Bars set to score with World Cup fi­nal

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SOYISO MALITI

CAPE Town bars will be packed with pa­trons hot with World Cup fi­nal fever as the globe tunes in for the France v Croatia clash to­mor­row at 5pm.

The City of Cape Town is stern when it comes to liquor trad­ing on Sun­days, and bars will have to ap­ply for ex­tended trad­ing hours.

Spring­bok Pub New­lands man­ager Scott de Fre­itas will open spe­cially so that the pub­lic can en­joy the event, which is ex­pected to at­tract a record num­ber of TV and on­line views glob­ally.

“A lot of the reg­u­lars kept ask­ing if we were go­ing to open, and yes, we’re open to the pub­lic,” De Fre­itas said.

He added that the World Cup had driven tremen­dous traf­fic in all of the pub’s five bars. The tour­na­ment fever has cap­tured the staff, who have started a game of score pre­dic­tions.

While pre­dom­i­nantly a rugby pub, the es­tab­lish­ment has been filled with soc­cer ex­cite­ment, es­pe­cially when Brazil, France and Eng­land played.

Nick Fein­berg, owner of The Blue Whis­tle bar, said they would be hav­ing a beer pro­mo­tion on match day.

“We ex­pect to be full, which is around 150 to 200 peo­ple,” he said. “Judg­ing from Wed­nes­day when Eng­land played Croatia, most of the peo­ple who came sup­ported Croatia. The un­der­dogs have def­i­nitely been get­ting the sup­port in this tour­na­ment now.”

Fein­berg said West Africans who watched at the Blue Whis­tle had been sup­port­ing France.

Har­bour House spokesper­son Tahlia Bester said Tiger’s Milk and La Parada would of­fer the two- for- one beer spe­cial of one of the main spon­sors.

“We have a great plat­ter menu suited to group book­ings. For the World Cup pe­riod, we have also paired the plat­ters with dis­counted (beer) buck­ets.

In all of six Tiger’s Milk pubs, France has been among the top three most-sup­ported teams, she said.

“We ex­pect even more for the fi­nal as book­ings are stream­ing in to en­sure the best view in the house for the games. But we have more than enough big screens and seats for sup­port­ers.

“We were quite sur­prised with the fol­low­ing base at Cen­tury City dur­ing the World Cup. Some of our busiest game nights have been at Tiger’s Milk Cen­tury City, fol­lowed closely by Kloof Street.”

La Parada will have a happy- hour two- for- one spe­cial on se­lected beer and wine at its stores on Bree Street and Con­stan­tia Nek from 5 to 7pm.

Western Cape Liquor Author­ity spokesper­son Nwabisa Mpalala said they would be mon­i­tor­ing trad­ing hours to­mor­row.

She added that in the past three months about 25 Cape Town premises vis­ited by the Liquor Author­ity in­spec­tors, had trans­gressed the Liquor Act.

Track and Ball Bet­ting spokesper­son Stephen Mar­shall said France are firm favourites to win at 8/10 with Croatia at 38/10, with the draw on of­fer at 21/10.

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