Situated in Hilda Street, Springbok is a short walk away from campus and offers frequent drink specials, hunger-busting burgers and regular karaoke nights at prices that won’t make your wallet want to weep.
Across the road from Springboks is the quirky rock ‘n roll vortex that is Aandklas. Known for their quiz nights on Wednesdays and open mic sessions on Sundays, Aandklas is the perfect hang-out spot for lovers of old school rock and a rustic atmosphere.
Capital Craft Beer Academy
Good craft beer is hard to find, but Capital Craft’s wide selection of on-tap craft beers won’t disappoint. Located at the Greenlyn Village Centre in Menlo Park, Capital Craft also offers various wines, specialty burgers and their own beer festival, which is annually hosted in June at the Voortrekker Monument.
Featuring a playlist filled with only the finest house, hip-hop, R&B and dubstep, Ty’s is the go-to venue for those who enjoy dancing the night away. Ty’s also offers specialty cocktails, but be prepared to face a crowded dance floor on some nights. If you’re a jeans and t-shirt kind of person, be warned that you’ll have to dip into the more sophisticated side of your wardrobe if you’re making your way to Ty’s.
Whether you enjoy dancing or just having a relaxed night out with your friends, Arcade Empire can provide you with the best of both worlds. With an impressive dinner and drink menu and quirky, gaming-inspired decor, Arcade has become a post-Square favourite for most students. Top class acts such as Bittereinder, Desmond and the Tutus and Kyle Watson perform here regularly, and their annual Halloween party is not to be missed, as it draws a big crowd each year and offers a variety of stages featuring different genres to choose from.
With a branch recently opening in Duncan Walk, Tennessee hosts regular quiz nights. Marketing themselves as a bar and pool lounge, they also host a variety of DJs on a regular basis.
Francois van Coke performing at Arcade Empire’s fourth birthday celebrations. Photo: Shen Scott