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World Cup Soccer FOMO? Catch the last 16 in Joburg’s best bars

By Jun 29, 2018 No Comments

The World Cup 2018 is in full swing, which means chugging ice cold beer, cheering your team on and celebrating like a crazy person when they win (and drowning your sorrows with like-minded supporters when they don’t).

If you’ve been having serious FOMO ‘coz you don’t have a box to watch, and you’re looking for a vibe unlike any other during this time, you’ll want to catch the games at sports bars in Jozi. We’ve highlighted some of the best ones for you below.

Blank Bar and the Botanist

Blank Bar, a well-known eccentric pop up cocktail bar in Parkhurst, is celebrating the World Cup in style by dedicating their theme of the month to Russia, the host nation. Until the end of the event (mid-July), they have transformed themselves into a Russian vodka bar.

The Botanist, just a few doors down, will also be gearing up for the soccer hype by introducing a massive projector screen, plenty of comfy bean bag chairs and many more vodka-licious beverages to enjoy.

Find them at Cnr 4th Ave and 12th St, Parkhurst.


If a boozy night out sounds like a plan, Hogshead will almost certainly deliver the best possible experience. Throw back a couple of shots handed out by pretty ladies with bottles in holsters and scream for your team until you lose your voice – with giant TV screens throughout the establishment. You are guaranteed the best seat in the house no matter where you are seated!

Find it at 198 Oxford Rd, Illovo

Chalkboard Café

Celebrated for its creative craft beer and crispy pizza, you’ll be able to watch the World Cup matches on a large projector screen at Chalkboard Café. This charming café is located next to Maboneng’s uber-popular bioscope – the perfect place to end the evening off if you’re keen to catch an indie film in a quiet, dark cinema after all the excitement has died down.

Find it at 286 Fox St, Maboneng

Schwabinger Stuben

German through and through and devastated by their early exit? Drown your disappointments with other die-hard fans of the German team at the Stuben in Ferndale. Chockfull of German pride and offering a selection of mouth-watering German food (and beer, of course), you certainly won’t be disappointed by the atmosphere and shared commiserations.

Find it at 387 Main Ave, Ferndale

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