Eastern Cape drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Wine Bar in Port Elizabeth

For the Love of Wine

At this excellent wine bar and boutique, you can sample the output of Stellenbosch and beyond (tastings and wine by the glass start at R36), with craft beer and cheese platters (R95) also offered. If the wrap-around…
Craft Beer in Jeffrey's Bay

Brewery on the Beach

Set back from the seafront, this atmospheric bar set in an old fish factory is a good place for getting a bit of local vibe. It has a small selection of craft beers, but if you fancy something different be sure to t…
Bar in Jeffrey's Bay

The Mexican

A popular local hang-out, this 1st-floor Latino bar-restaurant has a long balcony overlooking Da Gama Rd. Mexican classics such as enchiladas, fajitas, burritos and tacos (from R45) are on the menu, and the cocktail…
Pub in Grahamstown

Rat & Parrot

The centre of the student party scene, the Parrot's downstairs bar is wood panelled and cosy, while the upper floor has big windows and a veranda overlooking the street. It offers popular pizzas, pub grub and, like …
Bar in Port Elizabeth

Beer Yard

With a Bedouin tent and small pool in the backyard, this craft beer and cider bar encapsulates Richmond Hill's urban buzz. Handmade burgers and thin-crust pizzas are on the menu, plus beer from the adjoining microbr…
Bar in Grahamstown

Rustic Route

This hip, convivial bar and restaurant with an open-air terrace is a great spot to swill a craft beer or two. The crowd ranges from students to well-heeled locals. Also serves good South African specialities.
Cocktail Bar in Jeffrey's Bay

Je'Vista Social Cafe

This loungey spot with big, sea-facing windows is popular for cocktails. The rose petal mojito, Baileys banana colada and potent California iced tea are all hits. There's live music on certain evenings.
Craft Beer in Port Elizabeth

Bridge Street Brewery

Craft beer lovers rejoice – this convivial pub and restaurant overlooking the Baakens River is like manna from heaven, with a great selection of beers on tap.
Beer Hall in Port Elizabeth

Beer Shack

Low on aesthetics but high on energy, this beer hall is one of the liveliest bars in PE. It has a good range of craft beers and also serves food.
Pub in Hogsback

The Hog & Hornbill

This intimate pub off the main street has tap beer aplenty and serves good pub grub.