Free State drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Microbrewery 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…
Brewery 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 fre…
Bar 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 colourfu…
Microbrewery 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 near…
Coffee in Harrismith

Grounded

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 …
Pub 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 Vrede…
Pub 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…
Coffee 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 g…
Cocktail Bar 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.
Bar in Bloemfontein

Patpong

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 e…