The Irish Club

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 is visiting the Irish Club when South Africa plays Ireland, and the tension so thick, you could cut it with a knife! But that's not the case when it comes to the Super Rugby... just make sure that you support the Lions - yes, we're making it to the finals again this year!

Details: http://theirishclub.co.za/

Gilroy's Brewery

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. Gilroy's Brewery is set right on our doorstep here in Johannesburg. Good news for sports fans – the bar counter is right opposite the big-screen TVs. The beer and food are good, and the vibe is something special, especially when master brewer, Steve Gilroy, addresses the crowd in the special way only Steve can.

Details: http://www.gilroybeers.co.za

Hooters

If you're looking for a bar with a massive selection of big-screen TVs showing a whole lot of different sports all at the same time, head to Hooters in Ruimsig. The place gets pretty packed, but at least the beer's always cold, and the curly fries with jalapeno cheese sauce are enough to make you return the next time a big match is being aired. The boneless chicken wings are a winner too... especially when paired with a basket of curly fries!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/HootersSA/

Green and Gold

If there's a place that can boast real pub food served in a gourmet style and enough TVs to make an appliance store jealous, it's Green and Gold. Inspired by our men and women in green and gold, it's often the number-one spot to be whenever our team takes to the field, track, pool or pitch. Green and Gold is kitted out with super-big screen TVs, cold beer and delicious food. Book a table in advance as this grand pub is quite popular among locals.

Details: https://www.greenandgoldpubs.co.za

Paddy's 

Whether you're looking to play a few rounds of pool, hang out with your mates, grab an ice-cold beer or catch some sporting action on their screens, Paddy's in Randburg is just the place to be. It's rather chilled by day, but as soon as the sun sets this spot becomes rather rowdy, especially over the weekend and during sport seasons like the Super Rugby.

Details: http://www.paddyscafe.co.za

The Weekend Market

For a spot that's more family and less bar, the Weekend Market offers live sport screenings, entertainment for the kids, a market to stroll through if you're looking to stretch your legs in between games, and good food and drinks. Click here to find out which games they'll be screening over the next few weekends.

Details: http://weekendmarketjhb.co.za

1Fox Market Shed

With the 2018 Super Rugby drawing to a close, 1Fox Market Shed will be hosting rugby fans and showcasing the game on their big screen. You'll be able to catch all the rugga action live while munching on delicious dishes paired with ice-cold and oh-so-refreshing craft beers provided by Urbanologi and the Mad Giant brewery.

Details: http://www.1fox.co.za

The Brazen Head Sandton

The Brazen Head Sandton is always a good option. It's a restaurant loaded with a semi-private library and a separate bar that opens up onto the veranda, which has both smoking and non-smoking areas. The bar area and veranda is equipped with TVs for those sport enthusiasts and, last but certainly not least, guests are offered a choice of seven different beers on tap, as well as a wide variety of bottled beers from both local and imported sources. What more do you need?

Details: https://brazenhead.co.za/the-brazen-head-sandton/

By Shawn Greyling

Do you know where to watch live rugby in Johannesburg? No sweat, we've put together a list of decent sports bars where you can watch the rugby and have cold beers without stepping foot outside of Joburg.

The Irish Club

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 is visiting the Irish Club when South Africa plays Ireland, and the tension so thick, you could cut it with a knife! But that's not the case when it comes to the Super Rugby... just make sure that you support the Lions - yes, we're making it to the finals again this year!

Details: http://theirishclub.co.za/

Gilroy's Brewery

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. Gilroy's Brewery is set right on our doorstep here in Johannesburg. Good news for sports fans – the bar counter is right opposite the big-screen TVs. The beer and food are good, and the vibe is something special, especially when master brewer, Steve Gilroy, addresses the crowd in the special way only Steve can.

Details: http://www.gilroybeers.co.za

Hooters

If you're looking for a bar with a massive selection of big-screen TVs showing a whole lot of different sports all at the same time, head to Hooters in Ruimsig. The place gets pretty packed, but at least the beer's always cold, and the curly fries with jalapeno cheese sauce are enough to make you return the next time a big match is being aired. The boneless chicken wings are a winner too... especially when paired with a basket of curly fries!

Details: https://www.facebook.com/HootersSA/

Green and Gold

If there's a place that can boast real pub food served in a gourmet style and enough TVs to make an appliance store jealous, it's Green and Gold. Inspired by our men and women in green and gold, it's often the number-one spot to be whenever our team takes to the field, track, pool or pitch. Green and Gold is kitted out with super-big screen TVs, cold beer and delicious food. Book a table in advance as this grand pub is quite popular among locals.

Details: https://www.greenandgoldpubs.co.za

Paddy's 

Whether you're looking to play a few rounds of pool, hang out with your mates, grab an ice-cold beer or catch some sporting action on their screens, Paddy's in Randburg is just the place to be. It's rather chilled by day, but as soon as the sun sets this spot becomes rather rowdy, especially over the weekend and during sport seasons like the Super Rugby.

Details: http://www.paddyscafe.co.za

The Weekend Market

For a spot that's more family and less bar, the Weekend Market offers live sport screenings, entertainment for the kids, a market to stroll through if you're looking to stretch your legs in between games, and good food and drinks. Click here to find out which games they'll be screening over the next few weekends.

Details: http://weekendmarketjhb.co.za

1Fox Market Shed

With the 2018 Super Rugby drawing to a close, 1Fox Market Shed will be hosting rugby fans and showcasing the game on their big screen. You'll be able to catch all the rugga action live while munching on delicious dishes paired with ice-cold and oh-so-refreshing craft beers provided by Urbanologi and the Mad Giant brewery.

Details: http://www.1fox.co.za

The Brazen Head Sandton

The Brazen Head Sandton is always a good option. It's a restaurant loaded with a semi-private library and a separate bar that opens up onto the veranda, which has both smoking and non-smoking areas. The bar area and veranda is equipped with TVs for those sport enthusiasts and, last but certainly not least, guests are offered a choice of seven different beers on tap, as well as a wide variety of bottled beers from both local and imported sources. What more do you need?

Details: https://brazenhead.co.za/the-brazen-head-sandton/

By Shawn Greyling

Just Brewing

Just Brewing Company, which started up in January 2014, is a family-owned-and-run brewery based in Boksburg. Their focus is on producing brews of the highest quality and therefore they don’t filter or add additives to their beers. The beer is bottle-conditioned and, as always, best enjoyed chilled.

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Copperlake

Craft Beer doesn’t get craftier. Copperlake Breweries has eight signature brews that are produced by their commercial brewery in Lanseria. The brand's latest addition, a brewpub in Broadacres, offers craft beer fans easy access to the eight delicious brews on tap six days a week!

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Brewhogs

Brewhogs started way back in 1984 when its brewmaster was commissioned to construct a mock brewery setup for Gold Reef City as a tourist attraction. What soon followed was, well, liquid egoli in the form of sweet suds for the public's continuous enjoyment.

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Gilroy's

Does Steve really need an introduction? If you've not been to Gilroy's in Muldersdrift then it's about time you make a plan. To convince you, check this: in the James Bond novel Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver, James Bond walks into the Table Mountain Hotel and orders A GILROY DARK ALE! Epic...

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Oakes Brewhouse

The first, all-girl brewery in Modderfontein was founded in October 2013. It offers great tasting, home-brewed and hand-crafted beer. Their APA is out of this world – check it out.

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Copperlake Brewery 

Copperlake Brewery is a haven for beer lovers. Everything about this joint screams "BEER". They consider themselves a 'beerpub', serving their delicious brews and tantalising food. They offer beer tasting, beer pizza (their Smokey Joe is drool worthy) and an adult playground, which features beer pong, giant jenga and battle shots among others. They also offer parties of 10 or more the opportunity to brew their own beer, which they can taste and have bottled four weeks later.

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Gilroy's 

For a very long time, Gilroy’s was one of the only family-owned breweries in Gauteng. Pull in for a good time, listen to owner and brewmaster Steve Gilroy spin you a few tall tales as you enjoy his creations. Fun fact: in a James Bond novel, 007 orders a Gilroy's beer and a sandwich at a restaurant in Cape Town. That's how cool this brewery is. They serve pretty good food to boot. Gilroy's fills up fairly quickly on a Saturday, so try and book your table in advance.

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The Irish Club

The Irish Club in Linden has been serving our Irish community, especially on St. Patties, for a very long time. Recently, the Irish, as it’s known to the locals, has been serving craft beer. From IPAs to bitters and everything in between can be consumed here; at bottom-line prices to boot. It's the kind of place where you meet up with old friends over a pint or watch the Boks take on the Irish over a cold Guinness.

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The Black Horse

The Black Horse is a lovely country estate out in Muldersdrift. The estate features a distillery, restaurant, wedding venue, accommodation and of course, a brewery. They are a bit more posh than the average brewery but who says drinking beer can't be classy? It is a great place to stop for a late lunch and a few beers. We recommend the Wild Mushroom Basket, tarragon wild mushrooms in a phyllo pastry basket, for starters. Followed by a Goliath Burger topped with caramelised onions, bacon, cheese, gherkins, tomato, lettuce and their delicious sauce. With all that, you're going to need a cold and bitter drink to help lubricate your throat. They have many a beer to choose from, but you only live once so try the blind dog; a limited addition beer for that week or month. You might be lucky and score a delicious watermelon craft beer - yummy.

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Tiger's Milk

All the way from Cape Town, Tiger's Milk is a sidewalk surfer's paradise. It's a "dude food made good" type of joint that serves up local small-batch brews such as Durban Poision and other famous IPAs. Bring your long blonde hair and bronze body (or not) and enjoy a couple of brews with your brus ... or bros, whichever you prefer. Though Bryanston is far away from the barrel-rolling waves of Muizenberg, you don't have to hang-ten to get your feet wet at Tiger's Milk. The beers are on tap and eager to be poured. This is one of the few places that know about the head-to-body ratio (the amount of beer froth on top of a draught of beer).

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Mad Giant

This brewery is located in Ferreirasdorp. It is well known for the chilled vibe, cold beers and yummy food. They have a wide variety of beers, many of which are available in four packs. These beers have the added bonus of paper lables and packaging, making them environmentally friendly. Another bonus of Mad Giant is that it is partnered with Urbanology, the renown restaurant we have all heard about. The food at Urbanology has been paired with the Mad Giant beers and the food menu even comes with beer suggestions. This is definitely a partnership we can get behind.

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