London’s young in-crowd, the Swiss Loft in Nahoon is a great pub-style venue which has a great DJ and live music scene. Add to the mix some pool tables and dartboards and you’ve got yourself a winner. Telephone 043 735 3685.
swiss loft
the subwayThe Subway in the Cambridge Sports Club is a lively pub with a delicious pub menu and specials are always available. The Subway regularly holds different evenings combined with live music which make it a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Telephone 078 603 0591.
Dezzy’s Pub in Gonubie has a friendly and cosy atmosphere with an awesome dance floor, regularly filled with party goers on one of their Karaoke or live music nights. Sports fans can also enjoy the latest matches on the big screen there. Telephone 072 212 8311.
Located inside the Highgate Hotel in Cambridge is Arthur’s, a place reminiscent of an old Englisharthurspub with all the warmth and character of a beloved local. Charming management and staff make this a firm favourite in East London and old-style pub lunches keep the customers coming back for more. A sports-mad venue, Arthur’s is an ideal place to go when there’s a rugby match or Formula One race on. Telephone 043 726 7085.
The Barefoot Café in Chintsa East is a lovely, laid-back pub and restaurant where all are welcome. Opened in 2010 by two local surfers, The Barefoot Café encourages a wide range of age groups, social classes, ethnicities and religions to go and enjoy a drink and fantastic food in a relaxed environment.  Telephone 043 738 5297.
The  Bar at Xtreme Valley in Beacon Bay is an upmarket venue with very reasonably priced drinks on offer. Catering primarily for the young professional, it has a lively vibe and is perfect for both after work cold ones or pre-club drinks at the weekend. It is also an ideal venue for families during the day over the weekend when parents can sit and have a drink and a light meal and watch their kids playing lazer tag at the same time. With plans to have live entertainment once a month in the bar, it also has an upstairs venue where DJ events will be held on a regular basis. For the sports fans, there is also a big screen where all the latest soccer and rugby matches are shown. Telephone 082 062 1790.
xtreme valley
The Bora Bora Lounge Bar is an upmarket Cocktail Bar located in the Atlantis Beachfront Centre, boasting a very trendy, urban vibe. Serving a wide range of fabulous cocktails, Bora Bora has couches for those that want to relax and enjoy their after work sundowners, and a balcony view which is second to none. The bar is also equipped with two plasma screens for the sports fans. Telephone 043 742 6967.
The Felix Bar is an upmarket gentleman’s venue located inside Hemingways and is a very popular spot with those attending the many events held at The Venue. Telephone 043 707 7777.
Boykies Biltong Bar is proudly South African and they’ve even got the goods to prove it with a wide variety of biltong for sale, the nation’s favourite! A relaxed vibe, Boykies is located in Berea and not only has a great bar but delicious food and televisions for the essential Rugby matches. It even has the bonus of a walk-in Cigar Humidor plus Rugby regalia to purchase. Telephone 043 721 0145.


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