Our beloved Springboks take to the pitch to hopefully bring back the Webb Ellis Cup for another year, so the streets of Joburg are painted green and gold to support them. Here's our pick of spots where rugby fever is in the drinks, the dress code and the décor while the Springboks stay in the tournament. If you're looking for more watering holes, check out our list of sports bars and pubs in Joburg.
See the latest updates on the Rugby World Cup matches here.
Where to watch the gamesPut these friendly neighbourhood spots and hotels on your radar for watching the Springboks play the game. Check with each venue beforehand if they are screening the game.
Celebrate the game with a R20 green and gold Springbokkie shooter served during all of South Africa's games at Protea by Marriott Hotel Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton.
FOURWAYS FARMERS MARKET
Screening all the Rugby World Cup games on Saturdays and Sundays in which the Springboks are playing, until 23:00, Fourways Farmers Market is doing it big with a special viewing field where you can watch the game in style on the jumbotron. It's the market you love with a twist. They have added their regular 96 food and craft vendors as well as a beer garden, additional food trucks, activations, rugby-themed fun for the kids and live entertainment. So bring your picnic gear and wear your jersey with pride.
Catch all the Rugby World Cup games live at Gotcha Pizzeria located in Garden on 4th, a little piece of tranquillity in the heart of Linden. Gotcha Café Pizzeria boasts a beautiful outside area to enjoy their wood-fire pizzas or a light meal along with ice-cold drinks to cool the summer heat (there are also vegan and gluten-free options). It wouldn't be a South African game without biltong, so check out their biltong shop, where you can sample some honey-glazed beef biltong along with the usual 'tong.
Support the Springboks at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways where you can watch the Springboks take on England on Sat, Oct 21 on the big screen in their BOKyard. Experience the rugby with friends and fellow fans with rugby-inspired food like the 'Battered' English fish and chips or enjoy a few ice-cold Nguni Draughts along with other causal dining options including beef and chicken burgers or tuck into a snack basket.
NELSON MANDELA SQUARE
Head to Nelson Mandela Square to watch the Springboks against England on Sat, Oct 21. Wear your rugby jersey and bring along your friends and family to the MTN Springboks Fan Park for an experience like no other.
PRISON BREAK MARKET
The San Quentin events building (Shed Six) of the Prison Break Market in Lonehill will come alive with screenings of all the Springbok games on the big screen. On Sat, Oct 21 entrance is free but space is limited so get there early enough to secure your seat or grab something to eat from the market's food and drink vendors.
Wear your best green and gold to Jozi Gin at Morningside, Bryanston and Cedar Square on Fri, Oct 20 and Sat, Oct 21 for screenings of the games. Bring your friends and make it a proper party with some of their food and drinks specials.