17 December 2013

Perseverance Tavern - For the Young and the Young at Heart

"Persies" is a must visit when in Cape Town, especially on a Friday night when Kevin du Preez plays and sings his special brand of music. Kevin has been playing at Persies for 20 years and my personal favourite remains "American Pie" as I rather stupidly decided to dance on the table at my birthday bash a number of years ago. My rendition was quite tame - I am sure he has seen much wilder scenes at this pub over the years!

The beers are good, the pub food is fine, the vibe is great and we hope that Persies will be around for many more years to service the after-work crowd, those just wanting a quick drink, a night out with friends or to watch sport on big match days.

Info below from the Perseverance Tavern web site:

"From 1808, travellers disembarking from ships at Cape Town’s Castle stayed at the Perseverance Tavern in Slave’s Walk (now Buitenkant Street).

Many notable Cape luminaries became “Persies” regulars.  These include Cecil John Rhodes, numerous politicians, academics, artists, sports- and businesspeople, European expatriates and colourful District 6 personalities.

The oldest vine in South Africa (planted in the 1830's - predating the Drostdy-vine in Graaf-Reinet by at least 30 years) grew in the garden of the Perseverance until the early 1990's. We hope to plant a cutting from the original cultivar in the near future. 

In 1836 Persies received its official wine and malt license.  Ohlsson’s Breweries (the forerunner of South African Breweries) owned Persies from the turn of the 20th Century until 1952.

A German publication included Persies as one of the pubs of the world and in 1985 it won the first Pub of the Year award from 170 Western Cape entrants.

Persies has the Cape’s earliest electric street lamps and historic portraits of the Mother city on its walls.  An original Tavern menu is one of the exhibits.

Present owner Yorkshireman Ian Sutcliffe has tastefully restored Persies trying to reflect both the taverns history and old world charm"


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