There is no better way to spend an evening than with a glass of warming wine as the rain pours down outside. Here are the best pubs in Cape Town to enjoy a tasty meal along with a winter warmer of your choosing.


1. Dizzy’s Pub and Cigar Bar, Camps Bay

Dizzy’s is the spot if you’re looking for a lively night out, with karaoke on Tuesdays, pub quiz on Thursdays, and beer pong on Sundays, as well as board games and live music from Tuesday through to Sunday.  The menu offers everything from pizzas to seafood. Contact +27 (0)21 438 2686.

Societi Bistro

2. Societi Bistro, Gardens

Societi Bistro is a local hangout for Capetonians, offering a home away from home atmosphere, roaring fires, exceptional cuisine, and an extensive wine list. Contact +27 (0)21 42 42 100.

Foresters Arms


3. Ferryman’s Tavern, V&A Waterfront

Ferryman’s Tavern offers an old fashioned bar and a stone fireplace to ward off the winter chill. Ferryman’s prides itself on its excellent pub grub and Ferryman’s Ale, a beer brewed exclusively for the pub. There’s a wide selection of beers on tap, televisions for sports games, and daily live music. Contact +27 (0)21 419 7748.

The Odyssey Gastropub

4. The Odyssey Gastropub, CBD

The Odyssey Gastropub in Bree Street has a cosy interior with irresistible craft beer and pub grub.  Don’t miss their burger special on Mondays. Contact +27 (0)21 422 4084.

Oblivion Wine Bar

5. Oblivion Wine Bar, Kenilworth

Nothing beats having a glass of wine after work at Oblivion. A charming pub during the day, when darkness descends Oblivion transforms into a party venue complete with dance floor and stripper pole.  Enjoy a casual dinner over 30 Seconds, Jenga, or Backgammon, or join the pub quiz evening on Mondays. Contact +27 (0)21 671 8522.

Caffe Verdi


6. Rick’s Café Americain, Gardens

With 3 fireplaces, a beer garden, bar, and gluwein on the menu, there is no question that Ricks Café Americain is one of the best winter pubs in Cape Town. Contact +27 (0)21 424 1100.




7. Foreign Exchange, Observatory

Lovingly known as Forex, this bar offers an exciting evening of board games and beer pong next to the fire. Movie nights are held on Tuesdays. Contact +27 (0)21 448 0083.

Firemans Arms

8. The Fireman’s Arms, CBD

The Fireman’s Arms is one of the oldest pubs in Cape Town and serves arguably the best pizza around. Look forward to beers on tap, pub quiz on Thursdays, and braais on Wednesday. Contact +27 (0)21 419 1513.

Peddlars on the Bend

9. Peddlars on the Bend, Constantia

Situated in leafy Constantia, Peddlars has an indoor pub, elegant restaurant, and beer garden with heaters on the burn during the winter months. Snuggle up next to one of the blazing fireplaces and enjoy a glass of wine with a hot meal. Contact +27 (0)21 794 7747

Photo by Rachel Robinson

10. Annie’s Arms, Mowbray

Housed in a barn at The Wild Fig Restaurant, Annie’s Arms has been declared a national monument. Pick from a selection of beer and 50 malt whiskies. Contact +27 (0)21 448 0507.

The Rose Bar

11. The Rose Bar, Constantia

Situated at the Alphen Boutique Hotel, The Rose Bar is nestled below a giant oak tree glittering in fairy lights. Settle into a comfy lounger and enjoy the warmth of the heaters with a drink.  Contact +27 (0)21 795 6313.


12. Asoka, CBD

Tucked away within a Victorian townhouse on Kloof Street, Asoka is an intimate lounge offering a well-stocked bar, leather couches, candlelit tables, and a fireplace. The food is a fusion of Asian flavours and fragrances. Contact +27 (0)21 422 0909.

The Toad on the Road

13. The Toad on the Road, Lakeside

The Toad on the Road is the neighbourhood joint for tasty pub meals, drinks, and a good time. There are both indoor and outdoor bars, and the pizzas are to die for. Contact +27 (0)21 788 1135.


14. Barristers, Newlands

Barristers is a popular watering hole in Newlands Village. The revamped bar has over 20 draught beers on tap, more than 25 whiskeys, big screen televisions, and a daily pub lunch special. Contact +27 (0)21 671 7907.

Oxford Arm

15. Oxford Arms, Durbanville

You will find Oxford Arms in the oldest street in Durbanville. The English style pub serves beer and good food. Contact +27 (0)21 976 3522.

Blakes Bar

16. Blake’s Bar, CBD

With exceptional views of Table Mountain, Blake’s Bar offers the perfect setting to spend a clear winter evening. Set over 3 floors, it offers a wine, whisky, and tapas bar, restaurant, and VIP lounge. Contact +27 (0)21 422 4747.

The Royal Oak

17. The Royal Oak, Tableview

The Royal Oak is an English style pub offering beers on tap, a varied menu, and weekly food specials. Their Sunday roast is not to be missed! Contact +27 (0)21 557 0354.

The Brass Bell


18. The Brass Bell, Kalk Bay

With 7 venues, you’re sure to find a place to savour your drink at The Brass Bell – no matter the weather. Vibrant karaoke nights are held on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and each venue has its own menu, offering everything from seafood to pizza! Contact +27 (0)21 788 5455.

The Beerhouse

19. The Beerhouse, Cape Town CBD

The Beerhouse is a vibrant one-of-a-kind beer hall located in Long Street, offering 20 taps and 99 bottles of beer! Plenty of tasty food is available to match the unlimited variety of beer. Don’t forget to try beers like Floris Strawberry and Darling Bone Crusher, ciders like Kopparberg Pear, and ales like Brewdog Punk. +27 (0)21 424 3370.



What pubs are your favourite hangouts during the Cape Town winters? Let us know in the comments below!