Where to Watch Rugby World Cup 2019 in Cape Town

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is officially here and we can’t wait to celebrate it in true South African Style. The sporting event kicks off in Japan, from the 20th of September to the 2nd of November, 2019. 

The Springboks (South Africa National Rugby Union team) are kicking things off on the 21st of September with a much-anticipated fireworks display against old foe and current world champions, the All Blacks. The 2019 Rugby World Cup is undoubtedly a highlight for many rugby-loving South Africans.

Not only do we get to back the Boks and support our home team every step of the way, we get to do it with a true South African Springboks spirit in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Moreover, there’s nothing quite like watching a thrilling rugby match in true South African style, with a cold beer, lekker vibe and fellow supporters and friends by your side.

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In order to ensure your Rugby World Cup experience is filled with tons of fun and excitement, we’ve lined up some of the best spots to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Cape Town.

1. Hudsons The Burger Joint


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This trendy Cape Town burger bar is backing the Springboks and welcoming all rugby supporters with open arms and an incredible line-up of drinks and delicious meals to enjoy. It’s no surprise that Hudsons the Burger Joint has fast become a Cape Town fan-favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. Now they’re taking it a step further by establishing themselves as the place to be to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Cape Town.

This Cape Town hotspot will be open Monday – Saturday from 11am – 10pm for all the big games taking place during the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will be running incredible specials and promotions in store. In addition, they will be serving up their incredible menu of burgers and pizzas as well as a variety of delicious vegan offerings, nationwide. You’ll find here everything you need to not miss a single second of the 2019 Rugby World Cup action.

2. Cafe Caprice


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This stylish and sought-after bar on the Camps Bay sunset strip has fast become a favourite Cape Town spot to enjoy sunset cocktails and drinks with friends paired with a cool vibe, great time and incredible view. It’s a top and trendy spot where you can watch all the 2019 Rugby World Cup games in style.

Catch all the action live on five HD screens around the venue, all while enjoying their spectacular breakfast, lunch or dinner menu options and variety of refreshing drinks on offer. Not to mention the sensational beach-front views and cool vibes you’ll get to enjoy while supporting the Springboks and having a great time. Cafe Caprice will be open from 11am from Monday – Sunday.

3. Shimmy Beach Club


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The stylish and sought-after Shimmy Beach Club located at the vibrant V&A Waterfront has established itself as one of Cape Town’s leading luxury lifestyle destinations. Known as a trendy hotspot and fine dining restaurant with whisky and vodka tasting rooms, two bars and a massive deck with an infinity pool and private beach, it truly is a piece of Cape Town paradise. But this September through to November it’s also one of the top spots where you can catch all the action of the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Cape Town.

In addition to its stylish location and cool vibe, Shimmy Beach Club will be running a variety of Rugby World Cup specials where, on designated rugby match days, an array of entertainment, games and competitions will take place. Some of the incredible surprises and Rugby World Cup celebrations you can look forward to includes a special a la carte menu (featuring cuisines from around the world), bucket deals, games of beer pong, coinage, kegs for tables and matches projected on a big screen.

4. Beer House


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Located along the viby Long Street of Cape Town’s inner city as well as in Belville Park, Beerhouse boasts a cool contemporary beer hall with 25 taps and their legendary ’99 Bottles of beer on the wall’ of the best local and international beer. Beerhouse prides itself on being the flagship Beer Revolution brand and is committed to making yellow the new colour of beer in South Africa.

However, this Rugby World Cup they’re throwing some green and gold into the mix as they back the Boks and invite all South Africans and travelling rugby enthusiasts to get in on the action. The endless variety of beer, range of incredible drink specials, flat screen televisions set up around the bar as well as a massive projector and screen, means you certainly won’t miss a single second of the 2019 Rugby World Cup action.

5. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott’s – Private “Man Cave” experience


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If you’re looking for something a bit more unique and exclusive while enjoying all the 2019 Rugby World Cup action, the ultimate ‘Man Cave’ experience at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott’s is perfect for you. Especially if you’re looking to get in on all the rugby action without all the large crowds around. This stylish and sought-after man cave experience comes equipped with a 55” screen and includes a hot snack and bottomless draught beers served by a personal waiter.

The Man Cave accommodates up to 12 guests and can be booked for any occasion that calls for some man time. The best thing is, once you’re done and feel a bit more festive, you can always join the rest of the rugby-loving supporters at the bar downstairs and join in on all the South African Springboks spirit.

6. Toad in the Village


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Owned by SA rugby star Bob Skinstad and friend Dougie Boyes, the Toad has a solid rugby pedigree and is made for sports fans, by sports fans. Thereby making it one of the tops spots to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup action in Cape Town.

Located in the Noordhoek Farm Village, Toad in the Village features five big screens, a beer garden, affordable pub grub, a wide drinks selection and eight different beers and lager on tap. Making it the perfect place to watch an action-packed rugby game with fellow supporters in a lively atmosphere and great vibe.

7. Tiger’s Milk


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Situated in the ever-trendy Kloof Street and laid-back surfer’s suburb of Muizenberg, Tiger’s Milk is a popular hotspot and firm favourite for its vibey atmosphere, cool cocktails, craft beers and satisfying snacks. It’s therefore no surprise that it has fast become a top spot to enjoy after-work drinks, weekend round of beers, sunset cocktails and everything in between.

Besides it’s cool vibe, captivating laid-back energy, wide selection of food, drinks, cocktails, craft beers and on-tap options, it’s also one of the best spots where you can watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 matches in Cape Town. It promises to be a truly incredible time all the way through! Tiger’s Milk is open Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am.

8. Foresters Arms


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Forrie’s as its affectionately known by locals, is somewhat of a beloved Cape Town institution and an absolute favourite among the Southern Suburbs crowd. Located in Newlands, just a couple of kilometres away from the Newlands Rugby Stadium, this perennially busy spot is always packed with rugby supporters.

It’s one of the best places to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Cape Town, especially if you’re looking to cheer on the Springboks with passionate rugby fans by your side. Foresters Arms have several big screens situated all over the venue, but be warned, as this is quite a popular spot it’s important to get there nice and early to secure a front row seat to all the action.

9. The Fireman’s Arms


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The Fireman’s Arms is one of Cape Town’s oldest pubs that still occupies the same site it did when it first opened for business in 1864. Despite its age, Fireman’s Arms has stood the test of time, retaining its original ambience and lively local spirit. Visitors can expect to enjoy a range of hot pub fare and a variety of beers on tap, each paired with a lekker local Cape Town vibe.

In addition to its status as a true Cape Town institution, this massively popular pub is a must on game day. With nine 46-inch flat screen TVs and two big screens, you won’t miss a single moment of the 2019 Rugby World Cup action. Just make sure you get there early or you’re going to struggle to get inside, let alone a table to sit back and enjoy the game.

10. Quay Four


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Situated in the lively V&A Waterfront, Quay Four is a real heavy-hitter and fan-favourite with the rugby crowd. Going strong for more than a decade, this Cape Town sports bar hotspot has certainly not lost its appeal as one of the best places to watch an action-packed game. It’s undoubtedly a top Cape Town spot to watch all the action unfold in this 2019 Rugby World Cup. There are plenty of screens (seven to be exact) to ensure you don’t miss a single second of the Rugby World Cup action. So, grab a meal, order some beers, and settle in for a night filled with fun, fantastic World Cup Rugby and a memorable time with friends, family and fellow supporters.

11. Springboks Pub


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If the name doesn’t say it all, we’re not sure what will. Located about as close to the Newlands Stadium as you can get without needing a ticket, right across the train tracks is where you’ll find this popular rugby pub. Besides an incredible drink and beer selection, you can always expect to find a great crowd, incredible vibe and passionate Springboks supporting spirit. Springboks pub is a lively place to watch all the Rugby World Cup 2019 games in Cape Town.

12. The Village Idiot


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Situated in the ever-trendy inner-city Loop Street, the Village Idiot is a pub-style eatery that has become a real fan-favourite restaurant and trendy hangout spot, bar and eatery for locals and tourists alike. Known for their outrageous yet inviting and laid-back interiors, the Village Idiot is the ideal spot to unwind, crack open a few cold ones with friends and enjoy an action-packed game of 2019 World Cup Rugby in Cape Town.

Besides an incredible selection of beer-on-tap, delicious pub grub and a jam-packed menu and drink options, rugby fans will be able to watch all the live Rugby World Cup 2019 action go down on giant screens and projectors.

13. Brass Bell


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Located just adjacent to the Kalk Bay Harbour, Brass Bell has become famous for their sensational seafood, beach-front views and sought-after location in one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in the world, Kalk Bay. Now they’re getting in on all the 2019 Rugby World Cup action by providing guests with 10 42” flat screens in order to ensure nobody misses a single second of the jam-packed rugby action.

In addition, as the Brass Bell has five different restaurant sections to choose from, each offering a different menu, you’ll be able to enjoy incredible food, a wide drinks selection and truly sensational views to go along with your action-packed rugby game.

14. Perseverance Tavern, District Six


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Located in the iconic neighbourhood of District Six, the Perseverance Tavern, also known as the city’s oldest pub, is a great place to watch all the 2019 Rugby World Cup action go down in Cape Town. Percy’s, as its affectionately known by locals, boasts 11 beers on tap, an awesome beer garden and LCD screens to showcase all the 2019 Rugby World Cup action and excitement. And the fact that people have been drinking here since 1808 certainly means they’re doing something right.

15. Mavericks Revue Bar


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Mavericks is going full force this 2019 Rugby World Cup and pulling out all the stops to ensure no one misses a single second of the game day action. Mavericks will be open for all the South African matches, as well as the quarter-, semi-finals and finals to ensure everyone can enjoy all the major matches in true Mavericks style. There will be two massive front-projecting screens on the main floor and another large wide screen in the VIP area.

In addition, the smaller screens throughout the club will also be showing the games. Thereby making this a top spot where you can watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Cape Town. You will also be able to choose from a variety of packages that includes a range of drink specials, snack platters and exciting competitions.

If you’ve been wondering where to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Cape Town, you definitely can’t go wrong with these top rugby-watching spots. From a wide selection of local crafts beers, cocktails and range of drink options, delicious snacks and meals to big screens and a true South African back the Boks atmosphere, there is no reason to miss any of the 2019 Rugby World Cup action right here in Cape Town.

Come on Cape Town, what are you waiting for? It’s time to let our South African flag fly high and back the Springboks all the way to the end!

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About The Author: Bianca Bunge

I am a Cape Town based Travel Blogger & aspiring writer. Travelling is the ULTIMATE joy, it allows us to lose ourselves & find ourselves all at the same time, is there anything better than that? PURE BLISS!! And being a Travel Blogger allows me to share my love of travelling, especially my LOVE of Cape Town, with all of you. The Mother City truly did steal my heart, and perhaps she'll steal yours too! I also love the ocean, going on adventures & wine, I REALLY love wine! Join me on my mission to discover EVERY little bit of Cape Town, and what a glorious adventure it will be!
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