Where fans get trashed
Different nations have their special pubs in the city
FIRST prize may be a ticket to watch the soccer at the various stadiums, but lots of football fans have done some research to find the perfect spot to watch World Cup games.
Lots of England fans have already discovered Cape Town’s legendary English pub, the Fireman’s Arms. They say it’s a good place to get trashed if the team doesn’t do well. “It’s not that we’re predicting bad luck on the pitch, but it’s always good to have a back-up place for a jolly good party afterwards,” one tourist said.
Some Dutch visitors have discovered Tommy’s Sports Bar in Loop Street. “It’s a good place for fun-loving, soccer-loving people who all want to watch the game,” said one.
German fans plan to hang out at the Paulaner Bräuhaus at the Waterfront during Cape Town matches. “They serve a good brew and the view is terrific,” said one.
Cameroonians have chosen Sea Point, Woodstock and the city centre. Several say they will party at a club in Bree Street called Pata Pata.
Cameroonian artists Hamid Njifon and Issah Yende are confident that the Fifa Cup will remain in Africa. Yende believes the winners will be either “Cameroon or South Africa”.
The Nigerian-owned club 4 Ways, in Darling Street, is where most Nigerian fans will be hanging out.
The club has introduced cocktails to its drinks menu as well as Bafana Bafana shooters made with Amarula and peppermint.
Other Nigerians say they will be partying the night away at clubs in Bree Street.
Several Mexican fans opted to watch last night’s opening match between Bafana Bafana and Mexico at the Mexican Kitchen near Long Street, while Ghanaian and Uruguayan fans indicated that they would be watching matches at the Fan Fest and the various Fan Jols.
The French Consulate in Cape Town said there was no official gathering place for French fans. But many spotted in the City Centre said they would join Capetonians at the Fanfest.
“We’re here to experience the World Cup the African way. If we wanted to be with our own people we would have stayed in France.”
The US team goes up against England today in Rustenburg, but Americans got together yesterday for a World Cup party hosted by the US Consulate in Cape Town.
“We’ve invited a bunch of Ameri- can citizens to watch the opening game,” said Nathan Holt, spokesman for the consulate in Tokai. “We’ll be blowing our vuvuzelas.”
More people play soccer than any other sport in the US, and Americans make up the largest group of foreign visitors for the cup, said Holt.
As for who he’s rooting for, a diplomatic Holt said: “Of course, we’d love to see Team USA play Bafana Bafana.”
Attaché for the Japanese Consulate in Cape Town, Yuichiro Sugita, encountered a couple of hundred members of the Japanese media at the team’s base camp in George but added that he did not see any of the 5 000 expected Japanese fans there.
The national team, nicknamed “Samurai Blue”, plays its first match on Monday in Bloemfontein against Cameroon.
Japanese visitors at the V&A Waterfront said they are sightseeing and shopping at the same time.
Marco’s African Place is hosting “African days”, dedicated to whichever African team is playing.
Doing something similar is the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Cool Britannia is hosting a football and music festival from June 11 to July 11. Certain days of the festival will be themed “nation days”. Themes will run from the national cuisine right through to national paraphernalia.
PARTY TIME: The World Cup opening party at the fanfest on the Grand Parade was jam-packed.