Drinking and nightlife in Free State

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

    The Dog and Fig

    A craft brewery in the picturesque outskirts of Parys offering excellent brews, a lovely setting and free, informal tours. The brewmaster brings in top-quality hops and malt from Germany, and his creations pair well with cheese, biltong and chocolate platters. The kitchen also serves up three meals a day, including pub specialties like smoked Dutch sausage and tender eisbein.

  • Nightlife in Clarens

    Clarens Brewery

    Finely crafted local brews such as English ale, stout and IPA go down very well at this exposed-brick bar across from Clarens Sq. You can sample the range – which also includes a number of ciders and a gin – for free before choosing your preferred pint.

  • Nightlife in Bloemfontein

    Shebeen Bar at Emoya

    This rowdy township-style bar sits with in the Emoya Estate, a lifestyle complex with a hotel, private game reserve (white rhinos and giraffes included), a spa and putt-putt. The bar is defined by funky and colourful indoor and outdoor spaces, with incredibly warm service. There's regular live music, plenty of bar games and delicious pizza (available at all hours).

  • Nightlife in Philippolis

    Waterkloof Craft Brewery

    Just a few kilometres outside of Philippolis, fronting a tiny ghost town called Waterkloof, this microbrewery proudly serves its signature Karoobossie and Kapokbossie ales, which are named after shrubs found on nearby farms that give local lamb a distinctly herby flavour.

  • Nightlife in Harrismith


    When you walk in, this place kinda looks like the tired entryway to a community centre. So it's a surprise when you are served hands-down the best omelette of your life. That omelette isn't even on the menu, by the way, but it is moist, flavourful and packed with vegetables, a delicious mystery sauce and pure goodness.

  • Nightlife in Parys & Vredefort Dome Area

    Pickled Pig Ale House

    This sprawling alcove consists of a small courtyard, a bar and back patio off Bree St. A local favourite, it’s good for a refreshing ale after an afternoon’s browsing in the local shops or a dusty drive around Vredefort. There's an excellent selection of local and international beers and the pub also serves delicious pot pies, pickled fish and steaks.

  • Nightlife in Bloemfontein

    Mystic Boer

    Bloem’s most popular long-standing pub and live-music venue provides an eccentric twist on Afrikaner culture – check out the psychedelic pictures of long-bearded Boers on the walls. There are regular gigs by DJs and unsigned rock and hip-hop groups, along with beer pong tournaments. Pizza and burgers provide the fuel.

  • Nightlife in Clarens

    Highland Coffee Roastery

    A wonderful little coffee stop and espresso bar on Clarens' main square that imports beans from all of the world's best coffee growing regions, and roasts them in house in small batches. It's an excellent place to grab fuel for the day, or to sit for hours enjoying an espresso and some good conversation.

  • Nightlife in Ficksburg

    Gin-ger Bar

    This local watering hole has a wide selection of hand-crafted, African gins, from Musgrave Pink gin to Triple Three, and plenty that are infused with botanical and fruit flavours.

  • Nightlife in Bloemfontein


    Opened in 2016, this self-proclaimed 'Thai fusion bar' is a pleasing amalgam of '80s music, Thai food and yummy cocktails. We recommend pairing the spring rolls with a martini, which the super nice bartenders will expertly prepare.

  • Nightlife in Bloemfontein

    Stereo Cafe

    This small, hip roastery is Bloem's best place for a cup of Joe.