Activities / Restaurants and Eateries

Drinking In Port Alfred

Updated Friday, 6 January 2017

Port Alfred is part of the gorgeous Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is a small seaside town that is a favourite amongst holiday-makers over December and January, boasting stunning beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Out of season, though, Port Alfred is a small hub in which the locals know one another. There is a distinctive laid-back attitude that gives this town an inviting, social atmosphere.

Pubs have always been known for having very much the same ambience – social, relaxed and friendly. So, visiting the pubs of Port Alfred is a must for those wanting to experience the chilled culture of the Eastern Cape, as well as the chilled beers, gorgeous views and friendly locals.

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Here are some of the best pinting spots in Port Alfred:

Wharf Street Brew Pub and Bistro (18 Wharf Street)

This pub exudes the charm and historical allure of yesteryear. The old stone walls, wine barrels and black-and-white photographs all add to the very special ambience of this pub. Lunch and dinner options include typically hearty pub fare, such as fresh fish and chips, and steaks, but also interesting variations, such as skate wings with caper butter. The extensive wine list and variety of interesting ales is sure to keep even the most discriminating of drinkers happy.

The Snorting Grunter (West Beach)

This is a local hotspot for those wanting great drinks specials, a night of dancing or a game of pool with friends. Being situated at the water’s edge, it is accessible with plenty of parking and a great vibe. Students favour The Snorting Grunter for its awesome atmosphere. Through the week, there are a number of different specials, as well as games, pool tournaments, Salsa nights, and so on. Outdoor areas are open during the day for those wanting to enjoy a refreshing drink in the fresh air and sunshine.

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Thistle Restaurant & Highlander Pub (Royal St Andrews Lodge)

For a local favourite with a Scottish twist, the Highlander pub is the perfect place to be. An inviting fireplace is awaiting guests that want to indulge in home-cooked meals and local hospitality. Ample breakfasts and all-day “pub and grub” fare adds to the inviting nature of this quaint hub. The restaurant is also somewhat old-fashioned and classic, while the beer garden, set on the deck with a view of the swimming pool, is relaxed and alluring.

Butler’s Riverside Restaurant (25 Van der Riet Street)

Traditional pub fare is complemented by other, more novel dishes in a dining area that is simply irresistible. Whether you choose to enjoy your cold beer or glass of South African wine on the deck, overlooking the river, or inside the elegant dining area, you are assured of a memorable experience. By combining the pub and restaurant, Butler’s has ensured that it is suitable for families too. There is a large grassy area that leads down to the river, so there is plenty of place for children to play against the backdrop of simple, unspoilt beauty.

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