Rugby World Cup, Semi-Finals

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The Springboks have made it to the 2015 Rugby World Cup semi-final. This Saturday we play New Zealand, our biggest rivals, and it is unlikely there will be a single South African who isn’t watching the game.

We’ve rounded up some of the best places where you can watch in a communal atmosphere and that are close to our Johannesburg guesthouses. Have a look, and it may even be a good idea to make a booking.

The Hard Rock Café at The Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. Watch the sports stars amongst the rock stars! This is the hip place, the happening place, the place to be seen. It’s also the only restaurant where you can sit in a booth with a private television screen. Have a burger and a beer for just R 129.00, which is pretty good for The Hard Rock. They also have a great bar and have put a few extra screens in their outside area.  Bookings – 072 651 2921

Craft in Parkhurst. This is one of my favorite restaurants at the best of times, great service, delicious food and a fantastic atmosphere. They have tables indoor and out, and a beautiful brass bar with a flat screen television set. Their burgers are fab, mussels even better, and I love their cheese and meat platters.  Bookings – 011 788 7111

Buzz 9 in Melville. A small bar/restaurant with at least five flat screen televisions, Buzz 9 gets filled to capacity with Bok supporters. The waiters wear green and gold, the shooters are green and gold and the patrons scream at the television as if they’re at home. The food is good too, the prices are low and this is where you’ll find me!  Bookings – 083 254 7821

Giles in Craighall Park has been around forever and is one of the most popular place for locals to watch any big sports event. They have several television sets, two bars, a deck where you can sit outside and sip cocktails if you’re not into the rugby, and a fab cartoon theme at each table. Excellent wine list too.  Our gorgeous Ailsa Craig guesthouse is directly across the road from Giles and both Ailsa and her guests highly recommend this bustling neighbourhood restaurant. Bookings – 011 442 4056

Huge screens are going up at the Melrose Arch precinct. You can take your own camping chairs or a blanket and even a picnic basket. It gets hectic but there is lots of space and you definitely won’t be watching alone. Afterwards, grab a delicious meal at Moyo or JB Rivers and make a whole evening out of it.

And if you want something completely different, watch at The SAB World of Beer in Newtown. They have a full PA system and a huge cinema-style screen, as well as a set menu for both adults and kids.  Bookings – 011 836 4900

Of course, the television sets will all be on at your Johannesburg Guesthouse. The rugby starts at 5.00 pm, this Saturday 24 October.

Wear green and gold. Buy a flag. Viva Die Bokke, Viva.