Best Pubs To Drink 19th Century Style
PERSEVERANCE TAVERN, CAPE TOWN (1808)
GPS: S 33° 55’ 49.73” E 18° 25’ 15” | Province: Western Cape
Book a table at Percies for the Bok Tests against Wales, Scotland and France. If it was good enough for Cecil John Rhodes, it’s good enough for you.
THE PIG AND WINE WHISTLE, BATHURST (1832)
GPS: S 33° 29′ 33.78″ E 26° 50′ 19.54″ | Province: Eastern Cape
The English Settlers endured a three-month journey by sea to an unknown continent. What’s the first thing they did? Open a bar.
STAR OF THE WEST, KIMBERLEY (1870)
GPS: S 28° 43′ 56.41″ E 24° 45′ 14.3″ | Province: Northern Cape
Prices have risen since thirsty miners paid a tuppence for a beer, but the Star of the West cleans up good and it’s no longer the corrugated iron shack that it was.
RADIUM BEER HALL, JOBURG (1929)
GPS: S 26° 9′ 45.72″ E 28° 5′ 3.41″ | Province: Gauteng
This drinking institution was once known as the Radium Tearoom when it was an undercover shebeen. Fear not, it has a liquor licence now so nobody has to pretend any more.