The Legendary Van Hunks

In Cape Town’s City Bowl you will find the eclectic Kloof street, home to many exquisite restaurants, pubs and a scattering of curio stores. Van Hunks resides on this street where Kloof meets Upper Union. The quaint restaurant is the namesake of a retired pirate in the tale of how Table Mountain got its cloud.

The legendary folk-tale tells of Jan Van Hunks, a Dutch pirate who settled at the foot of the mountain in the early 1700s. Jan was a frequent smoker and his wife eventually forced him to leave the house and smoke his pipe outside. It was on one of these occasions that he met a tall mysterious man dressed in black. He was also smoking a pipe at the foot of the mountain and after engaging about how often they smoked, the man made a wager with Jan and the two men fell into a pipe-smoking duel. The smoke began to rise and cover the mountain and Jan had just about won the duel when his competitor was revealed to be the Devil himself. This is – according to legend – how Devil’s peak got its name.

Van Hunks has a spectacular view of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain as well as a wide selection of exceptional craft beer on tap, including the iconic Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale and the equally popular Fokof Lager. Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by a crackling fire and friendly staff in the charming lounge section with a rich bourgeois interior that is both warm and inviting. To the right of the reception area is a closed bar with large glass windows to conceal the smoke and noise without cutting off the ambience of the restaurant. A charming indoor seating area leads out to the much larger and welcoming outdoor deck – a section often used for large functions that flows through to the smoking area overlooking the nightlife in Kloof.

There are almost too many specials to mention but the most appealing would have to be the lunch specials from Mondays to Saturdays between 11.30am and 3pm. One may select 2 meals on the daily lunch menu for R90 or have a single meal for R60. Monday brings the R40 pizza special and the Tuesday rib special is highly recommended by regulars who commend the quality and tenderness of the slow-roasted pork belly ribs served with chips and onion rings. The 500g rib portion comes at R120 and the 250g at a surprisingly low R80.

For those out to have a good night, you can take advantage of the 2-for-1 Tequila special during the daily Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm. The menu has a wide variety of wines, including some viognier, chenin and malbec and beer lovers are spoilt for choice with Jack Black and CBC draughts on tap and a range of interesting ales and beers from all over the world – even some local ale such as the Long Beach Green Room pale ale from Noordhoek and Sxollie, a local cider fermented like a wine with apples from the Elgin Valley.

Enjoy incredible cuisine, craft beer and a wonderful atmosphere down at Van Hunks and watch the Tablecloth settle on the mountain from the deck.

Contact Details:
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Explore the hidden bars on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard

Whether you’re meandering the V&A Waterfront or taking a walk through its popular sea-bordering suburbs, you’ll find the perfect bar or cocktail lounge to suit your taste.

If you find yourself stuck for places to unwind after a long day of sightseeing at the V&A Waterfront, look no further than its very first tenant, Ferryman’s Tavern. With their own brand of Ferryman’s Ale on tap, a delicious and varied pub menu and gorgeous view of the iconic Table Mountain, it’s a great venue for the whole family.

Right next door is Mitchell’s Scottish Ale House which boasts an outside and upstairs section. Nights have been known to get quite raucous around their jukebox, which houses classic sing-a long hits.

Across the harbour is Alba Lounge, an elegant cocktail bar with one of the best views in town from their welcoming deck. Whether you’re indulging in one of their signature cocktails or nibbling on something delicious from their extensive tapas menu, it’s a great place to spend an evening.

A little way down in Sea Point lies the rustic Heartache & Vine. This pub exudes character and is a local hangout where regulars gather to listen to their staple playlist, watch football and grab a bite to eat.

Cabrito on Somerset Road is a more upmarket bar and boasts a range of imported tequilas and mescal to choose from, as well as a great tapas menu that includes their signature nachos with homemade salsa. Order a chilli margarita if you dare and sit back on their deck while you watch the sun set over Cape Town Stadium.

Best Pubs in Cape Town

The Mother City has an appreciation for those people who love their liquor, whether it be in small or big doses and she accommodates for both very well. The city bowl and its surrounds are scattered with pubs and the locals of Cape Town know the awesome adventure that pub crawling can be. Some individuals appreciate finding their favourite pub that has everything in one place and they don’t really have to lift their buttocks unnecessarily unless when nature calls or home does. The pubs mentioned below are truly some of the most comprehensively ideal spots in Cape Town, if we dare say, the world.

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5 Things To Do In Cape Town

If you’re ‘new’ or ‘old’ to Cape Town, there will always be a time to wonder what to do.

If you have not yet been up to the highest point of Table Mountain, with the luxurious 360 Degree Panoramic View from the Cable Car then it is definitely time to add this to your bucket list. Table Mountain also has a wonderful little restaurant right at the top which is always a nice way to treat yourself whether you have made the climb or viewed the breathtaking scenery from the cable car ride.

Then to the lowest peak, there is Robben Island; a must venture for all who are familiar with the great hero and late father of South Africa’s long walk to freedom, Nelson Mandela.

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