Oom Gert se Plek
This eatery, commonly known as Oom Gert’s, is situated on campus itself. It is a great place to have a quick beer after class or even between classes. It is only open during the week and it stays open till relatively late on most nights.
After Oom Gert’s closes in the evening, you can take the party to Aandklas. It is situated right next to the Square on the corner of Hilda and Prospect Street. Known as an alternative bar, it has always been a favourite among students from all walks of life. Aandklas is famous for its great music, happy hour specials and Wednesday quiz nights. It is also the favourite hangout of the cool kids at Perdeby.
If you find that Aandklas is not your thing, you can always head across the road to Springboks. They always have great food specials, quiz nights, pool tables, frequent karaoke nights and angry couples that have very public arguments.
Situated on Burnett Street close to Hatfield Square on the eastern side of Jan Shoba Street is Café Livingstone, better known as Livingstones. It’s a pub and grill with a relaxed atmosphere, large deck and great food and drink specials.
Eastwoods is a bar and restaurant that is a favourite among students and young professionals. It is situated on Eastwood Street, north of Park Street and close to Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Another restaurant and bar in the vicinity is Trademarx. You can find it right next to Loftus Versfeld on the corner of Lynnwood Road and Kirkness Street. Trademarx is made up of two levels with two bars and overlooks the B and C fields of Loftus.
Capital Craft Beer Academy
If you are into craft beer or up for a new experience, then Capital Craft is the place to be. It offers a wide range of beers from different international and South African craft breweries. Capital Craft is located next to the Brooklyn Theatre on Thomas Edison Street.
Arcade Empire is a live music venue and hosts regular live gigs throughout the week and on weekends. You are sure to have a great night when you visit them next to the Grove Mall on Lynnwood Road. Their entrance is on The Highway Street and they frequently host top-class local bands.
If you are looking for a nightclub that draws a student crowd, then Ty’s in Menlyn is your go-to venue. With live DJ’s that play a range of music genres and student specials, you are bound to dance the night away. You can find them in the Menlyn Piazza opposite Menlyn Park Shopping Centre on the corner of Lois Drive and Glen Manor Street.
Another popular night club among students is Tiger Tiger. You can find them on January Masilela Drive in Garsfontein. Be warned that they have a dress code. You can’t rock the student slacks here, so rather opt for a classier look.
Illustration: Johann van Tonder