The Irish Club, Linden
Since its opening in 2002 by the Irish Ambassador to South Africa, The Irish (as it’s known to the locals) has been the go-to spot for cheap beer, cheaper whiskey and even cheaper comfort. The bar is stocked and a big screen TV is fitted right above it, showcasing major rugby, football and F1 events.
The only problem you’ll encounter when visiting the Irish Club is when South Africa plays Ireland, the tension is so thick, you could cut it with a knife. It is fairly comical to see the owner Mic and his staff stumble into a stupor when the Boks score against the Irish Lions.
Gilroy’s Brewery, Muldersdrift
Steve Gilroy’s beer is so famous that it somehow made its way into the James Bond novel, Carte Blanche as Bond’s drink of choice while staying at a hotel in Cape Town. Even better, Gilroy’s Brewery is set right on our doorstep here in Johannesburg.
Good news for sports fans – the counter is right opposite the big screen TVs, which have been mounted around the place. The beer’s good and the food is good too, and the vibe is something out of this world, especially when master brewer Steve Gilroy addresses the crowd in the special way only Steve can.
If you’re looking for a clean cut bar with tonnes of big screen TVs showing tonnes of different sports, all at the same time, then head to Hooters in Ruimsig.
The place gets pretty packed but at least the beer’s always cold. The curly fries with jalapeno cheese sauce is enough to have you return the next a big match is being aired. The boneless chicken wings are a winner too.
Green and Gold, Weltevreden Park
If there’s a place that boasts real pub food served in a gourmet style, and has enough TVs to make a department store jealous, it’d be Green and Gold. The pub is inspired by our boys in green (and gold) and is often the number one spot to check out when your sports team is taking to the field, the track, the pool or the pitch.
It’s live, it’s loud and we all love it. The Dros on Malibongwe Drive in Randburg is always packed with die hard fans who enjoy two things; eating steak and watching their team win. The pub boasts a projector and a fire place. The beer is always cold and the atmosphere burns as bright as the night is long.
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