Johannesburg

Joburg Nightlife – Best Joburg bars for watching sports

more than a year ago

Although Joburg does not necessarily have any bars dedicated solely to watching sports, there are a heck of a lot of places to drink in this town where for most of the clientele the main attraction is an abundance of TVs and the full SuperSport TV package. Rugby has a huge following and anytime the national team, the Springboks, are playing all available screens will be tuned to that channel. Joburgers also enjoy football and most fans follow a major team from Europe's big leagues in addition to one of the leading local clubs like Soweto's Orlando Pirates or the Kaizer Chiefs.

Here's a rundown of some of the most popular places to follow the sports in Joburg.

MELROSE ARCH
This upmarket shopping and dining precinct became a popular fan zone during the 2010 World Cup and the giant screens are still there today. Usually used to screen a mixture of international football, SuperRugby and Springboks and Proteas matches, check with their facebook page beforehand to see if any games are on. Book a terrace table at one of the restaurants on the piazza for the best view.

​TROYEVILLE HOTEL
Within walking distance of the Emirates Airline Park rugby stadium, on match days this old-fashioned hotel bar and terrace in the edgy Troyeville neighbourhood is jam-packed with fans enjoying a pre-match meal of tasty peri peri chicken or prawns.

THE WANDERERS
This large sports club is directly across the street from the Wanderers cricket ground and the clubhouse bar, Chariots, fills up with post-match cricket fans coming to obsess over the day's highlights.

THE TAPHOUSE
TVs are spread liberally around this 'pint-sized pub' and the super-friendly staff are as enthusiastic about goals as the punters. A relatively mature crowd compared to the drunken students revelling next door at Parkhurst's infamously sticky-floored Jolly Cool (which is also notable for its giant pull down screen).

RIM N RUBBER
The name is always worth a smutty grin, but despite the word association the only fetishists Rim & Rubber Assembly in Greenside attracts are those who worship high-speed motorbikes. There's a huge pull-down screen behind the bar which shows every single motorsports event that a petrol head could want.

​GILES PUB & RESTAURANT
The screens are quite high up and hardly gargantuan but the atmosphere at the old-fashioned front bar area is very lively when the rugby is on. There's also a rather drab area upstairs with a massive projector screen if you simply must support the opposing team.

THE GRIFFIN
Quiet and friendly gastropub with a great craft beer selection. A handful of decent plasma TVs are well placed so everyone can see them, but the sound is usually switched off making it a good option if you have non-sports fans with you.

THE BRAZEN HEAD SANDTON
Lots of specials on offer during the pre-match build-up on Springboks match days, and screens liberally spread about the place. The atmosphere aims to recreate the feel of a British pub, several thousand miles from the isles and it's a short drive from all the major Sandton hotels.

HOGSHEAD ILLOVO
Strip-mall bar with a huge terrace and giant TV screens literally everywhere. The atmosphere is so boozy you'll feel drunk from your Coca-Cola and if your team is winning it's easy to get carried away on the shots offered out by the sexy girls with bottles in their holsters.

EXPAT CLUBS
During big international tournaments many foreign organisations and expat groups such as the Belgian Chamber of Commerce, the German Country Club and Les Frenchies de Johannesburg organise special screenings of matches in which their home countries are taking part.

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