Drinking up a storm can cost a small fortune, so Perdeby has constructed a guide to lessen the financial blow a night of partying can inflict. And if there’s one place that caters specifically for the insatiable thirst of a student, it’s Hatfield Square. Hopefully it will help delay that inevitable call home – “Mom, I need more money.”

Hatfield Square

This unassuming gem of a place is where a lot of memories will be made. It is the place to go for students looking to party it up at a low cost and there are watering holes to suit whatever mood you may be in. Be warned: enter at your own risk …


This grungy haven for fans of rock music is super friendly to the student budget. Daily specials are between 11:00 and 18:00. Buy local beers for R10, ciders for R12, doubles and mixers for R15, as well as shooters for R10. Happy hour is between 20:00 and 21:00 every Tuesday and Thursday.


With their drinks specials, this is a place that no student can leave sober. Between 20:00 and 23:00 pay R24 for two drinks everyday on selected drinks only. Their lethal fish bowls go for R37,50. 750ml alcohol-filled slush puppies are sold for R25 daily between 14:00 and 18:00 and keep an eye open for their shooter specials.


This lounge draws the ladies in with half-price cocktails between 17:00 and 22:00. For the boys, brandy and coke is priced at R21 between 12:00 and 17:00.

Cheeky Monkey

Buy one cocktail and get another free every day from 15:00 to 19:00. Between 10:00 and 15:00 get any draught for R15.

Oxford Old English Pub

For R69 get Oxford’s Greenmile: ten shots including tequila, liquid cocaine, Sinn, Dynamite and Sours. Between 20:00 and 22:00 buy four shots of Sours for R11 or invest in Oxford’s Fire Extinguisher: a two-litre jug of Cane and Raspberry for R65.


On Mondays, shooters go for R3 per shot (R75 per bottle) and Brutal Fruit or Miller’s Genuine Draft are both sold for R12. Every Tuesday a play and vodka mix is sold for R14. Black Label and coffee tequila are R9. Happy hour begins at 20:00 every day.

Wednesdays boast free mixes with every drink you buy. SoCo and Zappa shots are R7, Red Square Ice is sold for R12 and Heineken and Jack Daniels are cheap at R12. Thursdays at DropZone mean Hunters Gold and Dry are sold for R13, a double Richelieu with mix is priced at R19, Jose Cuervo Tequila Gold is R9 and Libido is only R6.

Roman’s Pizza

From 15:00 to 17:00 daily, you can get two cocktails for the price of one. They have fishbowls for R49,90.


Zanzu’s drink specials change regularly, but with their hip hop floor newly re-opened expect lots of bargins. Wednesdays usually boast buy one get one free until midnight, buy you’ll find these specials distributed throughout the week and on weekends.

Oom Gert’s

All right, so Oom Gert’s isn’t classified as Hatfield Square but we have to mention our own home-brewed slice of happiness. Catering to a student body that they know intimately, drinks on campus quench your thirst without sucking your wallet dry. You’ll need that type of sympathy come semester tests and exams.

Image: Gerhard Louw

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